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Editor: Jonathan Severn
6th April 2016

Are you ready for this month's changes to CE marking? Although the Machinery Directive is not involved, changes to other directives - including the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive, Low Voltage Directive and EMC Directive - mean that machine builders and system integrators should check whether they need to amend any documentation. Find out more in this article about the changes to CE marking from TRaC, an Element Materials Technology Company.

In the March newsletter I mentioned a forthcoming new edition of the official guidance on the application of the Machinery Directive. Mario Gabrielli Cossellu of the European Commission has told me that the Machinery Working Group is still receiving comments on the draft but is planning to publish the new guidance in the summer.


acCarbon Composite Bellows Springs cut weight and friction
Abssac is offering Carbon Composite Bellows Springs (disc springs) that reduce mass and friction, and improve dynamic response. More?

ayversiondog software wins IT Innovation Award
Auvesy's versiondog software has been recognised for its ability to help industrial automation firms manage programs and data sets. More?

anAir curtain and pneumatic shutter for camera enclosures
autoVimation is extending its range of enclosures and accessories for machine vision cameras with new air curtains and pneumatic shutters. More?

ioNew ISO guidance for collaborative robot safety
ISO has published a new Technical Specification ISO/TS 15066 to support the safe implementation of collaborative robotic systems. More?

asANSYS unveils Release 17.0 - 'Excellence Times Ten'
ANSYS says engineers from all disciplines will see step-change improvements in engineering simulation with ANSYS 17.0 software. More?


daPlan your visit to Drives & Controls
Use our Show Preview and the event website to plan which stands to visit and which seminars to attend at this month's Drives & Controls event. More?

paPPMA seminar: Machinery Directive and CE marking
The PPMA's next seminar covers a broad range of topics relating to the Machinery Directive and both new and existing machines. More?

pcPilz machinery safety training courses in April
This month Pilz is hosting training courses on basic machine safety, electrical safety, risk assessment and functional safety standards. More?


n5What are the requirements for machinery CE marking plates?
Owen Kennedy of explains the requirements relating to machinery CE plates - and there is more to it than you might think. More?

mcVersatile profile system used for magnetic shield test room
The MiniTec aluminium profile system is commonly used in machine structures, but this application demonstrates its exceptional versatility. More?

rzUK source for Cone Drive slewing drives and harmonic products
R. A. Rodriguez is now Cone Drive's sole UK distributor for high-quality, cost-effective standard and custom slewing drives and harmonic drives. More?

foCost-effective motion control through Optimised Motion Series
Festo's EPCO compact electric cylinder and CMMO controller offer all the advantages of servo motion but at a fraction of the cost. More?

ppServos with safe motion control boost press productivity
Pilz servo amplifiers with safe motion control have been retrofitted to precision forging presses to improve productivity and safety at minimal cost. More?

frWhy use thermal imaging for quality assurance and safety?
This technical article from Flir Systems explains the benefits of thermal imaging for industrial quality assurance and safety applications. More?

lsEngineering assistance and custom manufacturing from Lee Spring
Lee Spring offers in-depth engineering assistance for customers requiring specialist springs, and a custom design and manufacturing service. More?

isNew IDS USB3 cameras with fast Python CMOS sensors
IDS is launching four USB3 cameras with speeds and resolutions that make them an excellent choice for various machine vision applications. More?

mnWhite paper compares open-loop and closed-loop stepper control
Mclennan is offering AMP's new white paper that explains the many benefits of closed-loop stepper control over conventional open-loop control. More?

leNew Lenze inverters and gearmotors at Drives & Controls 2016
Lenze will be at Drives & Controls with significant new products, live demonstrations, and engineers available to discuss applications. More?


Updated and expanded guidance on machine guarding standards
Procter Machine Guarding has published an updated and expanded edition of its 'On Your Guard' guidance on machine guarding standards. More?


Sending files. How hard can it be?
This week Dilbert tries to send a file to Ted but something goes horribly wrong following an intervention by Catbert, the evil director of human resources. More?

Jonathan Severn

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