EN 62061:2005/A1:2013 was listed in the Official
Journal of the European Union (OJ) as a Machinery
Directive Harmonised Standard on 28 November
2013, but what are the differences between
this and the unamended EN 62061 (Safety of
machinery. Functional safety of safety-related
electrical, electronic and programmable electronic
The amendments are many and varied, though
most machine builders working to this standard
rather than EN ISO 13849-1 will find it straightforward
to migrate to the new version. For example,
there are amended references to other standards
that have been updated or superseded, and Annex
D, which provided example failure modes and
failure mode ratios for different components,
has been deleted in favour of a note containing
suggested sources for this type of information.
David Collier of Pilz Automation Technology
has kindly reviewed BS
for MachineBuilding.net and provided not only
an analysis of the changes but also useful
insight into why the changes have been made.
drylin Q square linear guides with adjustable
Drylin Q square linear guides from igus feature
inherent torque resistance, adjustable clearance
and the option of a carriage-locking clamp
ABB Authorized Value Provider network for
drives and motors
ABB says its Authorized Value Provider programme
sets a new benchmark for technical advice,
delivery, life cycle support and customer
Micro820 PLC optimised for remote automation
Rockwell Automation's new Allen-Bradley
Micro820 PLC has 20 I/O, an Ethernet port,
a microSD slot, PWM output, recipe management
and data logging. More?
introduces high-performance CBL Series electric
The SMAC CBL series electric cylinders create
new opportunities for voice coil actuators
thanks to their higher speed, longer life and
competitive pricing. More?
software for easier implementation of vision-guided
Matrox Imaging has developed new software for
interfacing vision systems directly over Ethernet
with ABB and FANUC robot controllers. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
updates machinery safety training programme
Pilz is adding new courses to its already extensive
machinery safety schedule: EN ISO 13849-1;
PUWER; Packaging Machinery; and Robot Safety. More?
2014 Technical Symposium presents graphical
National Instruments UK & Ireland is hosting
a Technical Symposium at three locations during
February, with presentations and hands-on sessions. More?
guarding compliance surveys
Are you uncertain whether your existing machines
comply with current regulations relating to
guard safety? Ask for a survey from Procter
Machine Guarding. More?
affordable protection for small to medium
The Sensonics DN26 G3 Machinery Protection
Monitor is cost-effective for smaller
equipment such as fans, pumps, motors and centrifuges. More?
machine builders need to know about exporting
to the USA
Paul Laidler of TUV SUD Product Service explains
the pros and cons of NRTL Certification and
Field Labelling when exporting
machinery to the USA. More?
to select linear actuators for positioning
Mike Hughes of Schaeffler UK provides advice
on selecting the most suitable linear actuators
for single- and multi-axis positioning systems. More?
eWON Flexy M2M VPN Router - 'the clear
Dave Hammond of M.A.C Solutions discusses the
innovative eWON Flexy and how it benefits engineers
wanting to implement M2M communications. More?
online Application Finder for 2D/3D laser
Micro-Epsilon has developed a novel product
selector to help engineers choose the optimum
scanCONTROL 2D/3D laser profile scanner for
their application. More?
Cake, anger and great ideas
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss tells Dilbert
to eat more cake, Alice gets angry and the
new employee has a great idea. More?
to select correct IP ratings for electrical
Chris Lloyd of Spelsberg els UK offers an insight
into IP ratings, how they affect product selection,
and why you should not over-specify
IP ratings. More?