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Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

The world of single-board computers and microcontrollers offers interesting and inexpensive opportunities for automation applications, but can these components be trusted in critical production applications? The assortment of microcontrollers emerging in the “maker” world has been growing rapidly, with no signs of abating. These devices—including Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and others—offer extraordinary capabilities, along with ... Read More
 
PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

Broadcasting is a high tech industry and much of it is cutting edge, such as Ethernet-based audio over IP. Our industry employs the latest technology in many areas, such as the use of coding algorithms for bit rate reduction and remote broadcasting. But when it comes to controlling the radio signals sent out by the ... Read More
 
Brainteasers – Issue 38, 2017

Brainteasers – Issue 38, 2017

Don’t let this issue’s Brainteasers get you tied up in knots! Sit back and relax with this invigorating round of puzzles and then be sure to impress your co-workers with your new found knowledge. If this set has you stumped, no worries just click the link at the bottom for the correct answers!
 
Brainteaser Answers – Issue 38, 2017

Brainteaser Answers – Issue 38, 2017

How’d you do? Now that you’ve had a chance to solve them it’s time to check your answers! We’re confident you got all or most of them correct. Whatever the case, we hope you enjoyed your mental break. Don’t fret we’ve already got next issues puzzles in the works and they’re sure to be as ... Read More
 
Automation Control System Specification, Design & Installation | White Paper

Automation Control System Specification, Design & Installation | White Paper

This white paper is a general guide to the specification, design and installation of automated control systems. The information and references are presented in a logical order that will take you from the skills required to recognize an operation or process suited for automating, to tips on setting up a program, to maintaining the control ... Read More
 
Emergency Stop Control Stations: One Push Can Save Your Life

Emergency Stop Control Stations: One Push Can Save Your Life

Let’s take a minute to think about how far we have advanced with innovation and technology. It is truly amazing when you look at the devices and products we develop these days. From a simple small piece of wood with a spring-loaded thin u-shaped metal rod and an extremely simple trigger mechanism designed to reduce ... Read More
 
Every Motor Deserves a Quality Liquid-Tight Conduit

Every Motor Deserves a Quality Liquid-Tight Conduit

You get a call from the production floor because a machine is not running right. You go check it and find out that the motor is acting up, has corrosion damage inside the junction box, which is probably also contributing to the imminent death of the motor. Now you need to replace it but don’t ... Read More
 
What is IP69K?

What is IP69K?

IP69K is a product standard rating developed to ensure that products carrying this rating comply with required simulated environmental conditions. The most common areas requiring IP69K devices are areas where heavy washdowns are required. Therefore, IP69K rated devices are a must to prevent damage to electronic devices and instrumentation during the washdown procedures. In this ... Read More
 
A Ferrule is a Ferrule is a Ferrule… Right?

A Ferrule is a Ferrule is a Ferrule… Right?

What is a Ferrule? I ask myself this question thinking specifically of the small metal tube with a colored insulated plastic end where you can insert wire strands and crimp the tube securely to the wire. To answer this question, I decided to do an internet search to see what I could find describing a ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect adds 3-Color and 12-Color Sensors

AutomationDirect adds 3-Color and 12-Color Sensors

Wenglor color sensors from AutomationDirect reliably select color objects in automated high-speed processes based on previously defined reference colors. The sensor pulsed white light is insensitive to extraneous light and makes reliable color recognition possible even at varying scanning distances.