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Get Schooled: AC Motor Basics

Get Schooled: AC Motor Basics

This AC motor and drive information will aid in selection and application. Jeff Payne, product manager for the drives & motors group at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 edition of Plant Service magazine titled Get schooled: AC motor basics Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Payne ... Read More
 
2019 FIRST Robotics  DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE 3D-Printable Scale Model of Field

2019 FIRST Robotics DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE 3D-Printable Scale Model of Field

1:20th Scale Model of the 2019 Field AutomationDirect’s animation team converted the animation models into 3D printable models for you to play with.  This is the “playing field” for the FIRST Robotics Competition game for 2019.  For more info about FIRST and the 2019 game: “DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE” – please visit the FIRST website.  Printable Scale ... Read More
 
Why Product Testing and Certification Really Matters

Why Product Testing and Certification Really Matters

Do you ever think about all those marks and logos on electronic equipment? You should, they’re your assurance of product quality. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer at AutomationDirect and Tim Dunn, design engineer at Host Engineering, wrote an article for the November 2018 issue of Design News titled Why Product Testing and Certification Really Matters, ... Read More
 
What’s new with the Productivity Suite

What’s new with the Productivity Suite

Our software developers have been very busy adding new features and improvements to our Productivity Suite PLC programming software. Since its release many years ago, Productivity Suite has continually been improved with ongoing enhancements many of which were derived from customer requests. Thank you for your feedback and please keep us informed of any features ... Read More
 
Configuring Analog Devices to Integrate with PLCs

Configuring Analog Devices to Integrate with PLCs

A variety of analog signals must be transmitted to a PLC for monitoring and control, with each processed to ensure correct operation. Winn Paulk, the Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the November 2018 issue of Processing magazine titled Configuring analog devices to integrate with PLCs. All programmable logic controllers ... Read More
 
Absolutely FREE PLC Training from AutomationDirect

Absolutely FREE PLC Training from AutomationDirect

~No Purchase Necessary for Free PLC Training~ As the world around us becomes more and more automated, an understanding of electrical control systems becomes more and more vital. Manufacturers, as well as the technicians, integrators, and/or engineers they employ, know firsthand the benefits automation provides. In fact, for many, automation has been the key to ... Read More
 
The FIRST Robotics Competition 2019 Digital Animation Award

The FIRST Robotics Competition 2019 Digital Animation Award

This award sponsored by AutomationDirect celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The 2019 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 ... Read More
 
Industrial Ethernet Basics

Industrial Ethernet Basics

Ethernet is the most widely used network in industrial plants and facilities. Here’s a primer covering its foundational concepts. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the October 2018 issue of IMPO titled Ethernet Basics for Facilities. Here’s a summary, please click on the link above for the full text. Industrial ... Read More
 
Bulk Multi-Conductor Cable FAQ

Bulk Multi-Conductor Cable FAQ

Bulk multi-conductor cable is a convenient way to connect electrical power and signals. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about bulk multi-conductor cable: Why use a shielded cable? What is the difference between cord and cable? Why use VFD cable? What does ‘Exposed Run’ mean? What is the difference between ... Read More
 
Data-Driven Trends

Data-Driven Trends

The tried and true industrial data collection methods of the last several decades will expand into the future as Big Data and IIoT technology developments lead to more data, analytics and related benefits. Bill Dehner, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the September-October issue of IEN titled Data-Driven Trends. Dehner says many ... Read More