Issue 8 – 2007

In this issue, evidence of our continuing growth abounds. We have an article featuring System Integrators, OEMs and End Users describing unique ways they’re using AutomationDirect products. The technical articles will answer questions about servo drives and choosing the right PLC for your application. There’s also an article about the DARPA Challenge for autonomous vehicles, which is scheduled for later this year.

– TJ Johns
Senior Editor

 

In This Issue of The Automation Notebook…

  • Finding and Selecting a System Integrator – Issue 8, 2007

    Finding and Selecting a System Integrator – Issue 8, 2007

    Successful automation projects depend on a number of factors, from process definition to system installation. The number of automation vendors, software components, hardware components, and related automation stuff is growing. As the products and product sets have become more complex, more end users are turning to system integrators to help them in product selection, development … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Introduces C-more Micro-Graphic Operator Interfaces – Issue 8, 2007

    AutomationDirect Introduces C-more Micro-Graphic Operator Interfaces – Issue 8, 2007

    AutomationDirect has released a new line of low-cost operator panels. The C-more Micro-Graphic panel is a touch panel with a text panel price, manufactured by our parent company Koyo Electronics, part of the multi-billion dollar JTEKT group. C-more Micro-Graphic panels are compact operator panels available in touch screen and non-touch screen models. The 3.1″ easy-to-read … Read More

  • Poultry Farm Utilizes PLC Control To Increase Efficiency – Issue 8, 2007

    Poultry Farm Utilizes PLC Control To Increase Efficiency – Issue 8, 2007

    In the New England town of Monroe, New Hampshire, you’ll find picturesque settings filled with family-owned dairy and poultry farms. Situated in the Connecticut River valley at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest is a poultry farm, called Pete and Gerry’s Organics, with something to crow about. Pete and Gerry’s Organics has found … Read More

  • Team Mojavaton Tackles DARPA’s Latest “Urban Challenge”– Issue 8, 2007

    Team Mojavaton Tackles DARPA’s Latest “Urban Challenge”– Issue 8, 2007

    The 2007 Urban Challenge, held by DARPA, is the third in a series of races for unmanned vehicles. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DOD). DARPA is using the series of races to foster advances in technology for autonomous vehicles to meet … Read More

  • Systems Integrator Brings Automation Into Skydiving- Issue 8, 2007

    Systems Integrator Brings Automation Into Skydiving- Issue 8, 2007

    Thrill seekers around the world are forever looking for the next big adrenaline rush. More of them are finding that thrill through indoor skydiving, which is quickly becoming a way to satisfy the desire for excitement, and yet remove the element of danger. Indoor skydiving facilities have been in existence globally for several years. However, … Read More

  • Process Analyzer Uses WinPLC To Monitor Cyanide Destruction – Issue 8, 2007

    Process Analyzer Uses WinPLC To Monitor Cyanide Destruction – Issue 8, 2007

    NEXTChem Process Analyzers, LLC produces chemical process analyzers for industries such as metal treatment, metal finishing, chemical, wastewater, and pulp and paper. The analyzers automate laboratory measurements used for process control. Some of NEXTChem’s customers include a large aerospace company who uses the analyzer for measuring caustic cleaner for jet engine parts, and a major … Read More

  • learn.automationdirect.com Launches With Pre-Recorded Tutorials  – Issue 8, 2007

    learn.automationdirect.com Launches With Pre-Recorded Tutorials – Issue 8, 2007

    AutomationDirect’s new learning site, http://learn.automationdirect.com, launched in November 2006 with pre-recorded tutorials and presentations on a range of topics, including selecting a PLC, HMI and PLC software features and the basics of sensors. Each product section of the site also has a list of links to relevant information on other AutomationDirect sites, including the main … Read More

  • Technology And Industry-Focused Trade Shows Still Attracting Audiences – Issue 8, 2007

    Technology And Industry-Focused Trade Shows Still Attracting Audiences – Issue 8, 2007

    While it seems that some national industrial trade shows in the U.S. are struggling to attract audiences, some long-standing technology and industry-focused shows are still doing well. Two examples are the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and PACK EXPO, both held in Chicago this past fall. Focused on new manufacturing technology, IMTS is one of … Read More

  • FIRST Robotics Team Developing Segway Companion Product – Issue 8, 2007

    FIRST Robotics Team Developing Segway Companion Product – Issue 8, 2007

    The Forsyth Alliance, a team of high school students sponsored by AutomationDirect that participates in the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, is working with an Alpharetta, Georgia Segway distributor to develop a companion product to the Segway, the two-wheeled automated people mover created by Dean Kamen (also founder … Read More

  • Newest Product Web Site Offers In-Depth PLC Information – Issue 8, 2007

    Newest Product Web Site Offers In-Depth PLC Information – Issue 8, 2007

    AutomationDirect has expanded its range of product-focused Web sites to include PLCs. Visitors to <a href=”http://www.aboutplcs.com/?notebook” target=”_blank”>www.aboutplcs.com</a>can find in-depth information on the full line of <strong><i>Direct</i></strong>LOGIC PLCs, as well as general PLC selection and configuration guides. Much of the information has been available on other AutomationDirect sites, but this site collects all PLC-specific topics in one convenient … Read More

  • FAQs for SureServo AC Servo Drives – Issue 8, 2007

    FAQs for SureServo AC Servo Drives – Issue 8, 2007

    Since the release of the SureServo AC servo drives, we have compiled a list of questions that are frequently asked by our customers. The following are answers to some of those questions. What power voltages does the SureServo require?  The SureServo requires 220 VAC single-phase to power the smaller drives and 3-phase for larger systems. There … Read More

  • “Considerations for Choosing a PLC” Worksheet  – Issue 8, 2007

    “Considerations for Choosing a PLC” Worksheet – Issue 8, 2007

    This worksheet is intended to function as a checklist of the most important areas to consider when researching a PLC. Click Here To Download and Print Worksheet Use the following guidelines for completing the checklist: Determine whether your system is new or existing: Will your system be installed from scratch or are there existing products already … Read More

  • Training Tools for AutomationDirect  Product Users – Issue 8, 2007

    Training Tools for AutomationDirect Product Users – Issue 8, 2007

    As companies continue to increase employee responsibilities and less time is available for away-from-the-office training and seminars, the Internet has become a valuable tool for training and information gathering. With live Web seminars, online classes, video tutorials and many other resources, it’s easy to find information on almost any subject you can think of. At … Read More

  • Brainteasers – Issue 8, 2007

    Brainteasers – Issue 8, 2007

    Flag…Christmas tree…Flag In 2002, AutomationDirect erected a 100 foot tall stainless steel flag pole to show our support for our country. A 30 foot by 60 foot flag was raised to wave beautifully at all the passersby. Over the years, we’ve received letters from some of those passersby telling us how inspiring it is to … Read More

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 8, 2007

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 8, 2007

    In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 8, 2007  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 8, 2007 without the answers … Read More