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  • Specifying Performance Instead of Parts

    Specifying Performance Instead of Parts

    Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids cuts costs, reduces lead time and guarantees reliable operation. Bill Dehner, Automation Specialist at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Applied Automation titled Specifying performance instead of parts. Here is a summary of the article, click on the link above … Read More

  • Open Drip Proof and 4-in-1 Marathon Motors from AutomationDirect

    Open Drip Proof and 4-in-1 Marathon Motors from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect has extended the line of Marathon motors to include open drip proof (ODP) and 4 in 1 series AC motors. ODP motors are available in single phase, rigid base and C-face footed (rigid base) versions with NEMA Service Factor ratings. 4-in-1 motor configurations include single-phase, totally enclosed motors; and XRI 4N1 general purpose, 3-phase, … Read More

  • NSF Certified Potable Water Solenoid Valves from AutomationDirect

    NSF Certified Potable Water Solenoid Valves from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect’s family of potable water components (valves, regulators, fittings, tubing and hoses) includes potable water solenoid valves. These NS-Series NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified valves (from GC Valves) are an excellent choice for food and beverage grade potable water applications. Stainless steel or thermoplastic bodies and synthetic seating and sealing materials makes NS series valves … Read More

  • More Capabilities for the AutomationDirect Productivity1000 PLC

    More Capabilities for the AutomationDirect Productivity1000 PLC

    The Productivity1000 Stackable Micro PLC provides communications, user-friendly programming, integrated data storage, and a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules in a super-compact size. A new CPU, more power supplies, analog I/O modules and specialty high-speed I/O and PWM modules are now available for the P1000 PLC from AutomationDirect. The P1-550 CPU, … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

    As electricity bills continue to rise due to new government mandates, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities are making reducing energy consumption a priority. No company can afford to waste money by using machines or processes that consume too much energy. Since pneumatic systems are ubiquitous throughout manufacturing and can consume a large share of a plant’s power costs, ensuring they consume only the air required is extremely important.

  • A Look into Factor 1 Proximity Sensors

    A Look into Factor 1 Proximity Sensors

    Inductive proximity sensors are suitable for many applications. Selecting models with factor 1 capability makes them even easier to deploy for sensing targets of varying metals. Andrew Waugh, Product Manager for Sensor and Safety products at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the May 2019 issue of Design World titled A Look into Factor 1 Proximity … Read More

  • Signal Towers, Audible Alarms and Industrial LED Lighting from AutomationDirect

    Signal Towers, Audible Alarms and Industrial LED Lighting from AutomationDirect

    New all-in-one Patlite signal towers provide large signal horn and light tower combinations with ultra-bright 100mm LEDs and alarm volumes up to 105 dB. The signal towers have 1, 2, 3 and 4 LED light tiers with continuous or flashing lights and up to 32 alarms. Patlite LKEH series stacklight alarm towers start at $402.00. … Read More

  • How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller

    How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller

    Choosing the right controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements. Jeff Payne, Product Manager for the Drives & Motors Group at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the May 2019 issue of Modern Pumping Today titled How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller. Many OEMs and machine builders are more familiar with specifying motors for their … Read More

  • Product Pointers – May 2019

    Product Pointers – May 2019

    We’ll May-k your day everyday with great products at low prices. See our featured products this month.
    Productivity2000 series PLCs are packed with features you’d pay thousands for elsewhere including built-in data logging and tag name programming. C-more touch panels provide complete system visibility and utmost cost savings for your interface needs. Read more

  • How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller | White Paper

    How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller | White Paper

    There are many important items to consider when choosing a controller for machine and process automation. Breaking down the equipment’s operational needs is a starting point and will help evaluate the range of controllers specified by OEMs or machine builders. Depending on how the equipment fits into the larger manufacturing environment, the automation system can … Read More