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Here is a collection of AutomationDirect’s eBooks filled with information and references to deepen your understanding of everyday industrial automation topics. Whether you’re an industry beginner or have years of experience in the field, we guarantee there is something of value for you in these e-Books!

Practical Guide to AC Motors

 AutomationDirect’s Practical Guide to AC Motors and Control Options is now available with detailed info on these ubiquitous motors and the numerous methods used to control them.  The basics of AC motors and how to replace or repair them are covered along with the most common application types.

What’s Inside:

  • What are AC Motors and How Do They Work?
  • Selecting Motors for Industrial Applications
  • Overview of AC Motor Control Options
  • All About Variable Frequency Drives! (VFDs)
  • And much more!

Plus, an entire chapter on selecting the right soft starter for your motor!

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Practical Guide to Pneumatics

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This eBook is for users who wish to advance their pneumatic knowledge. It covers a wide range of topics such as circuit symbols, component capability, integrating pneumatics with controls as well as improving pneumatic efficiency.

What’s Inside:

  • Why Use Pneumatics
  • Circuit Symbols Explained
  • Electro Pneumatic Systems in Action
  • Energy Efficient Pneumatic Systems
  • And much more!

Plus a collection of pneumatic application stories to see what others are doing with their pneumatic components to inspire you!

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PLC Handbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This easy-to-read eBook is for users who wish to learn how to do more with their PLC or simply refresh their understanding. It covers the basics and dives into ladder logic, PID loops, communication protocols, and motion control.

What’s Inside:

  • Chapter 1 – What is a PLC
  • Chapter 2 – History of the PLC
  • Chapter 3 – How to Choose a Controller
  • Chapter 4 – PLC Hardware
  • Chapter 5 – PLC Software
  • Chapter 6 – PLC Communication
  • Chapter 7 – Practical PLC Topics

Along with a collection of PLC application stories to see what others are doing with their PLCs to inspire you!

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An Industry Guide to Control System Engineering

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This eBook is a general guide on the specification, design and installation of automated control systems. Whether an expert or a novice at electrical control devices and systems, the information presented should give you a check list to use in the steps to implementing an automated control system.

  • Chapter 1 – Consider Safety First
  • Chapter 2 – Identifying Processes for Automation
  • Chapter 3 – Specify Devices
  • Chapter 4 – Design
  • Chapter 5 – Build
  • Chapter 6 – Install and Start-up
  • Chapter 7 – Maintain

Plus additional resources like a PLC selection guide, equipment specification template, a maintenance check list template and much more!

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