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New Factor 1 Ferrous, Non-Ferrous & Weld Applications Sensors

New Factor 1 Ferrous, Non-Ferrous & Weld Applications Sensors

AutomationDirect’s line of inductive proximity sensors now includes harsh duty Factor 1 sensors for ferrous and non-ferrous metallic object detection and harsh duty coated sensors for weld applications. KS series Factor 1 proximity sensors, with stainless steel housing, have a correction factor K=1 and provide a constant sensing range without adjustment on all ferrous and ... Read More
 
Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors

Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors

Andrew Waugh, Product Manager, Sensor and Safety Products at AutomationDirect.com, wrote an article for the September 2018 issue of Design World titled Wide and Narrow Views of Position Sensors, here’s a summary.  Limit switches, photoelectric switches and laser sensors all provide position sensing, but depending on the application some shine and reflect better. Waugh points ... Read More
 
What Is a Proximity Sensor? | AutomationDirect

What Is a Proximity Sensor? | AutomationDirect

What is a Proximity Sensor? Proximity sensors allow non-contact detection of objects. In particular the presence of parts and/or machine elements for the purpose of counting, indexing, verification, end-of-stroke or travel, determining orientation, and many other common automation tasks. They are used in many industries, including manufacturing, robotics, semiconductor, etc. Selection Criteria There are several types of proximity ... Read More
 
More Sensor Mounting Brackets from AutomationDirect

More Sensor Mounting Brackets from AutomationDirect

32 new sensor mounting brackets from Wenglor have been added to AutomationDirect’s sensor accessories offering. New brackets are available for inductive, magnetic, capacitive and ultrasonic proximity sensors, along with photoelectric, laser and fiber optic sensors, and in 3, 4, 5, 6.5, 8, 12, 18 and 30mm sensor sizes.
 
More Compact Limit Switch Connection Options from AutomationDirect

More Compact Limit Switch Connection Options from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has expanded its AEM2G series compact limit switch line to include more electrical connection options. Four electrical connection types are now available for the AEM2G series of compact limit switches. 5-Pin M12 Quick Disconnect (bottom and right exit) and 3m pre-wired pigtail cable (right exit) connection options have been added to the existing 3m ... Read More
 
New Product Focus

New Product Focus

AutomationDirect now offers Datalogic print mark contrast sensors with 6-12mm sensing distances. We also now offer the Contrinex DW-series of extended and triple-distance proximity sensors in 3mm to 30mm cylindrical and 20mm rectangular styles.
 
How to Specify Fiber Optic Sensors

How to Specify Fiber Optic Sensors

Fiber optic sensors work well in tight spots and in applications with a high degree of electrical noise, but care must be taken when specifying these critical components.
 
Beam Testing at Portland State

Beam Testing at Portland State

For their undergraduate senior capstone project, a team of Mechanical Engineering students at Portland State University (PSU) recently designed an electronic system upgrade for the control system of a 100-year-old beam testing machine. Using a range of AutomationDirect parts, the purpose of the project was to make the operator experience comparable to modern machines.
 
Split-Core AC Current Transformers

Split-Core AC Current Transformers

AutomationDirect’s AcuAmp® line of power products now includes the CTF series 5A secondary current transformers.  Designed for applications such as ammeters, wattmeters, panel meters, instrumentation, and energy management systems, these current transformers offer a compact, cost-effective means of measuring primary current.
 
Specifying Fiber Optic Sensors

Specifying Fiber Optic Sensors

Part presence sensing is a critical part of automation. A controller must often sense a part is present in a fixture, or sense the part position on a conveyor, to make logic decisions such as run, stop, etc. Presence sensor types include photoelectric, inductive, capacitive and others—and this abundance of choices can complicate specifying the ... Read More