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Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 2

Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 2

AutomationDirect’s Food & Beverage Idea Book The Food and Beverage industry is a growing and changing field that’s becoming more and more reliant on automation and finding efficiencies. Click below to download our Food and Beverage eBook to see how big of a role automation plays. Topics Include: Top 10 Trends in the Industry NEMA ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 1

Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 1

New Industrial Grade Open-Source CPU The open-source Productivity®Open platform provides all the great features of a standard Arduino plus the added power and reliability of an industrial controller. The processor circuit of the P1AM-100 Arduino-compatible CPU is designed to mimic the Arduino MKRZero microcontroller. The P1AM-100 is compatible with most available Arduino MKR format shields, and/or ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 11

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 11

Free HMI eBook AutomationDirect’s HMI Handbook delves into the world of human machine interfacing with informative chapters on selecting, designing and installing HMIs. But that’s just the first half, the back half of the book focuses specifically on C-more HMIs with chapters covering how to use screen objects, how to configure events, simulation basics, recipe ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 10

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 10

16 Tips for an Effective HMI Do you have an HMI project coming up? Here are some helpful tips and guidelines for you to remember during your planning and implementation. A good starting point for HMI design is a text-based outline documenting each screen’s content. With the operator’s point-of-view and ease-of-use in mind, detail the ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 9

Applying the Right Position Sensor Many products are available in good, better, and best versions—and so it is with industrial positions sensors—with products ranging in functionality from basic general-purpose to enhanced mission-specific styles. The latter usually cost more but have additional features, and this article examines some criteria end-users should use when choosing the best ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 8

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 8

Robroy-AttaBox | Tough on Protection What do oil refining, rail and transit systems, outdoor water parks, wastewater treatment plants, and breweries have in common? They are environments that need high-quality, watertight, corrosion resistant enclosures to protect critical equipment such as electrical connections, wiring, control panels, and sensitive measurement systems. In harsh places like these, non-metallic ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 7

Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet PLCs have traditionally excelled at using wired inputs and outputs (I/O) to execute automation logic quickly and reliably. Now, users are recognizing the internet contains a wealth of information useful for PLC applications either directly in the logic or for operator displays. Many websites can programmatically deliver ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 6

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 6

Specifying Performance Instead of Parts Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids cuts costs, reduces lead time and guarantees reliable operation.  Many plants and facilities rely on pre-packaged machines and process skids purchased from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers. They want the components installed in this equipment to match what they ... Read More
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 5

As electricity bills continue to rise due to new government mandates, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities are making reducing energy consumption a priority. No company can afford to waste money by using machines or processes that consume too much energy. Since pneumatic systems are ubiquitous throughout manufacturing and can consume a large share of a plant’s power costs, ensuring they consume only the air required is extremely important.
 
Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 4

Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 4

Machine Automation Basics Automation systems must integrate multiple power and control subsystems and components into a coherent whole. Faced with ever-increasing cost pressures and demands for improved performance, machine builders are actively seeking new automation solutions with improved cost/performance ratios. In response to these demands, vendors must often incorporate commercial off-the-shelf components and other technologies ... Read More