Machine Safety

Counterfeit parts: Manufacturing’s next threat?

Heard of the hover fly? Adorned with black and yellow stripes, these creatures take advantage of the wasp’s fearsome reputation by using mimicry to repel predators. Deception in nature is fascinating, but in the industrial equipment world, false imitation can be problematic. Here, Nigel…

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First Mats Tackle Oil Spill With New Product Range

First Mats are excited to launch a new range of quality Spill Control products, which are now available to order from their website. With the firm already established as one of the UK’s leading floor matting suppliers, they are now expanding their range to incorporate new industrial safety…

🕘 12/02/2020

3 ways automation keeps our world turning

Far from being a futuristic phenomenon, automation is all around us, making the world a better place by ensuring the quality, safety and reliability of the infrastructure we rely on every day – without us even noticing. When we think of automation, we might think of robot vacuum cleaners…

🕘 07/02/2020

Exoskeletons will transform manufacturing

A Paris-based start-up recently helped a woman with partial paralysis to use an exoskeleton to walk. Breakthroughs like this are allowing exoskeleton technology to be used in more varied environments, with potential benefits for manufacturers. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at industrial…

🕘 06/02/2020

Custom length anti-fatigue mats

Birmingham based safety matting specialists, First Mats, have expanded their range of anti-fatigue mats, which includes various custom sized versions for their customers. Anti-fatigue mats are commonly used in the workplace to provide comfort for employees who are on their feet all day; typically…

🕘 15/01/2020

A seven step journey to prescriptive maintenance 

Today’s manufacturing plants tend to consist of a wide assortment of assets patched together like a colourful quilt. The machinery and equipment can range from highly advanced robotics to outdated legacy solutions, stretched past their normal life expectancy. Plant engineers must make these…

🕘 10/09/2019

The robot army is moving

A threat to jobs, a health and safety risk and a technological nightmare. Despite these common protests against robotic technology, demand is growing, creating a new challenge for robot component suppliers. Chris Johnson, managing director of precision bearing specialist SMB Bearings, explains. As…

🕘 20/08/2019

Bonfiglioli innovation for Functional Safety with a digital approach

Reducing risks for operators and machines while simplifying the safety concept. One of the latest innovations developed in Bonfiglioli Electronics R&D Department is about the extension of the range of safety functions available on frequency converters and servo drives, to open new opportunities…

🕘 17/07/2019

SICK Launches Hygienic Stainless-Steel Safety Light Curtain

With a hygienic stainless-steel housing exclusively developed to meet stringent pharmaceutical industry requirements, the SICK TWINOX4 safety light curtain is resistant to aggressive cleaning and decontamination regimes. The TWINOX4 is a Type 4 device (IEC 61496-1) with 14mm beam resolution and can…

🕘 18/06/2019

Essential safety equipment for industrial environments

Safety is of paramount importance in any workplace; and even more so within an industrial setting. Accidents and injuries in a place of work can be expensive and damaging to a company’s reputation, not to mention the personal cost to the person or people involved. When working in an…

🕘 16/05/2019