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  • Choosing the Right Factory Automation Controller for Your Application – Issue 39, 2018

    Choosing the Right Factory Automation Controller for Your Application – Issue 39, 2018

    Picking the right hardware is critical, but make sure to include the controller programming software in the evaluation process as it will determine ease of use. When selecting a controller for factory automation, it’s not just about whether a PLC, PAC or PC should be used. It’s also about defining the requirements for the application, … Read More

  • Which PLC is For Me? – Issue 39, 2018

    Which PLC is For Me? – Issue 39, 2018

    As with any engineering decision, it’s always best to put it on paper first to see the “big picture”. The same holds true when choosing the most effective PLC for your application. This choice depends on a number of factors and the following steps serve as a checklist of things to consider when determining PLC … Read More

  • Productivity Series: Scalable from Top to Bottom – Issue 39, 2018

    Productivity Series: Scalable from Top to Bottom – Issue 39, 2018

    With the release of the Productivity1000, the newest and smallest of the Productivity Series controllers, we now have a scalable product offering that gives you the flexibility to design your control system program for a broad range of applications and sizes, without sacrificing functionality. The Productivity1000 (P1000) is a compact, stackable micro Programmable Logic Controller … Read More

  • BRX PLC is Announced as the Silver Award Winner for Plant Engineering’s 2017 Product of the Year

    BRX PLC is Announced as the Silver Award Winner for Plant Engineering’s 2017 Product of the Year

    AutomationDirect’s BRX Programmable Logic Controller has been named as the Silver Award Winner in the Automation & Controls category for Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year. Check out the winning BRX PLC here. A Silver Award Winner trophy was presented to AutomationDirect for its winning BRX product at the 2018 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner … Read More

  • Company Profile: AutomationDirect Logistics Team

    Company Profile: AutomationDirect Logistics Team

    Think your work day starts early? Bet your start time is later than the AutomationDirect Logistics Team! On any given weekday when most people are just waking up, members of the Logistics Team have been hard at work since 4 a.m. getting prepared to fill the day’s orders. That’s when the team’s replenish group begins … Read More

  • Do-more PLC Revives Gas Distribution Process – Issue 39, 2018

    Do-more PLC Revives Gas Distribution Process – Issue 39, 2018

    KCC Software fuels the safe and reliable upgrade of a highly flammable, corrosive and toxic gas distribution system for semiconductor tools. A semiconductor manufacturer of memory and drive head technologies, Headway Technologies in Milpitas, California is a part of the TDK group of companies, the largest independent recording head supplier in the disk drive industry. … Read More

  • More Precision Limit Switch Options from AutomationDirect

    More Precision Limit Switch Options from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect now offers mini stopper and stopper bolt precision limit switches from Metrol. Mini stopper limit switches incorporate a mechanical stop along with the limit switch function, eliminating the need for a separate stop in many applications.  With 10 micron repeatability, long service life, and high contact force, these stainless steel switches are ideal for … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Adds Safety Limit Switches

    AutomationDirect Adds Safety Limit Switches

    AutomationDirect has added a complete line of limit switches for safety applications to its Safety Products offering. Safety limit switches from IDEM provide positively operated switching contacts to verify the position of machine elements or other moving parts for safety related purposes. A wide range of housing types are available, and each offers a variety … Read More

  • Let’s Ride the Roller Coaster! – An AutomationDirect Case Study

    Let’s Ride the Roller Coaster! – An AutomationDirect Case Study

    Manny Salazar, the Manager at Automated Integration LLC, wrote an article titled Roller Coaster Overhaul for the April 2018 issue of Automation World. The article told the story on how Automated Integration replaced an old PLC, a bunch of relays and what seemed like miles of wire when upgrading the control and safety system on … Read More

  • Solutions for VPN Remote Access to PLCs, HMIs and Other Automation Components

    Solutions for VPN Remote Access to PLCs, HMIs and Other Automation Components

    The desire for remote access to plant floor PLCs, HMIs and other automation components is becoming a must have feature for many manufacturing facilities and machine builders. For many applications, providing the desired level of cybersecurity requires more than just a router, namely a VPN. Jonathan Griffith, Product Manager, Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at … Read More