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PLCs Can Deliver Advanced Motion Control

Motion-optimized PLC platforms combine traditional controls functionality with advanced multi-axis motion control, providing a streamlined automation solution. Industrial motion control applications range from simple to complex and are generally considered a design specialty. Currently, there are some entry-level solutions, and designers are also aware of high-performance motion control platforms. However, there are many cases where…
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Velox Machine Guarding Panels from AutomationDirect

June 12, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Velox safety machine guarding components by Husky Rack & Wire. Velox machine guarding is the industry’s fastest-installed machine guarding, capable of installation times that are four times faster than other guarding systems. Versatile and affordable, Velox guarding offers design flexibility to create a safe work environment and is…
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Starting Digital Transformation from the Edge

Edge-enabled PLCs are an accessible and affordable way for most users to collect and create value from use field-sourced data. While many operations personnel at production and manufacturing companies are aware that their automated equipment can be a source of valuable data for analytics and other purposes, far fewer companies are positioned to create the…
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A Focus on Customers Drives AutomationDirect

Value, variety, and convenience define a commitment to supporting industrial automation end users, OEMs, and systems integrators. AutomationDirect has been named “Top Automation Products Distributor 2024” by Manufacturing Outlook magazine for “groundbreaking contributions to the manufacturing sector”. In a the Manufacturing Outlook April 2024 cover story titled AutomationDirect: Where Value, Variety and Convenience Align, AutomationDirect’s…
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Don’t Be Another Statistic—Protect Your Machinery and Personnel

In 2022, OSHA reported 5,486 fatal industrial accidents. Many more accidents resulted in injuries or lost work productivity. These accidents may have been avoidable. Proper training and machine safeguarding could’ve prevented many of these accidents, reducing injuries, downtime, and deaths. Industrial safety starts with training. In addition to training, proper machine protection is another layer…
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Supplier Profile: Balluff

What do manufacturers in the packaging, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries have in common? How would you answer this question if it was asked during a restaurant trivia game? If you bet all your hard-earned trivia points on “E,” then you would be collecting your prize! Balluff is a fourth-generation, family-owned sensor and…
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Newsletter Volume 26 Issue 05

From Ethernet to EtherCAT and Beyond Once upon a time (think 1980s), Ethernet was a relatively specialized computer connectivity technology, administrated by experienced gurus under highly-controlled office settings. Since then, technology and performance have advanced incredibly, and much of the world?s population uses wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) Ethernet in their everyday lives. Learn more AutomationDirect Named…
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Product Pointers May 2024

Featured Products BRX micro PLC units offer outstanding features including built-in data logging, universal analog and temperature I/O, motion control and customizable communication MPU starting at $205 460 VAC SureServo 2 servo systems are fully digital and offer a rich set of features to cover a broad range of motion control applications in sizes from…
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New Custom Paint Options for Select Saginaw Enviroline Series Enclosures from AutomationDirect

May 29, 2024 – AutomationDirect now offers custom paint selections for Saginaw carbon steel Enviroline series single-door enclosures with ¼-turn latches. These enclosures can be custom-ordered with one of 15 color options in addition to the standard gray or light gray color. Custom paint options include graphite black, gentian blue, light blue, pebble gray, traffic…

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Velox Machine Guarding Panels from AutomationDirect

June 12, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Velox safety machine guarding components by Husky Rack & Wire. Velox machine guarding is the industry’s fastest-installed machine guarding, capable of installation times that are four times faster than other guarding systems. Versatile and affordable, Velox guarding offers design flexibility to create a safe work environment and is…
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Gefran GQ and GRSH Series Solid State Relays from AutomationDirect

May 29, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Gefran GQ and GRSH series solid state relays that feature a wide range of contact ratings and input and output voltages. They are available in DIN rail or panel mounting styles and offer a variety of overload and thermal protection options. Gefran GQ series “hockey puck” style panel…
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Murrelektronik Modlink Panel Interface Connectors from AutomationDirect

May 29, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new Murrelektronik Modlink panel interface connectors that provide various styles of interface inserts, frames, and optional protection covers that can be easily configured for a custom data and/or power panel interface connector. Modlink panel interface inserts are available in nine connection combinations that may include RJ45 Cat5e, female/male…
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Productivity1000 and Productivity2000 Relay & TTL Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added new discrete and relay I/O expansion modules to the Productivity PLC family. For the Productivity1000 PLC series, a 4-channel, high current relay output module is now available. This module provides up to 7A/point for both DC and AC control circuits and features four Form C (normally open/normally closed)…
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LS Electric XGB PLC Remote I/O Modules from AutomationDirect

May 22, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added several new additions to the powerful LS Electric XGB PLC series. For discrete (ON/OFF) monitoring and control, a new lower-cost 24 VDC 8-point input module, 8-point 12-24 VDC sinking and sourcing output modules, an 8-point relay module with Form A contacts, and a 16-point combination discrete input/relay output…
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Murr Elektronik Open Core Control Transformers from AutomationDirect

May 15, 2024 – AutomationDirect has added Murrelektronik open core control transformers that provide a flexible solution for stepping down a variety of primary voltages ranging from 208 to 550 VAC. The universal input on these transformers provides eleven different voltage options that are easily configurable using simple quick-connect jumpers. The primary side can be…