Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money
ProductTerminal Blocks & Wiring

Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money

Streamline equipment fabrication and installation with cut-to-length cables. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the September 2020 issue of Industrial Equipment News titled Cut to Length Cables Reduce Installation Time and Cost. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. OEMs use many cable types for…
Linear Position Sensing Options
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Linear Position Sensing Options

Automated industrial equipment often requires linear position sensing, and there are many choices ranging from economical to high precision. Andrew Waugh, Product Manager for Sensor and Safety products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2020 issue of Design World titled Lining Up the Right Linear Position Sensing Solution. This article discusses several options…
Productivity PLCs - Certified to Meet Customers’ Needs
ProductProgrammable Control

Productivity PLCs - Certified to Meet Customers’ Needs

Our Productivity2000 and Productivity3000 PLCs have been used successfully over the years in many industries, even those that constantly evolve with new standards, techniques, and acceptable practices. One specific industry is the marine or maritime industry which includes yacht construction among other areas. To build a quality-certified vessel, a yacht builder can choose to apply…
Embedded HMIs Do More With Less
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Embedded HMIs Do More With Less

Dedicated HMIs can do many of the same things as industrial PCs, often making them the best choice for automation applications. Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2020 issue of Control Engineering titled Embedded HMIs Excel in Automation Applications. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for…
Choosing Electrical Enclosures
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Choosing Electrical Enclosures

Specifying the right electrical enclosure protects personnel and equipment. Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the July 2020 issue of Processing titled Specifying the Right Electrical Enclosure. Here is a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Electrical enclosures are ubiquitous throughout public areas, buildings, and industrial…
Common Overlooked Safety Violations
ProductSafety

Common Overlooked Safety Violations

While we sometimes say things like “safety first” or “safety is no accident”, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “safety is a choice”, there are times when safety details are overlooked. We have the best of intentions but can be negligent regarding full safety protocol. Have you ever bypassed a safety device to save a few…
Crafting More Complete Customer Service
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Crafting More Complete Customer Service

AutomationDirect products and services enabled an industrial calibration provider to deliver more services to help their clients save time and money. Industrial calibration firm Gulf State Instruments (GSI) has a 20-year track record of helping their customers optimize operations. In this success story published in the July edition of Control magazine, titled Gulf States Instruments…
PLC or Open-Source Controller?
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PLC or Open-Source Controller?

Deciding between a PLC or Industrialized Open Source Controller can be difficult. These two control platforms are often compared against one another in the battle for which is better. Saying that one platform is better than the other is impractical. Both platforms have advantages and disadvantages dependent on the environments that they will be used…
Choosing VFD Control Modes
ProductVariable Speed Drives

Choosing VFD Control Modes

Modern variable frequency drives incorporate several control modes to help users fine-tune operation for various applications. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Processing titled Choosing VFD Control Modes. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) always…