Archive For: Issue 15 – 2009

Brainteaser Answers – Issue 15, 2009

Brainteaser Answers – Issue 15, 2009

In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 15, 2009 of the Automation Notebook. The brainteaser questions are repeated in black. The answers to the brainteaser questions are highlighted in red with explanations. You can view the brainteasers from Issue 15, 2009 without the answers here: http://library.automationdirect.com/brainteasers-issue-15-2009/ ... Read More
 
The Future Of Technology – Ryan Andrade

The Future Of Technology – Ryan Andrade

Who: Ryan Andrade From: Hollister, California College: University of California, Davis Major: Mechanical Engineering Graduation Date: June, 2009 What first got you interested in your area of focus? I am interested in design and control of electromechanical systems in the alternative energy industry. My interest originated from experiences I had as a 2nd year undergraduate engineering student in the UC ... Read More
 
Natural Gas Reclaimed from Expired Wells

Natural Gas Reclaimed from Expired Wells

Natural gas can come from wells specifically drilled to reach gas trapped in pockets beneath the surface of the Earth. These wells produce huge quantities of gas which can be piped directly to distribution centers and then on to consumers. Some wells produce a lower-quality gas which has to be processed to remove unwanted components ... Read More
 
Government Spending: Some Positive Returns

Government Spending: Some Positive Returns

For the past nine years, the Navy has sponsored an Opportunity Forum for their Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) contractors. The purpose is to publicize these government funded developments thereby helping viable business products to evolve beyond Navy needs. Successes triply benefit the small business, the Navy, and the American economy, and obviously ... Read More
 
Transformers: Application, Construction and Efficiencies

Transformers: Application, Construction and Efficiencies

Part One of a Two-Part Series Although most of us have encountered transformers in our professional lives, it’s surprising just how little the average designer or technician knows about them. A transformer’s principal function is to “transform” alternating current from an undesirable voltage to a voltage that is appropriate for the circuit at hand. A ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Cylinders

Pneumatic Cylinders

Q. What pneumatic cylinders and accessories are available from AutomationDirect?  A. The NITRA A-Series non-repairable stainless steel round body cylinders includes bore sizes from 7/16” to 2” and stroke lengths from 1/2” to 18” to meet a broad range of applications. These high quality cylinders are constructed with stainless steel bodies and double rolled-in high ... Read More
 
Productivity3000

Productivity3000

In past articles we have discussed the definitions of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Programmable Automation Controller (PAC), and PC-based control and how each plays a role in today’s industrial marketplace. Today we will discuss the Productivity3000, a new control platform recently released by AutomationDirect. Some say this resembles a PLC; others say it’s a ... Read More
 
Product Snapshots – Issue 15, 2009

Product Snapshots – Issue 15, 2009

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including: NITRA pneumatic air cylinders and position switches, NEC Class 2 Power Supplies, Multiport Junction blocks for sensors, Higher voltage motor contactors, Industrial Ethernet Switches rated for wide temperatures, Analog CPUs ... Read More