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  • Three Steps to Size Motors

    Three Steps to Size Motors

    Proper motor sizing precludes equipment failures, ensures efficiency and reduces maintenance issues Bryan Sisler, a product manager for drives and motors at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the August 2019 issue of Plant Engineering titled Three Steps to Size Motors. Following is a summary, please click on the link above for the full text. Electric … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Operator Interfaces Voted as a Readers’ Top Choice

    AutomationDirect Operator Interfaces Voted as a Readers’ Top Choice

    Automation professionals have voted for the AutomationDirect family of operator interface hardware and software, once again making them a top choice for their applications. AutomationDirect operator interface (OI) hardware and software were recently recognized in Control Design 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. You can find the magazine issue online here. This awards program invites readers with … Read More

  • STRIDE Industrial MQTT Gateways from AutomationDirect

    STRIDE Industrial MQTT Gateways from AutomationDirect

    The STRIDE® MQTT gateway connects industrial Modbus devices to an MQTT cloud-based data logging solution. MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is a machine-to-machine “Internet of Things” connectivity protocol that provides low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers. The STRIDE MQTT gateway provides easy hardware setup to … Read More

  • Power Machine Tray Cable Cut-to-Length from AutomationDirect

    Power Machine Tray Cable Cut-to-Length from AutomationDirect

    Power Machine Tray Cable is available in sizes from 18 AWG to 8 AWG with 3 to 25 unshielded conductors. Individual conductors are bare copper and stranded for flexibility, with black PVC/Nylon insulation and marked with numbers for easy identification. The black Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) cable outer jacket is flexible and resistant to sunlight, oil, … Read More

  • Robroy-AttaBox | Tough on Protection but Thoughtful to Employees

    Robroy-AttaBox | Tough on Protection but Thoughtful to Employees

    What do oil refining, rail and transit systems, outdoor water parks, wastewater treatment plants, and breweries have in common? They are environments that need high-quality, watertight, corrosion-resistant enclosures to protect critical equipment such as electrical connections, wiring, control panels, and sensitive measurement systems. In harsh places like these, non-metallic enclosures protect against moisture, dust, dirt, … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

    Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet PLCs have traditionally excelled at using wired inputs and outputs (I/O) to execute automation logic quickly and reliably. Now, users are recognizing the internet contains a wealth of information useful for PLC applications either directly in the logic or for operator displays. Many websites can programmatically deliver … Read More

  • Product Pointers – July 2019

    Product Pointers – July 2019

    Featured Products Productivity1000 Series PLCs are the super-compact version of the Productivity PLC family with features you love including tag name programming and built-in data logging   C-more micro touch panels give you lots of options for a little price, with free programming software   STRIDE Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches combine Ethernet and power … Read More

  • Universal Input Signal Conditioners and Isolators from AutomationDirect

    Universal Input Signal Conditioners and Isolators from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect’s ProSense universal input conditioners/isolators accept a wide range of RTD, thermocouple, resistance, potentiometer, mA or voltage inputs, and offer current, voltage and/or relay outputs with programmable ranges and functions. The ProSense conditioners operate on 21.6 to 253 VAC or 19.2 to 300 VDC supply voltage and provide 3-way isolation between input, output and power. … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds Safety Mats, Edges and Bumpers

    AutomationDirect adds Safety Mats, Edges and Bumpers

    Safety mats, edges and bumpers from ASO Safety Solutions are used to protect people and machinery from harm. Mats detect the presence of personnel on horizontal surfaces (usually the floor), edges can be used on any surface, usually near possible crushing or shearing points, and bumpers are used in applications involving vehicles or other moving … Read More

  • Metrol Precision Limit Switches from AutomationDirect

    Metrol Precision Limit Switches from AutomationDirect

    Metrol limit switches provide precision, repeatability and a long service life. Four new types of Metrol precision limit switches are now available from AutomationDirect. The actuator of new sliding/angled offset limit switches (from $63.00) detects objects traveling straight on or sliding into the actuator from an angle with 5-micron repeat accuracy. Metrol low contact-force limit … Read More