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Linear Position Sensing Options

Linear Position Sensing Options

Automated industrial equipment often requires linear position sensing, and there are many choices ranging from economical to high precision. Andrew Waugh, Product Manager for Sensor and Safety products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2020 issue of Design World titled Lining Up the Right Linear Position Sensing Solution. This article discusses several options ... Read More
 
Productivity PLCs – Certified to Meet Customers’ Needs

Productivity PLCs – Certified to Meet Customers’ Needs

Our Productivity2000 and Productivity3000 PLCs have been used successfully over the years in many industries, even those that constantly evolve with new standards, techniques, and acceptable practices. One specific industry is the marine or maritime industry which includes yacht construction among other areas. To build a quality-certified vessel, a yacht builder can choose to apply ... Read More
 
Embedded HMIs Do More With Less

Embedded HMIs Do More With Less

Dedicated HMIs can do many of the same things as industrial PCs, often making them the best choice for automation applications. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2020 issue of Control Engineering titled Embedded HMIs Excel in Automation Applications. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for ... Read More
 
Choosing Electrical Enclosures

Choosing Electrical Enclosures

Specifying the right electrical enclosure protects personnel and equipment. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the July 2020 issue of Processing titled Specifying the Right Electrical Enclosure. Here is a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Electrical enclosures are ubiquitous throughout public areas, buildings, and industrial ... Read More
 
Common Overlooked Safety Violations

Common Overlooked Safety Violations

While we sometimes say things like “safety first” or “safety is no accident”, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “safety is a choice”, there are times when safety details are overlooked. We have the best of intentions but can be negligent regarding full safety protocol. Have you ever bypassed a safety device to save a few ... Read More
 
Crafting More Complete Customer Service

Crafting More Complete Customer Service

AutomationDirect products and services enabled an industrial calibration provider to deliver more services to help their clients save time and money. Industrial calibration firm Gulf State Instruments (GSI) has a 20-year track record of helping their customers optimize operations. In this success story published in the July edition of Control magazine, titled Gulf States Instruments ... Read More
 
PLC or Open-Source Controller?

PLC or Open-Source Controller?

Deciding between a PLC or Industrialized Open Source Controller can be difficult. These two control platforms are often compared against one another in the battle for which is better. Saying that one platform is better than the other is impractical. Both platforms have advantages and disadvantages dependent on the environments that they will be used ... Read More
 
Choosing VFD Control Modes

Choosing VFD Control Modes

Modern variable frequency drives incorporate several control modes to help users fine-tune operation for various applications. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Processing titled Choosing VFD Control Modes. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) always ... Read More
 
PLCs Help the Show Go On

PLCs Help the Show Go On

How industrial automation plays a leading role in show-biz scenery. In February 2020, Control Design posted a website article by Ryan Poethke of Showman Fabricators, titled Motor Control When Hanging From The Ceiling. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Industrial automation can play a role in many situations beyond ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Fitting Tips

Pneumatic Fitting Tips

Properly identifying pneumatic fitting and component sizes, especially on older equipment, is easier with these tips. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Fluid Power World titled Cracking the Code on Existing Pneumatic Fittings. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. ... Read More