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Molex Pendant Switches from AutomationDirect

October 20, 2021 – AutomationDirect has added Molex pendant switches with quick connectors designed to provide reliable unmounted hand control of various systems using ON/OFF actuation. These switches are perfect for applications with demanding conditions where it’s essential to offer a flexible way to control equipment during production, material handling, changeovers, setup, inspection, cleaning, and…
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WEG CFW500 High-Performance AC Drives

October 20, 2021 – AutomationDirect has added a new high-performance AC drive series that supports four different control modes, including closed-loop flux vector and torque control. The WEG CFW500 AC drives are available in a range of voltage and horsepower ratings and can control 230VAC 3-phase motors from 1/4 to 30 hp when powered with…
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CLICK PLUS PLC Selected as a Finalist in the 2022 Control Engineering Magazine Engineers’ Choice Awards

AutomationDirect’s CLICK PLUS PLC, starting at just $89, is the next generation platform for basic control applications, building on reliable and familiar functionality, while adding advanced options like Wi-Fi and data logging. AutomationDirect’s CLICK PLUS PLC was announced as a Control Engineering 2022 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist in the “Controls Systems: PLCs, PACs” category. Check…
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Supplier Profile: DEHN Equipment and Solutions

Mother Nature has provided a lot of extreme weather recently. One of her most powerful and fearsome forces is lightning. Do you know which of the following statements about lightning are true and which are false? Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. When…
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ProSense Conductive Liquid Level Controllers from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added new ProSense CLC series conductive liquid level controllers to their line of quality level sensors and controllers. The CLC series level controllers detect and control levels of conductive liquids (tap water, seawater, sewage, chemical solutions, coffee, milk, etc.) in dual-probe pump-up (fill) and/or pump-down (drain) applications. These controllers compare the measured resistance…
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Student Brings Joy to Kids During COVID-19 with Automated Halloween Display

In a typical year, children excitedly count down the days in October to Halloween. However, Halloween 2020 was different due to COVID-19, and many kids felt it was going to be a disappointing nightmare. That wasn’t the case in one town in Utah, thanks to the efforts of Shaun Oaks, father of two young children…

Off-the-Shelf IIoT Solutions for Operations

Intelligent routers and associated cloud services make it easy for end users and OEMs to use an IIoT approach for accessing and acting on operational data. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the September  2021 issue of Plant Engineering titled Exploit IIoT to Improve Operations. Here’s a summary, click on…
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More Quality Enclosures from Saginaw Control & Engineering

AutomationDirect has added more enclosures from Saginaw Control & Engineering, a leading manufacturer of standard stock and custom designed electrical enclosures. Saginaw has been serving the electrical industry since 1963, specializing in manufacturing top-quality electrical enclosures built to accurate dimensions. Newly added enclosures include new sizes for hinged cover series, new yellow-powder-coated pushbutton enclosures for…
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Supplier Profile: MERZ Schaltgeräte’s Top-Quality Switches

Satisfy customers. Produce high quality, reliable switches. Continuously improve and align. Seventy-five years ago, Gustav Merz put these key values in place when he began manufacturing electrical switches in Gaildorf, Germany, in a building on his own property. These critical cornerstones formed the foundation of success that has propelled his company – MERZ Switchgear –…