It’s a Wrap! Automated Taping Machine
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It’s a Wrap! Automated Taping Machine

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…
How to Control Enclosure Temperature
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How to Control Enclosure Temperature

Industrial facilities have lots of enclosures housing automation and electrical components, many of which need cooling and heating. We’re going to show you how to pick the right enclosure conditioning system from these leading options: Heaters Fans Heat exchangers Air conditioners Vortex coolers Thermoelectric coolers It’s simpler to heat than cool, so let’s discuss this…
Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD
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Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD

Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long extended shaft that carries the four sheave pulley, and because I do not have three-phase…
Hubbell-Wiegmann| History of World Class Electrical Enclosures
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Hubbell-Wiegmann| History of World Class Electrical Enclosures

The early 20th Century was full of technological advances and great historical moments. In 1928, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were in the news for their famous feats of flying. The first television broadcasts began to appear on tiny black and white screens. Mickey Mouse was making movies – with sound. And, sliced bread made…
Thermal Management: Enclosure Cooling Tips
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Thermal Management: Enclosure Cooling Tips

You need to cool down – Heat inside an enclosure can decrease the life expectancy of controlling units such as your PLC, HMI, AC drives and other items. Excessive heat can cause nuisance faults from your electrical and electronic components: for example, overloads tripping unexpectedly. Heat will also change the expected performance of circuit breakers and fuses, which can cause whole…
Selecting an Enclosure Fan or Air Conditioner
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Selecting an Enclosure Fan or Air Conditioner

Internal and External sources often cause enclosure internal temperatures to rise above the ratings of the control equipment. Internally, the same items that can be damaged by heat (power supplies, PLC systems, AC drives/inverters, HMI systems, battery back-up systems, servos, etc.)  may also be the source of the heat. Externally, sources of heat that can
Selecting an Enclosure Heat Exchanger
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Selecting an Enclosure Heat Exchanger

Heat inside an enclosure can decrease the life expectancy of controlling units such as your PLC, HMI, AC drives and other items. Excessive heat can cause nuisance faults from your electrical and electronic components. Heat will also change the expected performance of circuit breakers and fuses, which can cause whole systems to shut down unexpectedly.
What to Know When Selecting an Enclosure
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What to Know When Selecting an Enclosure

NEMA enclosures house all kinds of electrical components from simple terminal blocks, to industrial automation systems, to high voltage switchgear. In industrial automation systems, NEMA enclosures often house motor controls, drives, PLC/PC control systems, pushbuttons, and termination systems. Some enclosures are shaped to be operator consoles. AutomationDirect offers over 2,200 enclosure part numbers across NEMA…
Industrial Strength Enclosure Heater and Enclosure Lighting Options
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Industrial Strength Enclosure Heater and Enclosure Lighting Options

STEGO enclosure heaters, thermostats, hygrostats and hygrotherms protect against condensation while providing the greatest possible air circulation. Touch-safe convection heaters are designed to utilize natural convection, resulting in a circulating current of warm air while minimizing surface temperatures on the accessible side surfaces of the housing. The compact, DIN rail-mountable units are available in 12…