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  • Building a Pneumatic System BOM

    Building a Pneumatic System BOM

    Planning the details and remembering the small stuff pays off when designing a pneumatic system. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2020 issue of Design World titled How to Build a Pneumatics Bill of Material. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Maybe … Read More

  • Product Pointers – January 2020

    Product Pointers – January 2020

    Featured Products   CLICK low-cost controllers now with high-speed functionality capable of handling input pulse frequencies up to 100kHz   ViewMarq LED message displays with easily configured messages and FREE configuration software   Stainless steel AC motors are 1/3 to 2 Hp motors designed for use in food and beverage processing or other IP55 washdown … Read More

  • Multi-Purpose Motors

    Multi-Purpose Motors

    New electric motors with multiple ratings simplify selection and use. Bryan Sisler, Product Manager for Drives and Motors at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2020 issue of Machine Design titled Newer Motor Designs Combine Functionality. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. A “one-size-fits-all” approach might be acceptable … Read More

  • Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money

    Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money

    AutomationDirect is offering $0.00 cut charges and free same-day shipping on orders over a small minimum to demonstrate the benefits of cut-to-length cable adoption by OEMs, end users, and system integrators. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the December 2019 issue of Control Engineering titled How to Specify Cut-To-Length Cable. … Read More

  • ProSense Digital Panel Meters from AutomationDirect

    ProSense Digital Panel Meters from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect ProSense® digital panel meters in 1/32 and 1/8 DIN sizes are AC or DC powered and feature IP65-rated meter faces, simple menu-driven pushbutton configuration, and accept a wide variety of input signals. Available outputs include alarm relays, milliamp current, and sensor excitation voltage options. New process-display options now include (depending on series) AC or … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds Schmersal IP69K Rated Joysticks

    AutomationDirect adds Schmersal IP69K Rated Joysticks

    Schmersal joystick selector switches have design features that make them suitable for food processing, pharmaceutical, and medical applications. The joysticks comply with the special cleaning requirements of the food industry to prevent cross-contamination, particularly when used in machines that process raw goods. The IP69K rating also makes the joysticks suitable for marine applications, traffic systems, … Read More

  • NITRA Rodless Air Cylinders from AutomationDirect

    NITRA Rodless Air Cylinders from AutomationDirect

    NITRA® L-Series Rodless Cylinders from AutomationDirect offer a robust design in a compact package. Rodless cylinders can offer the same stroke as rodded cylinders in a smaller space. Rodless cylinders have the piston connected to a carriage that rides outside the extruded cylinder wall, reducing overall length, making them ideal for small or tight location … Read More

  • OCULUS QUEST VR Simulation of the 2020 FIRST Robotics Infinite Recharge Game Field

    OCULUS QUEST VR Simulation of the 2020 FIRST Robotics Infinite Recharge Game Field

    That’s right … strap on your OCULUS QUEST and go play around on the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE field. You no longer have be tethered to a high end gaming PC! You can take the FIRST Robotics Infinite Re-charge field with you where ever you go! It’s great for getting your community engaged in FIRST! The … Read More

  • WEG Fully Digital Soft Starters and Micro VFD Drives from AutomationDirect

    WEG Fully Digital Soft Starters and Micro VFD Drives from AutomationDirect

    New compact soft starters and micro VFD drives have been added to the AutomationDirect motor controls lineup which encompasses simple manual controllers, motor contactors and starters, drives and soft starters. WEG SSW05 and SSW07 soft starters are compact, fully digital soft starters with state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processor) controller designed to provide great performance on … Read More

  • Inductive Proximity Sensors with Analog Output from AutomationDirect

    Inductive Proximity Sensors with Analog Output from AutomationDirect

    DW Series round metal inductive proximity sensors with analog outputs are now available from AutomationDirect in 8mm, 12mm, 18mm and 30mm cylindrical sizes. These reliable DC-powered (10-30V or 15-30V) threaded-barrel sensors are IP67 rated and are available with 2m pigtail cable or quick-disconnect. 8mm analog inductive proximity sensors detect the presence of ferrous metal objects … Read More