Newsletter: Volume 18 – Issue 8

The August issue of AutomationDirect.com’s newsletter is full of great information. Be sure to check out the article on how Ethernet has evolved in the last 30 years. There is also a great article explaining motion control, discussing topics such as position, speed, and torque control. We give you a quick look at IIot this month, but there will be a lot more on IIoT in the coming months. Don’t forget to sign for the mystery product giveaway! We can’t tell you what the product is (because it’s a mystery) but we think you will be glad you signed up. Enjoy!

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Ethernet in Machine Automation

Over 30 years ago, Fieldbus technology became a great replacement for point-to-point wiring and multi-drop networks. What started with simple serial communications has evolved, due to increased technology and application requirements, Ethernet has become an excellent choice for connecting motion control, vision and other high end hardware. Read the entire article here

Supplier Profile – It’s more than flexibility

There are a lot of buzz words in the business world today, including flexibility, nimbleness, and agility just to name a few. One of these terms, flexibility, is more than just a buzz word at Electri-Flex. To the people who are a part of this company, flexibility is a way of lifeElectri-Flex – A family business

Motion Control Explained

Your upcoming application requires motion control. Do you understand how it works and what you need for it to work properly? While the basic components used are the controller, the drive, and the motor, there is more you need to know. In this article, we discuss topics such as position, speed, and torque control. Read the entire motion control article

Now Available


Magnetic Proximity Sensors
M-series cylindrical magnetic DC proximity sensors are now available in 8mm, 12mm, and 18mm sizes.

Fork Sensors Now Available
New PS series fork sensors, also referred to as “slot” or “U” sensors, are offered in visible red light and laser models. 

Polycarbonate Enclosures
E
nclosure offering now includes Integra polycarbonate enclosures. The Impact series enclosures are lightweight, making them easier to carry and install.

New Proximity Sensors
Contrinex DW-series of extended and triple-distance proximity sensors in 3mm to 30mm cylindrical and 20mm x 32mm rectangular styles.

RUKO Countersink Bits
RUKO countersink bits now include bits to accommodate UNC, or imperial (inch), fasteners.Prices start at $10. 

Mystery Product Giveaway
Yes we are giving away a free mystery product! All you have to do is enter to win the mystery product giveaway. 

A Quick Look at Creating the IIoT

You’ve heard of the Industrial Internet of Things. But where does it start? The IIoT starts by connecting edge devices and distributing the data, either directly or through an HMI, to the users of the data. This article explains how the IIoT helps make interaction more seamless than ever. See more on edge devices and the IIoT

 

 Controllers Keep Trains on Track

There is just something about model train displays that excites the kid in all of us.The sounds of the wheels on the track, the train whistles, the cars snaking through cities, towns, landscapes, and across bridges fills the mind with wonder. So what does it take to control the world’s largest indoor train display? Find out what it takes

 

Design Squad PBS- Helping Kids Explore Engineering

The inquisitive mind of a child is the breeding ground of imagination and invention. For most of us, our parents told us stories of how they grew up creating things out of sticks, stones, cardboard boxes, just about anything they could find outside. Check out what these kids are doing in the classroom! Watch kids turn toothbrushes into bots

 

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