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Fruitport High School Robotics Team Restores Kris Moose

Fruitport High School Robotics Team Restores Kris Moose

The Fruitport High School Robotics Team (FRC team # 2405), known as the Techno Trojans, were approached by the Lakes Mall in Muskegon Michigan to restore an animatronic Christmas moose display and ‘bring the moose back to life’.  Originally the moose – affectionately known as Kris Moose – was a part of the Christmas display ... Read More
 
How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller

How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller

Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements. Jeff Payne, Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article appearing in the August 2018 issue of Applied Automation titled How to Choose an Industrial Automation Controller. There are many important items to consider when choosing a controller for machine and process ... Read More
 
Automating Small-Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants

Automating Small-Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants

Gary H. Lucas, Director of Innovation at Innovative Treatment Products, wrote an article that ran in the July 2018 issue of Control Design magazine titled Wastewater Treatment Plants Can Be Built for Small-Scale Applications. Any facility too isolated to connect to a larger sewer system—such as a school, office or retailer—will have to supply its ... Read More
 
Combining Components in Pneumatic Systems Designs

Combining Components in Pneumatic Systems Designs

Pneumatics have been used in industrial machines and manufacturing plants and facilities for decades, so most of the basic components are tried and true, with significant innovations few and far between. But there are many innovative ways to combine these different components to create pneumatic subsystems. The explains four pneumatic subsystems, showing how combining basic ... Read More
 
Do-more PLC Revives Gas Distribution Process

Do-more PLC Revives Gas Distribution Process

KCC Software fuels the safe and reliable upgrade of a highly flammable, corrosive and toxic gas distribution system for semiconductor tools. A semiconductor manufacturer of memory and drive head technologies, Headway Technologies in Milpitas, California is a part of the TDK group of companies, the largest independent recording head supplier in the disk drive industry. ... Read More
 
Are CLICK PLCs Really That Simple? – A DIY PLC Project

Are CLICK PLCs Really That Simple? – A DIY PLC Project

By now you know that CLICK PLCs are considered one of the easiest PLCs to use and the perfect choice for beginners and small applications. I know you know that, because I am one of the many who keeps bringing it up. As a technical marketer for AutomationDirect, my job is to let you know ... Read More
 
How A Simple PLC Makes Automation Easy

How A Simple PLC Makes Automation Easy

2017 proved to be a stellar year for U.S. manufacturing with strong growth in 16 of the 18 manufacturing industries polled for ISM’s December 2017 survey. With machinery and computer and electronic products leading the way, U.S. manufacturing is expanding at a rate not seen in 13 years according to a BloombergMarkets article on the ... Read More
 
Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

Chip McDaniel, Technical Marketing at AutomationDirect wrote an article titled Tubing versus Hose in Pneumatic Systems for the February 2018 issue of Fluid Power World. The article looked at some of the differences between tubing and hose, and related fittings—and at best practices for design, selection and implementation of each. Tubing and hose play a ... Read More
 
Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

The world of single-board computers and microcontrollers offers interesting and inexpensive opportunities for automation applications, but can these components be trusted in critical production applications? The assortment of microcontrollers emerging in the “maker” world has been growing rapidly, with no signs of abating. These devices—including Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and others—offer extraordinary capabilities, along with ... Read More
 
PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts

PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts

Broadcasting is a high tech industry and much of it is cutting edge, such as Ethernet-based audio over IP. Our industry employs the latest technology in many areas, such as the use of coding algorithms for bit rate reduction and remote broadcasting. But when it comes to controlling the radio signals sent out by the ... Read More