New trend for machines: Signalling instead of switching

Further reduce downtimes

Mechanical engineering, which is continually attempting to reduce machine stoppages and downtimes, can now make significant progress down this path, leading to considerable cost savings.

In October 2016, the new version of IEC 60204-1 was published at international level. It can be expected that the final German version of the standard “Safety of machinery – Part 1: General requirements”, which was published as a draft version back in October 2014, will be released soon. In terms of power supplies for machines, a clear new trend has emerged: Signalling instead of switching.