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…
Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 4
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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…
Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 3
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What is Safe Torque Off (STO)?Let?s say you have a system with some Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and you want to integrate those VFDs into your emergency stop circuit to ensure the VFDs will place the motors into a safe state upon an emergency stop condition. How do you do this? There were many ways…
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PLCs Integrate Industrial Data to the CloudNot too long ago, the roles of industrial automation devices were relatively clear-cut. Simple sensors were wired to controllers, like PLCs, which in turn might be visualized by local HMIs. Today however there are many more options due to the availability of smart sensors, specialized controllers, and PLCs and…
Newsletter Volume 23, Issue 1
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Measure More Using Cloud ConnectivityTapping into data marooned on remotely-installed automation systems is made practical with new cloud-capable wireless devices.Industrial sites commonly operate a significant number of systems and equipment as isolated ‘islands of automation’. Remote locations, legacy hardware, and incompatible automation platforms have often made it expensive or unfeasible to tap into the valuable…
Newsletter Volume 22 Issue 11
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ProductivityOpen – Reliability Starts With DesignFACTS Engineering, our development partner for the Productivity line of products, has many in-house testing stations that they use to verify the survivability of their products. Shaker tables, temperature chambers, noise induction stations all help FACTS guarantee a quality product before it ever leaves their facility. In this video, FACTS…
Newsletter Volume 22 Issue 10
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Stack light Selector Tool You need a 50mm, LED, 115VAC, audio-capable stack light with a 3 tier stack of blinking red, green and yellow elements that can be wall mounted. Confused where to start? No worries, configuring the perfect modular stack light system just got easy with our new WERMA 50mm stack light selector tool/configurator.Check…
Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 9
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Linear Position Sensing Options Automated industrial equipment often requires linear position sensing, and there are many choices ranging from economical to high precision. Sensing the presence or absence of automated industrial equipment mechanisms is relatively straightforward. More difficult, however, is detecting linear motion and position over longer operating distances with sufficient accuracy. Designers need to…
Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 8
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New! DURApulse GS20 Series High Performance AC Drives The DURApulse GS20 Series of next generation high-performance VFDs provide many standard and advanced functions in a compact reduced-size unit. The new GS20X series of AC drives is IP66/NEMA 4X rated for operation in harsh environments. AutomationDirect DURApulse GS20(X) drives start at $135.00 and have a two-year warranty. Watch…
Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 7
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VFDs Expand Process Control Options Industrial process plant workers involved with motor controls back in the 1980s may remember them as huge electrical apparatuses, with rudimentary control capabilities.Today’s AC motor drives, occasionally called inverters but most commonly known as variable frequency drives (VFDs), are far more advanced and suitable for almost any application. Read more…