For those of you who have been looking forward
to the merger of ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 into
a single machine functional safety standard
IEC/ISO 17305, I am afraid you are going to
be disappointed. ISO has ceased its involvement
in the project, so there will be no merger.
Still on the subject of functional safety
standards, a second amendment to EN
62061 (IEC 62061) was published
in October, containing minor amendments and
updates to normative references. However, Stewart
Robinson of TUV SUD Product Service has told
me that IEC may produce a new edition of this
standard to incorporate some of the changes
that were being considered for IEC/ISO 17305.
In November's newsletter it was suggested
that the publication of machine guarding standard
ISO 14120 (replacing EN 953) was imminent and,
indeed, it has now been published. A new subclause
in ISO 14120 relates to 'Guards with
electrically conductive parts' and this
month we have a technical article explaining
the requirements and their relationship to
those found in the electrical safety standard
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single guard switch monitors door pairs
Mechan Controls' patented HED safety
switch monitors two adjacent doors with a single
switch and a coded magnetic actuator on each
Bowmet plain bearings out-perform alternatives
Bowman International says its new Bowmet heavy-duty,
corrosion-resistant bearings represent the
biggest advance in plain bearings for 70 years. More?
roller shutter doors for machine guarding
Kabelschlepp is using its extruded aluminium
link apron system to create customised roller
shutter doors for machine guarding applications. More?
tool for selecting motors and gearboxes
Apex Dynamics has a very useful tool on its
website for selecting electric motors and planetary,
hypoid and right-angled bevel gearboxes. More?
ISO 14120 and electrically conductive parts
of machine guards
Warren Spiers of Spiers Engineering Safety
discusses electrical aspects of ISO 14120,
the new machine guarding standard replacing
EN 953. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
Manufacturing and Electronics 2016
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics returns
to FIVE, Farnborough, from 9-11 February, with
hundreds of exhibitors and 28 seminar sessions. More?
introduces new machinery safety seminars
Pilz is adding two seminars to its already
extensive portfolio, one covering risk assessments
and the other the Machinery Directive and CE
positioning stage with nanometre precision
at high speeds
Aerotech's QFOCUS QF1 piezo nanopositioning
stage features ultra-precision capacitive sensing
for microscope objective and optics positioning. More?
cost-effective wireless I/O modules for industrial
Advantech says its new 2.4G WISE-4000 IoT wireless
I/O modules will revolutionise data collection
from remote or difficult-to-wire locations. More?
challenges of creating The Industrial Internet
M.A.C Solutions is offering a white paper from
Kepware, 'Industrial Internet of Things
and Communications at the Edge', outlining
five key IIoT challenges. More?
both new and existing machines need PUWER
Neil Dyson of TUV SUD Product Service explains
the need for PUWER assessments, even on new
safety controller offers advantages over
Wieland is offering MachineBuilding.net readers
a samosPRO COMPACT starter set for £299
(worth £670) so you can experience the
benefits yourself. More?
relays simplify level monitoring and control
ifm electronic's new DL series relays
make it easy to control levels by switching
an output in response to signals from one
or two sensors. More?
of 'bottom up' installation for automation
Murrelektronik explains how a 'bottom up' approach
to the installation of automation systems is
more cost-effective and efficient. More?
servo bundle optimised for compact machines
Schneider's cost-effective Lexium
bundle offers out-of-the-box integration,
optimised performance, embedded safety and
energy efficiency. More?
2015 Advent Calendar
Have a look at the Lenze Advent Calendar, which
is bigger and better this year, with dual emphases
on fun and information. More?
Marking and rating plates manufactured to
Whatever your requirements for standard or
bespoke machine CE marking plates and rating
plates, Nameplates365 can supply them. More?
IoT e-store redefines industrial online purchasing
With an intuitive interface that works on all
web-enabled devices, Advantech's new
eStore improves access to industrial computing
to select the right robot gripper
Andrew Mason of R.A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited
explains how to select the right robotic gripper,
particularly when using collaborative robots. More?
Did somebody mention collaborative
This week the office robot asks Dilbert to
teach it how to code. Keep watching to see
what happens next. More?