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Choosing the Right Factory Automation Controller for Your Application

Choosing the Right Factory Automation Controller for Your Application

Picking the right hardware is critical, but make sure to include the controller programming software in the evaluation process as it will determine ease of use. When selecting a controller for factory automation, it’s not just about whether a PLC, PAC or PC should be used. It’s also about defining the requirements for the application, ... Read More
 
Which PLC is For Me?

Which PLC is For Me?

As with any engineering decision, it’s always best to put it on paper first to see the “big picture”. The same holds true when choosing the most effective PLC for your application. This choice depends on a number of factors and the following steps serve as a checklist of things to consider when determining PLC ... Read More
 
Productivity Series: Scalable from Top to Bottom

Productivity Series: Scalable from Top to Bottom

With the release of the Productivity1000, the newest and smallest of the Productivity Series controllers, we now have a scalable product offering that gives you the flexibility to design your control system program for a broad range of applications and sizes, without sacrificing functionality. The Productivity1000 (P1000) is a compact, stackable micro Programmable Logic Controller ... 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
 
Student Spotlight: Droid Names, Faraway Galaxies or Automation Components?

Student Spotlight: Droid Names, Faraway Galaxies or Automation Components?

VFDs, RS485, PLCs — these terms may seem like names of droids or faraway galaxies and planets in a “Star Wars” movie. However, they really refer to earthly based components that Vermont Technical College engineering student Dan Rapoza learned about when he set out to help a dairy farmer save time and money by automating ... Read More
 
Brainteasers – Issue 39, 2018

Brainteasers – Issue 39, 2018

1.) Conveyor Race Three boxes of automation equipment are traveling in the same direction on parallel conveyors in the AutomationDirect warehouse. At a certain moment, a box full of motors is a certain distance behind a box of gears, which is twice that distance behind a box of timing belts. ... Read More
 
Brainteaser Answers – Issue 39, 2018

Brainteaser Answers – Issue 39, 2018

1.) Conveyor Race The box of gears will pass the box of timing belts 6 minutes and 40 seconds after the box of motors passed the box of timing belts. 2.) Fuse Ruse They shipped four boxes of 17 and two boxes of 16 – for a total of exactly 100 fuses. 3.) Paint Match ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Unveils Productivity1000 Programmable Controller

AutomationDirect Unveils Productivity1000 Programmable Controller

The new Productivity1000 stackable micro PLC is the super compact yet highly capable member of AutomationDirect’s Productivity controller family. The P1000 is packed with many of the features of the Productivity series but housed in a smaller, slimmer design to provide space, budget and time savings.