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Do-more PLC: Temperature PID Tuning Resource Page

Do-more PLC: Temperature PID Tuning Resource Page

The Do-more PLC has an awesome tool set that’s gets you up and running with PID quickly and reliably. The videos shown below take you from novice to expert with short hands-on live tutorials. Resources like Do-more Designer Project files, excel spreadsheets, block diagrams, etc are included below each video for you to download and ... Read More
 
StrideLinx Platform Security |White Paper

StrideLinx Platform Security |White Paper

Today’s machines/systems are more connected than ever before with many utilizing cloud networks for remote access. Cloud networks come with inherent security risks and the StrideLinx platform goes above and beyond to ensure data security. This whitepaper outlines StrideLinx’s approach to security for the StrideLinx Cloud platform and the associated router. StrideLinx’s security strategy is ... Read More
 
Three Steps to Size Motors

Three Steps to Size Motors

Proper motor sizing precludes equipment failures, ensures efficiency and reduces maintenance issues Bryan Sisler, a product manager for drives and motors at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the August 2019 issue of Plant Engineering titled Three Steps to Size Motors. Following is a summary, please click on the link above for the full text. Electric ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Actuator Control Options

Pneumatic Actuator Control Options

Pneumatic actuators are essential workhorses for implementing machine and equipment motion. Here are some pointers regarding different styles for control and monitoring. Pat Phillips is the Product Manager for Fluid Power and Mechanical products at AutomationDirect, and he authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Fluid Power World titled Pneumatic Actuator Control Options. ... Read More
 
What is a Contactor?

What is a Contactor?

Contactors are a specialized form of relay capable of switching higher power loads such as motors, lighting and electric heaters. Turning large electrical power loads such as motors, lighting and heaters on and off is a common automation requirement. Applications are found in commercial buildings, industrial equipment and vehicles. The fundamental device for switching electrical ... Read More
 
Cable-Pull Safety Switches

Cable-Pull Safety Switches

Full coverage E-Stop protection around your machinery We all know the importance of having emergency stop devices near and around machinery. There are numerous regulations (ANIS, ISO, IEC) that define emergency stop device requirements. In short they all state that they are actuated by a “single human action”, should be used to de-energize equipment to ... Read More
 
Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet

Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are now gaining information technology (IT) abilities to interact directly with the internet, creating new automation and information possibilities. Bill Dehner, a Technical Marketing Manager at AutomationDirect, authored an article for the July 2019 issue of Control Engineering titled Benefits of Connecting a PLC to the Internet. Here’s a summary, click ... Read More
 
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Pneumatics are often the best fit for executing mechanical motion in a reliable, simple, and cost-effective manner. Pat Phillips is the Product Manager for Fluid Power and Mechanical products at AutomationDirect, and he authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Tech Briefs titled Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion. Here’s a summary, click on the ... Read More
 
Locking Safety Interlock Switches

Locking Safety Interlock Switches

Most of us are familiar with safety interlock switches that can disable a safety circuit and notify us if a guard has been removed, the gate is open or something has been tampered with. There are many options to chose from including tongue interlock switches, hinge safety interlock switches and non-contact safety switches. Many of ... Read More
 
What is a Relay?

What is a Relay?

When used in electrical power and control circuits, relays allow lower power circuits to operate higher power circuits, while providing isolation. By Brent Purdy PE, Product Manager, Power & Circuit Protection at AutomationDirect Relays are a fundamental device for switching an electrical circuit on or off, much like a toggle switch or a limit switch. ... Read More