Issue 6 – 2006

In this jam-packed edition, read about ways customers are using the new C-more panel to gather information remotely using Ethernet. Also An article detailing how the University of Arizona is using automation that would make even Shakespeare proud. To understand how important technology is in regards to the environment, read the cover story on coastline reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina.

– TJ Johns
Senior Editor

 

In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Dredging Up The…FUTURE – Issue 6, 2006

    Dredging Up The…FUTURE – Issue 6, 2006

    People around the world are aware of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina along the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. What started around the southeastern Bahamas on August 23, 2005 as Tropical Depression number 12, quickly became the fourth hurricane of the season just 48 hours later. When her catastrophic winds finally subsided, … Read More

  • New Generation HMI Now Available – Issue 6, 2006

    New Generation HMI Now Available – Issue 6, 2006

    AutomationDirect has released its totally new and radically improved operator touch panel line, C-more, manufactured by parent company Koyo Electronics, part of the multi-billion dollar Seiko group. C-more touch panels are programmed using C-more programming software and provide power and flexibility through a vast set of features. The panel displays are available in either grayscale (15 shades of gray) … Read More

  • Dealing with Low-voltage Power Issues – Issue 6, 2006

    Dealing with Low-voltage Power Issues – Issue 6, 2006

    Voltage dip and power failure – these are two events that can cause everything in a manufacturing and processing facility to go dim. When a machine or processing line goes down due to a power failure, it can cost a company thousands of dollars in as little as an hour. Companies are investing a lot … Read More

  • It Takes Teamwork to Launch Products – Issue 6, 2006

    It Takes Teamwork to Launch Products – Issue 6, 2006

    In the early 1990s, many automation suppliers thought that using a direct catalog channel to offer automation products was too risky to attempt. There were concerns such as getting customers to buy from a company they couldn’t physically see, assisting them in selecting products, technical support, return and warranty issues and so on. Because of … Read More

  • Product Snapshots – Issue 6, 2006

    Product Snapshots – Issue 6, 2006

    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:  SureServo, Thin-FInger Wire Duct, Sensor Line Extended, Communication Modules for DL05 & DL06, Relay Line Expanded, 22mm Metal Pushbuttons Offered Without Contact Blocks, DirectSoft5 Launch. SureServo™ Now Shipping  AutomationDirect has released the SureServo family of fully digital AC … Read More

  • Business Notes – Issue 6, 2006

    Business Notes – Issue 6, 2006

    FIRST Robotics Team Sponsored By AutomationDirect Hits The Ground Running The Forsyth Alliance is a team of Atlanta area high school students, sponsored by AutomationDirect, participating in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization’s 15th Annual Robotics competition. They spent the fall months of 2005 building the previous year’s game robot to … Read More

  • The Latest In PLC Ladder Logic – Issue 6, 2006

    The Latest In PLC Ladder Logic – Issue 6, 2006

    Developed in the early 1990s to program DirectLOGIC PLCs, DirectSOFT programming software was one of the first Windows®-based ladder logic software packages on the market. Over the years, it has seen several major enhancements and improvements, but this yearDirectSOFT is receiving the most dramatic makeover of its existence. As users became more comfortable with the features Windows-based … Read More

  • DL205 Performs in Theatrics – Issue 6, 2006

    DL205 Performs in Theatrics – Issue 6, 2006

    Theatrical automation is a newly emerging field of technology. Through the use of automation, the University Of Arizona School Of Theatre Arts is enhancing the overall theatrical experience. Students Nathan Cross and Phillip Toussaint are using various types of AutomationDirect equipment to automate scenery. According to Nathan, the use of motors and computer control gives … Read More

  • System Integrator Slashes Retrofit Price While Adding Value – Issue 6, 2006

    System Integrator Slashes Retrofit Price While Adding Value – Issue 6, 2006

    Box Making Machine Retrofit Project in Ravenna, OH CorrTech, Inc. is an industrial machinery services company that focuses on the corrugated paper and container industry. One of their customers, Smurfit Stone Enterprises in Ravenna, Ohio, recently requested the retrofit of a heavy-duty box-making machine built in the US circa 1970. The S&S ZLR Flexo Folder … Read More

  • Answers To Questions About Our New C-moreOperator Panel – Issue 6, 2006

    Answers To Questions About Our New C-moreOperator Panel – Issue 6, 2006

    AutomationDirect’s new operator panel is packed with lots of features. We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers that address some of these features: Q: Can I use the serial port on my laptop or desktop computer to upload/download programs via the serial port on a C-more panel? A: The C-more panel is designed to communicate with a computer via … Read More

  • A Condensed Guide to Automation Control System Part 4: Build, Launch & Maintain – Issue 6, 2006

    A Condensed Guide to Automation Control System Part 4: Build, Launch & Maintain – Issue 6, 2006

    In Part 3 (Fall 2005 Issue 5), we covered how to design our automated control system and the importance of documenting the design. We discussed the various types of documents that would be typical for an automated control system design, why and how we would use these documents, and finally the tools that can be … Read More

  • PLC Tips from the Tech Team – Issue 6, 2006

    PLC Tips from the Tech Team – Issue 6, 2006

    AutomationDirect’s Technical Support Team receives a vast array of inquiries on programming and installation of our DirectLOGIC PLCs. We asked the team to provide some Tips and Techniques to help make programming and installation easier for our users. Here are some of the topics that come up regularly. Locating problem code: Having trouble locating a problem in … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 6, 2006

    Brainteasers – Issue 6, 2006

    1. Light Weight The AutomationDirect DL05 PLC weighs 4.5 ounces plus half its own weight. How much does it weigh?   2. A Puzzling Journey I’ve been warned about a journey I must take in the next few years. The details are very sketchy, but I’m told that the whole trip can be mapped out using … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 6, 2006

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 6, 2006

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from  Issue 6, 2006 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 6, 2006 without the answers here: http://library.automationdirect.com/brainteasers-issue-6-2006/ … Read More