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  • AutomationDirect Adds Continuous Flexing Control Cable

    AutomationDirect Adds Continuous Flexing Control Cable

    Continuous flexing control cable is now part of the AutomationDirect bulk multiconductor wiring and cable product line. Continuous flexing cables are designed to be exposed to constant flexing during their operation & withstand millions of these flex cycles. CF5 and CF6 multi-conductor control cables from igus are specifically designed, tested, and manufactured for continuous flexing, … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Wins Big in Automation World’s 2017 Leadership in Automation Awards

    AutomationDirect Wins Big in Automation World’s 2017 Leadership in Automation Awards

    PMMI Media Group’s Automation World magazine announced the First Team category leaders in the 2017 Leadership in Automation Program on January 11, 2018. Automation World, a leading business magazine serving automation professionals, launched this community-based program in January 2017.

  • Easy Pickings for Controller Hardware and Programming Software

    Easy Pickings for Controller Hardware and Programming Software

    When automating machines or processes, picking the right controller hardware is important, and the application often drives the selection process. However, the programming software can make development, startup and operation easier—and is therefore an important factor in the buying decision. Jeff Payne, the Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article titled How … Read More

  • BRX PLC Story is the Most-Read Article on Control Design in 2017

    BRX PLC Story is the Most-Read Article on Control Design in 2017

    According to Control Design’s e-newsletter of 1/5/18, the most-read article published in their magazine in 2017 was “Arduino vs. PLC for Industrial Control”. This August 2017 cover story pitted an Arduino microcontroller against an AutomationDirect Do-more BRX PLC and asked the question, “Can a $20 micro-controller equal a PLC for a real-world industrial control application?”. … Read More

  • VR Power-Up Field Tour – FIRST Robotics Competition

    VR Power-Up Field Tour – FIRST Robotics Competition

    That right … strap on your HTC VIVE or OCULUS RIFT and go play around on the POWER UP field. The lead animator from the recent FRC Game animations (Stronghold, Steamworks and Power-Up) also programs virtual reality games in his spare time. So, he took the assets from the FRC Power-Up Game Animation and dropped … Read More

  • 1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

    1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

    Since so many teams have 3D printers now, we thought it would be fun to have a 3D Printing Contest where you create a 20:1 scale model of your 2018 robot (FIRST POWER UP). The Contest Rules are posted below. To help get you started, we asked our FRC Game Animation Team to export the … Read More

  • Scale Model of the POWER UP Field – 3D Printable

    Scale Model of the POWER UP Field – 3D Printable

    3D Printable, 1:20th Scale Model of the POWER UP Field AutomationDirect’s animation team converted the animation models into 3D printable models for you to play with.  This is the “playing field” for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) game for 2018.  For more info about FIRST and the 2018 game: “POWER UP” – please visit the … Read More

  • How to Choose a General Purpose Motor vs. Inverter-Duty Motor

    How to Choose a General Purpose Motor vs. Inverter-Duty Motor

    General purpose motors have been around for many years. They are the workhorse of almost every industry. An inverter-duty motor is a much newer concept that became necessary as motors began to be driven by VFDs (inverters or AC drives). An inverter duty motor can withstand the higher voltage spikes produced by all VFDs (amplified … Read More

  • How Do AC Motors Work?

    How Do AC Motors Work?

    AC motors are electric motors driven by alternating current (AC). AC motors are widely used in industry, primarily due to their high efficiency, and their ability to produce constant torque up to the rated speed. AC Motor Types The two most widely used types of AC motors are induction motors and synchronous motors. How AC … Read More

  • IXON | Cloud Enables Access to Machines Easily and Securely

    IXON | Cloud Enables Access to Machines Easily and Securely

    Service engineers and machine builders ensure that arrays of machines, computers, and equipment perform optimally 24/7. In the past, service engineers were alerted about a malfunctioning machine with a frantic call from a machine operator or owner. If it happened at night (which was all too often, right?!) the call forced the service engineer to … Read More