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Pneumatic Circuit Symbols Explained

Pneumatic Circuit Symbols Explained

Directional air control valves are the building blocks of pneumatic control. Pneumatic circuit symbols representing these valves provide detailed information about the valve they represent. Symbols show the methods of actuation, the number of positions, the flow paths and the number of ports. Here is a brief breakdown of how to read a symbol.
 
What is Productivity2000?

What is Productivity2000?

It’s not just the low price, but the incredible built-in features that make our Productivity2000 a must-have controller. As the newest programmable logic controller from AutomationDirect, the Productivity2000 (P2000), is built around a compact modular form factor that allows both fit and functionality in a small space. But, what is Productivity2000? In this introduction we ... Read More
 
Pick and Place your HMI

Pick and Place your HMI

There are many ways to irritate an operator working with automated equipment and a bad human-machine interface (HMI) implementation is right up there with the worst of them. Following these guidelines can help you pick the right HMI for your application, keep you on the good side of your operators and engineers, and also help ... Read More
 
Tips for a Better HMI Layout

Tips for a Better HMI Layout

Do you have an HMI project coming up? Here are some tips for you to remember during your planning and implementation. The following four design principles are a great start for any design project (and the four letter acronym is nothing if not memorable): Contrast – Make sure that items which are different stand out ... Read More
 
What is Ladder Logic?

What is Ladder Logic?

PLCs have exploded in the controls market and are used throughout the world. Over time they have advanced to become more user friendly, efficient, smaller and less expensive. Different types of programming languages have also been developed for PLCs but the most frequently used is still Ladder Logic.     The Origins of Ladder Logic – ... Read More
 
DataWorx with Do-more PLC support

DataWorx with Do-more PLC support

AutomationDirect has partnered with BizWareDirect for several years, supplying DataWorx data collection and monitoring software for compatible DirectLOGIC programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Productivity3000 and WinPLC controllers. Previously, it had been necessary to purchase an OPC/DDE server and write code, or buy an HMI package, to collect data from AutomationDirect controllers. BizWareDirect’s data collection software makes ... Read More
 
How to Access AutomationDirect 3D Models

How to Access AutomationDirect 3D Models

AutomationDirect offers 3D models of their private label and brand label products. These 3D models are available via TracePartsonline.net, a provider of free CAD parts libraries. To obtain 3D models for AutomationDirect products simply locate the product and download to your PC. Locating the 3D Model There are two methods for locating the 3D model ... Read More
 
What to Know When Selecting an Enclosure

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 ... Read More
 
Encoders Explained

Encoders Explained

What are encoders? An encoder (for industrial controls) is a special sensor that captures position information and relays that data to other devices. The position information can be read in many ways (optically, magnetically, capacitively, etc.). There are two basic geometries for encoders: linear and rotary. A linear encoder typically consists of a scale (a ... Read More
 
Ease of Motion with Do-more PLC and the H2-CTRIO2

Ease of Motion with Do-more PLC and the H2-CTRIO2

Part of the vision for the Do-more PLC control engine was to make maximum use of Host Engineering’s next generation High Speed Counter and Pulse Output module, the H2-CTRIO2. Pairing this new module with a Do-more CPU creates a solid motion control package that is easier to use than its predecessors while offering more flexible ... Read More