Newsletter: Volume 19 – Issue 5

Hope everyone had a great relaxing long weekend! We thank those who courageously gave their lives and those who continue to fight for the freedoms we have today. In this month’s issue there is an application story on how an AutomationDirect Do-more H2 Series Programmable Logic Controller CPU was used to upgrade an outdated gas delivery system. We are also discussing 10 tips for specifying variable frequency drives. There are also two additional Ethernet articles to help further your understanding of Ethernet communication. Plus, we are hosting a fun Ethernet giveaway – just take the quiz and enter your email address by June 9th, 2017 for a chance to win a FREE Stride SE Series Managed Ethernet Switch. Don’t worry winners won’t be selected based on quiz performance!

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Hazardous gas

Application Story – Automating Hazardous Gas Delivery

When a highly flammable, toxic and corrosive gas delivery system for semiconductor production tools became unreliable, Headway Technologies contracted with system integrator KCC Software for the needed upgrades. KCC Software’s experience and expertise led to the successful replacement of a failing automation system with a new automatic gas control (AGC) system. Outdated gas delivery system upgraded using Do-more

Implicit vs Explicit Messaging

EtherNet/IP is younger than you and me, but still approaching maturity as it just reached its 15th birthday. Over the years, it has grown into an impressive industrial Ethernet communication network for connecting automation equipment, processes and machines. Keys to its success are the network and transport layers where explicit and implicit messaging takes place; here’s how to use these features to optimize your EtherNet/IP networks. More about implicit vs explicit messaging

Tips for Specifying Variable Frequency Drives

For well over 30 years, variable frequency drives (VFD) have been controlling the speed of three-phase alternating-current (AC) induction motors. There are many things to consider for maximum efficiency, control, operation and motor life when using VFDs. Get top 10 tips for specifying and using VFDs

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What You Need To Know About Machine Learning

There’s lots of talk about machine learning, but can it help you improve the performance of your machines? It’s becoming easier and cheaper to gather and store tons of data related to the operation of your machines installed at customer sites, but this creates a problem which we’ll label as Data Rich, Information Poor. Read more on machine learning

Deterministic Ethernet and TSN

Deterministic Ethernet and Time Sensitive Networks (TSN) are current industrial automation buzzwords—both related to how control data and information can flow through network pipes. A little history and understanding of industrial fieldbus communications will help explain where we are now and where we’re going with deterministic Ethernet and TSN. Learn more about these current trends

Ethernet Explosion Quiz & Giveaway!

Are you ready for the Ethernet explosion? Well, fire up your memory banks and take the quiz below to see how well you know Ethernet! Answer all 11 questions and enter your email address by June 9th, 2017 for a chance to win an awesome prize! We are randomly giving away a FREE Stride SE Series Managed Ethernet Switch. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2017. Don’t worry winners won’t be selected based on quiz performance!  Take the Ethernet quiz for a chance to win!

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