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Editor: Jonathan Severn
2nd April 2014

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 time:

  • B&R's Scalability+ philosophy makes life easier when creating machine control systems that are similar to one another but with differences;
  • 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.


nnCompressed 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?

rwATOM: a new miniature incremental optical encoder from Renishaw
Renishaw's ATOM is an innovative non-contact linear and rotary encoder system benefiting from dirt immunity, signal stability and reliability. More?

eaIndexing 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?

acAIRnet piping is faster to install and reduces pressure drops
Atlas Copco is launching the Pre Fit (PF) Series AIRnet piping system with pre-torqued connectors for faster push-together assembly. More?

hcHow to design state-of-the-art electrohydraulic drive systems
This article from Hydac outlines what to consider and techniques to apply when designing state-of-the-art electrohydraulic drive systems. More?


dmSeminar programme for Drives & Controls and co-located events
As part of its package of events this month, organiser DFA Media will be staging its biggest ever seminar and conference programme. More?

siUK 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?

niGive yourself an edge - Join the NI LabVIEW Developer Tour
National Instruments LabVIEW Developer Tour offers presentations, demos and hands-on session for both new and experienced engineers. More?

maMachinery 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?


pzPilz PAScal safety calculator now uses VDMA 66413 library
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?

foNew white paper: optimally cushioned pneumatic cylinders
Festo's white paper explains how cushioning can reduce cycle times and component sizes, and the pros and cons of alternative technologies. More?

ssBlast furnace benefits from upgraded condition monitoring
Sensonics has supplied Senturion proximity probes and a Sentry G3 monitoring and protection system for a major project at SSI's Redcar steelworks. More?

rzNew 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?

fstGard customisable safety system for robotic palletiser cells
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 Boss. More?


prUpdated guidance on machinery guarding standards
Procter Machine Guarding has published the 10th edition of its Machinery Guarding Standards booklet, updating the standards and useful resources. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager
Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314


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