Archive For: Machine Control

The Bulgarian Bat Detector – Simulating Bat Echolocation

The Bulgarian Bat Detector – Simulating Bat Echolocation

Over my years working as an Automation Systems Integrator, I occasionally get projects that are different from the normal industrial, process and manufacturing systems. I was recently asked to develop the controls for a museum exhibit to simulate a bat’s echolocation. The museum, Children’s Center of Sofia, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and I promptly named the ... Read More
 
Technical College Students Understand Protective Relays

Technical College Students Understand Protective Relays

Protective relays are specialized devices designed to sense abnormal conditions in electric power systems, commanding circuit breakers to trip or close when needed. These relays are absolutely essential to the reliable operation of the electric power generating stations, substations, transmission lines, and distribution systems that comprise any large-scale electric power grid; they are increasingly finding ... Read More
 
Out of the Box – Contest Winners!

Out of the Box – Contest Winners!

What happens to AutomationDirect.com products when they are taken out of the box? We asked you guys to show us what happens when our products leave the box and you get your hands on them. Honestly, the applications that our customers shared with us were amazingly awesome. We had several great videos submitted over the last ... Read More
 
Automated DIY Turkey Fryer

Automated DIY Turkey Fryer

A wise man once said, “Why Baketh, when one can Fryeth?” I could be wrong but I believe that was Shakespeare. Ok, actually I just made it up but it’s turkey season and many people will be confronted with that exact question. Now, I’m not sure who started the fried turkey craze but I, for ... Read More
 
DIY Halloween Props with CLICK PLC and NITRA Pneumatics

DIY Halloween Props with CLICK PLC and NITRA Pneumatics

It’s that season again. It’s time for creepy crawlies to invade our neighborhoods. It’s time for things that go bump in the night to be more common than before.  Thanks to products from AutomationDirect you too can create something to scare those trick-or-treaters.
 
Machine Maintenance Checklist

Machine Maintenance Checklist

It is important to develop a routine maintenance schedule for your automated control system. Having a routine schedule for checking critical components and devices in the system will increase the longevity of the system and more importantly, it will help reduce future problems. Set up the schedule based on a monthly or quarterly time period, ... Read More
 
UCONN Student Design Team Automates RFID Tagging

UCONN Student Design Team Automates RFID Tagging

In the aerospace industry, any substance that is foreign to the aircraft engine and could potentially cause damage is known as FOD (foreign object debris). FOD costs the industry 4 billion dollars per year on average. Some of the most common causes of FOD damage are the tools required to build or maintain the engine. ... Read More
 
Precise Motion Control Gives Famous Vessel New Life

Precise Motion Control Gives Famous Vessel New Life

A piece of Cold War history uses automation for precise control of its floating dry dock. Less expensive components and in-house engineering allowed for a more advanced system. A covered dry dock, with a history worthy of spy novels and action movies, recently received a sophisticated automation motion control upgrade from its previous all-manual controls. ... Read More
 
Punkin’ Chunkin’ … sort of

Punkin’ Chunkin’ … sort of

As Autumn draws near, our minds wander back to our childhood memories of fall festivals, hay rides, visiting apple farms and corn mazes. Add to those memories those trips to the pumpkin farms. With that in mind, you can’t forget about “Punkin Chunkin” competitions. From spring-loaded trebuchets to major air-powered
 
Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Our Controllers are more than just “Standard!”  – We know it’s not easy to make a change in control products, but we think that we can provide enough value for you to make it worth your while. Please take some time and check out these powerful Application Stories that speak to the quality and ease of use ... Read More