|On 31st January the UK left
the European Union but the future relationship is yet to
be negotiated. It remains a possibility that there will
be no agreement on trade, so the situation regarding
product marking of machinery is still up in the air.
Derek Coulson, a Technical Advisor with Safe Machine
Ltd, has previously written about the proposed UKCA
Marking of Machinery, which could replace CE Marking to
the Machinery Directive after the transition period
ending on 31st December. He has now updated his article
in light of the current situation and it is well worth
This month's newsletter is another long one and there is
something for everyone. Scroll down to find items of
interest to you, whether that’s events, training
courses, machinery safety, Industry 4.0, motors, motion
control, sensors, AI for automation or something else.
introduces decentralised low-power variable-speed
The MW500 series VSDs can be wall-mounted or
motor-mounted and benefit from integrated PID and PLC
control capability, plus a speed pot. More?
launches IP67 rotary encoders with IO-Link
These stainless steel incremental encoders feature
IO-Link so the position can be saved by a PLC and
absolute encoders replaced. More?
streamlines injection moulding using 3D printed
By integrating its Print2Mould process and online 3D
printing service, igus has made it easier to procure
moulded parts in any of its 55 iglidur materials. More?
valve positioner features IO-Link connectivity
The new Type 8694 intelligent valve positioner
benefits from an IO-Link digital communication
interface, which Bürkert says makes it an industry
connectors available as pre-assembled rack panels
Cliff Electronics' extensive range of FeedThrough and
conventional connectors can now be pre-assembled in 1U
x 19" rack panels. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
course: Developing Communication Skills for the
A one-day course for team leaders, managers,
supervisors and anyone else who needs to communicate
effectively in the workplace. More?
now for the 2020 Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo
The Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo takes place on 31
March and 1 April at the Manchester Central Convention
Complex, with Early Bird pricing until 7 March. More?
exhibitions return to the NEC in April
Next month sees Drives & Controls, Smart Industry
Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset
Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions back at the NEC.
to present three machine safety seminars at HSE 2020
Pilz is sponsoring the new Machinery Safety Zone at
April's Health & Safety Event, and will also be
exhibiting and presenting three seminars. More?
training: using IO-Link sensor data with PLCs
Sick is holding a series of training days so machine
builders can learn how to set up an IO-Link Master to
enable sensors to communicate with a PLC. More?
motors for high-performance motion control
Mclennan is supplying and supporting Allied Motion
KinetiMax HPD outer rotor brushless motors that have
excellent performance and power density. More?
drive commissioning, adjustment, monitoring and
The Nordcon app (iOS or Android; smartphone or tablet)
and Nordac Access BT Bluetooth stick enable faster
commissioning and servicing of Nord drives. More?
robots integrated within B&R's automation
B&R is now a one-stop-shop for automation and
robotics, resulting in better synchronisation and
easier programming via a common platform. More?
white paper: ensuring safety when collaborating with
Fortress Interlocks is offering a white paper entitled
'How to Consider Employee Safety When Collaborating
with Robots?' More?
drives, controllers and HMIs used by Concrete Canvas
Installing KEB automation products on its new
production line has reduced costs for Concrete Canvas
and provided flexibility for future expansion. More?
energy management with EMpro measuring devices
Whether for complex energy measurements or simple cost
centre billing, Phoenix Contact has easy-to-use EMpro
devices to suit all applications. More?
facts about hydraulics that may surprise automators
This article from Bosch Rexroth dispels some of the
myths about hydraulics and outlines how
state-of-the-art products and systems support the IoT.
- The road to the Smart Factory just got easier
Wieland has launched IIoT starter kits comprising an
IIoT gateway with VPN service and integrated IoT PLC,
and a year's access to the wienetCloud portal. More?
|New all-in-one IO-Link Master and
Sick's new SIG200 Profinet Sensor Integration
Gateway has an onboard web server that handles
signals from any manufacturer's IO-Link devices.
|Intel-based AI computer supports
high-performance GPU cards
IBASE Technology has released its powerful
MAF800 industrial-grade AI computer series for
machine vision and factory automation
|Fee-based Rotating Equipment
Performance (REP) service from SKF
SKF's fee-based service covers bearings, seals,
lubricants and condition monitoring to guarantee
production levels, availability or other KPIs. More?
Honesty, confidence and self-defence
This week Wally admits to doing no work (what’s new?),
the Pointy-Haired Boss suffers a bout of self-doubt
and Dilbert tries a new app. More?
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