Supplier Profile: Balluff
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Supplier Profile: Balluff

What do manufacturers in the packaging, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries have in common? How would you answer this question if it was asked during a restaurant trivia game? If you bet all your hard-earned trivia points on “E,” then you would be collecting your prize! Balluff is a fourth-generation, family-owned sensor and…
Supplier Profile: NIDEC
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Supplier Profile: NIDEC

Nidec Corporation prides itself on being an international conglomerate that handles “everything that spins and moves.” Similar to an NBA star who can spin a basketball with expertise, skill, and passion, Nidec continues to thrive with expertise, skill, and passion in the industrial motor industry. Nidec is the world’s number one comprehensive motor manufacturer. Nidec’s…
FIRST Robotics Competition 2024 Digital Animation Award Winner
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FIRST Robotics Competition 2024 Digital Animation Award Winner

This award, sponsored by AutomationDirect, celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The 2023 Digital Animation Award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and…
Harnessing the Power of Play: Engaging PLC Students with a Vehicle Simulator
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Harnessing the Power of Play: Engaging PLC Students with a Vehicle Simulator

Students in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, have found a way to combine their passion for video games with the industrial controls coursework they are studying at the Centennial Secondary School. The team  of 11th  and 12th year students was guided by their instructor; John Harpell, an electronics and automation controls veteran with thirty years of experience….
Supplier Profile: Toshiba
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Supplier Profile: Toshiba

Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. (TAI) Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, and comprised of various business units including – Motors & Adjustable Frequency Drives, Power Electronics, Automotive Systems, Transportation, and Transmission & Distribution Systems. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TIC provides application solutions to a wide range of…
Supplier Profile: ELESA
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Supplier Profile: ELESA

Established in 1941, ELESA began by producing handles, knobs, handgrips, and handwheels for machines. Over 80 years later, ELESA is a leader in the design, fabrication, and distribution of plastic and metal standard machine parts for medical and mobile equipment, machine tools, packaging machinery, and more. Design and production for ELESA are concentrated in Monza,…
Supplier Profile: Lutze
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Supplier Profile: Lutze

LUTZE Inc., an industrial automation manufacturer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, serves its customers well by offering products in the four Cs of automation technology: cable, connectivity, cabinet, and control. Their high-quality, reliable product offerings help other companies develop automated solutions for their manufacturing and shipping needs.  “For four decades, our customers have valued our…