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ProSense Timer Relays from AutomationDirect

June 16, 2021 – New ProSense multi-mode and off-delay timer relays offer the flexible programmability of a multi-function and multi-range time delay relay together with a universal input voltage. The TRM series multi-mode timer relays provide an easy way to select time delay functions and time range options. Available models offer timing functions up to…
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SIM Drive Couplings from AutomationDirect

June 16, 2021 – AutomationDirect has added SIM drive couplings to their line of mechanical power transmission products. SIM drive couplings are power transmission components used to couple the shafts of various mechanical devices, often of different sizes, and compensate for shaft misalignment. Four different styles of couplings are available; Jaw/Spider couplings provide a wide…
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Supplier Profile: Murrelektronik

“Stay Connected.” That tagline cleverly references the key goal that Murrelektronik, a family-owned manufacturer in the automation technology industry, has for its work with customers and employees and the communities it serves. Franz Hafner founded Murrelektronik in 1975 in Oppenweiler, Germany, when he began selling a single product, the RC-501/220, a surge suppression module for…
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Automation Designed for Resiliency

To achieve the automation resilience needed for most industrial applications, a balanced combination of products and practices must be integrated. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May 2021 issue of Control Engineering titled Automation Built for Resiliency . Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full…
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Quabbin 600V Control Cable from AutomationDirect

June 9, 2021 – AutomationDirect has added Quabbin 600V control cable to our extensive selection of cable offerings. These cables are ideal for use in control panels, conduits, and where superior electrical properties are required.  The smaller diameter design for this cable reduces cost and the space required inside panels and conduits. This cable is…
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Modern PLCs Break Out of Industrial Automation Limitations

Old-fashioned automation architectures suffer from complexity and slow communications. See how today’s PLC advances boost simplicity and performance. Damon Purvis, PLC Product Manager at AutomationDirect, an article for the April 2021 edition of Machine Design. The article is titled The PLC Breaks Out! and it looks at how modern PLCs can streamline classically rigid architectures…
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Stahl Safety Isolators from AutomationDirect

June 2, 2021 – STAHL safety isolators provide a compact, cost-effective, and easy-to-connect way to provide intrinsic safety and galvanic separation between a control system and field devices in a hazardous location. Digital and analog modules are available in single or dual-channel versions;  a temperature module is also available. Digital and analog modules are rated…
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What is VFD Safe Torque Off, and How Does it Improve Safety?

The safe torque off function built-in to modern VFDs significantly improves the integration of emergency stops. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer with AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May-June 2021 issue of Industrial Equipment News. The article, titled Motor Drive Safe Torque Off Improves Equipment Safety, explains the capability and how to use it. Here’s…

What is a Solenoid Valve?

Valves are fundamental devices for controlling gas and liquid flow, and adding solenoids enables them to be remotely controlled and automated. Valves come in many shapes and sizes and are a basic type of mechanical component used in all manner of equipment, machinery, and processes. Valves can physically be opened or closed completely, and sometimes…