Issue 21 – 2011

AutomationNotebook Issue 21
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In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Internet Use Clicks with Machine, Robot Builders – Issue 21, 2011

    Internet Use Clicks with Machine, Robot Builders – Issue 21, 2011

    Machine and robot builders are increasingly turning to the Internet for product research. The Internet has become a legitimate avenue for researching automation products needed by machine and robot builders, and the use of vendor websites is emerging as the primary method for doing product research. Control Design magazine began asking its readers about their … Read More

  • Motors and Drives – Issue 21, 2011

    Motors and Drives – Issue 21, 2011

    Premium Efficiency Motors The IronHorse™ general purpose AC motor line now includes cast iron three-phase premium efficiency motors available in horsepower ranges from 1 to 200 hp. Motors are available in speeds of 1200, 1800, and 3600 RPM and are electrically reversible. The three-phase industrial duty T-frame and TC-frame TEFC motors feature ribbed cast iron … Read More

  • Product Snapshots – Issue 21, 2011

    Product Snapshots – Issue 21, 2011

    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: Industrial Ethernet Unmanaged Switches, 24 VDC Temperature Controllers, Multi-Wire Connectors, Heavy-Duty Pneumatic Air Cylinders, Compact Limit Switches, Wera Hand Tools, Modular Solenoid Valves, Modbus Gateway Communications Module, Basic Sensors, ProSense™ Pressure … Read More

  • C-more Remote Access for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® – Issue 21, 2011

    C-more Remote Access for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® – Issue 21, 2011

    In late 2009, AutomationDirect released the Remote Access and Control feature for the C-more operator interface product line. This feature allowed users to connect to a C-more panel via the Internet and remotely view and control the panel application as if they were on site. The primary objective was to add remote accessibility without requiring … Read More

  • IAS Corp. – Issue 21, 2011

    IAS Corp. – Issue 21, 2011

    IAS (Industrial Automation Specialists) began in a small rented office in Newport News, Virginia back in 1992. Since then, owner Kathy Burton and Vice President of Operations Preston Burton have built a reputation for accomplishing the impossible. With the motto, “There is always a way,” IAS Corp. continues to grow and now operates out of … Read More

  • Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs (Part Two of a Two-Part Series) – Issue 21, 2011

    Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs (Part Two of a Two-Part Series) – Issue 21, 2011

    This is part two of a two-part series on variable frequency drives. In Part One, we discussed how choosing the right variable frequency drive (VFD) can reduce energy consumption, improve realtime control, and lengthen motor life. Here are more expert tips to consider. Select the Proper Control Mode VFD control mode choice greatly depends on … Read More

  • Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plant Promises Profit – Issue 21, 2011

    Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plant Promises Profit – Issue 21, 2011

    If there’s access to a stream, the only requirements to generate electricity are a 2 ft. drop in water level and two gallons of flow per minute. A hydroelectric system isn’t overly complicated, it isn’t difficult to operate and maintain, it has longevity and it’s often more cost-effective than other forms of renewable power. Some … Read More

  • “Starting With Steppers” Part One of a Two-Part Series – Issue 21, 2011

    “Starting With Steppers” Part One of a Two-Part Series – Issue 21, 2011

    You’ve determined that an open-loop motion control system will handle the accuracy and requirements of your application and therefore you have chosen to use a SureStep Stepping System. The following is a complete reference to the technical information available at this time from AutomationDirect which can aid you in understanding and selecting components and determining … Read More

  • Southern Polytechnic Students Produce Pad Printing Machine  – Issue 21, 2011

    Southern Polytechnic Students Produce Pad Printing Machine – Issue 21, 2011

    Students Sergio Acevedo and Randle Johnson are two of the first students to complete their degrees in Mechatronics Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. The Mechatronics program at SPSU is a recent four-year degree offering, begun in 2007, which combines topics from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to prepare graduates … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 21, 2011

    Brainteasers – Issue 21, 2011

    1. Queue See The non-automated assembly line at Widgets”R”Us is notorious for its uneven quality – and its eccentric QC inspectors. After a full day’s production the three person Quality Control team evaluated the finished parts. Lisa initially flagged half of all the parts as defective, but on further inspection she cleared 10 of the … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 21, 2011

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 21, 2011

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 21, 2011 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 21, 2011 without the answers … Read More