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
Second, we have an article from Pilz about
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
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?
X-gateway 'network translators' upgraded
HMS Industrial Networks is launching enhanced
versions of its popular Anybus X-gateways for
communications between different industrial
all-electric parallel gripper with ultra-fast
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?
servo actuators are compact, accurate and
The new LynxDrive compact actuators incorporate
a synchronous servo motor, feedback sensor
and a high-precision Harmonic Drive gear unit. More?
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?
Safety Seminars hosted by PPMA
PPMA seminars cover the following: Machinery
Guarding; Machinery Risk Assessment; Machinery
Directive; Robotics Safety; and Functional
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?
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
device with safety bolt and switches cuts
Pilz PSENbolt devices combine a handle, mechanical
bolt and a choice of safety switches to meet
the needs of different hinged gate applications. More?
intelligent protection for smaller rotating
The compact, cost-effective yet fully programmable
Sensonics DN26 G3 machinery protection monitor
helps to avoid downtime on smaller rotating
worm-drive rotary stages outperform alternatives
Aerotech's AGR series motorised rotary
stages provide significant improvements in
speed, load capacity and long-term positioning
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?
monitoring of operational data on mobile
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?