Issue 14 – 2009

In this issue, we have information regarding several new products and product line extensions. We also have user solutions articles describing how others use our products. You’ll find tons of information packed in these pages. Of course, you’ll enjoy the Break Room section.

– TJ Johns
Senior Editor

 

In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • New Standards in Motor Efficiency: What Motor Users Need to Know – Issue 14, 2009

    New Standards in Motor Efficiency: What Motor Users Need to Know – Issue 14, 2009

    New legislation, namely the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, aims to increase production of renewable energy; increase efficiency of products, buildings and vehicles; and promote research and deployment of greenhouse gas capture and storage. The eventual goal is to move the United States toward greater autonomy in acquiring resources to meet its … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Adds Pneumatic Tubing and Fittings – Issue 14, 2009

    AutomationDirect Adds Pneumatic Tubing and Fittings – Issue 14, 2009

    AutomationDirect now offers NITRA™ pneumatic tubing and fittings for use in compressed air applications. NITRA tubing is available in polyurethane and nylon styles, in inch and metric sizes from 5/32 inch or4mm up to1/2 inch or 12mm; tubing is available in 100 and 500-foot packages. Polyurethane tubing is available in black, blue and clear, and … Read More

  • Product Snapshots – Issue 14, 2009

    Product Snapshots – Issue 14, 2009

    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: C-more Remote Access Feature, Cable Ties and Tools, Photoelectric Sensors, Solid and Colored Wire Duct, ProSense Line expanded, Pilot Devices, Encapsulated Transformers, Hollow Shaft Gear Boxes, Wire Tools, NEMA Premium Motors, SureStep Motion … Read More

  • Taking Web Seminars to The Next Level (Part 2) – Issue 14, 2009

    Taking Web Seminars to The Next Level (Part 2) – Issue 14, 2009

    Since the last edition of Notebook, we have been working hard to provide a stream of bi-weekly live seminars on AutomationTalk. Tom Elavsky and I have become the main presenters, but to keep the topics interesting with new faces, we have recruited show guests from other teams here at AutomationDirect, such as our Business Development … Read More

  • C-more Remote Access and Control – Issue 14, 2009

    C-more Remote Access and Control – Issue 14, 2009

    The AutomationDirect HMI product team has released a new Remote Access and Control feature in version 2.4 of the C-more operator interface panels. This feature is a direct result of numerous customer requests. C-more users wanted a way to remotely access the C-more panel to obtain real time access and control. Our primary objective was to add Remote Access ability … Read More

  • Fuses or Circuit Breakers: Which should you use? – Issue 14, 2009

    Fuses or Circuit Breakers: Which should you use? – Issue 14, 2009

    For most of us who work in the electrical design field, the question of circuit protection is omnipresent in our day-to-day efforts. There are a myriad of circuit protection technologies available that address phenomenon such as high voltage transients, inductive kick-back, capacitive coupling, high inrush currents and ground faults, just to name a few. However, … Read More

  • C-more Remote FAQs – Issue 14, 2009

    C-more Remote FAQs – Issue 14, 2009

    Can I use the Remote Access feature if the C-more panel is inside a Firewall? Yes. In order to access C-more inside a firewall/router remotely, either a VPN connection must be used or “Port forwarding” must be set up in the router to allow the C-more Web server and Remote Access application to get through. When a TCP/IP message … Read More

  • Automating the Bottom Line – Issue 14, 2009

    Automating the Bottom Line – Issue 14, 2009

    Metcam is a manufacturing company located in Alpharetta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Founded in 1989, the company specializes in custom sheet metal fabrication serving a diverse industry base including commercial HVAC, healthcare, electronics, automotive, food service and air filtration. Metcam provides many value-added services such as metal finishing, custom coatings, electronic assembly, packaging and … Read More

  • The Future Of Technology – Issue 14, 2009

    The Future Of Technology – Issue 14, 2009

    Who: Diyan Zagarov From: Bulgaria Attending College: Lanier Technical College, North Georgia Diyan Zagarov grew up in Bulgaria. Growing up, Diyan thought of himself as the adventurous type and often felt the desire to travel and see the world. However, he grew up under the shadow of the Soviet Union, so for a long time traveling outside of … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 14, 2009

    Brainteasers – Issue 14, 2009

    1. Chain Bane Two pieces of chain were left over after a new piece of AutomationDirect’s automation equipment was installed in the factory. The links were circular, uniform in size and shape and made from ½ inch thick metal. One piece was exactly 3 feet long, the other 22” in length. The longer piece had 6 … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 14, 2009

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 14, 2009

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 14, 2009 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 14, 2009 without the answers here: http://library.automationdirect.com/brainteasers-issue-14-2009/ … Read More