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  • AutomationDirect offers Cut-to-Length VFD Cables

    AutomationDirect offers Cut-to-Length VFD Cables

    VFD cables from AutomationDirect are now available in customer specified lengths in one-foot increments. VFD cable is used to organize and protect the input and motor power wiring for variable frequency drives. It is specially designed using grounding, shielding & insulation to reduce VFD-related interference (EMI) on nearby equipment. AutomationDirect VFD cables utilize cross-linked Polyethylene … Read More

  • AutomationDirect offers StrideLinx Premium Branding License

    AutomationDirect offers StrideLinx Premium Branding License

    The new StrideLinx Premium Branding License from AutomationDirect allows the creation of a custom company IoT platform with a user-specified domain name, the company logo on the login screen, and customized support and contact information. The Premium Branding license is $1,850.00 (one-time charge). StrideLinx provides secure access over the “industrial internet” to remotely connect, monitor, … Read More

  • Fuji Electric 30mm Pilot Devices from AutomationDirect

    Fuji Electric 30mm Pilot Devices from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect has added Fuji AR30 series pilot devices to its Fuji switches, pushbuttons and indicators product line. The Fuji Electric AR30 series includes a selection of 30mm pushbuttons, non-illuminated as well as illuminated models, with flush round heads, extended round heads, and mushroom style heads. Other Fuji 30mm pilot devices include emergency stop pushbuttons, selector … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 4

    AutomationDirect Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 4

    Spring weather has finally arrived at AutomationDirect and the beautiful weather has brought new products and content for you to enjoy! Grab a chair and take a break with AutomationDirect Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 4! Learn all about how simple and easy using a PLC is in a variety of applications with our PLC articles. … Read More

  • Micro PLCs vs Programmable Relays | White Paper

    Micro PLCs vs Programmable Relays | White Paper

    The line between programmable relays and micro PLCs has moved to a much lower price point over the last few years, making a micro PLC a better option for controlling many small to medium size machines. Micro PLCs are no more expensive nor difficult to use than programmable relays in these applications, and the required … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds WDP Definite Purpose Contactors

    AutomationDirect adds WDP Definite Purpose Contactors

    Definite purpose (DP) contactors are electrically activated switches designed for application-specific use to provide load control that can handle lower locked rotor switching needs. WDP series definite purpose contactors provide compact load control in applications such as HVAC, compressors, pumps, resistive heating, power supplies, refrigeration equipment, food service equipment, motors, compressors and welding. These reliable … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Offers Customer Specified Cut-to-Length Cable by the Foot

    AutomationDirect Offers Customer Specified Cut-to-Length Cable by the Foot

    Bulk multi-conductor industrial automation cable from AutomationDirect is now available in customer specified lengths in one-foot increments from 20 to 5000 ft. Cut-to-length cable eliminates waste and lowers cost (only as much cable as required is purchased). With a low minimum cut length of 20 feet, the price per foot per cable type is the … Read More

  • 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