Issue 1 – 2004

Hello and welcome to the inaugural issue of AutomationDirect’s magazine publication, Automation Notebook, your guide to practical products, technologies and applications. We have outgrown our newsletter, The Insider, so you will be receiving this magazine in its place. In this issue you will find informative articles, technical columns, insider news, and a bit of wit and humor

-Keri Schieber
Managing Editor

 

In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • PLC, PC, or Custom – Which Control Choice Is Right For You? – Issue 1, 2004

    PLC, PC, or Custom – Which Control Choice Is Right For You? – Issue 1, 2004

    Choices and change are the only constants in control system technologies today. Current industrial controller products can no longer be classified by the internal design architecture they possess. More often than not, any type of modern controller uses some portion of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology in its CPU, operating system, memory, or data … Read More

  • New AC Drive And Motor Lines Up To 100 hp – Issue 1, 2004

    New AC Drive And Motor Lines Up To 100 hp – Issue 1, 2004

    AutomationDirect recently released the custom-built DURApulse™ drives line, and announced a partnership with Marathon Electric® to offer a wide range of Marathon’s vector and inverter-duty motors. These new drives and motors are available up to 100 hp and, when purchased in approved combinations, feature some of the lowest prices in the industry. The new DURApulse™ … Read More

  • HMIs and PC Control: Upwardly Mobile With Upscale Connections – Issue 1, 2004

    HMIs and PC Control: Upwardly Mobile With Upscale Connections – Issue 1, 2004

    Remember when you had to be an artist to design HMI faceplates that resembled your process? Remember configuring your HMI software by filling in cryptic addresses and values, something resembling the Microsoft® Windows™ registry? Remember when your HMI was a dedicated system that only connected to a single process? Or when it was cool to … Read More

  • “Learn it on the Web!” – Issue 1, 2004

    “Learn it on the Web!” – Issue 1, 2004

    The economy of the past three years has caused many businesses to exercise tighter control on their expenditures in areas such as travel to trade shows and expenses for training seminars or conferences. This comes at a time when it is more critical than ever for engineering and plant personnel to stay abreast of new … Read More

  • Product Snapshots – Issue 1, 2004

    Product Snapshots – Issue 1, 2004

    We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including: A new line of wire duct and associated accessories, and Two series of Cirronet Inc. wireless modems.   AutomationDirect now Offers Wire Duct and Accessories Cumming, GA — April 15, 2004 — AutomationDirect® has … Read More

  • Business Notes – Issue 1, 2004

    Business Notes – Issue 1, 2004

    From Conference Board.org The Institute for Supply Management publishes a monthly survey of purchasing and supply managers regarding the activity in the manufacturing sector. According to their index, the manufacturing sector was recovering through March and this survey is likely to show more of the same results for April and May. “With both investment growth … Read More

  • Turbine Generator Application Uses Terminator I/O – Issue 1, 2004

    Turbine Generator Application Uses Terminator I/O – Issue 1, 2004

    Turbine Diagnostic Services (TDS) is a power generation field service company that provides industrial, utility, independent power producers, and municipality power generation systems for turbine generator applications. The company’s TurboNet DASH 1® Control System is a complete DCS-structured turbine generator control system, developed to meet the needs of customers looking for a stable, “crash-free” system … Read More

  • Jumping on the “stage” wagon – Issue 1, 2004

    Jumping on the “stage” wagon – Issue 1, 2004

    The Technical Support Team at AutomationDirect receives a large number of calls on RLL Plus (Relay Ladder Logic Plus) programming, also known as “Stage” programming. Most of the callers want to understand how and when it should be used. The short answer to the “when” question is that it depends on the process that is … Read More

  • How to connect 3-wire sinking and sourcing devices to PLC input modules – Issue 1, 2004

    How to connect 3-wire sinking and sourcing devices to PLC input modules – Issue 1, 2004

    When connecting a 3-wire field device to your PLC system, it is important to have a solid understanding of sinking (NPN) and sourcing (PNP) concepts. First, sinking and sourcing are only associated with DC circuits. DC circuits can conduct current in one direction only. This means that it is possible to connect the external supply … Read More

  • Decimal Point Manipulation Challenge – Issue 1, 2004

    Decimal Point Manipulation Challenge – Issue 1, 2004

    I think we’ve all been confronted with a challenging application at one time or another. In this particular instance, I was contacted by a customer asking for help with an application using a floating-point number that needed four decimal places. Even though the fourth decimal place was not being used, it had to have a … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 1, 2004

    Brainteasers – Issue 1, 2004

    8 Years Later When a memo was delivered into my “in-box” requesting office humor for the premiere edition of Automation Notebook, numerous events immediately entered my mind. I thought about an unsuspecting team member’s SUV that was filled with three lawn size garbage bags of paper confetti as retribution for a recent prank he had … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 1, 2004

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 1, 2004

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from  Issue 1, 2004 of the Automation Notebook. The brainteaser questions are repeated in black. The answers to the brainteaser questions are highlighted in red with explanations. You can view the brainteasers from Issue 1, 2004 without the answers here: http://library.automationdirect.com/brainteasers-issue-1-2004 … Read More