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Fandis Filter Fans from AutomationDirect

June 22, 2022 – AutomationDirect has added a new line of enclosure filter fans to their inventory of thermal management devices. The Fandis Virdis series filter fans provide a low-cost thermal management solution for applications where the surrounding cooler air can be used to reduce the internal temperature of an enclosure. The Virdis series fans…
ProductProgrammable Control

CLICK PLUS Micro-PLCs Elevate Equipment Operation

For many types of machinery and test equipment, modern micro-PLCs go beyond basic control by enabling capable communications to higher-level systems. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2022 issue of Tech Briefs titled Powerful Micro-PLCs Enhance Equipment and Testing Systems. Here’s a summary, click on the link above…
ProductVariable Speed Drives

What is a VFD?

Variable frequency drives are devices for starting, stopping and varying the speed of AC motors to improve control of equipment control and save energy. 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…
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New Captron Caneo Series Capacitive Pushbuttons from AutomationDirect

June 8, 2022 – AutomationDirect has added new Captron Caneo Series10 and Series41 pushbuttons to expand their offering of capacitive pushbutton switches. Capacitive pushbuttons utilize touch control and are activated without pressure when a hand or body part nears the device’s surface. Series10 switches, suitable for a wide range applications, feature 360° visibility and are…
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Micro VFDs Provide Big Features

Trickle-down technology has resulted in modern micro VFDs with capabilities formerly available only on top-tier models. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer with AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May/Jun 2022 issue of InTech titled Micro VFDs Gain Macro Features. This article points out the many advanced features now available even on micro VFDs, which help…
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Contrinex Photoelectric Sensors with IO-Link Compatibility from AutomationDirect

June 1, 2022 – AutomationDirect has expanded their vast offering of discrete sensors by adding Contrinex C23 standard and clear object detection sensors. These Contrinex mini rectangular photoelectric sensors are ideal for limited-space applications and are available in diffuse, diffuse with adjustable background suppression, retroreflective, and through-beam models. Sensor housings have an IP67 enclosure rating…
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Product Pointers – May 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 IDEM hazardous area safety devicesinclude tongue interlock safety switches, safety…
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IO-Link Smart Field I/O System from AutomationDirect

May 25, 2022 – AutomationDirect has added STRIDE & Murrelektronik IO-Link master modules and hubs to their existing field I/O product line. IO-Link is a powerful field I/O protocol capable of handling traditional field I/O signals along with diagnostic data from intelligent field devices, including device health, configured parameters, and performance. IO-Link master modules are…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 5

Open PLCs Boost HVAC AutomationAutomationDirect?s ProductivityOpen Arduino-compatible automation controller enabled this company to deliver reliable HVAC controls enhanced with modern computing capabilities.Read entire article Supplier Profile: FATHFATH GmbH was started as a family operation in 1989 by Werner Fath and sons Mirko Jan and Wido. Now, still managed by Mirko Jan and Wido, FATH has…