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Solenoid Valve Banks Provide Machine Automation Options

Networked electro-pneumatic solenoid banks can be distributed on machines for better control and more efficient installations. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer with AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2021 issue of Fluid Power World titled Distributed Electro-Pneumatics Maximize Machine Automation Options. It examines how intelligent solenoid manifolds save space, minimize installation effort, and provide…
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Quabbin Data Cable from AutomationDirect

July 28, 2021 – The new Quabbin data cables are designed with impedances specific for RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 communication applications in industrial environments. These high-quality, low-capacitance data cables have tinned copper conductors with twisted pairs that help reduce electrical noise sensitivity and are available in one-, two-, three-, or four-pair color-coded versions. The polyethylene…
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igus Continuous Flexing Control and Signal Cable from AutomationDirect

July 28, 2021 – The new igus Chainflex CF211 and CF11 series control and signal cable is specifically designed, tested, and manufactured to reliably serve continuous flexing, high mechanical load application requirements. This cableis available in sizes ranging from 26 AWG to 20 AWG, with up to four twisted pairs with overall shield, and provide…
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IronHorse ACN and ACNND NEMA 4X AC Drives from AutomationDirect

July 28, 2021 – AutomationDirect has added new NEMA 4X AC drives to their IronHorse brand of drives. These new high-performance VFDs support four control modes including V/Hz, slip compensation, sensorless vector, and torque control, and come in a variety of voltage and horsepower ratings for an extremely affordable price. The ACN / ACNND series…
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Pneumatic Control: Strength & Reliability without Overthinking

In this day and age everyone typically wants faster, smarter, more compact, and less complex. We want everything done for us, and we want computers to do all the heavy lifting. We want a smart home. We want our vehicles to be better drivers – checking blind spots, alerting us to cars, people and objects…
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Putting Advanced VFDs to Work in More Applications

New VFD features and technologies improve the control, safety, networking, and efficiency of motor control for a growing number of applications. Jeff Payne, product manager for the drives & motors group at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2021 issue of Plant Services titled Advanced Variable Frequency Drives are Working in More Applications. Here’s…
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Product Pointers – July 2021

Featured Products Productivity1000 series PLCsare the super-compact version of the Productivity PLC family with features you love including tag name programming and built-in data loggingCPU starting at $180 ViewMarq LED message displayswith easily configured messages and FREE configuration softwareStarting at $519 STELLAR SR35 soft startersare fully digital, offered in three frame sizes to control 1-…
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CCEA Industrial LED Lighting from AutomationDirect

July 21, 2021- CCEA industrial LED light bars have been added to AutomationDirect’s lighting product line.  CCEA industrial LED lights provide bright lighting for work areas in commercial and industrial environments, with easy installation and long service life. These 24 VDC powered lights are available with side-mount or recessed mounting options and offer an IP67…
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Schmalz Vacuum Products for Pneumatic Systems from AutomationDirect

July 14, 2021 – AutomationDirect now offers a selection of pneumatic vacuum grippers and related parts from Schmalz, widely used in pick-and-place applications. Vacuum products are an efficient means of moving products large, small, and of varying sizes. This lineup includes suction cups in a flat style up to 60mm in diameter made of Elastodur;…