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.
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
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?
AksIM 18-bit true-position magnetic rotary
RLS is introducing the AksIM true-position
magnetic rotary encoder with zero mechanical
hysteresis and a low-profile, through-bore
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
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?
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?
and Functional Safety training courses in
Book now for Phoenix Contact's 2014 electrical
and functional safety training courses, held
in conjunction with TUV SUD and Mechan Controlss. More?
Smart Motor speed is set using smartphone
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?
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
calibration service for force transducers
HBM's simplified DAkkS-accredited calibration
service for force transducers will benefit
all users, whether industrial or research and
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?
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?
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?
If you were away over Christmas and the New
Year, remember that you can scroll back through
a month of archived Dilbert cartoons. More?
Directive Harmonised Standards - latest
See what changed in the list of Machinery Directive
Harmonised Standards published in the Official
Journal of the European Union on 28 November