|In previous years I have
avoided making predictions but, for a change, here are
my best guesses for the coming 12 months.
In 2018 more machines will either be built specifically
to operate in an Industry 4.0 environment or will
incorporate relevant technologies so end users can
implement Industry 4.0 at a later date. There will also
be a greater uptake of cobots both for truly
collaborative applications and as a simpler, lower-cost
alternative to conventional industrial robots. Additive
manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3D printing) will
increasingly be adopted as a quicker and more
cost-effective way of making machine parts such as
gripper jaws, nests, guides, brackets and components
that would be complex to fabricate or machine from
solid. Cybersecurity at the machine level will be given
greater prominence (hopefully we will not see a major
Finally, in the field of machinery safety, I expect
there to be greater use of integrated tools for
conducting risk assessments, creating safety concepts
and designing safety-related control systems right down
to the component level.
cloud app for recording and analysing safety-related
Phoenix Contact's new PROFICLOUD app can be used to
record and analyse safety and standard data from
automated machines and processes. More?
sensors enable drives to monitor machine condition
Nord Drivesystems is developing cost-efficient and
reliable virtual sensor functions so inverters with
integrated PLCs can perform condition monitoring. More?
low-power industrial panel meter uses E-Ink display
RS Components is introducing the PanelPilot SGD 21-B
panel meter featuring a 2.1inch E-Ink display that
users can configure and customise. More?
laser triangulation sensor offers easier set-up
Micro-Epsilon's versatile new optoNCDT 1750 laser
triangulation sensor is configured via a web
interface, with no need for specialist software. More?
Android app for programming robots intuitively
Comau is releasing PickAPP, an Android app for
programming pick-and-place robots in a new way that is
so intuitive no training is required. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
venue for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics
Next month's event, to be hosted in Farnborough's new
purpose-built venue, will have 800 exhibitors and a
programme of technical seminars. More?
Seminar - CE Audit
This new PPMA seminar explains what buyers of
machinery should check prior to delivery, and machine
builders can learn what is expected of them. More?
safety training courses and seminars from Pilz in
Pilz is running more CMSE and City & Guilds
courses this year, and other courses and seminars will
cover a variety of machinery safety topics. More?
new website incorporates machine guard e-shop
The all-new website from Procter Machine Safety is
clearer, easier to navigate, and includes an online
shop for SATECH modular machine guarding. More?
tools for instant device analytics and collaboration
Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk Analytics for
Devices appliance and FactoryTalk TeamONE Standard
Edition app reduce machine downtime. More?
adds new Tips and Tricks section to website
This latest addition to HBM's customer services
offering incorporates an extensive collection of
technical articles, tutorials, check lists and videos.
robot welding systems come of age
Universal Robots' collaborative robots can now be
equipped with a choice of welding systems for small,
medium and large production runs. More?
slimline modules for amGardpro interlock gate switch
Fortress Interlocks has added two slimline modules to
its amGardpro interlock safety gate switch range: a
solenoid switch body and an option pod body. More?
|PNOZmulti 2 configurable safety
controller gains SafetyNET p
New expansion modules enable up to 16 Pilz
PNOZmulti 2 configurable controller base units
to be connected to a SafetyNET p network. More?
to prepare machine noise emission declarations
Some 80 per cent of noise declarations do not comply
with the Machinery Directive's requirements, so the
HSE is promoting this guidance document. More?
Dogbert the Consultant
This week Dogbert shows the engineers how to adhere to
company guidelines while communicating with each other
- with predictable results. More?