Last month the EC published a new list of Machinery
Directive harmonised standards. Several changes are to
B-Type standards that are applicable to most machines,
and these changes have either taken effect already or
do so at the end of this month, giving little or no
time to prepare unless you have already.
Updated Type-B standards include those relating to
control systems (EN ISO 13849-1), machine guards (EN
ISO 14120), emergency stops (EN ISO 13850) and
hazardous emissions from machinery (EN ISO 14123).
As usual there are also numerous changes to C-Type
(machine-specific) standards, so check our summary to
see whether any of these affect you. There is a link
to this summary in the Useful Resource item below.
high-precision cylindrical roller bearings from NSK
These new bearings achieve a 55 per cent reduction in
rotational vibration and a 60 per cent longer life
thanks to design and manufacturing innovations. More?
- customised engraved labels via a web browser
Partex MarkOnline is a new website for designing and
ordering custom labels for applications such as
control panels and pipe/cable identification. More?
light curtain withstands shock and vibration
Leuze electronic is launching MLC 500/V light curtains
that are designed to withstand extreme shock and
vibration, such as on power presses. More?
cable tie installation system boosts productivity
Panduit's next-generation cable tie installation
system fastens up to 84 ties per minute - which is
around six times more than manual methods. More?
hydraulic valve is configured in software
Built-in intelligence and simplified mechanical design
mean Eaton's new CMA valve offers many advantages for
machine builders and end users. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
seminars - machinery safety, management skills and
The PPMA is running two seminars in July, one focusing
on practical machinery safety (PUWER) and the other on
HR for non-HR managers. More?
addresses practical aspects of Profibus and Profinet
PI UK is organising a seminar with practical advice
and live demonstrations of Profibus, Profinet and the
Industrial Internet of Things. More?
guarding standards - updated and expanded guidance
Procter Machine Guarding is offering a new version of
its comprehensive publication covering British
standards for machine guards. More?
managed and unmanaged Ethernet extender system
Phoenix Contact's Ethernet extender system enables
extenders to be connected over very long distances
using plug-and-play technology. More?
hexapod meets demanding positioning accuracy
Aerotech's new HexGen hexapod represents a significant
advance in performance for high-precision, high-load
process actuator with 20% price reduction and
Festo is launching versatile, configurable
quarter-turn actuators that cost up to 20 per cent
less than previous models, with next-day delivery. More?
Regulation 18 - Control Systems, and applicable
This article from Pilz Automation Technology explains
what you need to know about PUWER Regulation 18 and
the relevant standards. More?
benefits of active safety for machine builders and
Murrelektronik explains how the use of active safety
products, connected to a PLC via a fieldbus network,
offers significant advantages. More?
F2 antistatic bearings for ESD-compatible
New igus iglidur F2 plain cylindrical and flanged
bearings are made from an electrically conductive
material for ESD-compatible applications. More?
TorqSense transducers for wireless torque
Sensor Technology is launching new models of wireless
torque transducer that offer significant performance
benefits over their predecessors. More?
industrial panel PCs for Smart Factory applications
Arbor Technology's stylish yet robust ASLAN panel PCs
feature 16:9 widescreen multi-touch displays and three
Gigabit LAN ports. More?
papers discuss virtualisation in manufacturing and
Two new white papers from Harting cover virtualisation
using Linux containers and practical industrial uses
of Linux containers. More?
|Updated list of Machinery Directive
Our summary of changes shows that several
important B-Type harmonised standards
have already superseded their predecessors. More?
The opinions expressed in these cartoons...
This week's cartoons peer into the murky world of
politics, with appearances and opinions from Dilbert,
the Pointy-Haired Boss, Wally, Alice and Dogbert. More?