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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th June 2014

This month I want to highlight two excellent technical articles. The first of these, from Sick, explains the revisions to IEC 61496-1 (EN 61496-1), the standard for electro-sensitive protective equipment such as light curtains and laser area scanners. This article is highly recommended if you use this type of safety device on your machines.

Second, we have an article from Pilz about EN ISO 14119:2013, the new standard for guard interlocking devices. Pilz had previously written about the anticipated standard but has now amended the article following publication of the standard and its harmonisation to the Machinery Directive. If your machines have guard interlocks, I suggest you read this article.


icIDEC SmartAxis Touch combines PLC and HMI functions
A new compact IDEC SmartAxis Touch all-in-one PLC and touchscreen HMI reduces system costs and improves machine aesthetics. More?

hsAnybus X-gateway 'network translators' upgraded
HMS Industrial Networks is launching enhanced versions of its popular Anybus X-gateways for communications between different industrial networks. More?

skMiniature all-electric parallel gripper with ultra-fast response
Schunk says its new EGP size 25 mechatronic gripper is the smallest of its type and has the best ratio of stroke to closing time. More?

hdLynxDrive servo actuators are compact, accurate and reliable
The new LynxDrive compact actuators incorporate a synchronous servo motor, feedback sensor and a high-precision Harmonic Drive gear unit. More?

teField-installable version of compact industrial I/O connector
TE Connectivity is introducing a field-installable version of its Industrial Mini I/O connector that is one-quarter the size of conventional RJ45 plugs. More?


paMachinery Safety Seminars hosted by PPMA
PPMA seminars cover the following: Machinery Guarding; Machinery Risk Assessment; Machinery Directive; Robotics Safety; and Functional Safety. More?

mbThe Machine Building Show and seminar programme
Find out more about the UK's only national machine building show and seminar programme, taking place at the NEC in the autumn. More?


pcMulti-touch panel PCs with powerful Intel Core i7 processors
Phoenix Contact's new IP65 Designline series 7000 panel PCs benefit from fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processors and intuitive multi-touch operation. More?

pzAll-in-one device with safety bolt and switches cuts engineering time
Pilz PSENbolt devices combine a handle, mechanical bolt and a choice of safety switches to meet the needs of different hinged gate applications. More?

ssAffordable intelligent protection for smaller rotating plant
The compact, cost-effective yet fully programmable Sensonics DN26 G3 machinery protection monitor helps to avoid downtime on smaller rotating plant. More?

ahRobust worm-drive rotary stages outperform alternatives
Aerotech's AGR series motorised rotary stages provide significant improvements in speed, load capacity and long-term positioning performance. More?

leNew machine controllers are compact and cost-effective
Lenze is launching cost-effective panel-mount p300 controllers with integral colour touchscreens, and c300 controllers for mounting on DIN rail. More?


Evolution - the pros and cons
Dilbert recovers from last week's 'leadership' from the Pointy-Haired Boss, while the office robot evolves into a super-intelligent being. More?


stRemote monitoring of operational data on mobile machines
Sensor-Technik has published a PDF booklet that explains how a teleservice can be used to access, analyse and use data from remote mobile machinery. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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