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Electronic Circuit Breakers Provide Smarter Protection

New technologies deliver higher performance and advanced monitoring and control capabilities as compared to traditional fuses and circuit breakers. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer with AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the April 2021 issue of Design World. Titled Machine Circuit Protection Gets Smart, the article describes traditional circuit protection methods and how there is now…
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Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 5

Supplier Profile: Code CorporationBeep? Beep? Beep? that?s the distinctive sound made when someone scans a barcode on items going through a grocery store checkout line. Barcode technology began revolutionizing the efficiency of the grocery checkout process decades ago and is now fostering huge advances in healthcare, law enforcement, and manufacturing. Read more about Code Corp. Industrializing…
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Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners to its lineup of safety products. Safety laser scanners offer an ingenious, cost-effective way to protect an entire area. This can be a static application such as a robot cell or the area surrounding a moving device such as an AGV. They are ideal for providing safe access…
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Direct Wire’s Large Gauge MTW Cable from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s new 1kV ALL-FLEX MTW/THHW heavy-duty flexible power cable from Direct Wire is an extremely flexible large gauge (8AWG to 500MCM) single-conductor industrial cable that is ideal for industrial control panel distribution, VFD power feeds, servo systems, and motor leads in non-drive related applications. The MTW and THHW ratings make them ideal for use in…
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The ProductivityOpen Chosen as Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year Grand Award Recipient

The innovative AutomationDirect ProductivityOpen controller combines the IT-centric open-source capabilities of an Arduino® microcontroller with the robust reliability needed for industrial OT applications, leading to end user recognition for Plant Engineering’s highest award. AutomationDirect’s ProductivityOpen controller was announced as a Plant Engineering 2020 Grand Award recipient. This is the highest award a product can receive…
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StrideLinx VPN Routers and Free Cloud Service from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s StrideLinx Cloud has been upgraded to provide machine builders, system integrators, and end-users with an end-to-end cloud solution offering improved collaboration, advanced user management, easier navigation, and custom user-defined dashboards to make remote access and monitoring even easier. The StrideLinx secure VPN, a remote access solution, allows users to securely connect to remote systems using a…
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Wenglor Photoelectric Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added a new line of laser sensors. Wenglor dark and shiny object detection photoelectric sensors use blue light technology to detect objects other photoelectric sensors cannot see or see objects that get detected multiple times erroneously. They come in either 50x20x50mm or 32x12x16mm body sizes with an M12 or M8 quick-disconnect. These sensors…
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Product Pointers - April 2021

Featured Products Productivity3000 high-performance controllerprovides up to 50MB of user memory, seven communication ports with EtherNet/IP support and is fully expandable up to 59,840 I/O points  CPU priced at $487 4-in-1 general purpose AC motorssupport a variety of common industrial or commercial applications including conveyors, food and beverage equipment, pumps, and fansStarting at $172 Integrated…
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Supplier Profile: Code Corporation

Beep… Beep… Beep… that’s the distinctive sound made when someone scans a barcode on items going through a grocery store checkout line. Barcode technology began revolutionizing the efficiency of the grocery checkout process decades ago and is now fostering huge advances in healthcare, law enforcement, and manufacturing. Barcodes represent key product or item data in…