Engineering time is a costly resource for
machine builders, so any potential savings
are worth investigating. Whether it is coincidence
or an emerging trend, there have been several
announcements in the past few weeks for products
and software that are claimed to reduce engineering
- B&R's Scalability+
philosophy makes life easier when creating machine control
systems that are similar to one another but
- Festo's EXCM Mini
H Handler takes the company's
proven X-Y table technology based on two
motors driving a single recirculating belt,
and packages it as a standardised product
for compact positioning tasks;
- HepcoMotion's VACSS
and LTSS dual-vee linear and rotary guides are
standard catalogue products for operating
in extreme temperatures or vacuum;
- WEG's Pump Genius
software considerably simplifies the configuration
of variable-speed drives for applications
with single or multiple pumps.
air safety on machines, and regulatory compliance
Ben Rickards of Norgren explains the safety
of compressed air systems in the context of
relevant regulations, legislation and standards. More?
a new miniature incremental optical encoder
Renishaw's ATOM is an innovative non-contact
linear and rotary encoder system benefiting
from dirt immunity, signal stability and reliability. More?
plungers with push-push operation
Elesa is launching metal GN 514 series push-push
indexing plungers that are both push-to-lock
and push-to-disengage, for hand or foot operation. More?
piping is faster to install and reduces pressure
Atlas Copco is launching the Pre Fit (PF) Series
AIRnet piping system with pre-torqued connectors
for faster push-together assembly. More?
to design state-of-the-art electrohydraulic
This article from Hydac outlines what to consider
and techniques to apply when designing state-of-the-art
electrohydraulic drive systems. More?
programme for Drives & Controls and co-located
As part of its package of events this month,
organiser DFA Media will be staging its biggest
ever seminar and conference programme. More?
Vision Technology Forum to be held at Silverstone
Stemmer Imaging, in conjunction with the European
Imaging Academy, is hosting an industrial Vision
Technology Forum at Silverstone in May. More?
yourself an edge - Join the NI LabVIEW Developer
National Instruments LabVIEW Developer Tour
offers presentations, demos and hands-on session
for both new and experienced engineers. More?
safety seminars - new dates and venues announced
The Machinery Safety Alliance has announced
details for its 2014 seminars, which feature
talks from Steve Shaw (HSE) and industry experts. More?
PAScal safety calculator now uses VDMA 66413
Pilz has released a major new version of its
PAScal software for calculating parameters
in control systems designed to EN ISO 13849-1
or EN 62061. More?
white paper: optimally cushioned pneumatic
Festo's white paper explains how cushioning
can reduce cycle times and component sizes,
and the pros and cons of alternative technologies. More?
furnace benefits from upgraded condition
Sensonics has supplied Senturion proximity
probes and a Sentry G3 monitoring and protection
system for a major project at SSI's Redcar
source of standard and custom worm gear sets
for the UK
R.A. Rodriguez is introducing the high-quality
yet very competitively priced Framo Morat standard
and custom worm gear sets to the UK market. More?
customisable safety system for robotic palletiser
Fortress Interlocks explains how its new tGard
customisable safety system can be applied to
the safeguarding of robotic palletisers and
other machinery. More?
All talk and no action
This week Dilbert explains his need for more
space, Wally speaks of dark matter, and Alice
says 'nothing' to the Pointy-Haired
guidance on machinery guarding standards
Procter Machine Guarding has published the
10th edition of its Machinery Guarding Standards
booklet, updating the standards and useful