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  • Capacitive Proximity Sensors with Potentiometer Adjustment from AutomationDirect

    Capacitive Proximity Sensors with Potentiometer Adjustment from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect’s line of sensors now includes capacitive proximity sensors with potentiometer adjustment for sensitivity. Capacitive proximity sensors allow sensing of metal and non-metal objects through insulating materials such as wood or plastic and are often used to sense fill levels of liquids or powders. New lower priced 18mm and 30mm capacitive proximity sensors have a … Read More

  • More BRX Analog and Temperature I/O Expansion Modules from AutomationDirect

    More BRX Analog and Temperature I/O Expansion Modules from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect has added more I/O expansion modules to its BRX Micro PLC product line. BRX I/O expansion modules add discrete and analog I/O to the BRX PLC system as needed to expand machine and process control applications. BRX expansion modules easily snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote … Read More

  • AutomationDirect adds FDA Compliant Harsh/Duty Micro (M12) Cables

    AutomationDirect adds FDA Compliant Harsh/Duty Micro (M12) Cables

    AutomationDirect now offers harsh duty micro cables that are FDA compliant for food and beverage applications. The new FDA compliant M12 quick-disconnect cables are IP69K rated to withstand high pressure, high temperature wash-down applications. These harsh-duty quick-disconnect cables and patch cables are used to easily connect field devices in industrial installations. The FDA compliant IP69K … Read More

  • Slim Interface Electro-Mechanical Relays from AutomationDirect

    Slim Interface Electro-Mechanical Relays from AutomationDirect

    New space-saving slim electromechanical relays are now available from AutomationDirect.  Klemsan Series slim interface relays are compact and lightweight relays especially useful where cabinet space is a consideration. Encased in a self-extinguishing plastic housing, these high-quality relays offer a long useful life. These 35mm DIN rail mount KPR series compact 6.2mm relay modules include LED … Read More

  • Safety Components on Guard |White Paper

    Safety Components on Guard |White Paper

    Protecting operators from the safety hazards introduced by automated machines and robotic equipment demands an understanding of both the appropriate safety guarding level and the machine safety components needed to get the job done. As always, the designer must identify the safety risks, plan the best ways of addressing them, and ensure the proper application … Read More

  • Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

    Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits

    Recent additions to the National Electrical Code (NEC) mandate surge protection for safety interlock circuits to protect operators and machinery. Brent Purdy PE is the Product Manager for Power & Circuit Protection products at AutomationDirect. Brent authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Automation.com titled Regulations Require Surge Protection for Safety Circuits. Here’s … Read More

  • 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