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  • 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

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

    As electricity bills continue to rise due to new government mandates, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities are making reducing energy consumption a priority. No company can afford to waste money by using machines or processes that consume too much energy. Since pneumatic systems are ubiquitous throughout manufacturing and can consume a large share of a plant’s power costs, ensuring they consume only the air required is extremely important.

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 4

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 4

    Machine Automation Basics Automation systems must integrate multiple power and control subsystems and components into a coherent whole. Faced with ever-increasing cost pressures and demands for improved performance, machine builders are actively seeking new automation solutions with improved cost/performance ratios. In response to these demands, vendors must often incorporate commercial off-the-shelf components and other technologies … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 3

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 3

    Free Online PLC Training Program AutomationDirect’s free online PLC training program has been expanded with over a hundred additional training videos. The complete video training series encompasses various levels of training from entry level programming to advanced PLC functions and is available to anyone interested in learning about industrial controllers. The training video library is … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 2

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 2

    Newsletter Volume 21 Issue 2 Productivity1000 PLC receives an Engineers’ Choice Award AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was announced as a Control Engineering 2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards Honorable Mention in the Machine and Embedded Control – PLCs category. Check out the new Productivity1000 PLC and see what it can do for your next application. Check out the … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 1

    Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 1

    Newsletter Volume 21 Issue 1 Absolutely FREE PLC Training Well, we’ve heard you and we are now offering free unlimited online PLC training to go along with our extensive library of eBooks, whitepapers, how-to videos and more. We have also expanded this training offering to include non-customers as well. The more the merrier, right? And … Read More

  • Merry Christmas from AutomationDirect!

    Merry Christmas from AutomationDirect!

    Let’s take some time to appreciate! Celebrate your joys! What brought you joy this year? A satisfying personal accomplishment, a new or improved relationship, serving others, a renewed commitment to your deepest beliefs, a professional milestone? Big or small, we hope you experienced many joyful moments, and that remembering them at this time of year … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 11

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 11

    Newsletter Volume 20 Issue 11 Panel Builder Checklist There are many things to consider when building an automation control system. Some control systems are extremely simple, like a pump control system that consists of a pump, level controller, and a contactor, or they can be complicated and control a full production line with a series … Read More

  • Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 10

    Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 10

    Boo! Did we scare you? Thankfully, there’s more treats than tricks in this month’s newsletter like a free download of our brand new AC Motors eBook and a mystery product giveaway! In the spirit of Halloween we’ve also added an installment in our Halloween DIY series. Don’t miss out on our articles about our new … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 9

    Newsletter Volume 20 Issue 9                                    Will That Controller Work in Your Application? Industry has a seemingly endless variety of machine and process control applications, and a correspondingly wide range of controller choices. When selecting a controller, there are … Read More

  • Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 8

    Newsletter: Volume 20, Issue 8

    Labor Day weekend is upon us and that means plenty of time for last minute cookouts, ringing in football season and of course catching up on your industrial automation reading! We’ve got plenty of goodies for you to enjoy this month. If you’ve been following along with our Machine Visibility campaign you’ll see our next … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 7

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 7

    While some people take the summer off to relax, we’ve used it to launch new products, bring you new and exciting content and of course work on our tans 😎. Check out our new articles on ladder logic vs object oriented programming, how a wastewater treatment plant uses AutomationDirect products, brush up on Ethernet basics and … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 6

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 6

    This month at AutomationDirect has been focused on safety in honor of #NationalSafetyMonth! We’ve got a variety of articles for you covering many different areas of safety including NEMA ratings, circuit protection, push buttons and more! Don’t miss our video on ASO safety rails at the end. Stay cool and we’ll see you next month! … Read More

  • Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 5

    Newsletter Volume 20, Issue 5

    Our May newsletter is out and ready to be enjoyed! As always we have our newest products featured such as cut-to-length VFD cable and WDP Definite Purpose Contactors. We also have some of our favorite content from this past month including a new White Paper on micro PLCs and a case study involving roller coasters! … Read More