|Last month I wrote about
ISO/TS 15066, the international technical specification
for collaborative robot (cobot) safety, and I invited
comments from suppliers, end users and others who have
used the specification. You can read the feedback in
this article about Working
with ISO/TS 15066 , and I would
welcome further contributions.
This month we have another bumper edition of the
newsletter, so please scroll all the way through to find
what is of interest to you.
leaders collaborate on new M12 push-pull
Molex, Phoenix Contact, Murrelektronik and Binder have
announced they are to co-operate on the
standardisation of M12 push-pull connectors. More?
Business launches in the UK
Amazon Business customers benefit from VAT-exclusive
pricing, VAT invoicing and Amazon Business Analytics
for visibility of spending. More?
introduces interconnects for industrial automation
Aerco is now offering the extensive Alpha Connect
range of interconnects that are designed for sensors
and actuators on industrial automation. More?
micro gripper for handling small, fragile parts
SMAC's new micro gripper has a pair of parallel jaws
that are independently programmable for position,
velocity and force. More?
ServoTube motors with higher speed and force
Dunkermotoren's new ServoTube XTA25 and XTBA25 linear
motors offer an increase in peak force and speed of
10-18 per cent. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
compares piezoelectric and strain gauge technologies
HBM's webinar will help engineers decide whether
piezoelectric or strain gauge technology will be best
for a given force measurement application. More?
machinery safety and management training courses
During May and June the PPMA is running courses on the
Machinery Directive, robotic safety, project
management and workplace performance. More?
machine safety seminars and workshops
Registration is now open for the interactive machine
safety workshops that Pilz is hosting in two different
UK venues during June. More?
Design supplies pre-assembled, tailored CNC systems
Step Design can now design, integrate, install and
commission tailored CNC control systems, including
motion controllers and servo/stepper drives. More?
AppSpace: open software platform for programmable
Using Sick's AppSpace, SIM4000 Sensor Integration
Machine and smart sensors, tailored sensor-based
systems can be built, including 2D/3D vision. More?
Automation Builder (SAB) simplifies planning of
Rockwell Automation's SAB software is freely
downloadable to help plan, design, develop and
validate machinery safety systems. More?
KUSE linear recirculating ball bearing and guideway
Schaeffler has redesigned its six-row linear
recirculating ball bearing and guideway, substantially
improving quality and performance. More?
Retrofit - how to upgrade legacy plant to Industry
Harting's useful guidance explains how existing
manufacturing facilities can be upgraded so the
benefits of Industry 4.0 can be enjoyed. More?
1D/2D code reading and part inspection in one device
Available through Stemmer Imaging, the Boa Spot
integrated vision sensor now benefits from a
high-speed reading algorithm for 1D and 2D codes. More?
USB 3.1 Gen 1 cameras with the Python 480 sensor
IDS is launching uEye LE cameras with USB Type-3
connectors, one of which features the Python 480
sensor with global shutter and SVGA resolution. More?
extends its range of colour recognition sensors
Whatever your requirements for colour recognition
sensors, LED analysers and inline colour measurement,
Micro-Epsilon now offers a full range. More?
industrial gear units in additional sizes
Two new models in Nord Drivesystems' industrial
gearbox range, rated at 15 and 20kNm, mean there are
now 11 sizes rated at up to 250kNm. More?
2 decentralised I/O for automation and safety
Pilz is launching the second generation of its
PSSuniversal decentralised I/O that can be used for
both automation and safety-related control systems. More?
International acquires distributor John Handley
Bowman has acquired Midlands-based John Handley
Bearings, whose three key technical partners are
Thomson Industries, Cooper Bearings and NSK linear. More?
Keeping in touch
This week Tina declines to borrow Wally's warm phone,
and we meet a new engineer who has the skills to
reprogram any electronic device. More?