Issue 17 – 2010

AutomationNotebook Issue 17
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In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Bale Hay While the Sun Shines: A Revolution in Commercial Hay Production – Issue 17, 2010

    Bale Hay While the Sun Shines: A Revolution in Commercial Hay Production – Issue 17, 2010

    A steam generating plant on wheels? That’s right. The DewPoint 6110 hooks up between a large farm tractor and hay balers that make large rectangular bales from 1,500 to 2,000 lb each (Fig. 1). Its purpose is to add moisture to dry hay to prevent mechanical damage to the crop during the baling process. This revolutionary … Read More

  • 1/3 to 2 HP DC Motors Now Available – Issue 17, 2010

    1/3 to 2 HP DC Motors Now Available – Issue 17, 2010

    The IronHorse® family of motors now includes DC motors. The permanent magnet DC 56C-frame motor line features totally enclosed non-vented (TENV) and totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) models. The motors are constructed of a rolled steel frame with cast aluminum end bell, and are available in sizes ranging from .33 to 2HP. IronHorse DC motors are … Read More

  • Product Snapshots – Issue 17, 2010

    Product Snapshots – Issue 17, 2010

    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: Free Think & Do® programming software for WinPLC, Low-cost DC power supplies, Straight blade and locking wiring devices, Cat5e Ethernet patch cables. Free Think & Do® Programming Software for WinPLC In … Read More

  • Why the WinPLC? – Issue 17, 2010

    Why the WinPLC? – Issue 17, 2010

    When a “do-it-yourself user” makes the decision to automate, integrate or just simplify applications and machinery, the world is his/her oyster. In today’s world of industrial automation controllers there are many options. Depending on your specific needs, you could select a very extravagant or very basic automated system. The automation application could range from simple … Read More

  • AAA Absolute Automation and Electrical Services, Inc. Implements Energy Savings Through Machine Control – Issue 17, 2010

    AAA Absolute Automation and Electrical Services, Inc. Implements Energy Savings Through Machine Control – Issue 17, 2010

    AA Absolute Automation And Electrical Services, Inc. is an independent control systems and industrial electrical company based in Covington, Georgia. They provide solutions to both end user and OEM clients in many industries including material handling, chemical processing, food and beverage, metals processing, plastics, recycling and general manufacturing. Services offered range from complete turnkey automation … Read More

  • DC Motors Explained – Issue 17, 2010

    DC Motors Explained – Issue 17, 2010

    How many types of DC motors are there? There are several types of DC motors, including shunt, series, compound wound or stabilized shunt, permanent magnet, and brushless DC. The main differences between these types of motors revolve around how the electromagnetic fields are generated. The IronHorse DC motors are Permanent Magnet motors: the magnetic field … Read More

  • Why is my TVSS an SPD? – Issue 17, 2010

    Why is my TVSS an SPD? – Issue 17, 2010

    In the last few years, the electrical industry has seen significant changes in safety standards. One area of major change is with surge protection. In the past, you would use a surge arrestor or transient voltage surge suppressor (TVSS) to solve transient overvoltage or surge issues. Today, we don’t even use the words surge arrestors … Read More

  • How to Improve Process Control by Automating Data Flow

    How to Improve Process Control by Automating Data Flow

    Whether you are responsible for a manufacturing facility, a utility plant or a bio-dome—you need to control and know what’s going on in your processes. Properly managing information is imperative to improving your process control—specifically controlling, monitoring and maintaining information flows into and out of your process control system. Most processes consist of the machines, … Read More

  • Volatile Material Handling for IBM – Issue 17, 2010

    Volatile Material Handling for IBM – Issue 17, 2010

    When IBM needed a control and delivery system for Silane gas at the T. J. Watson Research Facility in Yorktown Heights, NY, they turned to KCC Software of Huntsville, AL. Silane gas is essential in an ultra-pure method of applying silicon in the manufacturing of semiconductors and solar panels. The SiH4 compound, however, is extremely … Read More

  • Beverly Hills High School Science/Technology Student Spotlight: Alexander Kern – Issue 17, 2010

    Beverly Hills High School Science/Technology Student Spotlight: Alexander Kern – Issue 17, 2010

    Alexander Kern is a member of the Beverley Hills High School MorTorq Robotics team. He contacted AutomationDirect in February of this year with questions about interfacing a C-more touch panel to his high school’s robot. In a few short weeks, Alex and his team built a robot from scratch, interfacing the C-more panel to operate the robot during competition, … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 17, 2010

    Brainteasers – Issue 17, 2010

    1. Top cat? Top dog? The combined weight of the factory’s resident dog and cat is 27 lbs. The dog’s weight is an odd number, yet the cat’s is even. If his weight is twice that of hers, what do each of them weigh? 2. Bookworm The AutomationDirect Catalog has gotten thicker each time we’ve printed … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 17, 2010

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 17, 2010

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 17, 2010 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 17, 2010 without the answers … Read More