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Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

21/04/2020 - 23/04/2020

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Safety first and last

Safety first and last In accordance with CENELEC policy, August 2004 marked the deadline for the withdrawal of any national standards that conflict with IEC 61508, the international standard focusing on safety-related systems that incorporate electrical, electronic and/or programmable electronic (E/E/PE) instruments and devices. The question is: who does it affect and what are their responsibilities? Essentially IEC 61508 requires that end users have in place the means to manage functional safety. They need to ensure they have competent people who can operate and maintain E/E/PE safety systems to keep them doing the jobs they were designed for. There is help available for those companies concerned that they might not have the necessary skills in house. Equipment manufacturers, consultants and even the regulators can all offer support and advice. However, the ability to offer a true one-stop-shop to address every aspect of compliance is rare. ABB's Automation Technologies division has a wealth of experience in the field of safety-related systems encompassing the complete safety life cycle for a host of industrial sectors. By applying this experience, ABB can offer the consultancy and expertise to make sure you've got it covered when it comes to meeting the demands of IEC 61508.

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