The Simplicity of Pneumatics
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The Simplicity of Pneumatics

Just like electricity, natural gas and water, compressed air is often a required utility in manufacturing facilities. Although compressed air is a bit more expensive compared to electricity for industrial machinery applications, it has other advantages and is thus frequently used to drive mechanical motion. Simplicity of Pneumatics Chip McDaniel, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect,…
Robotics Is So Much More Than Robots
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Robotics Is So Much More Than Robots

If you subscribe to any of our media channels then I’m sure you know about our involvement with after-school robotics programs in our community. These programs prepare students for careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields by getting them excited and engaged when it comes to not only learning new skills, but…
Compact Modular Valves Simplify Pneumatic Design and Operation
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Compact Modular Valves Simplify Pneumatic Design and Operation

A quick look online for control of fluid power shows many types of pneumatic valves for use in factory automation, most of them standalone and individually mounted. But there are also many valve manifold options, including compact modular valves, which are often the best option in multivalve applications because they simplify selection, installation, use and…
Is a Micro-controller a Practical Replacement for a PLC?
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Is a Micro-controller a Practical Replacement for a PLC?

Since AutomationDirect is in the business of making automation hardware, including PLCs in all shapes and sizes, we’ve been watching the development of micro-controllers for some time. Indications are these devices can do all sorts of sophisticated functions, rivaling PLCs, at an extremely low price point. We see evidence of users experimenting with them, launching…
And the award goes to…
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And the award goes to…

The 2017 Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards is in its 17th year and we are honored to be placed in the top 5 for many of our product groups. The Readers’ Choice Award is especially gratifying since it is an unaided ballot, meaning no list of suppliers is provided to influence the votes cast.