This time last year it was thought that machine
guarding standard EN 953 would be replaced
by ISO 14120 before the end of 2014, but production
of the Final Draft took longer than expected.
With the status now officially 'International
Standard under publication' there should
be no further changes, so Procter Machine Guarding
has updated its White Paper that details the
differences between ISO 14120 and EN 953. Scroll
down to the Useful Resource item below to find
2016 slashes design time for machine builders
New and improved features in Solidworks enable
machine builders to cut the time required for
designing machines and managing the process. More?
launches Freeformer additive manufacturing
The Freeformer stands out from other additive
manufacturing systems with its two nozzles
and its use of standard plastic or elastomer
linear guide is ultra-light and non-magnetic
The new igus drylin W linear guide is constructed
from carbon fibre reinforced polymer and offers
several advantages over steel or alloy guides. More?
to use laser scanners correctly for machine
Dr Martin Kidman of Sick explains that selecting
the right safety products only gets you half
way to a safe machine; they must also be used
helps machine builders offer improved availability
Omron's Robert Brooks outlines how modern
control platforms help to boost machine availability
and, therefore, overall equipment effectiveness. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
how adhesives improve productivity and reliability
Henkel is hosting two webinars in November
to explain how adhesives benefit machine builders
in terms of productivity and equipment reliability. More?
Technology Forum to be held at Silverstone
If you use or are considering machine vision,
have a look at this event being hosted by Stemmer
Imaging and the European Imaging Academy. More?
range of guard interlocks offers greater
Pilz has launched more models of PSENslock
interlock, with separate outputs for 'closed' and 'locked' and
options for preventing unexpected startup. More?
extends Optimised Motion Series of electric
New additions to the OMS family extend the
capability of this range that offers the performance
of electric axes with the simplicity of pneumatics. More?
Vision700 all-in-one PLC+HMI with 7-inch
Unitronics' Vision700 PLC has an integrated
7inch touchscreen, Ethernet port, and is offered
with a choice of communications and I/O modules. More?
to specify and integrate electromagnetic
clutches and brakes
This guidance from Techdrives will help engineers
specify the right product and integrate it
into a design to maximise benefits and avoid
imaging camera offers advantages for metal
Micro-Epsilon says its competitively priced
TIM M1 thermal imaging camera is revolutionising
temperature measurement for metal processing. More?
launches control systems for Industrial Internet
National Instruments' new CompactRIO,
FlexRIO and Single-Board RIO are great for
developing and implementing monitoring and
control projects. More?
access to condition monitoring data via 3G
A remote access system from M.A.C. Solutions
is enabling a customer to download condition
monitoring data from mobile equipment. More?
and amGardpro interlocks gain new connectivity
Fortress Interlocks is now offering AS-i
on its tGard and amGardpro interlocks, and
PROFIsafe on amGrardpro modular interlocks. More?
safety and functional testers aid standards
Whitelegg offers a range of functional and
safety testers that are fully featured, easy-to-use
and cost-effective for machine builders. More?
module for torque, rpm, angle and displacement
New from HBM, the easy-to-use MX460B digital
pulse and frequency DAQ module offers excellent
flexibility and measurement performance. More?
patent granted for Lee Spring's plastic spring
Lee Spring's highly innovative LeeP plastic
composite spring has been granted a patent
by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. More?
offers small-footprint, low-power USB Type-C
Mouser Electronics is now stocking Fairchild
Semiconductor's USB Type-C portfolio
of products for compact devices with low power
differences between guarding standards ISO
14120 and EN 953
Jeremy Procter of Procter Machine Guarding
details the differences between EN 953 and
the new machinery guarding standard that will
soon replace it. More?
Uselessness has its uses
This week we explore Wally's uselessness,
how it relates to his job satisfaction and
how his co-workers feel about it. More?