Archive For: Communications

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 ... 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
 
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
 
Cloud-Based Remote Access and Data Logging is Easy

Cloud-Based Remote Access and Data Logging is Easy

Jonathan Griffith, Product Manager, Industrial Communications & Power Supplies at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for Motion Control (NASA Tech Briefs) Feb 2018 titled Simplifying Cloud-based Remote Access and Data Logging discussing how it is becoming easier to connect to the IIoT using cloud-based remote access to monitor, program and maintain machine control systems.
 
AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

CLICK Series stackable micro brick PLCs are now available from AutomationDirect with both Ethernet communications capabilities and analog I/O built-in. 12 new units provide both discrete and analog I/O including four discrete inputs, four discrete outputs, two or four analog inputs and two analog outputs.
 
AutomationDirect adds Affordable Cloud Enabled Remote Access

AutomationDirect adds Affordable Cloud Enabled Remote Access

Remote access with cloud data logging options has been added to AutomationDirect’s line of industrial communications products. StrideLinx provides secure access over the “industrial internet” to remotely connect to monitor and troubleshoot multiple field devices. StrideLinx easily and affordably cloud enables any Ethernet-ready device.
 
Stride® Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Switches from AutomationDirect

Stride® Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added PoE+ switches to its unmanaged Ethernet switches lineup. Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows Ethernet network cables to also carry electrical power. Normally two connections are required, a network connection and a power connection. PoE reduces the time and expense of having electrical power cabling installed.
 
The Ethernet Explosion Quiz & Giveaway!

The Ethernet Explosion Quiz & Giveaway!

Are you ready for the Ethernet explosion? Well, fire up your memory banks and take the quiz below to see how well you know Ethernet!  Answer all 11 questions and enter your email address by June 9th, 2017! We are randomly giving away a FREE Stride SE Series Managed Ethernet Switch. The winner will be ... Read More