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  • Product Pointers – October 2019

    Product Pointers – October 2019

    These products are Fa-Boo-Lous with prices that are Fang-Tastic

  • 16 Tips for an Effective HMI

    16 Tips for an Effective HMI

    Do you have an HMI project coming up? Here are some helpful tips and guidelines for you to remember during your planning and implementation. 1. Story Boards are a Good Start A good starting point for HMI design is a text-based outline documenting each screen’s content. With the operator’s point-of-view and ease-of-use in mind, detail … Read More

  • Quabbin: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

    Quabbin: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

    Through the centuries, the concept of ‘quality’ has fascinated people. Aristotle is credited with saying that quality is not an act, it’s a habit. Henry Ford said that quality means doing it right when no one is looking. Both of these statements describe the culture at Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., which manufactures general purpose … Read More

  • Greater Sensing Distance Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors from AutomationDirect

    Greater Sensing Distance Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors from AutomationDirect

    SU, UK, UT and TU series round body and UQ series cubic plastic ultrasonic distance sensors from AutomationDirect are now available in sensing distance ranges from 60mm to 8000mm, in metal or plastic housings, and M18 (18mm) and M30 (30mm) barrel or head sizes. Discrete and analog output sensors and models with both analog and … Read More

  • Photoelectric Sensors added by AutomationDirect for more Distance Applications

    Photoelectric Sensors added by AutomationDirect for more Distance Applications

    4mm (smooth) and 5mm (M5 threaded) round photoelectric sensors are now available from AutomationDirect in a wider range of sensing distances in both diffuse and through-beam sensing configurations. These DC-powered metal sensors provide high accuracy in minimal mounting space and are ideal for use in a variety of short or long-distance sensing applications. Diffuse photoelectric … Read More

  • Remote Access |White Paper

    Remote Access |White Paper

    There are three router-based methods for establishing remote access to industrial systems via a PC or mobile device—with each providing a different level of security, required implementation effort and integrated features. In today’s Internet of Things (IoT) world, remote mobile access is a necessity for many industrial applications. There are several ways of implementing this … Read More

  • Help Smiley and Win Big!

    Help Smiley and Win Big!

    Smiley needs your help! He’s working on a crossword puzzle and only has 10 unanswered questions left. Give him a hand by completing your own puzzle and then helping him complete his. When you do, Smiley will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE STRIDE Pocket Portal IoT Bridge with … Read More

  • Micro-Processor Based Digital DC Drives from AutomationDirect

    Micro-Processor Based Digital DC Drives from AutomationDirect

    The IronHorse® GSD8 series of DC drives is a microprocessor-based design with non-volatile memory storage that is programmable with adjustable parameters, programmable alarm outputs and offers a digital closed-loop algorithm for motor control. GSD8 output power available is 1/2 to 1hp at 120 VAC input and 1 to 2hp at 240 VAC input; output voltage … Read More

  • NITRA Pneumatic Coalescing Air Filters for Mist and Vapor Filtration

    NITRA Pneumatic Coalescing Air Filters for Mist and Vapor Filtration

    The NITRA® pneumatic AC Series of coalescing air filters from AutomationDirect allows finer removal of moisture, vapor and oil mist from compressed air applications to provide optimal performance for pneumatic systems and components. NITRA coalescing filters are available in a range of port sizes from 1/8″ to 1/2″ FNPT; replaceable 0.3-micron filter elements are standard, … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

    Applying the Right Position Sensor Many products are available in good, better, and best versions—and so it is with industrial positions sensors—with products ranging in functionality from basic general-purpose to enhanced mission-specific styles. The latter usually cost more but have additional features, and this article examines some criteria end-users should use when choosing the best … Read More