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Productivity1000 and Productivity2000 Relay & TTL Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new discrete and relay I/O expansion modules to the Productivity PLC family. For the Productivity1000 PLC series, a 4-channel, high current relay output module is now available. This module provides up to 7A/point for both DC and AC control circuits and features four Form C (normally open/normally closed)…
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LS Electric XGB PLC Remote I/O Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added several new additions to the powerful LS Electric XGB PLC series. For discrete (ON/OFF) monitoring and control, a new lower-cost 24 VDC 8-point input module, 8-point 12-24 VDC sinking and sourcing output modules, an 8-point relay module with Form A contacts, and a 16-point combination discrete input/relay output…
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Murr Elektronik Open Core Control Transformers from AutomationDirect

May 15, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Murrelektronik open core control transformers that provide a flexible solution for stepping down a variety of primary voltages ranging from 208 to 550 VAC. The universal input on these transformers provides eleven different voltage options that are easily configurable using simple quick-connect jumpers. The primary side can be…
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Endress+Hauser Ceraphant Series Digital Pressure Sensors from AutomationDirect

May 15, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Endress+Hauser Ceraphant series digital pressure transmitters featuring a compact stainless steel construction, a 4-digit LCD display, and IO-Link compatibility for easy setup, integration, and on-the-fly configuration changes. Ceraphant PTP31B series digital pressure transmitters offer dual 1/2” NPT male / 1/4” NPT female process connections and are available in…
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PLCs: Predicting the Next 10 Years

Improved technologies and expanded user demands have pushed the evolution of industrial automation technologies, and PLCs continue to advance and meet these needs. Almost a decade ago, Jeff Payne at AutomationDirect wrote a Control Engineering article titled Future of the PLC . At that time, PLC technology was already 50 years mature but still a…
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Metal Work Series 70 Valves from AutomationDirect

May 8, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Metal Work Series 70 valves to their Valves and Pneumatic Components categories. Metal Work is a trusted name in pneumatics and several new valve types are available, including toggle and axial lever manual valves, push-pull manual valves, mechanically operated air valves (mechanical limit switch valves), pushbutton air valves,…
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Installing a Rock-Solid Automation Retrofit

This electrical contractor relied on AutomationDirect PLC and HMI hardware and software to rapidly rip-and-replace the controls on a failing rock crusher. Equipment used in rock quarrying operations is subjected to extremes of dirt, vibration, heat, and more, pressing mechanical and electrical systems to the limit. When the crushing equipment legacy automation at one site…
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Supplier Profile: Spartan Scientific

Although sometimes taken for granted, clean water is a basic human need made possible through infrastructure and treatment facilities that channel, process, and safely deliver it to our taps. The water made available for much of the developed world to drink, bathe, or cook with has very likely, at many phases along its journey to…
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ifm efector Barcode Scanners, Cameras, and Vision Sensors from AutomationDirect

May 1, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added machine-mountable barcode scanners, 2D cameras, and 3D vision sensors from ifm efector to their Barcode/RFID/Vision category. Machine-mountable barcode scanners can read popular industrial 1D and 2D codes such as Code 128, Code 39, QR codes, and many more. They are excellent for applications requiring machine mounting, conveyor mounting,…

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Productivity1000 and Productivity2000 Relay & TTL Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new discrete and relay I/O expansion modules to the Productivity PLC family. For the Productivity1000 PLC series, a 4-channel, high current relay output module is now available. This module provides up to 7A/point for both DC and AC control circuits and features four Form C (normally open/normally closed)…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

LS Electric XGB PLC Remote I/O Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added several new additions to the powerful LS Electric XGB PLC series. For discrete (ON/OFF) monitoring and control, a new lower-cost 24 VDC 8-point input module, 8-point 12-24 VDC sinking and sourcing output modules, an 8-point relay module with Form A contacts, and a 16-point combination discrete input/relay output…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

Murr Elektronik Open Core Control Transformers from AutomationDirect

May 15, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Murrelektronik open core control transformers that provide a flexible solution for stepping down a variety of primary voltages ranging from 208 to 550 VAC. The universal input on these transformers provides eleven different voltage options that are easily configurable using simple quick-connect jumpers. The primary side can be…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

Endress+Hauser Ceraphant Series Digital Pressure Sensors from AutomationDirect

May 15, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Endress+Hauser Ceraphant series digital pressure transmitters featuring a compact stainless steel construction, a 4-digit LCD display, and IO-Link compatibility for easy setup, integration, and on-the-fly configuration changes. Ceraphant PTP31B series digital pressure transmitters offer dual 1/2” NPT male / 1/4” NPT female process connections and are available in…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

Metal Work Series 70 Valves from AutomationDirect

May 8, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Metal Work Series 70 valves to their Valves and Pneumatic Components categories. Metal Work is a trusted name in pneumatics and several new valve types are available, including toggle and axial lever manual valves, push-pull manual valves, mechanically operated air valves (mechanical limit switch valves), pushbutton air valves,…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

ifm efector Barcode Scanners, Cameras, and Vision Sensors from AutomationDirect

May 1, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added machine-mountable barcode scanners, 2D cameras, and 3D vision sensors from ifm efector to their Barcode/RFID/Vision category. Machine-mountable barcode scanners can read popular industrial 1D and 2D codes such as Code 128, Code 39, QR codes, and many more. They are excellent for applications requiring machine mounting, conveyor mounting,…