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BRX PLC Announced as Finalist for Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year

BRX PLC Announced as Finalist for Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year

AutomationDirect’s BRX PLC was announced as a Finalist in the Automation & Controls category for Plant Engineering’s 2017 Product of the Year. Check out the new BRX PLC here, and please vote after reviewing its features and benefits. Voting closes January 5, 2018, with winners announced on April 2, 2018.
 
Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

The world of single-board computers and microcontrollers offers interesting and inexpensive opportunities for automation applications, but can these components be trusted in critical production applications? The assortment of microcontrollers emerging in the “maker” world has been growing rapidly, with no signs of abating. These devices—including Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and others—offer extraordinary capabilities, along with ... Read More
 
Efficient PLC Programming Driven by Programming Software – Issue 38, 2017

Efficient PLC Programming Driven by Programming Software – Issue 38, 2017

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are available in a variety of sizes for applications big and small.  While the application’s hardware requirements often drive the PLC selection, the programming software’s capabilities should also be considered as it has a significant effect on program development.
 
PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

Broadcasting is a high tech industry and much of it is cutting edge, such as Ethernet-based audio over IP. Our industry employs the latest technology in many areas, such as the use of coding algorithms for bit rate reduction and remote broadcasting. But when it comes to controlling the radio signals sent out by the ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

CLICK Series stackable micro brick PLCs are now available from AutomationDirect with both Ethernet communications capabilities and analog I/O built-in. 12 new units provide both discrete and analog I/O including four discrete inputs, four discrete outputs, two or four analog inputs and two analog outputs.
 
AutomationDirect Unveils Productivity1000 Programmable Controller

AutomationDirect Unveils Productivity1000 Programmable Controller

The new Productivity1000 stackable micro PLC is the super compact yet highly capable member of AutomationDirect’s Productivity controller family. The P1000 is packed with many of the features of the Productivity series but housed in a smaller, slimmer design to provide space, budget and time savings.
 
AutomationDirect adds BRX Analog I/O Expansion Modules

AutomationDirect adds BRX Analog I/O Expansion Modules

The versatile BRX PLC system from AutomationDirect combines powerful features in a compact, stand-alone footprint. One of the unique features of the BRX platform is its ability to expand its capability to fit the application. New analog I/O expansion modules are available in high-resolution current/voltage and temperature models.
 
Video: Arduino versus BRX PLC for Industrial Control

Video: Arduino versus BRX PLC for Industrial Control

In the August 2017 issue of Control Design, the cover story discussed how micro-controllers coming out of the “maker” world hope to someday challenge PLCs in industrial applications. The article makes for very interesting reading, but if a picture is worth 1000 words, a video must be worth 1000 pictures. Doug Reneker and the team ... Read More
 
There’s a Video for That

There’s a Video for That

Embedding videos is just one way AutomationDirect’s free Do-more® Designer Software does more. One of the big steps for an automation professional is understanding how to control a machine, and a huge part of that is becoming proficient with development environment for the PLC.
 
Is a Micro-controller a Practical Replacement for a PLC?

Is a Micro-controller a Practical Replacement for a PLC?

Since AutomationDirect is in the business of making automation hardware, including PLCs in all shapes and sizes, we’ve been watching the development of micro-controllers for some time. Indications are these devices can do all sorts of sophisticated functions, rivaling PLCs, at an extremely low price point. We see evidence of users experimenting with them, launching ... Read More