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Vision Sensing Becomes Practical for More Applications

Smart vision sensors incorporate on-board machine learning, empowering users to deploy them in common applications, without the cost and complexity of traditional products. Common photoelectric (PE) sensors are the most basic type of “vision” device, but traditionally it has required much more advanced technology to capture and analyze actual images for advanced detection. In an…
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Supplier Profile: LS ELECTRIC | A Visionary in Automation

Imagine a future of a fully automated supply chain where items are manufactured, assembled, shipped, and delivered entirely by automated machines. This notion used to seem far-fetched, but is now a very real and current reality. While the fear of a robotic revolution remains the theme in some movies, these advanced technologies are making life,…
Issue 49, 2023

Brainteasers - Issue 49, 2023

Color me confused! Spencer picks one of the colored numbers from the list below.  He tells the VALUE (only) to Kelly, and the COLOR (only) to Dylan. After looking at the list (and with no other information provided) Kelly and Dylan have the following conversation: Kelly:  “I don’t know which one of the colored numbers…
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Issue 49, 2023

One of the best things about AutomationDirect, in my opinion, is our continuous focus on customer needs. We strive to go above and beyond for our customers, and we always appreciate feedback on how we’re doing and what products we may be lacking. Using surveys, reviews, forum posts, etc., we try to reach out as…
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Atlas 300V Type AWM Wire from AutomationDirect

March 8th, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added 300V Atlas Type AWM (appliance wire material) wire that is commonly used for appliance wiring, control cabinets, and machine tool applications. This new wire meets the National Electrical Code (NEC) and NFPA Standard 79 requirements and is made in the USA. Atlas Type AWM wire consist of a…
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IDEM Two-hand Safety Control Panels from Automation Direct

March 8th, 2023 – AutomationDirect announces the addition of IDEM two-hand safety control panels to their safety products portfolio. Two-hand safety control panels, used with a special control monitoring relay, require an operator to use both hands simultaneously during a hazardous operation. This forces operators to keep their hands on the two-hand control actuator and…
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Linear Actuator Options

Linear actuators, driven with servo or stepper motors, are an effective way to implement accurate automated machine motion. Chip McDaniel at AutomationDirect wrote an article for the January 2023 issue of Design World’s Linear Motion Tips. Titled A Straight Line to Effective Linear Motion, this article explains linear actuator technologies, and it shows how they…
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Remote Monitoring of Wind Turbines

A team of students at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering recently completed a capstone project to allow remote monitoring of a wind turbine.  This team of mechanical engineering students consists of five students, each with an area of primary responsibility: Jay Sant; Team Lead, Ryan Sullivan; Design Lead, Thomas Haley; Analysis Lead, Jack Drummond;…
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New Murrelektronik Surge Suppression Devices from AutomationDirect

March 1, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added new Murrelektronik surge suppression devices that help protect and lengthen the life of motors, contactors, relays, solenoids, and PLC outputs. These new surge suppression devices support a variety of applications and provide protection from voltage spikes and electromagnetic noise caused by inductive loads. New additions include universal surge…