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Editor: Jonathan Severn
1st June 2016

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.


nkAPTSURF 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?

pxMarkOnline - 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?

leSafety 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?

ptAutomatic 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?

enIntelligent 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?


paPPMA seminars - machinery safety, management skills and more
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?

pkSeminar 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?


prMachinery 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?

pcNew 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?

ahNew hexapod meets demanding positioning accuracy specifications
Aerotech's new HexGen hexapod represents a significant advance in performance for high-precision, high-load applications. More?

foNew process actuator with 20% price reduction and next-day delivery
Festo is launching versatile, configurable quarter-turn actuators that cost up to 20 per cent less than previous models, with next-day delivery. More?

pzPUWER Regulation 18 - Control Systems, and applicable standards
This article from Pilz Automation Technology explains what you need to know about PUWER Regulation 18 and the relevant standards. More?

mkThe benefits of active safety for machine builders and end users
Murrelektronik explains how the use of active safety products, connected to a PLC via a fieldbus network, offers significant advantages. More?

isiglidur F2 antistatic bearings for ESD-compatible applications
New igus iglidur F2 plain cylindrical and flanged bearings are made from an electrically conductive material for ESD-compatible applications. More?

stNew TorqSense transducers for wireless torque measurement
Sensor Technology is launching new models of wireless torque transducer that offer significant performance benefits over their predecessors. More?

arWidescreen 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?

hgWhite papers discuss virtualisation in manufacturing and IIoT
Two new white papers from Harting cover virtualisation using Linux containers and practical industrial uses of Linux containers. More?


Updated list of Machinery Directive harmonised standards
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?

Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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