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Editor: Jonathan Severn
5th February 2014

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 control systems)?

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 For example, there are amended references to other standards that have been updated or superseded, and Annex D, which provided example failure modes and failure mode ratios for different components, has been deleted in favour of a note containing suggested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 EN 62061:2005+A1:2013 for MachineBuilding.net and provided not only an analysis of the changes but also useful insight into why the changes have been made.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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rlAllen-Bradley Micro820 PLC optimised for remote automation
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mxNew software for easier implementation of vision-guided robotics
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EVENTS AND COURSES

pzPilz updates machinery safety training programme for 2014
Pilz is adding new courses to its already extensive machinery safety schedule: EN ISO 13849-1; PUWER; Packaging Machinery; and Robot Safety. More?

niNI 2014 Technical Symposium presents graphical system design
National Instruments UK & Ireland is hosting a Technical Symposium at three locations during February, with presentations and hands-on sessions. More?

SPONSORED ANNOUNCEMENTS

prMachine guarding compliance surveys
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ssCompact, affordable protection for small to medium machines
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tvWhat 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?

srHow to select linear actuators for positioning systems
Mike Hughes of Schaeffler UK provides advice on selecting the most suitable linear actuators for single- and multi-axis positioning systems. More?

msThe eWON Flexy M2M VPN Router - 'the clear leader'
Dave Hammond of M.A.C Solutions discusses the innovative eWON Flexy and how it benefits engineers wanting to implement M2M communications. More?

mnNew online Application Finder for 2D/3D laser profile scanners
Micro-Epsilon has developed a novel product selector to help engineers choose the optimum scanCONTROL 2D/3D laser profile scanner for their application. More?

DAILY DILBERT

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USEFUL RESOURCE

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Jonathan Severn
Editor
editor@machinebuilding.net

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Sales Manager
a.turner@machinebuilding.net
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