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PLC Package Handling

PLC Package Handling

PLCs play a major role when it comes to material or package handling operations. Conveyors, motors, drives, object detection sensors and of course controllers are used quite often when it comes to delivering your suitcase to the right airplane or getting the laptop you ordered to the right delivery truck. But how would you go ... Read More
 
Mobile Industrial is the New Normal

Mobile Industrial is the New Normal

Most plant floor workers already carry mobile devices, so using them to access, control and monitor equipment is a natural next step. The September 2018 issue of Control Design magazine featured a cover story spotlighting new and better ways for delivering a mobile industrial operator interface experience. Titled A Better Interface, the article presented input ... Read More
 
Copley High School Student Project and Update

Copley High School Student Project and Update

We’ve covered the engineering students at Copley High School twice in recent years here in the Student Spotlight. Copley HS is a suburban, public high school just west of Akron, Ohio.  The school’s engineering program works closely with local industry and with their disabled employees to help automate various processes to achieve additional productivity for ... Read More
 
Brainteasers – Issue 41, 2019

Brainteasers – Issue 41, 2019

Running towards danger? Smiley Guy leaves home at a mad sprint, he runs a distance and turns left, he runs the same distance and turns left again, then he runs the same distance and turns left yet again.  When he finally gets home, there are two masked men waiting for him.  Who are they? Don’t ... Read More
 
PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts

PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts

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
 
New Product Focus

New Product Focus

AutomationDirect now offers Datalogic print mark contrast sensors with 6-12mm sensing distances. We also now offer the Contrinex DW-series of extended and triple-distance proximity sensors in 3mm to 30mm cylindrical and 20mm rectangular styles.
 
Product Snapshots

Product Snapshots

This issue of Automation Notebook gives you snapshots of some of our latest products. Some of the products you’ll find include Flexible Portable Cord, ACME 3-Phase Encapsulated Transformers, Smaller Size Timing Belts and Pulleys, and IP69K Rated Pushbuttons. You’ll also find more Discrete and Analog I/O Modules For Productivity2000 PLCs, Thermistor Input Module for Terminator Field I/O and ... Read More
 
How to Specify Fiber Optic Sensors

How to Specify Fiber Optic Sensors

Fiber optic sensors work well in tight spots and in applications with a high degree of electrical noise, but care must be taken when specifying these critical components.