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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
 
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
 
ProSense Line Now Includes Flow Transmitters

ProSense Line Now Includes Flow Transmitters

AutomationDirect’s ProSense FSA Series flow transmitters monitor liquid media and provide an analog output proportional to flow rate for various flow applications. Flow transmitters are ideal for applications with rapid temperature changes or where fast response time is required, such as machine tool coolant flow, HVAC cooling water flow, and injection molding cooling water flow. ... Read More
 
Get to Know ProSense…for FREE!

Get to Know ProSense…for FREE!

What is ProSense you ask? Well, ProSense is our line of process instrumentation products including sensors, controllers, transmitters, switches, and gauges that can be used to accurately detect process variables such as pressure, flow, and temperature. From simple float switches, to digital pressure controllers, to our newly released magnetic-inductive transmitters, this line is constantly growing ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Adds Level Switches and Controllers

AutomationDirect Adds Level Switches and Controllers

AutomationDirect’s line of Flowline® level sensors now includes point level switches to provide ultrasonic, vibrating fork, capacitive and buoyancy technologies for a variety of applications. Remote level controllers have also
 
AutomationDirect Adds Submersible Level Transmitters

AutomationDirect Adds Submersible Level Transmitters

AutomationDirect’s ProSense® line of level sensors now includes SLT series submersible level transmitters designed for applications such as lift station monitoring, construction by-pass pumping, tank liquid level, wastewater, and slurry tank liquid level control.
 
ProSense Line Now Includes Float Level Switches

ProSense Line Now Includes Float Level Switches

Cumming, GA — January 15, 2014 … AutomationDirect’s ProSense line has been extended to include float level switches which provide a low-cost general purpose solution for single point monitoring of liquid levels in a variety of applications. The float switches are designed with powerful internal permanent magnets that actuate a highly reliable and repeatable hermetically sealed reed ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Offers Additional Signal Conditioners

AutomationDirect Offers Additional Signal Conditioners

Cumming, GA — October 2, 2013 … AutomationDirect has expanded its line of signal conditioners to include potentiometer and bipolar signal conditioners to solve various interface problems between PLCs and analog input devices. The FC-P3 is a 24 VAC/VDC potentiometer input to isolated analog output signal conditioner designed to convert resistive signals from a 10 kilohm potentiometer ... Read More