Industrial Automation News

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  • Data-Driven Trends

    Data-Driven Trends

    The tried and true industrial data collection methods of the last several decades will expand into the future as Big Data and IIoT technology developments lead to more data, analytics and related benefits. Bill Dehner, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the September-October issue of IEN titled Data-Driven Trends. Dehner says many … Read More

  • New Factor 1 Ferrous, Non-Ferrous & Weld Applications Sensors

    New Factor 1 Ferrous, Non-Ferrous & Weld Applications Sensors

    AutomationDirect’s line of inductive proximity sensors now includes harsh duty Factor 1 sensors for ferrous and non-ferrous metallic object detection and harsh duty coated sensors for weld applications. KS series Factor 1 proximity sensors, with stainless steel housing, have a correction factor K=1 and provide a constant sensing range without adjustment on all ferrous and … Read More

  • Vote for AutomationDirect Products in the Engineers’ Choice Awards

    Vote for AutomationDirect Products in the Engineers’ Choice Awards

    Control Engineering’s Engineers’ Choice Awards has opened! We would love your vote for the Productivity100 and 3-inch C-more HMI products under their specific category. Voting closes December 21, 2018, with winners announced online on February 14, 2019 and featured in the February 2019 issue of Control Engineering. To view Engineers’ Choice finalists and vote, please click on this … Read More

  • Product Pointers – October 2018

    Product Pointers – October 2018

    Happy Halloween! Check out some of our favorite new and old products listed below. Trust us you won’t find any tricks when it comes to our low prices. Featured Products CLICK Ethernet PLC units easily integrate into existing networks for a simple, cost effective control solution C-more micro touch panels give you lots of options … Read More

  • Choosing the Right Industrial Automation Controller

    Choosing the Right Industrial Automation Controller

    When selecting a controller, current and future needs should be considered to ensure flexibility. Winn Paulk is the Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, and he wrote an article appearing in the September-October 2018 issue of IMPO titled Choosing the Right Controller for Your Industrial Automation Application. Here’s a summary, please click on the … Read More

  • Cut-to-length Multi-Conductor Cables

    Cut-to-length Multi-Conductor Cables

    Industrial automation cables in any lengths you choose Low price per foot – with NO cut charges All cable from Automation Direct is now available in your specified lengths, so you can eliminate waste and purchase only as much cable as you need. We offer one low price per foot for each cable type, low minimum lengths, and … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 20 Issue 9                                    Will That Controller Work in Your Application? Industry has a seemingly endless variety of machine and process control applications, and a correspondingly wide range of controller choices. When selecting a controller, there are … Read More

  • Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors

    Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors

    Andrew Waugh, Product Manager, Sensor and Safety Products at, wrote an article for the September 2018 issue of Design World titled Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors, here’s a summary.  Limit switches, photoelectric switches and laser sensors all provide position sensing, but depending on the application some shine and reflect better. Waugh points … Read More

  • More Productivity1000 PLC I/O capabilities from AutomationDirect

    More Productivity1000 PLC I/O capabilities from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect has added more AC, DC and analog I/O modules to increase the capabilities and versatility of the Productivity1000 micro-modular PLC. The micro stackable P1000 PLC system provides communications, user-friendly programming, integrated data storage, and a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules in a super-compact size. The P1000 PLC system can be … Read More

  • Product Pointers – September 2018

    Product Pointers – September 2018

    Save More On HMI, Pneumatic, Safety, and Tool Products Featured Products Productivity3000 high-performance controller provides 50MB of user memory, seven communications ports with EtherNet/IP support and is fully expandable up to 59,840 I/O points ProSense digital panel meters display a wide variety of process inputs in 1/32 and 1/8 DIN sizes NITRA EtherNet/IP CMV modules … Read More