A new list of Machinery Directive Harmonised
Standards was published in the Official Journal
of the European Union (OJ) on 13 February 2015.
As with previous lists, I have analysed and
summarised the changes so you can see at a
glance whether there are any implications for
the machines you build.
This time there has only been one change to
the B-Type standards, namely a new edition
of EN ISO 11200:2014 (Acoustics - Noise emitted
by machinery and equipment - Guidelines for
the use of basic standards for the determination
of emission sound pressure levels at a work
station and at other specified positions).
All other changes are amendments, new editions
or completely new C-Type standards relating
to particular classes of machinery. Follow
the link to see the changes
to the Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards.
Just as we were going to press we received
an announcement from Control Techniques about
high-frequency drives and the EU Dual Use Regulation.
I would urge European machine builders to have
a look at this because there is a significant
risk they could be inadvertently breaking the
law. The article is here: High-frequency drive
users: are you breaking the law?
Thermo Kit simplifies compressor energy recovery
Atlas Copco's new Thermo Kit makes it
far easier to recover waste energy from compressors,
with return on investment typically achieved
in 12 months. More?
adjustment system for dual-lead worm gear
Renold Gears' high-precision Ren-Adjust
adjustment mechanism minimises the time required
for adjusting backlash in dual-lead worm gear
E gantries from stock for XY, XZ and XYZ
igus can now deliver standard sizes of multi-axis
gantries, complete with motors and belt drives,
within 24 hours of ordering. More?
water-cooled motors are ultracompact and
Water-cooled motors from WEG's subsidiary
AKH offer 1.5 to 2.6 times the power density
of conventional water-cooled motors, with efficiencies
up to IE5. More?
laser marker suits 'cold marking' of plastics
A versatile new Telesis UVC laser marking system
marks plastics and silicones without the need
for additives, as well as glass and other materials. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
of dynamic weighing: two-day HBM seminar
In May HBM will run a two-day seminar 'Fundamentals
of dynamic weighing and strain gauge load cells' providing
both theoretical and practical advice. More?
Show returns to NEC for largest event in
This September's PPMA Show will be bigger
than last year's, with more exhibitors
and a new Robotics and Industrial Vision area. More?
Find out how to configure multi-axis
systems much, much faster
Festo will show how multi-axis handling systems
can be configured in just 20 minutes, and pre-tested
ready-to-run systems delivered in 16 days. More?
a new miniature incremental optical encoder
Renishaw's innovative ATOM non-contact
linear and rotary encoder system avoids the
compromises usually associated with miniaturised
and automation system selected for packaging
Zweifel Pomy-Chips has used Pilz PSS 4000 automation
systems to control the automation and safety
functions on nine upgraded packaging lines. More?
grippers and force/torque sensors for Universal
R. A. Rodriguez is now supplying Robotiq's
all-electric adaptive grippers and force/torque
sensors that are very easy to use with Universal
for perimeter guarding of robots and robot
This detailed technical article from Procter
Machine Guarding explains the requirements
and options for guarding industrial robots. More?
guidance on machinery safety, new edition
TUV SUD Product Service has published the 5th
edition of its popular and very useful ebook
that is packed with advice about machinery
Panel Computers for automation and IoT
Advantech's automation control panels
benefit from 4th-generation Intel Core i3
CPUs to improve performance with iDoor and
multitouch technologies. More?
machine vision offers versatility and reliability
Flir's uncooled thermal machine vision
cameras offer benefits over traditional vision
systems where small temperature differences
can be detected. More?
introduction to Industry 4.0 for machine
This article from Bosch Rexroth introduces
Industry 4.0 and highlights some of the potential
benefits for machine builders and their clients. More?
UR3 - a
versatile, lightweight table-top collaborative
Universal Robots has launched a table-top six-axis
collaborative robot with a payload of 3kg,
0.1mm repeatability and advanced safety settings. More?
Analysis, predictions, jargon - and
an element of guesswork
This week we see how Wally enjoys his role
as the company's new Chief Economist. More?