Archive For: Automation Notebook

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
 
New Product Focus – Issue 37, 2017

New Product Focus – Issue 37, 2017

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 – Issue 37, 2017

Product Snapshots – Issue 37, 2017

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
 
Business Notes – Issue 37, 2017

Business Notes – Issue 37, 2017

When AutomationDirect began, we were told our business plan wouldn’t work. Instead of creating just another industrial control supplier, we proudly said, “We WON’T do things like that anymore.” And, with thousands of products, and award-winning technical support, we have no intention of stopping anytime soon.
 
What You Need To Know  About Machine Learning – Issue 37, 2017

What You Need To Know About Machine Learning – Issue 37, 2017

There’s lots of talk about machine learning, but can it help you improve the performance of your machines? It’s becoming easier and cheaper to gather and store data related to the operation of your machines installed at customer sites, but this creates a problem which we’ll label as Data Rich, Information Poor (Figure 1). Machine ... Read More
 
Improving Pivot Irrigation Systems with AutomationDirect

Improving Pivot Irrigation Systems with AutomationDirect

If you’ve ever taken a long road trip, you’ve probably passed large fields of crops, which every now and then contained odd looking metal pipe structures on wheels stretching across the fields. These metal monsters, known as pivot irrigation systems, are used extensively in agriculture and have greatly improved the efficiency of the crop irrigation ... Read More
 
Beam Testing at Portland State – Issue 37, 2017

Beam Testing at Portland State – Issue 37, 2017

For their undergraduate senior capstone project, a team of Mechanical Engineering students at Portland State University (PSU) recently designed an electronic system upgrade for the control system of a 100-year-old beam testing machine. Using a range of AutomationDirect parts, the purpose of the project was to make the operator experience comparable to modern machines.