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From Static to Dynamic Safety with Pilz

In the past, the subject of machinery safety has been equated to that of the E-STOP function. The combination of what’s possible in normative terms with new technical solutions for safety tasks and combined application knowledge, increasingly enables productivity and machine availability requirements to also be met. Flexible, dynamic safety can only be achieved with an integrated operation of sensor, control and actuator technology.

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CAE - the key to speed, accuracy and flexibility in electrical design

EPLAN CAEThe globalisation of design and automation has made it critical for companies to reduce costs and increase quality to stay competitive and, in the electrical engineering field, many are turning to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software to strengthen their competitiveness in the marketplace.

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On The Road To Lean Automation

Stuart-GreenwoodA key challenge facing industry today is the development of automation systems that offer data transparency and scalability while satisfying the constant demands for increased performance, additional functionality and cost reduction.

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Keeping Safety as Standard

Ian Curtis, safety consultant for Siemens Industry Automation advocates a ‘back to basics’ approach to ensure effective functional safety and says modern safety system tools can help reduce complexity, deliver value and drive risk reduction when implementing a Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

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The Protective Role of the UPS

Most people are aware that a UPS is a system that provides battery backup in the event of a mains failure. However UPSs protect sensitive onsite equipment from many other externally-generated electrical disturbance types as well.

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ISO 50001: THE KEY TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY

energy barAfter many years of discussion, the new ISO 50001 international standard for energy management systems was finally launched in the middle of 2011, with the promise that it will provide those who adopt it with a framework for achieving on-going reductions in energy usage and carbon footprint.

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Flat Pack Enclosures with FDB and SNAP-LINE®

snap lineAs specialists in cabinet hardware and “Panel Fittings for Every Enclosure” FDB were excited by the possibilities of the SNAP-LINE® range for use in fabricating flat pack enclosures as illustrated by the videos available on FDBs Website and Youtube channel.

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