|These may be difficult times
but there is still plenty of good news. Scroll through
this newsletter and you will see companies are
continuing to launch new and innovative products, as
well as finding better ways to support customers
remotely. The flow of press releases into the editorial
inbox has certainly not reduced during the lockdown.
While some machine builders have been busy contributing
to the COVID-19 response, others have had engineers
working from home and key staff social-distancing in
factories to keep their businesses operating. When the
lockdown is lifted, it is clear that many manufacturers
will be taking a close look at automation with a view to
improving productivity and guarding against any future
need for social distancing.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter. Keep
smiling and stay safe.
14100:2020, Control of hazardous energy on machinery
BSI has published BS 14100:2020, which covers all
energy-related hazards on machines but with a focus on
mechanical and electrical hazards. More?
support and CPD for users of threadlocking adhesives
To support its customers during the COVID-19 lockdown,
Henkel is bolstering its programme of online support,
webinars and training. More?
extruded aluminium enclosures for easy
Hammond Electronics is launching 1455F extruded
aluminium enclosures that feature integral flanges for
easy surface-mounting. More?
safety module for Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-R PLC
Adding a safety module to the MELSEC iQ-R PLC enables
a single unit to be programmed and used for
controlling automation and safety functions. More?
linear actuators withstand shock loads
The compact Thomson Warner Linear H-Track actuators
move loads of up to 21,350N and withstand shock loads
better than ball screw actuators. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
hosts online trade fair and weekly webinars
With the continuing restrictions due to COVID-19, Pilz
is organising an online trade fair this month, and a
weekly series of machine safety webinars. More?
an igus virtual visit on site or from your home
Wherever you are, you can now request a virtual visit
from an igus engineer to discuss existing machines or
new projects. More?
unmanaged Ethernet switches: unpack, connect and use
Phoenix Contact's unmanaged Ethernet switches feature
Gigabit support, prioritisation of data traffic and
they mount on DIN rail in any orientation. More?
servo drives with integrated functional safety
KEB offers its Combivert S6 high-performance servo
drives with a choice of functional safety modules to
suit a wide range of automation projects. More?
systems feature extended operating temperature range
New from Ibase, the AMI230 series robust embedded
systems have 9th/8th Gen Intel Core processors and
operate from -20 to +70degC. More?
integration of tending robots with moulding machines
A collaboration between Sick and Fanuc has resulted in
a much-improved way to safely integrate tending robots
with injection moulding machines. More?
boosts motion capability with Servotecnica slip
Mclennan is now marketing and supporting
Servotecnica's comprehensive range of slip ring
assemblies in the UK and France. More?
|Torsion springs from Lee Spring offer
axial energy and control
Lee Spring stocks many sizes of torsion spring
in plated music wire or stainless steel, left-
or right-hand wound, and a choice of free leg
|Improved deep groove ball bearings:
longer life, less noise
Improvements to Schaeffler's Generation C
bearings result in better sealing, grease
retention and protection from contamination,
plus lower friction. More?
|New inverter drive includes
multi-protocol Ethernet port
Nord's full-featured SK500P control cabinet
inverter is 'comms-ready' with just a simple
parameter change for Profinet, Ethernet IP,
Powerlink or EtherCAT. More?
|Smart mechatronics take linear motion
to the next level
Dr Ulf Lehmann of Bosch Rexroth explains how his
company is taking linear motion to the next
level by utilising smart mechatronics. More?
The new normal
Dilbert has been working from home but now he is back
in the office and taking appropriate precautions in
order to stay safe. More?
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