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Editor: Jonathan Severn
6th May 2020

These may be difficult times but there is still plenty of good news. Scroll through this newsletter and you will see companies are continuing to launch new and innovative products, as well as finding better ways to support customers remotely. The flow of press releases into the editorial inbox has certainly not reduced during the lockdown.

While some machine builders have been busy contributing to the COVID-19 response, others have had engineers working from home and key staff social-distancing in factories to keep their businesses operating. When the lockdown is lifted, it is clear that many manufacturers will be taking a close look at automation with a view to improving productivity and guarding against any future need for social distancing.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter. Keep smiling and stay safe.


biBS 14100:2020, Control of hazardous energy on machinery
BSI has published BS 14100:2020, which covers all energy-related hazards on machines but with a focus on mechanical and electrical hazards. More?

hlOnline support and CPD for users of threadlocking adhesives
To support its customers during the COVID-19 lockdown, Henkel is bolstering its programme of online support, webinars and training. More?

hdFlanged extruded aluminium enclosures for easy surface-mounting
Hammond Electronics is launching 1455F extruded aluminium enclosures that feature integral flanges for easy surface-mounting. More?

miNew safety module for Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-R PLC
Adding a safety module to the MELSEC iQ-R PLC enables a single unit to be programmed and used for controlling automation and safety functions. More?

tnElectro-hydraulic linear actuators withstand shock loads
The compact Thomson Warner Linear H-Track actuators move loads of up to 21,350N and withstand shock loads better than ball screw actuators. More?


pzPilz hosts online trade fair and weekly webinars
With the continuing restrictions due to COVID-19, Pilz is organising an online trade fair this month, and a weekly series of machine safety webinars. More?


isRequest an igus virtual visit on site or from your home office
Wherever you are, you can now request a virtual visit from an igus engineer to discuss existing machines or new projects. More?

pxNew unmanaged Ethernet switches: unpack, connect and use
Phoenix Contact's unmanaged Ethernet switches feature Gigabit support, prioritisation of data traffic and they mount on DIN rail in any orientation. More?

kbCompact servo drives with integrated functional safety
KEB offers its Combivert S6 high-performance servo drives with a choice of functional safety modules to suit a wide range of automation projects. More?

ieEmbedded systems feature extended operating temperature range
New from Ibase, the AMI230 series robust embedded systems have 9th/8th Gen Intel Core processors and operate from -20 to +70degC. More?

skSafe integration of tending robots with moulding machines
A collaboration between Sick and Fanuc has resulted in a much-improved way to safely integrate tending robots with injection moulding machines. More?

mcMclennan boosts motion capability with Servotecnica slip rings
Mclennan is now marketing and supporting Servotecnica's comprehensive range of slip ring assemblies in the UK and France. More?

Torsion springs from Lee Spring offer axial energy and control
Lee Spring stocks many sizes of torsion spring in plated music wire or stainless steel, left- or right-hand wound, and a choice of free leg positions. More?
Improved deep groove ball bearings: longer life, less noise
Improvements to Schaeffler's Generation C bearings result in better sealing, grease retention and protection from contamination, plus lower friction. More?
New inverter drive includes multi-protocol Ethernet port
Nord's full-featured SK500P control cabinet inverter is 'comms-ready' with just a simple parameter change for Profinet, Ethernet IP, Powerlink or EtherCAT. More?
Smart mechatronics take linear motion to the next level
Dr Ulf Lehmann of Bosch Rexroth explains how his company is taking linear motion to the next level by utilising smart mechatronics. More?


The new normal
Dilbert has been working from home but now he is back in the office and taking appropriate precautions in order to stay safe. More?

Jonathan Severn

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