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Developing a control system for the UK’s largest slurry tank

Ralspeed has developed a custom control system for use on the UK’s largest slurry tank, which is 40m in diameter, almost 6m high and capable of holding over seven million litres of slurry.  The tank ... more

Machine safety standards explained

There has been considerable confusion regarding machine functional safety standards following the introduction of EN ISO 13849-1. Paul Laidler, business director for Machinery Safety at TÜV SÜD ... more

The right route for cables

Cable carriers from Kabelschlepp are being used to route the cables used on a range of machines designed for strapping goods for secure transportation around the worldStrapping is essential to ensure ... more

Stop! A way to improve operator safety

A solution designed for machine builders who consider human safety as one of their highest priorities has been introduced by EAO. The self-monitoring Series 04 Failsafe Emergency-Stop Switching ... more

A unified approach to safety

Pilz looks into the merger of the functional safety standards EN ISO 13849 and EN 62061, and VDMA’s proposal for a common file structureA joint technical committee ISO/TC 199 - IEC/TC 44 is working ... more

Emergency stop solutions

New to Eaton’s RMQ-Titan range of control circuit devices are emergency-stop palm buttons, pushbutton actuators and M22 emergency-stop/off buttons. The emergency-stop palm buttons are available in ... more

Modular I/O for deterministic control

New from Omron is the Sysmac NX-series modular I/O system, developed to meet machine builders’ requirements for a modular I/O system that can be used with Omron controllers and a wide range of open ... more

Space-saving energy chains

igus UK has introduced the zig zag design of energy chains, a vertical installation concept that saves space. The zig zag installation is achieved by reversing the links of the energy chain to reduce ... more

A transparent link between automation components and PCs

With complex production lines and installations, key components may be in different locations, sometimes even on different floors. But, in such a decentralised system, it is difficult to debug a PLC ... more

Guarding safety requirements

The updated Machinery Safety Directive (2006/42/EC) introduced new requirements for machine guards, however some machine designers are failing to take these changes into account. Paul Laidler, ... more

A cutting edge solution

Linear actuators from Schaeffler have been selected for the EPS cutting machines used in the manufacture of roof panels, ensuring the machines meet the demands for high levels of automation and ... more

Building all-electric tube bending machines

All-electric tube bending machine builder Unison produces its machinery for sectors ranging from aerospace and marine, to automotive and manufacturing. The company, however, wanted to build greater ... more

A cutting edge solution

Linear actuators from Schaeffler have been selected for the EPS cutting machines used in the manufacture of roof panels, ensuring the machines meet the demands for high levels of automation and ... more

Guarding safety requirements

The updated Machinery Safety Directive (2006/42/EC) introduced new requirements for machine guards, however some machine designers are failing to take these changes into account. Paul Laidler, ... more

Keep on learning

By Graeme Phillips, Autodesk program manager, EMEA, KnowledgePoint.When you are already in work – is it really necessary to spend time gaining Certification in key skills? When OnePoll asked design ... more

 
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