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Editor: Jonathan Severn
5th October 2016

The latest list of Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) on 9 September. This includes changes to B-Type standards relating to permanent means of access and fire prevention and protection. In addition there are a number of new and updated C-Type standards for classes of machine ranging from bale wrappers and generating sets through to forestry machinery and hand-held reciprocating saws. Follow the link to see a summary of the latest changes to the Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards.

Still on the subject of the Machinery Directive, the European Commission has just launched a 12-week public consultation on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This runs until 16 December and takes the form of an online questionnaire that is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Polish. If you have any opinions on the way the Machinery Directive has been operating, now is the time to have your voice heard.


isRequest a sample box of igus drylin W linear system components
igus is offering readers a sample box containing a selection of products from its drylin W modular linear guidance range. More?

brCompact stepper motor drive with Safe Torque Off (STO)
B&R's compact ACOPOSmicro stepper drive is now available with Safe Torque Off for use in SIL2 / PLd / CAT 3 control systems. More?

hsAnybus Wireless Bolt provides easy communication with equipment
New from HMS Industrial Networks, the Anybus Wireless Bolt mounts on a machine or cabinet for easy access with a smartphone or tablet. More?

acHow to select the right shaft coupling for a rotary encoder
This article from Abssac provides useful tips and advice for selecting the correct types of shaft coupling for rotary encoder applications. More?


paPPMA seminars - machine safety favourites and new additions
Over the next few months the PPMA is running its popular machine safety seminars plus some new ones on CE audits and operations management. More?

lgConference: robotics and automation in automotive manufacturing
Find out more about next-generation robotics and automation at this event scheduled for 29 and 30 November at The Vox, Birmingham. More?

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prWhite Paper: machine guarding and PUWER assessments
Procter Machine Guarding has published a very useful White Paper that explains the requirements for guarding with respect to PUWER. More?

dnBrushless DC motor with integrated control and electronics
More power, less space are the key benefits of Dunkermotoren's BG 95 CI ultra-compact brushless DC motor that provides output power of over 1kW. More?

mnElectronic safety system for machine guarding applications
Mechan Controls' F-Series electronic safety system provides CAT4 / SIL3 / PLe protection for applications with up to 30 guard switches and/or E-stops. More?

rzMiR100 mobile robot for cost-effective internal transportation
RARUK Automation is introducing the MiR100 mobile robot for cost-effective and user-friendly automation of internal transportation. More?

foFesto embeds OPC-UA in valve terminals for Industry 4.0 benefits
Festo's valve terminals now feature embedded OPC Unified Architecture so users can benefit from smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles. More?

rlImproved LCP Rack Industry system cools inverters and switchgear
A new-generation air/water heat exchanger from Rittal enables busbars to be routed, plus it is more versatile, energy-efficient and UL-approved. More?

pzPilz provides safety products and services for fuel cell system
Find out how Pilz safety hardware, software and consultancy services helped a company develop an innovative generator based on a fuel cell. More?

skMeasuring wheel's patented tensioning system ensures long life
Sick's new all-in-one measuring wheel incorporates an encoder, wheel and patented spring arm for accurate, reliable, long-life operation. More?

leLee Spring opens new sales/distribution centre in Germany
Customers in Europe can enjoy next-day delivery of Lee Spring's 23,000+ catalogue springs; custom springs and technical support are also available. More?

fsExtracted Key Adaptor prevents inadvertent startup of machinery
Fortress Interlocks is introducing an Extracted Key Adaptor that forces extraction of the safety interlock key to reduce risks further. More?

isNew machine vision cameras are first with USB 3.1 interface
Available as board-level devices or housed, the IDS USB 3 uEye LE series cameras are the first to have a future-oriented USB 3.1 Type-C connector. More?


Bright ideas but short of energy
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss tries to reduce costs by ranking his employees, while Dogbert makes plans for a room with only one electric socket. More?

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