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Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 11

4-20mA Analog Transmitter Troubleshooting Although most current loops are easy to install and commission, sometimes there can be a snag on initial setup, which requires a bit of troubleshooting to overcome. This article looks at some 4-20mA basics, and how to check on problematic installations. Read more Selecting Discrete Sensors Discrete object detection refers to…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 10

Future-Proof Ethernet Installations Consumer- and commercial-grade Ethernet networking has been common since the 1980s, and it has evolved significantly over the decades. Yet, Ethernet for industrial applications generally lagged behind commercial installations. However, many more recent developments have elevated Ethernet to today?s preferred industrial networking technology. Read more Tech Brief ? HMIs Human beings are visual…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 9

In-House Automation Focuses on People, Plant, and Profit Many companies rely on external firms for automation upgrades and changes, and this works well for countless applications. But Pacific Cheese Company faced a dual challenge of maintaining and improving manual and legacy systems, while at the same time upgrading operations to responsively meet changing consumer demands….

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 8

Control Panels are Changing Due to Distributed Automation Control panels have long been essential for protecting automation and electrical components associated with OEM machines and industrial manufacturing. While control panels will continue to be with us for the foreseeable future, several technologies are reducing the size of and need for control panels. Read more Prevent…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 7

Supplier Profile: Peninsular Cylinder, Co. | Superheroes of Cylinders The Marvel Cinematic Universe? is full of superheroes with incredible powers and abilities. But even superheroes need the right tools and equipment to get the job done. Just like how Iron Man?s suit is equipped with hydraulic and pneumatic systems, Peninsular Cylinder Co.?s cylinders can provide…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 6

Vacuum Gripper Advantages Modular gripper system kits provide a versatile way for designers and OEMs to quickly create material handling and robot end-of-arm tooling solutions.OEMs and designers put a lot of work into gripping systems because dropping a payload can lead to waste and downtime. Custom-engineered systems are often the norm, but these can be…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 5

Modern PLCs Provide Support for Advanced Data AccessAlthough many think of PLCs as primarily for real-time control, modern versions make it easy to implement extensive data connectivity and analytics. While everyday consumers are familiar with getting things their way, this type of flexibility has often been less available within the industrial manufacturing arena. This is…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 4

Linear Actuator OptionsLinear actuators, driven with servo or stepper motors, are an effective way to implement accurate automated machine motion. Linear actuators can also be driven by pneumatic or hydraulic methods, depending on the force, speed, accuracy, and cost requirements of an application. Electrically-driven actuators are the preferred solution for many applications, especially when automated…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 3

Light-Operate or Dark-Operate Photoelectric Sensors. Which is Better for your Application?When choosing a photoelectric sensor for an application there are many things to consider. One of these considerations is whether to select a light-operate or dark-operate photoelectric sensor. The terms ?light-operate? and ?dark-operate? refer to when the sensor activates its output.Learn more Making a Clean…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 2

Material Handling. Just like it sounds.Many components are involved in material handling systems, including motors, drives, sensors, pneumatics, controls, and safety products. When engineered properly, these components will work together in unison to efficiently move products, cases, or other materials from one location to another. Many things can go wrong or right depending on the…

Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 1

Cybersecure and Remote-Friendly?Manufacturing companies recognize the need and value of practical remote access to their digital systems and data, but they also are aware of the associated cybersecurity risks. The NIST endorses ?defense-in-depth,? but what does this mean for OEMs, systems integrators, and end users looking to achieve workable and secure remote access?Learn more Select…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 12

In-House Automation is the Key to CustomizationManufacturers are finding they can rapidly and flexibly adapt to changing production needs by engaging in-house personnel to deploy automation solutions.Automation is essential for improving productivity and quality, but many manufacturers serve markets where production volumes and product options vary drastically. Read more What is PID Control?PID is the most…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 11

Robotic Beer Dispenser Hits the Ground Running?Reliable, rugged, and economical automation components are essential building blocks for bringing high-tech into consumer-facing applications.After working for more than a decade on industrial and automation projects, Grayson Dawson founded Hop Robotics to bring high-technology robotic serving systems to the food & beverage and hospitality sectors.Read more Free Practical…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 10

Industrializing an Arduino: Making a Single-Board Controller Fit for the FactoryArduinos and similar devices can be highly versatile but are too delicate for industrial environments. So, the challenge for this project was to create an industrial type of application using an industrialized Arduino and associated components, to see what advantages they offer over conventional maker hardware. Read…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 9

IO-Link is the Smart Choice for I/O ConnectivityA concept called the ?last mile problem? refers to the difficulty of completing the last link in a process, such as running internet cables to a user?s home. For industrial automation systems, one aspect of the last mile problem is connecting all the wiring from I/O modules to…

Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 8

Cloud Connectivity Supports Smart HVACFor data centers powering the internet, the energy used to keep these systems cool is often the greatest operating cost, so small efficiency improvements can result in significant savings. IoT cloud connectivity lets experts effectively support increasingly complex HVAC systems, such as refrigerant-side economizers for data centers.Read more Old Reliable Just Got…