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AutomationDirect adds AcuAMP Solid Core AC Current Transformers

AutomationDirect adds AcuAMP Solid Core AC Current Transformers

AcuAMP® Solid Core AC current transformers from AutomationDirect are instrumentation grade (commercial class) and provide a very cost-effective means of measuring primary current. Two different window openings and two mounting styles along with numerous secondary ratios are available to meet most applications. Available in primary current ranges up to 1000A, the AC transformers are compact, ... Read More
 
Basic Sensors – PLC Fundamentals

Basic Sensors – PLC Fundamentals

For a PLC to monitor and in turn control its application variables, there must be a way for it to sense its surroundings. In today’s industrial realm, there are a huge variety of electrical sensors that provide the input data (position, distance, level, flow, etc.) that control systems need. These basic sensors can be broken ... Read More
 
Configuring Analog Devices to Integrate with PLCs

Configuring Analog Devices to Integrate with PLCs

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
 
Adjustable Industrial Temperature Switches from AutomationDirect

Adjustable Industrial Temperature Switches from AutomationDirect

New design improvements have been made to AutomationDirect’s ProSense® line of temperature switches. TSDA25 series temperature switches are a direct replacement for the TSD25 series and provide higher accuracy and a standard sized 6mm diameter probe.
 
10 Physical Properties to Sense for Factory Automation

10 Physical Properties to Sense for Factory Automation

Sensors and transmitters convert a variety of physical properties into discrete and analog signals for use by automation controllers. AutomationDirect offers an assortment of these devices for use in the design and operation of machines and processes to create reliable, robust and consistent automation. It may only take a small change in a physical property ... Read More
 
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.
 
Temperature Sensing & Monitoring | Automation Notes

Temperature Sensing & Monitoring | Automation Notes

I’d be willing to bet that the majority of you have come across temperature sensing in some way throughout your industrial automation career. Any takers? I’ll give you 3-to-1 odds! You’d be smart not to take that bet since temperature is one of the most measured parameters in automation. But how does it work? How ... Read More
 
Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder logic programming for industrial controllers has evolved significantly over the past 30 years, and now supports advanced functionality such as process control, motion control, data manipulation, networking, and data acquisition. However, when you start with a blank page to design a new control system, large or small, there are many basic functions this tried-and-true ... Read More
 
Trending Towards Green Machines

Trending Towards Green Machines

When wandering the plant floor, keep an eye out for energy wasting machines. Those running conveyors, rattling pumps and hissing air lines on idle equipment not only raise the decibel level in the plant—they also waste energy. With proper monitoring and analysis, machine energy use can be optimized, and these energy saving measures will also improve ... Read More