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Automation Notebook Issue 41, 2019

They say experience is the best teacher, and I’m sure we can all agree with that. After all, you only need to get shocked once to learn that “it should be off” doesn’t mean it’s actually off. And you only need one “free” haircut to realize how costly it can be to your self-confidence. These little life experiences, that we hopefully learn from, make us better, wiser individuals. At AutomationDirect, we want to take that a step further and use your experiences to be a better, wiser company…Read More

 
  • Wall Mount Polycarbonate Enclosures from AutomationDirect

    Wall Mount Polycarbonate Enclosures from AutomationDirect

    Three new sizes of INTEGRA Premium Series polycarbonate enclosures with lift-off screw cover, hinged screw cover and single door hinged cover are now available from AutomationDirect. All are available with clear or opaque cover. The Premium series features INTEGRA’s unique T-Rail mounting system for dead-front panels, swing-out panels, layering subpanels, and/or infinitely variable subpanel height. … Read More

  • Control and Signal Cable in Specified Cut Lengths from AutomationDirect

    Control and Signal Cable in Specified Cut Lengths from AutomationDirect

    Control and signal cable from AutomationDirect is available in customer specified one-foot increment lengths in sizes from 22 AWG to 16 AWG with 2, 3 and 4 conductors, shielded and unshielded.  The cable carries both UL and CSA approvals. Individual conductors are stranded tinned copper with PVC insulation in black, red, white and green color … Read More

  • Basic Pneumatic Circuits |White Paper

    Basic Pneumatic Circuits |White Paper

    Pneumatics have been used in automated machines for well over 100 years, with pneumatic technology developing and evolving for over a thousand years in some form or another, for example as boat sails. There have been many innovations over the years, and the basic pneumatic components such as valves, solenoids, cylinders, hoses and fittings are … Read More

  • Product Pointers – April 2019

    Product Pointers – April 2019

    Featured Products   CLICK Ethernet PLC units easily integrate into existing networks for a simple, cost effective control solution   STRIDE SE2 managed Ethernet switches improve network performance and security levels with Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP management capability   Protos X field I/O for the eXact I/O you need, eXactly where you need it   … Read More

  • Machine Automation Basics

    Machine Automation Basics

    Automation systems must integrate multiple power and control subsystems and components into a coherent whole. Read on to learn more about machine automation basics. Chip McDaniel, who works in technical marketing for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the Mar/Apr 2019  issue of InTech magazine titled Machine Automation Basics. In the article, he first lays out … Read More

  • Working with the Cloud

    Working with the Cloud

    Using the cloud for data logging and remote access can improve operations, cut costs and simplify interactions. Jonathan Griffith, product manager for Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the April 2019 issue of the Applied Automation supplement to Control Engineering and Plant Engineering titled Working with the cloud. Griffith says … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds Snap-Action Micro Limit Switches

    AutomationDirect adds Snap-Action Micro Limit Switches

    IDEM high precision, snap-action 15A-rated micro limit switches from AutomationDirect are available in plunger and lever actuator styles. Plunger Series types include pin plunger, spring plunger, and roller plunger actuator. Lever Series types include lever, hinge lever, and roller lever. These micro limit switches are suitable for a wide range of operating conditions. Snap action … Read More

  • Cut-to-Length Bulk Sensor / Actuator Cable from AutomationDirect

    Cut-to-Length Bulk Sensor / Actuator Cable from AutomationDirect

    Flexible multi-conductor sensor/actuator cable is now available from AutomationDirect in 24 AWG and 22 AWG with 3, 4 or 5 unshielded conductors, and in customer specified one-foot increment lengths. Individual conductors are stranded bare copper for flexibility, with color coded PVC insulation for easy identification. The cable outer jacket is a flexible PVC available in … Read More

  • The P1000 Received Plant Engineering’s 2018 Engineers’ Choice Bronze Award

    The P1000 Received Plant Engineering’s 2018 Engineers’ Choice Bronze Award

    AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was selected for its ability to provide cost-effective control of machines and processes. AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was announced as a Plant Engineering 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards Bronze Winner for the Automation & Control category. You can find more info on the Productivity1000 PLC here and explore if it would be a good … Read More

  • Choosing an Industrial Automation Controller – White Paper from AutomationDirect

    Choosing an Industrial Automation Controller – White Paper from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect announces the release of a new White Paper, “How to choose an Industrial Automation Controller”, which discusses the evaluation of critical factors required in the specification of an automation controller for the industrial environment. The controller selected, such as a PLC or PAC, can control a single station, a machine, a process unit, a … Read More