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Editor: Jonathan Severn
7th September 2016

We have several interesting items relating to machinery safety in this month's newsletter: a pneumatically-released profile rail brake, combined safety/standard automation controllers, and a book about machinery safety.

Other news in this issue includes announcements about the Industrial Internet of Things, test equipment, actuators, motion control, additive manufacturing, sensors, HMIs and much, much more. This is another bumper issue, so please take a minute to scroll all the way through the newsletter and see what catches your eye. You can read more about each topic on our website.


pk10 top tips for specifying test equipment
Karl Miles of Peak Production Equipment provides advice to help manufacturers specify standalone or integrated test equipment. More?

mnWhy a new generation of positioning controllers is needed
maxon motor explains why it has developed a positioning controller to fill the gap between high-end controllers and low-end DSP-based systems. More?

srTelescopic actuator extends to more than twice its own length
Schaeffler's MTKUSE..-ZS telescopic actuator has a maximum speed of 2m/s, acceleration of 10m/s2 and positional accuracy of +/-0.5mm. More?

ctHow additive manufacturing can boost machine reliability
Additive manufacturing with metals offers a way to improve machine reliability through components such as custom filters, according to Croft. More?

mrPneumatic safety brake is as powerful as hydraulics
New from mayr, this pneumatically-released profiled rail brake is extremely compact yet it has the same stopping power as a hydraulic brake. More?


esNorthern Manufacturing & Electronics building on past successes
Whether you are seeking components, equipment, sub-contract services or business insight, this month's Northern Manufacturing will be worth visiting. More?

dmMachine Building, Automation & IIoT Zone at the NEC, Birmingham
Make sure you visit the Machine Building, Automation & IIoT Zone at this month's Sensors & Instrumentation event. More?


brNew 7-inch, high-resolution HMI for mobile machinery
Bosch Rexroth is launching the BODAS Display DI4 operating and display unit with a choice of specifications and communications options. More?

sgEnclosures speed rewiring of automated manufacturing systems
Spelsberg GTi electrical enclosures are an excellent choice for automation systems that will, inevitably, require changes or additions. More?

ah3-6 axis photonics alignment platform for 24/7 production
Aerotech's FiberMaxHP is a high-reliability 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform that does not compromise on speed, accuracy or resolution. More?

pzModular automation control supports Industrie 4.0
This article from Pilz explains how a modular automation platform for safety and standard automation supports the adoption of Industrie 4.0. More?

meNew infrared pyrometer measures temperature of thin plastic film
Unlike other infrared pyrometers, the Micro-Epsilon thermoMETER CTP-3 operates at 3.43um and can measure the temperature of thin films. More?

ahCNC machine tools networked for intelligent production
A manufacturer of machining centres has selected Advantech's CNC machine tool industrial IoT system so end users can manage the production process. More?

mnDrop-in upgrade for MSE570 Eurocard stepper drive
Mclennan is launching the MSE570M stepper motor drive that adds selectable microstepping resolution and improves speed/torque capability. More?

hmSee dynamic and batch weighing products at PPMA Total Show
HBM will be at the PPMA Total Show this month exhibiting dynamic and batch weighing products for packaging in the food and drink industry. More?

rzEasy-to-use vision-guided pick-and-place system for cobots
R.A. Rodriguez (UK) is now supplying a Robotiq camera that adds plug-and-play vision to Universal Robots' affordable collaborative robots. More?

mkBuffer modules pay for themselves by preventing downtime
Erdrich Umformtechnik has installed Murrelektronik buffer modules on its machine power supplies to prevent downtime due to mains fluctuations. More?

leReading 1D, stacked and 2D codes is quicker and easier
Leuze electronic's new DCR 200i offers reliable reading and verification of many code types, even on high-speed plant such as packaging machines. More?


New machinery safety handbook published by Axelent
Axelent's new Safety Book explains the laws, regulations, directives, certifications and labelling requirements relating to machinery safety. More?


Cars, charts and thankless tasks
This week the engineers have to develop an electric car (how hard can it be?), while the executive team redraws its organisation chart and Dilbert seeks budgetary approval. More?

Jonathan Severn

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