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For your chance to win one of these valuable machinery safety and design software texts, read the following book reviews and answer the simple question at the end.


John Ridley & Dick Pearce

ISBN 9780750667807



John Ridley and Dick Pearce, both recognised specialists in machinery safety, guide the reader through the various standards, regulations and best practices relating to the safe design and use of machinery and show which standard is relevant for which type of machine.

Safety with Machinery provides a basic grounding in machinery safety and covers safeguarding philosophy and strategy, typical hazards, risk assessment and reduction, guarding techniques, ergonomic considerations, safe use of equipment and plant layout. All types of safeguards are discussed, including mechanical, interlocking, electrical/electronic/programmable, hydraulic and pneumatic.

The new edition has been updated throughout in line with changes in regulations and standards. The section on electric, electronic and programmable safety systems has been expanded to reflect their increasing importance.

The book now focuses on the harmonised standards (e.g. EN ISO 13849, IEC/EN 61131-2) which can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their machines for the European market without the need for third party examination, but also covers other relevant standards (e.g. IEC 62061). Many practical examples set the regulations in context and assist in the interpretation of the various standards.

Safety with Machinery is essential reading for all engineers involved in machinery design and maintenance all over the world as every machine sold within or into the EU needs to conform to the harmonised standards. It also provides health and safety professionals, students and employee representatives, as well as certification bodies, health and safety inspectors and safety regulators with a comprehensive overview of machinery safety.

Engineers, technicians and managers in machinery design, manufacture and maintenance would all benefit from reading this book. Also health and safety professionals and safety representatives in manufacturing industries; certification and audit bodies; health and safety inspectors and safety regulatory organisations; and vocational students on design of machinery and health and safety courses would find it useful.


L. Scott Hansen

ISBN 9780831133665



This unique reference was written with the intention that users can learn SolidWorks on their own with little or no outside help. Unlike other books of its kind, it begins at a very basic level and ends at a fairly advanced level.

It’s perfect for anyone enrolled in engineering and technology programs, as well as professionals interested in learning SolidWorks. It applies to Solid Works releases 2003 to 2009. “

The text provides step-by-step instructions along with numerous illustrations; commands are shown in bold for those who would rather not read every word of instruction; includes graphic illustration for each step for those who would rather learn visually; and contains small notes on most illustrations to further clarify instructions.

In addition, most chapters are all self contained, allowing users to start from most anywhere in the book.

The book is broken into the following sections: Getting Started, Learning More Basics, Learning to Detail Part Drawings, Advanced Detail Drawing Procedures, Learning to Edit Existing Solid Models, Advanced Design Procedures, and Introduction to Assembly View Procedures.

The text is essentially an updated version of Learning and Applying SolidWorks 2007-2008 Step-by-Step, however the new manual includes processes relevant for the industry today.

SolidWorks provides 3D mechanical CAD (MCAD) software. The company also provides engineers, designers and other creative professionals with the tools they need to design products.

“Companies everywhere—including your competitors—are moving to 3D. If you want to take your product design to the next level, get the most out of your team, and be the leader in your market, now is the time to start thinking about the ways SolidWorks can help you succeed,” says the company.

“We understand that for most businesses moving to a new design platform is a major investment, and it’s important to understand how it will affect your bottom line. The good news is that moving to SolidWorks will likely start paying off sooner than later.

“From helping you get up and running to making sure you stay successful, SolidWorks is committed to providing the tools and knowledge that will help your company design better products.”

Answer the following question for your chance to win one of these two instructive texts…

Question: Name the two harmonised standards which can be used by manufacturers to self-certify their machines for the European market without the need for third party examination.

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