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  • STEGO Enclosure Fan Hoods, Heaters, Thermostats and LED Lighting from AutomationDirect

    STEGO Enclosure Fan Hoods, Heaters, Thermostats and LED Lighting from AutomationDirect

    54 new STEGO part numbers have been added to AutomationDirect’s enclosure thermal management and enclosure lighting product lines. New products include hose-proof hoods for filter fans, hazardous area heaters, thermostats/hygrostats/hygrotherms, and a new line of Ecoline LED lights. The new hose-proof hoods fit existing filter fans and the newer Filter Fan Plus line, and are … Read More

  • Marathon Stainless Steel and Jet Pump Motors from AutomationDirect

    Marathon Stainless Steel and Jet Pump Motors from AutomationDirect

    New Marathon Powerwash SXT washdown duty motors are designed for use in food and beverage processing and other washdown environments. The all stainless-steel totally enclosed motors are available in single and three-phase. C-face with rigid base (footed) and C-face footless mounting options are available. Marathon stainless steel motor prices start at $309.00. Jet pump motors … Read More

  • Setting Internal Standards for Industrial Automation

    Setting Internal Standards for Industrial Automation

    In addition to following industry regulations, internal company standards should be created and adhered to so existing and new plant automation system designs are consistent. These internal standards should help define best practices and provide clear guidelines for system design, and for hardware and software used on the factory floor. If not, you may have … Read More

  • Cloud-Based Remote Access and Data Logging is Easy

    Cloud-Based Remote Access and Data Logging is Easy

    Jonathan Griffith, Product Manager, Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, wrote an article titled Remote Access to Automation System Components, discussing how it is becoming easier to connect to the IIoT using cloud-based remote access to monitor, program and maintain machine control systems.

  • The FIRST Robotics Competition 2018 Digital Animation Award

    The FIRST Robotics Competition 2018 Digital Animation Award

    Sponsored by This award celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and an understanding of different techniques … Read More

  • How Do Magnetic Proximity Sensors Work?

    How Do Magnetic Proximity Sensors Work?

    Overview Magnetic proximity sensors are used for non-contact position detection beyond the normal limits of inductive sensors. In conjunction with a separate “damping” magnet, magnetic sensors offer very long sensing ranges from a small package size and can detect magnets through walls of non-ferrous metal, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic or wood. Depending on the orientation of the magnetic field the sensor can be damped from … Read More

  • BRX PLCs – Fortified with American Pride

    BRX PLCs – Fortified with American Pride

    What does “Made in the U.S.A.” mean to you? With so many consumer products – iPhones, laptops, toys, clothes, etc. – coming from overseas, does “Made in the U.S.A.” mean anything anymore? Well, companies like HOST Engineering sure think it does. Understanding that manufacturing products in the U.S. is far more than just an advertising … Read More

  • VR Simulation of the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power Up Game Field

    VR Simulation of the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power Up Game Field

    Sponsored by: We got a lot of requests for the source files for the VR Simulation we posted. AutomationDirect is a big supporter of open source projects – Did you know the FRC Game animation was created by an open source program called “Blender?”  That’s what we use for all of our animation work here … Read More

  • Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 1

    Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 1

    Brr! It’s been a chilly month at AutomationDirect but we’ve kept ourselves warm by creating a score of great content for your reading pleasure. This month’s newsletter is full of valuable information and even hosts a surprise at the end.

  • AutomationDirect adds IronHorse MTR2 series general purpose, rolled-steel AC motors

    AutomationDirect adds IronHorse MTR2 series general purpose, rolled-steel AC motors

    New MTR2 series IronHorse® general purpose, rolled-steel motors from AutomationDirect are available in 1-phase and 3-phase versions and offer better performance specifications, improved cosmetic appearance and quieter operation.