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Bucher Hydraulic HPUs, Heat Exchangers, and Solenoid Valves from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added hydraulic power units (HPUs), heat exchangers for HPUs, and hydraulic solenoid valves from Bucher Hydraulics, a well-respected name in the industry. Hydraulic power units contain a reservoir, pump/motor, filter, and all necessary controls to power a hydraulic system. They are offered in the single-phase powered M-series and three-phase…
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LS Electric DC Servo Systems (EtherCAT®, Pulse, and Indexing Control) from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added LS Electric PHOX servo systems that operate with 24-80 VDC input power and accept a wide variety of control inputs.  These flexible systems are suitable for both single-axis use and for advanced multi-axis motion control systems. With output power from 100W to 300W, these four matched sets of…
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C-more CM5 Headless HMI from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added the CM5-RHMI headless HMI which has all the powerful functionality of the C-more CM5 touch panel HMIs but without display size restrictions. This HDMI-enabled device works with televisions, monitors, projectors, and most any other HDMI display device of any size to display real-time operational data or messages. Or…
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More Saginaw Heat Exchanger Options from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new Saginaw Enviro-Therm® air-to-air heat exchangers that use the enclosure’s ambient air and either heat pipes or aluminum plate to transfer heat from inside the enclosure to the external environment. Since the ambient air is the cooling medium, the need for refrigerant is eliminated. Features include corrosion-resistant internal…
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Supplier Profile: Pfannenberg

What do severe weather, industrial fire, hazard warnings, airport safety, and illuminating the Eiffel Tower have in common? They are all important ways that signaling technologies for machines and buildings made by Pfannenberg are being used to protect people, machines and the environment. When Otto Pfannenberg established his electrical equipment company in Hamburg, Germany in…
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Elesa Mechanical Position Indicators from AutomationDirect

July 10, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added mechanical position indicators from Elesa.  The Elesa position indicators are mounted to the rotating shaft of industrial equipment or machinery and use direct drive roller counters to provide an accurate reading of its position. These rugged position indicators do not require electrical power and are ideal for situations…
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NITRA CPS9E Series Dovetail Cylinder Position Switches from AutomationDirect

July 10, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added NITRA CPS9E series cylinder position switches which are compact general-purpose switches designed to detect the position of a pneumatic cylinder’s magnetic piston. This feedback can be used by a control system to determine cylinder position, cycle count, and to confirm operation. These switches are manufactured specifically to fit…
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Wall Lenk Soldering Irons and Guns from AutomationDirect

July 10, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Wall Lenk soldering irons and guns designed to join different metals to make a strong and permanent bond. Wall Lenk is a US-based company that has been manufacturing and providing top-quality soldering equipment for over 50 years. The new pencil-style soldering irons are compact and easy to use…
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Options for Open Industrial Programming

Industrial automation designers now have a variety of ways to incorporate an open programming approach for their projects. Although industrial-grade digital technologies have been available for over five decades, much of that time the hardware and software has been specialized and even proprietary. This is at odds with a large segment of the commercial market,…

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Bucher Hydraulic HPUs, Heat Exchangers, and Solenoid Valves from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added hydraulic power units (HPUs), heat exchangers for HPUs, and hydraulic solenoid valves from Bucher Hydraulics, a well-respected name in the industry. Hydraulic power units contain a reservoir, pump/motor, filter, and all necessary controls to power a hydraulic system. They are offered in the single-phase powered M-series and three-phase…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

LS Electric DC Servo Systems (EtherCAT®, Pulse, and Indexing Control) from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added LS Electric PHOX servo systems that operate with 24-80 VDC input power and accept a wide variety of control inputs.  These flexible systems are suitable for both single-axis use and for advanced multi-axis motion control systems. With output power from 100W to 300W, these four matched sets of…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

C-more CM5 Headless HMI from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added the CM5-RHMI headless HMI which has all the powerful functionality of the C-more CM5 touch panel HMIs but without display size restrictions. This HDMI-enabled device works with televisions, monitors, projectors, and most any other HDMI display device of any size to display real-time operational data or messages. Or…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

More Saginaw Heat Exchanger Options from AutomationDirect

July 17, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new Saginaw Enviro-Therm® air-to-air heat exchangers that use the enclosure’s ambient air and either heat pipes or aluminum plate to transfer heat from inside the enclosure to the external environment. Since the ambient air is the cooling medium, the need for refrigerant is eliminated. Features include corrosion-resistant internal…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

Elesa Mechanical Position Indicators from AutomationDirect

July 10, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added mechanical position indicators from Elesa.  The Elesa position indicators are mounted to the rotating shaft of industrial equipment or machinery and use direct drive roller counters to provide an accurate reading of its position. These rugged position indicators do not require electrical power and are ideal for situations…
NewsPress ReleasesPress Releases

NITRA CPS9E Series Dovetail Cylinder Position Switches from AutomationDirect

July 10, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added NITRA CPS9E series cylinder position switches which are compact general-purpose switches designed to detect the position of a pneumatic cylinder’s magnetic piston. This feedback can be used by a control system to determine cylinder position, cycle count, and to confirm operation. These switches are manufactured specifically to fit…