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Equipment related to the manufacture of products; and technology that offers a saving on human labour through automation. Includes cutting tools, grinding, forming and fabrication, moulding tools, finishing and pre-treatment, workholdings, robotics and positioning, and welding and joining.

Conveyor accessories from WDS

Newsletter: Component Parts — Issue 1 download

WDSThu, 31 Jul 2014

This issue of Component Parts features an article about WDS’s involvement in the Bloodhound project, among other topics.

'Palletising robot stacks cartons'

Case study: Kuka KR 180 PA palletising robots stack cartons at CD Cartondruck download

Kuka Robotics UKWed, 30 Jul 2014

CD Cartondruck, a manufacturer of packaging for cosmetics, relies on two Kuka KR 180 PA palletising robots for strenuous physical work.

IRB 6400

ABB industrial robots enable Robofold to produce customised metal designs downloadweblink

ABB RoboticsWed, 30 Jul 2014

London-based design consultancy Robofold is is using two ABB IRB 6400 industrial robots to help architects and designers to explore new ways of bending and forming metal, opening up new possibilities for architectural and furniture design. 

Nick Clegg at Farnborough

Delcam set to join Horizon (AM) R&D additive manufacturing programme weblink

DelcamWed, 30 Jul 2014

Delcam is set to be part of a consortium of UK companies to be lead by GKN Aerospace in a three-and-a-half year, £13.4m research and development programme called Horizon (AM) that builds on GKN Aerospace’s extensive and fast-developing capability in additive manufacturing.

Conveyor accessories from WDS

Newsletter: Component Parts — Issue 1 download

WDSThu, 31 Jul 2014

This issue of Component Parts features an article about WDS’s involvement in the Bloodhound project, among other topics.

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Cryo-characterisation test bench

White paper: cryogenic piezo characterisation and integration download

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 21 Jul 2014

This paper details a test bench design and the results obtained with CNES on two-piezo ceramics stacks from two distinct suppliers. Integration into dedicated cryo actuators is also proposed as well as the associated cryo performances. The use of such cryo-compatible actuators is detailed in a fine steering tip-tilt mechanism designed to reach very high resolution and stability for the ESA EChO space mission. 

Machine safety

Technical article: machine safety: warning systems — beacons and sounders download

Werma UK Thu, 12 Jun 2014

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC urges machine builders to undertake a thorough safety analysis of the systems that monitor and control the operation of their machines. While the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ are well defined in the directive for many aspects of machine safety, guidelines for the provision of visual and audible warning indicators are more vague; there is ‘guidance’ but little in the way of ‘you must…’.

Meeting today’s safety requirements on the plant floor means conforming to stringent international standards such as EN 13849-1 or EN 62061, according to the functional requirement and complexity of the system

Technical article: safety networks — the route from zero accidents to zero risk downloadweblink

CLPAWed, 11 Jun 2014

As global competition continues to increase, how can you meet ever-more stringent safety standards and still optimise productivity? As John Browett of CLPA explains, modern safety networks can hold the key.