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Editor: Jonathan Severn
8th January 2014

December’s CBI Industrial Trends Survey found UK manufacturers' order books and output were at an 18-year high for the second consecutive month. Furthermore, firms expect output growth to continue over the coming three months, albeit at a somewhat slower pace.

This survey follows the publication of statistics in the autumn by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) that showed confidence in the sector is at a two-year high, with a large majority of companies predicting improvements in their businesses over the next twelve months.

Let us hope that 2014 does turn out to be a good year for machine builders and system integrators, as well as manufacturers wanting to upgrade existing machinery and factory automation.


stBig data in manufacturing - how to make it work
Sue Roche of SolutionsPT explains how some manufacturers are already benefitting from using 'big data' and why more should embrace it. More?

anNew ultra-thin hybrid stepper motor from Astrosyn
Astrosyn's MY9401-07N has a body length of just 9mm, yet the size 23 rare earth hybrid stepper motor achieves smooth motion and 8Ncm holding torque. More?

rwNew AksIM 18-bit true-position magnetic rotary encoder
RLS is introducing the AksIM true-position magnetic rotary encoder with zero mechanical hysteresis and a low-profile, through-bore configuration. More?

srGocator 3100 series smart sensors collect 3D data in one shot
With integral lighting and stereo scanning, the Gocator 3100 series sensors from Stemmer Imaging capture 3D point clouds in a single shot. More?

haLow-cost all-electronic foot potentiometer is wear-free
Herga Technology's new 6210-VO foot potentiometer features an optical position sensor that ensures a lifetime of more than one million operations. More?


smSouthern Manufacturing seminars announced
Space is limited, so register now for the technical seminars that will take place during the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics event in February. More?

pxElectrical and Functional Safety training courses in 2014
Book now for Phoenix Contact's 2014 electrical and functional safety training courses, held in conjunction with TUV SUD and Mechan Controlss. More?


leLenze Smart Motor speed is set using smartphone app
Lenze Smart Motors have a wide speed setting range, do not require starters or contactors, and have the speed set using a smartphone app. More?

lgHigh-speed 'waveform profile' linear positioner
LG Motion has designed, built and commissioned a high-speed belt-driven linear slide and motion control system for a 9m water flume at Imperial College. More?

hmNew calibration service for force transducers
HBM's simplified DAkkS-accredited calibration service for force transducers will benefit all users, whether industrial or research and development. More?

ahWidescreen panel PC with multitouch and expansion slots
Advantech's PPC-4150W widescreen multitouch panel PC features multiple IO ports and expansion slots for machine and factory automation applications. More?

stFreely programmable control module for mobile applications
Sensor-Technik's ESX-IOXp control module is a rugged IP67 device with two CAN interfaces, an RS232 interface, and it can connect to a maximum of 26 I/O. More?

pzPilz PASmsi app for machine PL and SIL determination
Pilz has developed iOS and Android versions of a Mobile Safety Inspector app for assessing machine risks and calculating PL and SIL. More?


Deprivation denied
If you were away over Christmas and the New Year, remember that you can scroll back through a month of archived Dilbert cartoons. More?


ceMachinery Directive Harmonised Standards - latest list
See what changed in the list of Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 November 2013. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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