Issue 33 – 2015

We have a lot of great material crammed in this issue of NOTEBOOK. In addition to information about new products, our cover story explains how machine builders and their customers benefit from connecting machines to IT systems. We have an awesome User Solution story explaining how adding a variable frequency drive improved a mill/drill machine and more all packed in to this issue of the AutomationNotebook.

– TJ Johns Senior Editor

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In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Introducing Productivity®2000 — Issue 33, 2015

    Introducing Productivity®2000 — Issue 33, 2015

    The Productivity2000 is AutomationDirect’s newest addition to the Productivity line of industrial controllers. The Productivity2000 is a modular, rack-based system with a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. The high-performance CPU has 50Mb of user memory, fast …

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  • Product Snapshots — Issue 33, 2015

    Product Snapshots — Issue 33, 2015

    This issue of Automation Notebook gives you snapshots of some of our latest products. Some of those new products include: additions to the access control barriers, new miniature circuit breakers and supplementary protectors, as well as, harsh-duty photoelectric sensors, three-phase …

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  • Linking Machines to IT Systems

    Linking Machines to IT Systems

    Once upon a time, individual machines were stranded on an island, or just linked to other machines using a few discrete I/O and dry contact relays. Then came machine-to-machine data links such as a proprietary PLC-based network. Today, and certainly …

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  • Open Our Video Cookbook — Issue 33, 2015

    Open Our Video Cookbook — Issue 33, 2015

    Automation Cookbook is a collection of short video chapters covering a wide variety of automation application topics. Each chapter starts with a “U can do it!” overview, which explains the capabilities and usefulness of a specific automation task. There is …

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  • What is Productivity2000? — Issue 33, 2015

    What is Productivity2000? — Issue 33, 2015

    It’s not just the low price, but the incredible built-in features that make our Productivity2000 a must-have controller. As the newest programmable logic controller from AutomationDirect, the Productivity2000 (P2000), is built around a compact modular form factor that allows both …

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  • Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement — Issue 33, 2015

    Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement — Issue 33, 2015

    Students at Penn State have been working on a Baobab pulp processor in conjunction with the residents of villages in Benin, Malawi, South Africa, and Madagascar. Native to Africa, “Baobab” is the common name for the Adansonia tree and the …

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  • Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

    Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

    Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long …

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  • Shier Terror Haunts West Coast

    Shier Terror Haunts West Coast

    Scott Shier, with his namesake organization, Shier Terror, presented a pneumatics seminar in May, 2015, at the West Coast Haunters Convention in Portland, Oregon. His intent was to expose a group of fifteen “Home Haunter” students to the capabilities of …

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  • Brainteasers — Issue 33, 2015

    Brainteasers — Issue 33, 2015

    This is one of the most popular sections of Automation Notebook; The Break Room. This popular spot is often the first place many of our customers turn to when they receive the latest issue. Once you read it, you’ll agree. …

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  • Brainteasers Answers — Issue 33, 2015

    Brainteasers Answers — Issue 33, 2015

    Each issue of the Automation Notebook features a section we call, “The Break Room”. We know you successfully answered everything without having to ask your friends for any help (wink, wink). But, just in case you want to make sure

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