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Safe Automation Design through a Layered Approach

Industrial automation safety designers should implement a hierarchy of controls. Josh Draa, PLC Product Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2022 issue of Applied Automation. The article is titled Implementing a Hierarchy of Automation Safety, and it describes the importance of project and operations. Responsible industrial automation safety design requires a combination…

IO-Link is the Smart Choice for I/O Connectivity

New sensors and connectivity devices supporting digital IO-Link communications let users easily gather extended diagnostic and device data. Chris Kregoski, product engineer for AutomationDirect, authored an article posted August 2022 on the website titled A Stronger Link for I/O. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. A concept called…
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Designing Control Panels for Processing Plants

Modern processing plants need control panels built in accordance with specific design details. Chris Kregoski, product engineer for AutomationDirect, authored an article for the July 2022 Processing magazine titled Process Control Panel Design Basics. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Processing plants typically incorporate extensive automation. The control panels…
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Product Pointers – July 2022

Featured Products CLICK PLUS series controllerscombine the simplicity of the original CLICK with advanced features such as data logging, Wi-Fi connectability, and MQTT communicationCPUs start at $93 Marathon Electric motors, 1/4 to 200 hpfor general purpose, inverter-duty, vector-duty, jet pump, and washdown applicationsstarting at $156 Patlite pre-assembled stack light unitsare available in 25mm, 30mm, 40mm,…
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Winters Pressure Accessories from AutomationDirect

July 27, 2022 – AutomationDirect has added new pressure sensing accessories from Winters. These accessories will protect delicate pressure measurement equipment from damage caused by pressure surges, superheated media, and more. Included in the new product release are siphons that protect pressure gauges, transmitters, and switches from the effects of high-temperature media such as steam….

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 7

What is a VFD?A variable frequency drive (VFD) is an electronic device used to vary the frequency of an AC voltage to adjust the speed of an AC motor. VFDs also provide start and stop control, acceleration and deceleration, and overload protection. Many VFDs are networkable, allowing them to integrate into and provide feedback to…
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Doing More for Small Manufacturers

PLC and HMI automation helps even the smallest manufacturers and home-based businesses enhance efficiency and improve quality. Daniel Oberholtzer, an independent systems integrator consultant, wrote an article for the June 2022 online version of Machine Design titled Automation a Scalable Solution for Smaller Manufacturers. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full…
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Eaton E58 Series M30 Harsh Duty Photoelectric Sensors from AutomationDirect

July 20, 2022 – AutomationDirect has added new M30 harsh duty photoelectric sensors from Eaton. The Eaton E58 series are among the most rugged and best-sealed photoelectric sensors on the market. Their stainless steel, PVDF, and tempered glass components are mechanically assembled using Vitron seals to ensure resistance to chemicals and moisture intrusion.  The E58…

Cloud Connectivity Supports Smart HVAC

IoT cloud connectivity lets experts effectively support increasingly complex HVAC systems, such as refrigerant-side economizers for data centers. Robbie Hyde, owner of Interface Mechanics LLC, wrote a success story article for the July 2022 online version of Smart Industry titled Cloud-Based IoT Supports Complex Control Systems from Anywhere. Here’s a summary, click on the link…