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  • Choosing Electrical Enclosures

    Choosing Electrical Enclosures

    Specifying the right electrical enclosure protects personnel and equipment. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the July 2020 issue of Processing titled Specifying the Right Electrical Enclosure. Here is a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Electrical enclosures are ubiquitous throughout public areas, buildings, and industrial … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 7

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 7

    VFDs Expand Process Control Options Industrial process plant workers involved with motor controls back in the 1980s may remember them as huge electrical apparatuses, with rudimentary control capabilities.Today’s AC motor drives, occasionally called inverters but most commonly known as variable frequency drives (VFDs), are far more advanced and suitable for almost any application. Read more … Read More

  • Common Overlooked Safety Violations

    Common Overlooked Safety Violations

    While we sometimes say things like “safety first” or “safety is no accident”, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “safety is a choice”, there are times when safety details are overlooked. We have the best of intentions but can be negligent regarding full safety protocol. Have you ever bypassed a safety device to save a few … Read More

  • Crafting More Complete Customer Service

    Crafting More Complete Customer Service

    AutomationDirect products and services enabled an industrial calibration provider to deliver more services to help their clients save time and money. Industrial calibration firm Gulf State Instruments (GSI) has a 20-year track record of helping their customers optimize operations. In this success story published in the July edition of Control magazine, titled Gulf States Instruments … Read More

  • PLC or Open-Source Controller?

    PLC or Open-Source Controller?

    Deciding between a PLC or Industrialized Open Source Controller can be difficult. These two control platforms are often compared against one another in the battle for which is better. Saying that one platform is better than the other is impractical. Both platforms have advantages and disadvantages dependent on the environments that they will be used … Read More

  • New DURApulse GS20 Series High Performance AC Drives

    New DURApulse GS20 Series High Performance AC Drives

    The DURApulse GS20 Series of next generation high-performance VFD drives provides many standard and advanced functions in a compact reduced size unit. The new GS20X series of AC drives is IP66/NEMA 4X rated for operation in harsh environments. The drives include many of the same standard features as our GS family of drives including dynamic … Read More

  • Product Pointers – July 2020

    Product Pointers – July 2020

    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   Leadshine stepper drives are 2-phase digital stepper drives offering … Read More

  • Choosing VFD Control Modes

    Choosing VFD Control Modes

    Modern variable frequency drives incorporate several control modes to help users fine-tune operation for various applications. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Processing titled Choosing VFD Control Modes. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) always … Read More

  • PLCs Help the Show Go On

    PLCs Help the Show Go On

    How industrial automation plays a leading role in show-biz scenery. In February 2020, Control Design posted a website article by Ryan Poethke of Showman Fabricators, titled Motor Control When Hanging From The Ceiling. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Industrial automation can play a role in many situations beyond … Read More

  • Pneumatic Fitting Tips

    Pneumatic Fitting Tips

    Properly identifying pneumatic fitting and component sizes, especially on older equipment, is easier with these tips. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Fluid Power World titled Cracking the Code on Existing Pneumatic Fittings. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. … Read More