Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 5
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Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 5

Supplier Profile: Code CorporationBeep? Beep? Beep? that?s the distinctive sound made when someone scans a barcode on items going through a grocery store checkout line. Barcode technology began revolutionizing the efficiency of the grocery checkout process decades ago and is now fostering huge advances in healthcare, law enforcement, and manufacturing. Read more about Code Corp. Industrializing…
Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners from AutomationDirect
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Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners to its lineup of safety products. Safety laser scanners offer an ingenious, cost-effective way to protect an entire area. This can be a static application such as a robot cell or the area surrounding a moving device such as an AGV. They are ideal for providing safe access…
Direct Wire’s Large Gauge MTW Cable from AutomationDirect
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Direct Wire’s Large Gauge MTW Cable from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s new 1kV ALL-FLEX MTW/THHW heavy-duty flexible power cable from Direct Wire is an extremely flexible large gauge (8AWG to 500MCM) single-conductor industrial cable that is ideal for industrial control panel distribution, VFD power feeds, servo systems, and motor leads in non-drive related applications. The MTW and THHW ratings make them ideal for use in…
The ProductivityOpen Chosen as Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year Grand Award Recipient
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The ProductivityOpen Chosen as Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year Grand Award Recipient

The innovative AutomationDirect ProductivityOpen controller combines the IT-centric open-source capabilities of an Arduino® microcontroller with the robust reliability needed for industrial OT applications, leading to end user recognition for Plant Engineering’s highest award. AutomationDirect’s ProductivityOpen controller was announced as a Plant Engineering 2020 Grand Award recipient. This is the highest award a product can receive…
StrideLinx VPN Routers and Free Cloud Service from AutomationDirect
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StrideLinx VPN Routers and Free Cloud Service from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s StrideLinx Cloud has been upgraded to provide machine builders, system integrators, and end-users with an end-to-end cloud solution offering improved collaboration, advanced user management, easier navigation, and custom user-defined dashboards to make remote access and monitoring even easier. The StrideLinx secure VPN, a remote access solution, allows users to securely connect to remote systems using a…
Wenglor Photoelectric Sensors from AutomationDirect
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Wenglor Photoelectric Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added a new line of laser sensors. Wenglor dark and shiny object detection photoelectric sensors use blue light technology to detect objects other photoelectric sensors cannot see or see objects that get detected multiple times erroneously. They come in either 50x20x50mm or 32x12x16mm body sizes with an M12 or M8 quick-disconnect. These sensors…
Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 4
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Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 4

Networking Decision: Managed or Unmanaged Switches?Unmanaged switches may be able to do the job in some applications, but managed switches deliver improved performance and cybersecurity.People everywhere are spoiled by fast and reliable consumer-grade Ethernet connectivity, in both wired and Wi-Fi versions. But can basic networking devices be used directly for industrial applications? This article examines…
Guided Wave Radar Level Sensors from AutomationDirect
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Guided Wave Radar Level Sensors from AutomationDirect

ProSense GWR series liquid level sensors utilize guided wave radar sensing technology to provide accurate, cost-effective liquid level measurement for industrial applications. These units provide continuous and point-level measurements and have a rugged IP68/IP69K rated 316 stainless steel housing that offers uncompromising protection and long life in harsh industrial environments. The GWR-1600-P probe is best…
Schmersal Two-Hand Control Panels from AutomationDirect
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Schmersal Two-Hand Control Panels from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Schmersal two-hand control panels to its lineup of safety products. Two-hand control systems are used with a special control monitoring relay and require an operator to use both hands simultaneously when initiating a hazardous operation. This forces an operator to keep their hands on the two-hand control actuator and out of an…
Schmersal IEC Limit Switches from AutomationDirect
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Schmersal IEC Limit Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Schmersal IEC limit switches to its lineup. These limit switches are available in a 30mm or 40mm body width and are offered in zinc alloy, aluminum or glass-fiber thermoplastic enclosures. The actuator heads’ selection includes plunger, plunger with roller, one-way lever with roller, lever with roller, adjustable lever with roller, and adjustable…