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Editor: Jonathan Severn
5th March 2014

Recently I have been spending more time watching the discussions develop in various machinery safety groups on LinkedIn - and I have contributed to a few as well. These groups are an excellent way to seek advice from experts without the effort and expense of engaging a consultant, though obviously you have to use your professional judgement before acting on the advice given.

Beyond the dozens of machinery safety groups there are countless groups relating to aspects of machine building and industrial automation such as machine design, pneumatics, hydraulics, motion control and so on. If you have not yet joined LinkedIn, then I would urge you to consider it (don't worry, you can open an account without divulging every last detail of your professional life). And if you are already a member, my profile is at http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonathansevern

EDITOR'S CHOICE

mtServos motors are drop-in replacements for pancake motors
Motor Technology is introducing brushless servo motors that are designed to be drop-in replacements for discontinued 'pancake' motors. More?

emEurotherm launches new precision E+PLC family
New from Invensys Eurotherm, the E+PLC precision PLCs combine precision measurement and control, secure data recording and visualisation. More?

hlHenkel claims world's first structural, instant adhesive
Loctite 4090 cyanoacrylate/epoxy hybrid adhesive is reported to offer the fixture speed of an instant adhesive and the strength of a structural epoxy. More?

mnMTN/5000 condition monitoring system is easy to use
The Monitran MTN/5000 condition monitoring system has up to 12 channels and indicates when action or further analysis might be necessary. More?

tsUniversal joint FAQs answered by Techdrives
Techdrives has published a useful set of frequently asked questions relating to universal joints for machinery applications. More?

EVENTS

dmDrives & Controls and co-located events in April
The Drives & Controls show and other events take place at the NEC, including technical seminars and the Motor Driven Systems conference. More?

siUK Vision Technology Forum to be held at Silverstone
Stemmer Imaging, in conjunction with the European Imaging Academy, is hosting an industrial Vision Technology Forum at Silverstone in May. More?

SPONSORED ANNOUNCEMENTS

rwBLOODHOUND SSC turns to Renishaw for 3D printing expertise
Renishaw has used its laser melting additive manufacturing technology to create a prototype titanium nose tip for the BLOODHOUND supersonic car. More?

ahUsability and ergonomics of human-machine interfaces
Advantech's article highlights the benefits offered by the latest generation of human-machine interfaces due to enhanced ergonomics and usability. More?

ndNew motor-mounted inverter for simple drive applications
Nord Drivesystems' new SK 180E motor-mounted frequency inverters are cost-effective for simple distributed drive applications such as fans and pumps. More?

pzAdvanced multifunction light curtains with no dead zones
New PSENopt Advanced safety light curtains from Pilz have no dead zones and can be used in applications requiring muting, blanking or cascading. More?

lsSee new Lee Spring products at MACH 2014
Lee Spring will be at MACH with new metric Bantam Mini compression springs and slender, low-index, High Pressure compression springs. More?

ahIntegrated XY stage for high geometric and dynamic performance
Aerotech's low-profile, compact PlanarDL stages are cost-effective for applications requiring excellent geometric and dynamic performance. More?

leModular muting safety light beams are easy to specify and install
Leuze electronic is launching pre-mounted modular safety light barriers to speed the specification and installation of systems with muting. More?

DAILY DILBERT

Flatter better or falter faster?
This week we observe Dilbert, the Pointy-Haired Boss and their co-workers experimenting with a flattened management structure. More?

USEFUL RESOURCE

rlGlossary of terms: permanent magnet motors
This extensive glossary of terms relating to permanent-magnet electric motor technology has been compiled by Bill Bertram of REGAL C&I Europe. More?

Jonathan Severn
Editor
editor@machinebuilding.net

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager
a.turner@machinebuilding.net
Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314

 


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