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Machine Automation Basics

Machine Automation Basics

Automation systems must integrate multiple power and control subsystems and components into a coherent whole. Read on to learn more about machine automation basics. Chip McDaniel, who works in technical marketing for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the Mar/Apr 2019  issue of InTech magazine titled Machine Automation Basics. In the article, he first lays out ... Read More
 
Working with the Cloud

Working with the Cloud

Using the cloud for data logging and remote access can improve operations, cut costs and simplify interactions. Jonathan Griffith, product manager for Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the April 2019 issue of the Applied Automation supplement to Control Engineering and Plant Engineering titled Working with the cloud. Griffith says ... Read More
 
IIoT Remote Monitoring

IIoT Remote Monitoring

There are several ways to perform IIoT remote monitoring of PLCs and HMIs, with VPN connections providing the highest level of security. Bill Dehner, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of InTech magazine titled IIoT Remote Monitoring. A summary is below, please click here for the full text. ... Read More
 
Honing in on Machine Automation

Honing in on Machine Automation

The automation and electrical system on a large, 82-year-old cylinder honing machine was replaced with a variety of AutomationDirect hardware to improve cycle time, safety and quality. Andrew Marks, Maintenance Foreman and Master Electrician at Exline Leasing Inc., wrote an article for the January 2019 issue of Control Design magazine, titled Honing in on Machine ... Read More
 
What’s new with the Productivity Suite

What’s new with the Productivity Suite

Our software developers have been very busy adding new features and improvements to our Productivity Suite PLC programming software. Since its release many years ago, Productivity Suite has continually been improved with ongoing enhancements many of which were derived from customer requests. Thank you for your feedback and please keep us informed of any features ... Read More
 
Open System Provides Precise Temperature Control

Open System Provides Precise Temperature Control

System integrator Affinity Energy worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to design and install a new temperature control system for their research chambers. By Allan Evora, President of Affinity Energy The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill was spending too much time and money supporting an existing control system. ... Read More
 
Ethernet Basics

Ethernet Basics

Ethernet is the most widely used network in industrial plants and facilities, here’s a primer covering its foundational concepts. By: Bill Dehner, AutomationDirect Ethernet was first conceived and deployed in a research setting in the 1970s and was soon standardized in the early 1980s under IEEE 802.3. This quickly led to commercial adoption in office ... Read More
 
Get the Answers You Need from Your Machines

Get the Answers You Need from Your Machines

The journey from theory to reality can be fraught with the unexpected and not as clear-cut as it seems on paper. Even the most direct path from concept to completion can have external influences, that might seem irrelevant at the time or might not be known at all, which can cause undesirable results in the ... Read More
 
Solutions for VPN Remote Access to PLCs, HMIs and Other Automation Components

Solutions for VPN Remote Access to PLCs, HMIs and Other Automation Components

The desire for remote access to plant floor PLCs, HMIs and other automation components is becoming a must-have feature for many manufacturing facilities and machine builders. For many applications, providing the desired level of cybersecurity requires more than just a router, namely a VPN. Jonathan Griffith, Product Manager, Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, ... Read More
 
What is an HMI and What Can It Do for You?

What is an HMI and What Can It Do for You?

It’s well known that human beings are visual creatures, and we would all choose a pretty picture over boring text any day. Just look at the popularity of image-based apps like Instagram or Snapchat and it’s obvious that images are king. But on the scientific side, it’s believed that our brains can process visual information ... Read More