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The Nine Lives of EtherCAT®

In the fast-paced world of industrial automation, even a millisecond delay can have a ripple effect, disrupting production lines and costing valuable time. This is where EtherCAT steps in, offering a solution to the real-time communication challenges faced by factories and other industrial environments. Developed by Beckhoff Automation, EtherCAT builds upon the familiar foundation of…
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What is EtherCAT?

EtherCAT, which stands for Ethernet for Control Automation Technology, is a high-performance industrial network protocol based on standard Ethernet. It’s specifically designed for real-time communication and deterministic data exchange, making it ideal for motion control applications like robotics, assembly lines, and packaging machines.  Key Features:  Motion Control using EtherCAT:  Benefits of using EtherCAT for Motion…
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More Swivellink Device Mounting Components and Mounting Kits from AutomationDirect

February 28, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Swivellink pre-packaged mounting kits, extra small components, and more sensor mounting options to their Barcode/RFID/Vision category. Mounting kits include all the components needed for a mounting system assembly, so customers can avoid compiling part numbers from scratch. Extra small components, in imperial and metric versions, are excellent for…
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New JOKARI Cable/Wire Dismantling and Stripping Tools from AutomationDirect

February 28, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new JOKARI cable/wire stripping and dismantling tools designed for the easy removal of cable jackets and wire insulation. These ergonomic tools are available for various AWG sizes and in automatic, heavy-duty, multi-purpose, and precision models. JOKARI self-adjusting stripping pliers provide ease of use, durability, an ergonomic design, and…
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Pfannenberg PYRA and PATROL Series Signal Beacons from AutomationDirect

February 28, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Pfannenberg PYRA and PATROL series heavy-duty signal beacons to their growing lineup of visual and audible signaling devices. These versatile devices can withstand severe environments, are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and satisfy numerous alarm, warning, and indication requirements. The PYRA series focuses on visual alerts and…
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Product Pointers February 2024

Featured Products BRX micro PLC units offer outstanding features including built-in data logging, universal analog and temperature I/O, motion control and customizable communication PLCs starting at $205 STELLAR SR35 soft starters are fully digital, offered in three frame sizes to control 1- and 3-phase AC induction motors, and provide overload and SCR failure protection starting…
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WAGO ECO2 Series Power Supplies from AutomationDirect

February 21, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added WAGO Eco2 series power supplies that offer performance and value, featuring high efficiency and a compact, space-saving design, making them ideal for space-limited applications. These economical power supplies provide reliable performance and long service life for a variety of applications such as industrial automation, building management systems, machine…
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ReeR Micron Series Light Grids from AutomationDirect

February 21, 2024 – AutomationDirect adds new ReeR Micron series light grids, available in detecting or measuring versions, that use multi-beam photoeye arrays to detect the presence of objects anywhere within the controlled height of the sensor array. They are perfect for detecting, measuring, and counting various sized and shaped objects at random positions as…
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Murrplastik Discharge Plates, EMC Cable Clips, and Electrical Conduit Kits from AutomationDirect

February 21, 2024 – New additions of quality wiring solution products from Murrplastik provide fast and efficient ways to prevent electromagnetic interference (EMI) and to install cable conduits for cobots and small robotic machinery. Murrplastik ZL-AB series discharge plates (for use with ZL series strain relief plates) and Murrplastik DIN-rail-mounted EMC cable clips provide easily…