Archive For: Issue 42 – 2019

Control and Signal Cable in Specified Cut Lengths from AutomationDirect

Control and Signal Cable in Specified Cut Lengths from AutomationDirect

Control and signal cable from AutomationDirect is available in customer specified one-foot increment lengths in sizes from 22 AWG to 16 AWG with 2, 3 and 4 conductors, shielded and unshielded.  The cable carries both UL and CSA approvals. Individual conductors are stranded tinned copper with PVC insulation in black, red, white and green color ... Read More
 
STRIDE Pocket Portal IoT Bridge Cloud Data Logger with IO from AutomationDirect

STRIDE Pocket Portal IoT Bridge Cloud Data Logger with IO from AutomationDirect

The “Internet of Things” for industrial applications (IIoT) allows greater visibility and access to machine and process data through cloud computing. The STRIDE Pocket Portal is a low-cost ($120.00) industrial wireless IoT end-to-end cloud data logger that connects industrial equipment and sensors to the cloud. The Pocket Portal has an RS-485/power port, input/output port, browser ... Read More
 
What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Hosted VPNs?

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 ... Read More
 
PLC Package Handling

PLC Package Handling

PLCs play a major role when it comes to material or package handling operations. Conveyors, motors, drives, object detection sensors and of course controllers are used quite often when it comes to delivering your suitcase to the right airplane or getting the laptop you ordered to the right delivery truck. But how would you go ... Read More
 
Mobile Industrial is the New Normal

Mobile Industrial is the New Normal

Most plant floor workers already carry mobile devices, so using them to access, control and monitor equipment is a natural next step. The September 2018 issue of Control Design magazine featured a cover story spotlighting new and better ways for delivering a mobile industrial operator interface experience. Titled A Better Interface, the article presented input ... Read More
 
Crushing the Control System

Crushing the Control System

Upgrading to a modern control system platform with the help of a local system integrator transforms a rock crushing plant from manual to fully automatic operation. By Todd Timpa, Assistant General Manager at CTC Crushing Impact Sand and Gravel is the leading supplier of aggregate and sand in the Las Vegas area, producing and distributing ... Read More
 
Eastern Washington University Students Look for a Smooth Ride

Eastern Washington University Students Look for a Smooth Ride

Everyone likes a smooth ride in their vehicle — unless you are off road in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Most of us will avoid the bumps and potholes to drive on the smoothest pavement possible. Car manufacturers recognize this too. They spend lots of money on TV, print and digital advertising to promote that their ... Read More
 
Brain Teasers – Issue 42, 2019

Brain Teasers – Issue 42, 2019

1.) The Fly’s Journey      The fly can crawl completely around the base of this solid cube in four minutes.  How long would it take for it to crawl from corner A to corner B? 2.) The Ant and the Honey      An ant is on the outside of a cylinder one inch from the ... Read More