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  • AutomationDirect adds 20 AWG multi-conductor flexible control cable

    AutomationDirect adds 20 AWG multi-conductor flexible control cable

    Multi-conductor flexible control cable from AutomationDirect is now available in 20 AWG unshielded models with 3 to 25 conductors including ground.  Existing gauge sizes are available from 18 AWG to 10 AWG with 3 to 41 unshielded or shielded conductors including ground wire. The cable’s outer jacket is a flexible, premium grade Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) … Read More

  • Keep Things Simple to Create Great Automation HMI Designs for Your Applications

    Keep Things Simple to Create Great Automation HMI Designs for Your Applications

    Human-machine interface (HMI) design standards vary and evolve, but end users always appreciate simplicity and clarity. Bill Dehner, a Technical Marketing Manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2020 Applied Automation supplement of Plant Engineering titled Configure Intuitive HMI Screens to Simplify Automation, detailing some HMI configuration best practices. Here’s a summary, click … Read More

  • Product Pointers – February 2020

    Product Pointers – February 2020

    Featured Products   Productivity1000 Series PLCs are the super-compact version of the Productivity PLC family with features you love including tag name programming and built-in data logging   C-more touch panels provide complete system visibility and utmost cost savings for your interface needs   WEG high-performance AC drives  are affordable, compact AC drives with a … Read More

  • Surveying the Industrial Sensor Landscape

    Surveying the Industrial Sensor Landscape

    With so many industrial sensing technologies available, a general understanding of benefits and costs helps designers select the best types for their applications. Andrew Waugh, Product Manager for Sensor and Safety products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2020 issue of Design World titled A Look at the Industrial Sensors Landscape, providing an … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Voted “Best of Forsyth” for Second Year in a Row

    AutomationDirect Voted “Best of Forsyth” for Second Year in a Row

    Every year, our local newspaper, Forsyth County News, conducts their Readers’ Choice “Best of Forsyth” Contest to decide the favorite businesses, groups, and professionals in Forsyth County amongst the community. The 2020 contest featured nominees in over 250 categories and we’re proud to announce that AutomationDirect was among them! AutomationDirect was voted the “Best of … Read More

  • Water Utility Improves Operations with Standardized Automation

    Water Utility Improves Operations with Standardized Automation

    See how a water utility standardized around AutomationDirect products to improve operations while saving time and money. A team of operations, maintenance, and engineering personnel at Helix Water District in San Diego, CA has retrofitted and constructed many sites using automation hardware and best practices based on AutomationDirect products. David Reagan wrote an article with … Read More

  • Discrete Sensor Applications in the Food and Beverage Industry

    Discrete Sensor Applications in the Food and Beverage Industry

    One of the most common types of control components seen in the food and beverage industry are discrete sensors. Discrete applications in the food and beverage industry are processes or operations that perform a series of predetermined steps and typically use devices whose operation is either “On” or “Off”; examples include sensors that detect the … Read More

  • Quick-disconnect M8 cables and M12 field wireable connectors from AutomationDirect

    Quick-disconnect M8 cables and M12 field wireable connectors from AutomationDirect

    Quick-disconnect cables have a 3, 4 or 5-socket M8 female connector on one end and 3, 4 or 5 open leads on the other end to provide fast and easy connection between field devices and terminal connections. A “lock in place” nickel plated brass or zinc coupling nut resists high levels of shock and vibration. … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds CLICK PLC input simulator and high-current relay output modules

    AutomationDirect adds CLICK PLC input simulator and high-current relay output modules

    Higher amperage relay output modules and an 8-point input simulator module are now available from AutomationDirect for the CLICK® series stackable micro brick PLCs. The CLICK C0-04TRS-10 ($54.00) is a 4-point, 10A per point, isolated relay output module with four Form A (SPST) relays and 4 isolated commons. Operating voltage range is 6-24 VDC / … Read More

  • The FIRST Robotics Competition 2020 Digital Animation Award Winner

    The FIRST Robotics Competition 2020 Digital Animation Award Winner

    This award presented by AutomationDirect.com, celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The 2020 Digital Animation Award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and an … Read More