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More Iboco Wire Duct Options from AutomationDirect

September 20, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added more Iboco wire ducts which provide an easy, efficient, and safe way to organize wires and cables routed inside an electrical enclosure or cabinet. Our new shorter-length (1 meter) Iboco T1 series wide-finger-wall wire ducts and T1E series narrow-finger-wall wire ducts add more options for installation convenience in…
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4-20mA Analog Transmitter Troubleshooting

The 4-20mA analog current loop is a workhorse of automation, but initial setup and troubleshooting can be challenging, here are some tips to help. For all types of industrial machinery and automation, a basic 4 to 20 milliamp (4-20mA) wiring scheme has been one of the most prominent installation methods for transmitting analog signals. Digital…
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New LUTZE Type HAR/MTW Wire from AutomationDirect

September 13, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added 300V to 750V rated LUTZE Type HAR/MTW (Harmonized European Standard / Machine Tool Wire) wire that meets National Electrical Code (NEC) and NFPA Standard 79 requirements and is commonly used for appliance wiring, control cabinets, and machine tool applications in Europe. These wires consist of a tinned copper…
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PBC Linear Shafts, Bearings, and Shaft Supports from AutomationDirect

September 13, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added PBC linear shafts, bearings, and shaft supports to their power transmission product category. PBC linear shafts are precision ground to provide an optimized surface for plain and ball bearings and are ideal for high-precision linear motion applications where tight tolerances are needed. The shafts are available in carbon…
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Gladiator GECP Series Modular Circuit Protectors from AutomationDirect

September 13, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added Gladiator GECP series modular 12/24 VDC circuit protectors to their selection of electronic circuit protection devices. The GECP series offers both fixed trip current versions and a version with an adjustable trip current range and adjustable trip characteristics. LED signaling with output alarms allows real-time status monitoring. This…

A Win-WinPLC Update Path

The AutomationDirect WinPLC was an advanced controller for its time, and users who need to modernize existing installations have options for rapid upgrades. In the late 1990s, Windows CE was a popular lightweight operating system because it was a good fit to reliably operate various consumer electronics and industrial components, including the AutomationDirect WinPLC controller….
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Supplier Profile: Fandis Fans

The Fandis headquarters is in the beautiful Piedmont region of Italy, which sits at the base of the Alps between Milan and Switzerland. The company has seen much growth since its founding in 1985. And while the company has expanded well past its humble roots as a compact axial fans distributor, the family-owned company still…
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VFD Speed Control Versus Torque Control

Speed control is the most common VFD control mode, but many of today’s VFDs can also perform in torque control mode, which is needed for certain applications. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) let designers optimize equipment operating speeds, save energy, and even minimize mechanical wear—but VFDs can play another important role other than standard speed control….
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WEG Electric IEC Safety Contactors and Motor Controls from AutomationDirect

August 30, 2023 – AutomationDirect has added a wide assortment of quality WEG Electric contactors and motor control devices to their lineup of motor controls and safety equipment. The CWBS series IEC safety contactors provide a safe and reliable way to control electrical power in industrial and commercial applications. Available in ratings up to 80A,…