The 1997 Norgren pneumatics catalogue highlights new ranges and identifies products that make pneumatic systems safer. This is in response to recent EU legislation that affects all machine designers and users. Copies of the catalogue can be obtained by phoning free on 0800 591699.
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A comprehensive handbook from EPA Press, CE Marking in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, describes the stages involved in earning the CE mark. The cost, £299, includes a free technical helpline and quarterly updates for two years.
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Pump supply and repair firm Pumpserv has a data guide to all major pumps, pressurisation sets and mechanical seals on the market, as well as guidance on terminology, performance and applications.
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The Copper Development Association has published a free four-page leaflet on the benefits of using copper nickel alloys in seawater environments. The CDA says the alloy has a very high resistance to both marine biofouling and corrosion by seawater.
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Accurate machine data collection can achieve 10% gains in productivity, claims Sandvik Automation. An eight-page brochure highlights the benefits of its JobPack system, which captures data automatically from machine tool signals, or manually using keyboard, mouse, lightpen or touch screen input. Information is stored in machine tool logbooks that can pinpoint the occurrence of specific fault conditions.
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Transmission using infrared radiation is popular in a growing number of applications. A new international standard devised by the International Electrotechnical Commission gives methods of measuring and specifying the common technical features of the system, which is used to send audio and video signals, as well as control data.
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Surface engineering has many uses, from minimising corrosion to improving thermal insulation. To help design engineers select from the variety of options available, the Materials Information Service of the Institute of Materials has issued a guide, Surface Engineering to Combat Wear and Corrosion, price £25.
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A video tour of four European factories highlights the achievements of automation firm Profibus. Its technology has led to increased productivity, higher workflow and lower maintenance costs – enabling the Darboven coffee plant in Hamburg to produce 100 tons of filter coffee a day. The video is free of charge.
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The three-times-a-year catalogue issued by RS Components is now colour coded to indicate technology groups and has a new, cross-referenced, product index. The catalogue, which includes 4,400 new health and safety products alone, is also available on CD-ROM.
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