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  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 9

    Linear Position Sensing Options Automated industrial equipment often requires linear position sensing, and there are many choices ranging from economical to high precision. Sensing the presence or absence of automated industrial equipment mechanisms is relatively straightforward. More difficult, however, is detecting linear motion and position over longer operating distances with sufficient accuracy. Designers need to … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 8

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 8

    New! DURApulse GS20 Series High Performance AC Drives The DURApulse GS20 Series of next generation high-performance VFDs provide many standard and advanced functions in a compact reduced-size unit. The new GS20X series of AC drives is IP66/NEMA 4X rated for operation in harsh environments. AutomationDirect DURApulse GS20(X) drives start at $135.00 and have a two-year warranty. Watch … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 7

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 7

    VFDs Expand Process Control Options Industrial process plant workers involved with motor controls back in the 1980s may remember them as huge electrical apparatuses, with rudimentary control capabilities.Today’s AC motor drives, occasionally called inverters but most commonly known as variable frequency drives (VFDs), are far more advanced and suitable for almost any application. Read more … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 6

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 6

    CLICK PLC and C-more HMI Integral for Emergency Ventilator Using readily available AutomationDirect parts, an Auburn University team converted a CPAP machine to a high-functioning emergency ventilator in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the threat of ventilator shortages during the COVID-19 crisis, various organizations called on developers to build “emergency ventilators”. A team at … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 5

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 5

    VFDs Take Control Many industrial automation projects use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for executing programs and variable frequency drives (VFDs) for running AC motors at commanded speeds. Some of the latest VFDs are actually hybrids with PLC-like programming functionality built right in, giving end users new options when designing automated systems. Read the article here … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 4

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 4

    Can a Raspberry Pi Challenge a PLC? Single-board consumer microcontrollers are popular with hobbyists, but how do they stand up to industrial PLCs for more advanced process control applications? Many readers expressed considerable interest in a previous Control Design article comparing an Arduino microcontroller with a programmable logic controller (PLC) for basic flow control. This led author Doug … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 3

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 3

    Important Supply Update – Coronavirus Outbreak  AutomationDirect is paying close attention to the fast-changing news regarding the Coronavirus. We are in close contact with all our suppliers to anticipate any potential effects on our supply chain as quickly as possible. We are also monitoring states’ mandates on any shipment/delivery restrictions we need to comply with. … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 2

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 2

    AutomationDirect’s Food & Beverage Idea Book The Food and Beverage industry is a growing and changing field that’s becoming more and more reliant on automation and finding efficiencies. Click below to download our Food and Beverage eBook to see how big of a role automation plays. Topics Include: Top 10 Trends in the Industry NEMA … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 1

    Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 1

    New Industrial Grade Open-Source CPU The open-source Productivity®Open platform provides all the great features of a standard Arduino plus the added power and reliability of an industrial controller. The processor circuit of the P1AM-100 Arduino-compatible CPU is designed to mimic the Arduino MKRZero microcontroller. The P1AM-100 is compatible with most available Arduino MKR format shields, and/or … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 11

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 11

    Free HMI eBook AutomationDirect’s HMI Handbook delves into the world of human machine interfacing with informative chapters on selecting, designing and installing HMIs. But that’s just the first half, the back half of the book focuses specifically on C-more HMIs with chapters covering how to use screen objects, how to configure events, simulation basics, recipe … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 10

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 10

    16 Tips for an Effective HMI Do you have an HMI project coming up? Here are some helpful tips and guidelines for you to remember during your planning and implementation. A good starting point for HMI design is a text-based outline documenting each screen’s content. With the operator’s point-of-view and ease-of-use in mind, detail the … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

    Applying the Right Position Sensor Many products are available in good, better, and best versions—and so it is with industrial positions sensors—with products ranging in functionality from basic general-purpose to enhanced mission-specific styles. The latter usually cost more but have additional features, and this article examines some criteria end-users should use when choosing the best … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 8

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 8

    Robroy-AttaBox | Tough on Protection What do oil refining, rail and transit systems, outdoor water parks, wastewater treatment plants, and breweries have in common? They are environments that need high-quality, watertight, corrosion resistant enclosures to protect critical equipment such as electrical connections, wiring, control panels, and sensitive measurement systems. In harsh places like these, non-metallic … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

    Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet PLCs have traditionally excelled at using wired inputs and outputs (I/O) to execute automation logic quickly and reliably. Now, users are recognizing the internet contains a wealth of information useful for PLC applications either directly in the logic or for operator displays. Many websites can programmatically deliver … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 6

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 6

    Specifying Performance Instead of Parts Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids cuts costs, reduces lead time and guarantees reliable operation.  Many plants and facilities rely on pre-packaged machines and process skids purchased from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers. They want the components installed in this equipment to match what they … Read More