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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st October 2014

This month's newsletter covers a broad spectrum of products, systems and technologies for machine builders and integrators; we have everything from compact and collaborative robots through to innovative handling, the Internet of Things and servitization (think of it as providing customers with an added-value, serviced-based offering rather than just a machine). We have also updated our web page dedicated to machinery risk assessments.


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urUniversal Robots presents next generation of lightweight robots
Universal Robots' third-generation robots for standalone and collaborative tasks feature faster start-up, adjustable safety-rated functions and more I/O. More?

ctem4 high-performance nano-PLC is ready for the Internet of Things
Crouzet Automation says its new em4 nano-PLC enables machine builders to offer more added-value services to customers by virtue of the IoT. More?

foWaveHandling modular conveyor and sorter for delicate objects
Festo's WaveHandling pneumatic conveyor system can be used for the controlled movement and sorting of delicate items such as fruit and vegetables. More?

isigus chainflex M cables rated for 1 million double strokes
Suitable for applications with lower cycle rates, the new igus chainflex M cables are more cost-effective than standard chainflex products. More?

abABB's YuMi collaborative robot has the ability to feel and see
ABB has unveiled the YuMi robot for semi-automated assembly workstations in which the robot is used collaboratively with a human operative. More?


isRegister now for the Industrial Automation Conference 2014
IHS Technology is pleased to invite readers of to attend the Industrial Automation Conference, taking place in London later this month. More?

niNational Instruments' NIDays annual conference
You can now register to attend the NIDays annual event for engineers and scientists involved in automation, measurement and embedded design. More?


ahAdvantech's strategy for the Internet of Things
Drawing on its in-depth experience of industrial cloud computing and intelligent systems, Advantech has developed a strategy for the Internet of Things. More?

ndEasing the transition from IE2 to IE3 energy-efficient motors
Nord Drivesystems is offering practical advice and dimensionally interchangeable IE3 motors to ease the necessary transition from IE2 units. More?

pzProgrammable safety system used for automotive paint shop
An automotive component supplier has used Pilz PSS 4000 systems to optimise productivity and safety in its fully automated robotic paint shops. More?

rzOne-stop shop for standard and custom gears
R.A. Rodriguez is promoting its expanded portfolio of standard and custom gear ranges suitable for most machine building applications. More?

skScanningRuler 3D vision system boosts robot picking productivity
Sick's new ScanningRuler 3D camera system is easy to integrate, making vision-guided robot picking more productive and cost-effective. More?

srMachine vision resources for everyone from experts to beginners
Stemmer Imaging offers an extensive array of machine vision resources including a 450-page handbook, training, mobile apps and technical tips. More?

fstGard - a new modular, customisable access control station
Fortress Interlocks' compact, metal-bodied tGard safety system can be configured with interlocks, emergency stops and operator controls. More?

mcInternet machine servicing, servitization and Industry 4.0
This article from MAC Solutions explains how machine builders can adopt Industry 4.0 technologies and servitization to increase revenues. More?


Believable, gullible and laughable
This week we witness the culture of incompetence, the Pointy-Haired Boss is taken in by a salesman's story, and Wally becomes a workaholic. More?


Machine risk assessment guidance, tips and advice
This recently updated page on is packed with information, advice and sources of further information. More?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
Sales Manager
Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314


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