Archive For: Process Control

Automation System Retrofit Transforms 175-ton Hydraulic Forming Press

Automation System Retrofit Transforms 175-ton Hydraulic Forming Press

In less than one month, a rebuild automated press operations to increase production rates and improve quality. Southern Manufacturing Group (SMG) located in Morrison, Tennessee, was founded in 1993. The company makes automotive components and industrial valves. In the fall of 2012, the automation system for its 175-ton hydraulic forming press received electrical damage resulting from a lightning strike ... Read More
 
Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

Which is better? A DirectLOGIC style Do-more or the new Terminator I/O style Do-more? The incredible power of the Do-more processor is now available in the popular Terminator I/O form factor. Functionally, both units have identical Do-more engines, so how do you know which one is better for your application? The answer is … It ... Read More
 
An Affordable Retrofit Prevents Expensive Replacements – Issue 28, 2014

An Affordable Retrofit Prevents Expensive Replacements – Issue 28, 2014

The Harvest-Monrovia Water & Sewer Authority (HMWSA) was established in August 1965 to operate and maintain a water system to provide domestic water in the Harvest-Monrovia area of Madison County, located near Huntsville, Alabama. In the early years, the utility serviced only 700 customers. As a result of growth in the area, the HMWSA now ... Read More
 
PLCs Automate Reliability Testing

PLCs Automate Reliability Testing

AutomationDirect PLCs enable continuous life-cycle testing, provide data collection, and shorten product design and verification cycles at Viking Range.
 
Reducing Total Cost of Ownership – Issue 24, 2012

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership – Issue 24, 2012

Automation is a key component when developing strategies to help customers reduce their operating costs. Many times when making buying decisions, people look only at the initial price of an item without considering other factors that contribute to the overall cost of owning that product. For example, a certain laptop may seem like a great ... Read More
 
Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plant Promises Profit – Issue 21, 2011

Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plant Promises Profit – Issue 21, 2011

If there’s access to a stream, the only requirements to generate electricity are a 2 ft. drop in water level and two gallons of flow per minute. A hydroelectric system isn’t overly complicated, it isn’t difficult to operate and maintain, it has longevity and it’s often more cost-effective than other forms of renewable power. Some ... Read More
 
Multi-Mirror Solar Array Pleasantville High School – Issue 20, 2011

Multi-Mirror Solar Array Pleasantville High School – Issue 20, 2011

The Industrial Technology students at Pleasantville High School, in Pleasantville, Iowa (southeast of Des Moines), have spent the last three years building a multi-mirror solar array. Students from four different technology classes have contributed to the project over the three year period; the AutoCAD and drafting classes have helped design and document the project, students ... Read More