A new list of Machinery Directive Harmonised
Standards was published in the Official Journal
of the European Union (OJ) on 11 April 2014.
As expected, EN ISO 14119:2013 (the standard
for guard interlocks) is now listed. This is
the only change to the Type-B standard, as
all the other changes relate to Type-C standards.
A dozen changes have been made to the Type-C
standards, these being a mix of all-new standards
and new versions of existing standards. The
changes relate to specific classes of machinery
and equipment ranging from compressors and
vacuum pumps through to woodworking machinery,
machine tools and garden equipment. There is
also a new version of EN 61496-1:2013 'Safety
of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective
equipment - Part 1: General requirements and
tests'. Follow the link to see a summary
of the changes in the latest list of Machinery
Directive Harmonised Standards.
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benefits over many of the user-configurable
configurable safety relay increases productivity
Rockwell Automation says machine builders can
easily implement safety functions while improving
productivity with the 440C-CR30 safety relay. More?
PLC Logic modular programmable logic relay
Phoenix Contact's PLC Logic programmable logic
relay system is compact, easy to program and
highly versatile for small automation projects. More?
robot has 'class-leading speed and reach'
Small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper,
the MZ07 robot from ATM is said to have the
best speed and reach of any robot in the 5-7kg
payload class. More?
actuators for turntable or pick-and-place
Bibus (UK) says the Absodex direct-drive rotary
actuators provide excellent torque at low and
high speeds, as well as precision motion and
seminars combine DAQ knowledge with hands-on
HBM On Tour 2014 provides an excellent opportunity
for engineers to learn about new measurement
technologies and gain valuable hand-on experience. More?
to have a customised IPC for the price of
a standard IPC
Advantech has published an Industrial PC Trends
White Paper that discusses the shift from standard
IPCs and customised IPCs to configured-to-order
update to Pilz Machinery Safety Training
Pilz has redesigned its 'Using PAScal
Safety Calculator Software' course to
take account of the new PAScal version that
supports the VDMA 66413 library format. More?
laser profile sensors are smarter and smaller
Micro-Epsilon's new scanCONTROL 2600
/ 2900 COMPACT series 2D/3D laser profile sensors
are lightweight devices with integrated controllers. More?
magnetic position sensors improve accuracy
Sick says its new MPS and MPA analogue sensors
for standard pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders
offer unprecedented positional accuracy. More?
colour touchscreen PLC for an incredible
Unitronics is launching the Samba PLC with
integral 3.5inch touchscreen display and I/O,
all for a price similar to that of a PLC with
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to design machine guards to deter defeating
Jeremy Procter explains how carefully designed
guards can discourage the defeating of interlocks
during machine setting, operation and maintenance. More?
launches Flexy modular industrial M2M router
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machine-to-machine VPN router will revolutionise
remote access to industrial sites and machines. More?
HMIs with multi-touch and improved performance
Mitsubishi Electric's GOT2000 HMIs deliver
higher performance and plant efficiency through
expanded functionality, cost-efficiency and
easy integration. More?
Questions and quiescence
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss queries Dilbert's
data, while Wally talks about how he has spent
his time. More?
factory ergonomics impacts productivity,
quality and health
Bosch Rexroth has published a new white paper
that explains how ergonomics can boost productivity
and quality, as well as employee health. More?