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Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 1

What is Needed for Industrial Control Panels?Industrial control panels are fundamental for protecting electrical, instrumentation, and control devices. The AutomationDirect portfolio of enclosures and components can help users obtain everything they need to create control panel solutions. This post looks at some key concepts involved with designing control panels.Learn more Secure Remote Monitoring of Process…
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Building User-Focused Water/Wastewater Utility Systems with AutomationDirect

Many water utilities could benefit from using robust and standardized PLC automation, instead of enduring inconsistent and difficult to troubleshoot custom control systems. While many people settle for things that are good enough, sometimes it takes relatively little extra effort to make things excellent. Dennis O’Hara experienced this many times as he progressed from getting…
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2022 FIRST Robotics RAPID REACT 3D-Printed Field

20:1 Scale Model of the 2022 FIRST Robotics 2022 Game Field provided by AutomationDirect’s animation team converted the animation models into 3D printable models.  This is the “playing field” for the FIRST Robotics Competition game for 2022.  For more info about FIRST and the 2022 game: “RAPID REACT” – please visit the FIRST website.  >>>…
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Trumeter Graphical Panel Meters and Hour Meters/Counters from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added new current, rate, process, and temperature meters to their Trumeter ADM series of graphical panel meters.   These panel meters feature a programmable 40-segment curved bar graph display that provides an instant visual representation of an analog meter. In addition, they have a large 4-digit readout, dynamic backlight color, customizable messages, and alarms…
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LUTZE SILFLEX® 24VDC Flexible Control Cable from AutomationDirect

LUTZE SILFLEX® 24VDC flexible control cable is an industrial-rated low voltage cable ideal for both stationary and flexible applications. Constructed with a rugged outer jacket, these cables provide resistance to sunlight, oil, and moisture penetration, making them suitable for wet and dry locations. With its UL Type MTW Machine Tool Wire rating, this cable meets…
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Product Pointers - January 2022

Featured Products CLICK PLUS series controllerscombine the simplicity of the original CLICK with advanced features such as data logging, Wi-Fi connectability and MQTT communication CPUs start at $89 STRIDE Pocket Portal IIoT bridgeeasily connects analog inputs, discrete I/O and/or  Modbus RTU-capable devices to the cloud for remote data monitoring and controlstarting at $99 NITRA high-precision pneumatic…
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SteamVR (Vive, Rift, etc) Simulation of the 2022 FIRST Robotics Rapid React Game Field

That’s right … strap on your HTC VIVE , Valve Index, OCULUS RIFT or most SteamVR headsets and go play around on the RAPID REACT field. See how the CARGO passes through the hub, get a real first person view from the driver station, and take a shot from behind the terminal! It’s like being…
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OCULUS QUEST VR Simulation of the 2022 FIRST Robotics RAPID REACT Game Field

Presented by The lead animator from the recent FRC Game animations (STRONGHOLD, STEAMWORKS, POWER-UP, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, INFINITE RECHARGE, RAPID REACT) also programs virtual reality games in his spare time. So, he took the assets from the FRC RAPID REACT Game Animation and dropped them into VR to give you a VERY realistic view…

Industrial Automation Mobile Access on the Rise

Proactive risk mitigation strategies and enhanced technologies are leading more end users than ever before to adopt industrial automation mobile access. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the November 2021 issue of Plant Engineering titled Industrial Access On the Go. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the…