A variety of analog signals must be transmitted to a PLC for monitoring and control, with each processed to ensure correct operation. Winn Paulk, the Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the November 2018 issue of Processing magazine titled Configuring analog devices to integrate with PLCs. All programmable logic controllers ... Read More
“Pilot devices” is an industry term given to products such as pushbuttons, indicating lights, selector switches and various types of switches and visual and/or audible signaling devices. All these devices are used for a system, control panel or as an integral part of most automated processes to provide control and condition monitoring of all types ... Read More
I remember years ago walking into a production facility and being intrigued by the processes taking place in each section of the production line. It was so interesting to see how things were shaped, packed, filled and more. Every step or section of the production line had a specific purpose that needed to be completed ... Read More
Wenglor color sensors from AutomationDirect reliably select color objects in automated high-speed processes based on previously defined reference colors. The sensor pulsed white light is insensitive to extraneous light and makes reliable color recognition possible even at varying scanning distances.
AutomationDirect now offers Patlite® pre-assembled stack lights in 25mm, 30mm, 40mm and 70mm sizes. Patlite stack lights offer high intensity LED illumination and prism-cut lens design for enhanced visibility from any direction and are ideal for use in applications such as machine tools, packaging machines, conveyor systems, loading docks, retail center check outs and more.
AutomationDirect has added Schmersal IP69K-rated pushbuttons, selector switches and indicator lights. These control and signaling devices have special design features that make the devices suitable for food processing, pharmaceutical, and medical applications. With an ingress protection rating of IP69K, this Schmersal 22mm series is also suitable for marine applications, traffic systems, commercial vehicles, and for ... Read More
The capstone senior design project is the crowning achievement for seniors at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. In this two-semester course, senior students are mentored by faculty and industry engineers as they work to solve real-world engineering problems for their corporate sponsor. Students learn about the principles of design, how ethics affect engineering ... Read More
AutomationDirect has added more pilot devices to their product offering. Fuji Electric’s 22mm devices include AR22-series pushbuttons, selector switches and joysticks, and DR22-series pilot lights and buzzers.
AutomationDirect has added IDEM emergency stop control stations to its line of pushbuttons. Designed to provide robust emergency stop protection, the switches have a special lid safety trip mechanism which opens the contacts if the station lid is removed. Versions are available with a button protection shroud that accepts a padlock to lock out for ... Read More
The annual SourceAmerica® Design Challenge is a national engineering competition to design workplace technology for people with disabilities. For this competition, high school students spend months partnering with a nonprofit that employs people with disabilities to invent a device, process, system or software for a more productive work environment. Kirby Harder, Copley High School’s (CHS) Industrial technology ... Read More