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Product Pointers January 2023

Featured Products C-more touch panelsprovide complete system visibility and utmost cost savings for your interface needstouchscreen modelsstarting at $668 w/ FREE software Marathon Electric motors, 1/4 to 200 hpfor general purpose, inverter-duty, vector-duty, jet pump, and washdown applicationsstarting at $175 IronHorse GSD8 DC drivesare microprocessor-based and used as speed controllers, time-based process controllers or follower…
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New RHINO Pro DC-to-DC Converters from AutomationDirect

January 25, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added new RHINO Pro DC-to-DC converters that are designed for harsh industrial environments and provide high EMC immunity, shock/vibration resistance, and thermal shock resistance. This line offers models with 150W outputs at 12, 15, 24, or 48 VDC, and ultra-wide input voltage ranges of 9.5-36 VDC or 18-75 VDC….
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New Schmalz End-of-Arm Tooling Components from AutomationDirect

January 25, 2023 – AutomationDirect now offers end-of-arm tooling components for robot arm vacuum pick-and-place applications. Components can be purchased individually or in kits that include everything needed to create a single-beam or dual-beam end-of-arm tool. Kits are simple, save time and money, and include structural rails (which support optional internal vacuum), connectors, cup mounts,…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 1

Cybersecure and Remote-Friendly?Manufacturing companies recognize the need and value of practical remote access to their digital systems and data, but they also are aware of the associated cybersecurity risks. The NIST endorses ?defense-in-depth,? but what does this mean for OEMs, systems integrators, and end users looking to achieve workable and secure remote access?Learn more Select…
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More WEG CFW500 High-Performance and Washdown Duty AC Drives from AutomationDirect

January 18, 2023 – AutomationDirect has extended its line of WEG CFW500 high-performance AC drives to include more horsepower options. With this addition, the high-performance horsepower ratings have been expanded all the way up to 150hp. Also added are new higher current high-performance 10hp drives as well as 10hp washdown rated IP66/NEMA 4X models. A…
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Material Handling. Just like it sounds.

Material handling is a broad industry that can mean many things and include many different technologies. At the most basic level, this can include racks, which simply hold products, or pallet jacks and fork trucks which require human intervention. More complex systems include conveyors, high-speed sorters, pick-to-light systems, palletizers, robotics, case erectors, identification systems, and…
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Merry Christmas from AutomationDirect 2022

In a world of extremes, some can change things for the better … The news can be disheartening these days, emphasizing the divisions, discord and extremism in many aspects of daily life as well as world events. But there is always a choice in our own actions and attitudes that, one by one, can add…
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AutomationDirect’s CLICK PLUS PLC is Announced as a Finalist for the NED Innovation Awards, Automation Category

AutomationDirect’s CLICK PLUS PLC is the next generation platform for delivering reliable and familiar functionality for basic control applications, combined with advanced features like Wi-Fi, data logging, and increased security measures. All starting at just $89! On December 15, 2022 the AutomationDirect CLICK PLUS PLC was announced as a finalist for the New Equipment Digest…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 12

In-House Automation is the Key to CustomizationManufacturers are finding they can rapidly and flexibly adapt to changing production needs by engaging in-house personnel to deploy automation solutions.Automation is essential for improving productivity and quality, but many manufacturers serve markets where production volumes and product options vary drastically. Read more What is PID Control?PID is the most…