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  • MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller System from AutomationDirect

    MOSAIC Modular Safety Integrated Controller System from AutomationDirect

    A new system of safety monitoring and control devices has been added to the AutomationDirect line of safety-related products. The ReeR MOSAIC safety controller system is modular, expandable and configurable for managing all safety functions of a single machine or an entire plant. As a stand-alone controller, the M1 master MOSAIC module has 8 inputs, … Read More

  • NITRA Hybrid PVC Hose for Air and Water Use from AutomationDirect

    NITRA Hybrid PVC Hose for Air and Water Use from AutomationDirect

    A new hybrid PVC hose introduced by AutomationDirect is suitable for air and water use. NITRA® Hybrid PVC Hose is a blend of PVC and rubber with a polyester braided reinforcement. The PVC gives light weight, color stability and hardness for higher working pressures while the rubber gives improved flexibility and operating temperature range. The … Read More

  • What Makes the Difference? The PLUS Factor in System Concepts PLUS

    What Makes the Difference? The PLUS Factor in System Concepts PLUS

    In 2008, Joe Summers founded System Concepts PLUS (SC+), an engineering specialty provider for the industrial process control area. The company was founded on the concept of providing more service at an affordable price by understanding customers’ specific control and automation problems and working to provide the best automation solution. The SC+ motto is: “To … Read More

  • Vote for the P1000 in Plant Engineering’s 2018 Product of the Year Awards

    Vote for the P1000 in Plant Engineering’s 2018 Product of the Year Awards

    AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was selected for its powerful features, which provide cost-effective monitoring and control. Here’s how to vote for it. AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was announced as a Plant Engineering 2018 Product of the Year finalist in the Machine & Control category. Check out the new Productivity1000 PLC here, and please vote considering its capabilities. … Read More

  • What Type of Air Prep is Required for Plant Compressed Air?

    What Type of Air Prep is Required for Plant Compressed Air?

    Here are some best practices to supply safe, clean and dry air to a machine or an item of equipment. Pat Phillips, Product Manager, Fluid Power & Mechanical Products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the October 2018 issue of Fluid Power World magazine titled What type of air prep is required for plant compressed air? … Read More

  • Advocating Clean Energy Through Hydropower Automation

    Advocating Clean Energy Through Hydropower Automation

    For thousands of years, people have turned to water to help them with numerous tasks from grinding grain into wheat and sawing lumber to producing electricity. Today, hydropower is the largest single renewable energy source for electricity generation in the United States. All hydropower requires is water flowing through a turbine to make electricity; only … Read More

  • Panel Builder Checklist

    Panel Builder Checklist

    Building the Electrical Control Panel There are many things to consider when building an automation control system. Some control systems are extremely simple, like a pump control system that consists of a pump, level controller, and a contactor, or they can be complicated and control a full production line with a series of sub control … Read More

  • What does a NEMA Rating Mean?

    What does a NEMA Rating Mean?

    NEMA rating is one of those standards that is at times misunderstood or even ignored. However, it is an important specification that must be considered when buying a NEMA rated product to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment. For this post, let’s use enclosures as an example of a NEMA rated product. NEMA rated … Read More

  • Automation Control System Specification, Design and Installation

    Automation Control System Specification, Design and Installation

    Electrical control systems are used on everything from simple pump controls to car washes, to complex chemical processing plants. Automation of industrial machinery, tools and more has increased productivity and reliability in all areas of manufacturing, utilities and material processing. When an operation or process used to produce an end product is very laborious, time … Read More

  • Avoid Wiring Errors

    Avoid Wiring Errors

    In a Control Design September 2018 Automation Basics column titled “Terminate the Rat’s Nest”, author Dave Perkon gets right to the point when he writes, “For those who think it’s okay to open a control enclosure and see a monochromatic rat’s nest of wires without any wire labels, you should be aware, that’s worst-case practice.” … Read More