WEG VFD PID Resource Page
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WEG VFD PID Resource Page

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What is a Contactor?
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What is a Contactor?

Contactors are a specialized form of relay capable of switching higher power loads such as motors, lighting and electric heaters. Turning large electrical power loads such as motors, lighting and heaters on and off is a common automation requirement. Applications are found in commercial buildings, industrial equipment and vehicles. The fundamental device for switching electrical…
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion
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Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Pneumatics are often the best fit for executing mechanical motion in a reliable, simple, and cost-effective manner. Pat Phillips is the Product Manager for Fluid Power and Mechanical products at AutomationDirect, and he authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Tech Briefs titled Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion. Here’s a summary, click on the…
What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Hosted VPNs?
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What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Hosted VPNs?

Jonathan Griffith, Product Manager, Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for Machine Design April 2018 titled What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Hosted VPNs? Griffith points out that connecting programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs) and other automation system components to the industrial internet of things (IIoT) for remote…
Programming and Setup Considerations for VFDs with Integrated PLCs
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Programming and Setup Considerations for VFDs with Integrated PLCs

Control capability built-in to VFDs are moving machine intelligence to the edge. Jeff Payne, Product Manager for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the March 2019 issue of Design World, titled VFDs with integrated PLCs for motion and machine controls: Programming and setup considerations. Payne explains how AC drives can be controlled by either an external…
2019 FIRST Robotics  DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE 3D-Printable Scale Model of Field
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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…