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Editor: Jonathan Severn
7th February 2018

Thank you for opening this newsletter, I hope you find it useful and interesting.

Have you heard of GDPR? This is the European General Data Protection Regulation and the new rules come into force on 25 May this year. The rules will almost certainly affect you in one way or another. If you hold personal details about suppliers, customers or business acquaintances - such as email addresses or telephone numbers - then you will probably have to take steps to ensure you comply. The rules have implications for the way in which you collect, store and use such data. Interestingly, whereas the UK's previous Data Protection Act (and similar legislation in other countries) related to data held digitally, the new rules cover all data, including card indexes and business cards.

To comply with the new rules, we will shortly send you an email asking you to re-register so you can continue to receive this newsletter - and it is imperative that you do so, otherwise we will stop sending you the newsletter after 25 May. Please wait until we email you about this, don't re-register yet.

If you want to find out more about GDPR and how it affects you and your business, scroll down to the item about the seminar being organised by the BFPA.


abRemote services suite supports variable-speed drives
ABB is launching three cloud-based remote services to increase uptime for drives: remote assistance, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. More?

hsBook: Secure Remote Access for Industrial Machines for Dummies
Offered by HMS Industrial Networks, this book has been written for machine builders and automation engineers. Request your copy now!  More? launches first-of-its-kind video search functionality
EVI (Engineering Video Intelligence) enables users to search video transcripts and jump to the exact points in a video where the search terms occur. More?

nkNSK launches world's fastest high-load ball screws
With a maximum speed of 3m/s, NSK's latest high-load ball screws are said to be twice as fast as conventional alternatives. More?

rlScalable graphic terminals enhance smaller applications
New Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 graphic terminals enable smaller machines to benefit from tighter integration between HMI and controller. More?


paPPMA seminar: Machinery Directive and CE marking
This seminar on 21 February covers a wide range of topics, including partly completed machines, assemblies of machines and conformity assessment. More?

ncNational Fluid Power Centre expo and open day
This annual event is expected to have around 80 exhibitors, plus there will be technical lectures on a variety of fluid power and control system topics. More?

b1BFPA seminar: Getting ready for GDPR
The BFPA has invited expert speakers who will give clear, sound advice on the bare minimum that must be done to comply with the new GDPR rules. More?


sfSKF online catalogue simplifies bearing selection
Far more than a catalogue, this engineering resource covers bearing selection, configuration, applications, thermal analysis and installation. More?

srX-life high-speed spindle bearings in a choice of specifications
Schaeffler's new spindle bearings in premium X-life quality enable machine tool manufacturers to improve the performance of their motor spindles. More?

brPrecise, robust and reliable inclination sensors
Baumer is launching the GIM500R inclination sensors that excel in harsh outdoor environments, including those where functional safety is required. More?

lzTechnical article tackles warehouse automation challenge
This technical article from Lenze explains how to overcome the challenge of warehouse automation and achieve optimum performance. More?

b2Implementing digital transformation in the automotive sector
BFPA member companies Festo and SMC Pneumatics consider the growing trend towards automation and digitalisation within the automotive industry. More?

pzAuthorisation in machine automation - safety and security
This article from Pilz discusses machinery safety, operational security and ways to authorise access for different users and operating modes. More?

luCompact camera-based IPS200i sensor is quick to commission
Designed for compartment fine positioning with high-bay storage devices, the Leuze IPS 200i camera-based sensor is very fast to align and commission. More?

New cloud app for recording and analysing safety-related data
Phoenix Contact's new PROFICLOUD app can be used to record and analyse safety and standard data from automated machines and processes. More?


Projects and products
This week we enjoy an insight into the company's failing projects, then the Pointy-Haired Boss wants to know about new product ideas.  More?

Jonathan Severn

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