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  • The Pneumatic Efficiency Big Picture

    The Pneumatic Efficiency Big Picture

    Although electrical systems can beat pneumatics for operating efficiency, pneumatics are often more cost-effective over the long haul. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May 2020 issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics titled Pneumatic Efficiency: The Big Picture. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. … Read More

  • Digital Panel Meters for Pulse/Frequency Display from AutomationDirect

    Digital Panel Meters for Pulse/Frequency Display from AutomationDirect

    ProSense® digital panel meters in 1/32 and 1/8 DIN sizes feature IP65-rated meter faces, simple menu-driven pushbutton configuration, and accept a wide variety of process inputs. Red, green or amber, 4 and 5-digit LED displays are available depending on model. All panels offer selectable decimal point location. Available input options include analog, temperature, AC/DC current … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds VNTC Tray Cable

    AutomationDirect adds VNTC Tray Cable

    VNTC (Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable) 600 Volt Type TC-ER control cables from AutomationDirect are suited for use in wet and dry areas, conduits, ducts, troughs, trays, direct burial and where superior electrical properties are desired. VNTC cable is available in 18 AWG to 10 AWG with 3 to 24 unshielded copper conductors. Cables are cut … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 5

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 5

    VFDs Take Control Many industrial automation projects use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for executing programs and variable frequency drives (VFDs) for running AC motors at commanded speeds. Some of the latest VFDs are actually hybrids with PLC-like programming functionality built right in, giving end users new options when designing automated systems. Read the article here … Read More

  • CLICK PLC and C-more Integral for Emergency Ventilator

    CLICK PLC and C-more Integral for Emergency Ventilator

    Using readily available AutomationDirect parts, an Auburn University team converted a CPAP machine to a high-functioning emergency ventilator in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the threat of ventilator shortages during the COVID-19 crisis, various organizations called on developers to build “emergency ventilators”. A team at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering went … Read More

  • Headless HMIs Offer Added Features

    Headless HMIs Offer Added Features

    New headless HMIs support mobile visualization and large-format displays, giving designers more options. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May 2020 issue of Design World titled Headless HMIs: Less is More. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Traditional all-in-one, panel-mount, human-machine interface (HMI) … Read More

  • Add Remote Monitoring to Your Maintenance Toolkit

    Add Remote Monitoring to Your Maintenance Toolkit

    Remote monitoring options help maintenance personnel respond faster for the systems they manage and support, saving time and money. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the March-April 2020 issue of ISA InTech titled Add Remote Monitoring to Increase Maintenance Personnel Productivity. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for … Read More

  • Product Pointers – May 2020

    Product Pointers – May 2020

    Featured Products   CLICK low-cost controllers now offer easy, streamlined PID control (up to 8 process loops executing every 100ms) and an extremely user-friendly PID interface   NITRA Total Air Prep units (TAP) are all-in-one air preparation units that are half the size and cost of conventional air preparation systems   AttaBox polyvinyl chloride (PVC) … Read More

  • VFDs Take Control

    VFDs Take Control

    Many VFDs now have on-board logic programming and I/O, enabling them to perform real-time control for localized applications. Jeff Payne, Product Manager for the Drives & Motors Group at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the April 2020 issue of Design News titled The Logic of Balancing VFDs and PLCs. Here’s a summary, click on the … Read More

  • Industrializing Open Source

    Industrializing Open Source

    Maker hardware and software is now available in industrially-hardened form factors, adding the reliability required for critical applications. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May 2020 issue of Control Engineering titled Open-Source Benefits for Industrial Controllers. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Industrial … Read More