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Editor: Jonathan Severn
3rd August 2016

This month's newsletter has something for everyone. Whether you are interested in PLCs, sensors, condition monitoring, robotics, power transmission or machinery safety, scroll down to see what catches your eye. We also have a good spread in the Events and Courses section, and an excellent contribution from Rittal under the Useful Resource heading.

If that is not enough for you, we now have over 18,000 articles on our website, including almost 800 technical articles . Browse through these to learn more about technologies and standards, or just take a look at the popular items highlighted on our Home page.


skNew IDEC MicroSmart FC6A micro PLC is IoT-ready
Sys-Tek, the UK agent for Idec, is launching the FC6A micro PLC that comes with numerous options for CPU, I/O, HMI and comms, including CAN J1939. More?

isChain condition monitoring system measures elongation
iwis says its new chain condition monitoring system detects wear and alerts engineers so that action can be taken to avoid unplanned downtime. More?

me10 things to know about non-contact displacement measurement
Chris Jones of Micro-Epsilon outlines the most important factors to consider when specifying a non-contact displacement measurement sensor. More?

hmMulti-component sensor measures loads and torques in three axes
HBM’s new MCS10 sensor measures forces - or forces and torques - simultaneously in three axes, with minimal crosstalk. More?

cuComau Rebel-S four-axis SCARA robot features adjustable reach
Comau is offering the Rebel-S four-axis SCARA robot in five different models, with reaches that are adjusted using simple yet effective spacers. More?


pePilz machinery safety training courses in August and September
Pilz is running a series of one-day training courses covering the Machinery Directive, CE marking, PUWER, and safety and automation products. More?

esNorthern Manufacturing & Electronics, September 2016
This year's Northern Manufacturing event has more exhibitors, plus a seminar programme with plenty that will be of interest to machine builders. More?

dmMachine Building, Automation & IIoT Zone at the NEC, Birmingham
September's Sensors & Instrumentation show will feature a new Machine Building, Automation & IIoT Zone. More?

lgConference: collaborative robots in automotive manufacturing
If you work in the automotive industry, this conference will be a great way to find out more about collaborative robots and the latest in automation. More?

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ndIndustrial gear units with output torques from 25kNm to 250kNm
Nord Drivesystems is adding a 190kNm model to its range of industrial gear units with output torques from 25-250 kNm, all with extensive options. More?

paManufacturer of carbon brushes upgrades to Pilz servos
By upgrading its presses with Pilz servo amplifiers, Schunk Hoffmann Carbon Technology has improved reliability, saved energy and enhanced safety. More?

srPlug-and-play linear systems for production machines
Schaeffler's Linear Technology division offers custom-configured or fully bespoke systems using components from Schaeffler and other suppliers. More?

rwRenishaw launches next generation of digital encoders
New from Renishaw, the VIONiC ultra-high-accuracy, super-compact, all-in-one digital incremental encoders offer exceptional performance. More?

rlCompact GuardLogix controller for standard, safety and motion control
Rockwell Automation's GuardLogix 5370 controller handles PLC functions, up to 16 axes of motion, plus SIL3/PLe safety, all on EtherNet/IP. More?


Understanding the new Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU
The revised LVD came into force in April, so Rittal has published an explanation of the new features and requirements. More?


Technology and people
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss presents a new phone and shares his thoughts about apps, while Dilbert develops an aerial defence system. More?

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