Issue 7 – 2006

This edition of Automation NOTEBOOK contains an article on the Forsyth Alliance robotics team that will not only inspire budding engineers, but also make seasoned engineers swell with pride. Also Be sure to check out the cover story explaining the oil refining process. Plus, you’ll discover a Southern California company’s proven way of increasing employee efficiency.

– TJ Johns
Senior Editor

 

In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Fuel for Our Oil Addiction – Issue 7, 2006

    Fuel for Our Oil Addiction – Issue 7, 2006

    Is there any doubt we live in an oil-based economy? With so much ongoing discussion about the price of oil, increasing refinery costs and concerns of availability going forward, this is one subject that has been discussed at some length. …

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  • High-Speed Ethernet Communication Available For DL405 PLCs – Issue 7, 2006

    High-Speed Ethernet Communication Available For DL405 PLCs – Issue 7, 2006

    AutomationDirect now offers the H4-ECOM100 Ethernet communication module for DirectLOGIC DL405 PLCs. The H4-ECOM100 can be inserted into any I/O slot of any local DL405 base, including expansion bases when using the DL450 CPU and -1 bases, to implement master/slave …

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  • Active RFID – Issue 7, 2006

    Active RFID – Issue 7, 2006

    On The Path To Deliver Pervasive Enterprise Efficiency

    With RFID tagging becoming more common, this article explores how industry is just beginning to climb the ladder of exciting uses and benefits for RFID in the enterprise.

    RFID tagging in the …

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  • Imagine…A Story About Building Robots, Building Teams and Building Minds – Issue 7, 2006

    Imagine…A Story About Building Robots, Building Teams and Building Minds – Issue 7, 2006

    Imagine a world where kids put engineers and scientists on the same pedestal as rock stars, athletes and actors…

    Imagine
     a world where ordinary people do extra-ordinary things and are recognized for their achievements…

    Imagine a world where being gracious, …

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  • Business Notes – Issue 7, 2006

    Business Notes – Issue 7, 2006

    MAPI Reports Solid Manufacturing Growth In 2006, Predicts Slightly Slower In 2007

    According to a recent press release from MAPI, a leading executive development and business research organization, solid growth for the manufacturing sector in 2006 will likely be followed …

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  • Iboxes…The Latest Craze – Issue 7, 2006

    Iboxes…The Latest Craze – Issue 7, 2006

    In our last issue of Automation Notebook we introduced you to DirectSOFT5 (version 5.0), the latest version of programming software available for the DirectLOGIC PLCs. DirectSOFT5 received an overall facelift including selectable themes, configurable toolbars, dockable and …

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  • Improving Factory Workers’ Efficiency is All in a Name – Issue 7, 2006

    Improving Factory Workers’ Efficiency is All in a Name – Issue 7, 2006

    As most everyone is aware, from a business standpoint, we live in a numbers-based society. In all businesses, whether a small company with a dozen employees or a large conglomerate of thousands, the focus is on the bottom line. Executives …

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  • Sensor Trends – Issue 7, 2006

    Sensor Trends – Issue 7, 2006

    Because of certain drawbacks of physical contact style sensors and switches such as limit switches and float switches, newer technology non-contact style sensors have become prevalent in industry, performing well in many applications.

    Proximity, photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors can be …

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  • A Guide to Common Automation Terms – Issue 7, 2006

    A Guide to Common Automation Terms – Issue 7, 2006

    The glossary below is an excerpt from Jon Stenerson’s “Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors, and Communications”. For the complete list, go to the Technical Support section of the AutomationDirect Web site.

    • Accumulated value: Applies to the use …

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  • Sensors Frequently Asked Questions – Issue 7, 2006

    Sensors Frequently Asked Questions – Issue 7, 2006

    AutomationDirect’s Technical Support Team has compiled a list of customer frequently asked questions for many of our products. The complete listing can be found on the technical support page of our Web site. Here are some of the more commonly …

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  • Brainteasers – Issue 7, 2006

    Brainteasers – Issue 7, 2006

    You Get What You Pay For 

    A popular story within the cruise line industry relates that on April 12, 1912, a British citizen, Mr. Ralph Henderson, successfully argued that he shouldn’t have to pay the full rate for his …

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