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The FIRST Robotics Competition 2019 Digital Animation Award Winner

The FIRST Robotics Competition 2019 Digital Animation Award Winner

Sponsored by This award celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and an understanding of different techniques and ... Read More
 
Get Schooled: AC Motor Basics

Get Schooled: AC Motor Basics

This AC motor and drive information will aid in selection and application. Jeff Payne, product manager for the drives & motors group at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 edition of Plant Service magazine titled Get schooled: AC motor basics Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Payne ... Read More
 
What’s new with the Productivity Suite

What’s new with the Productivity Suite

Our software developers have been very busy adding new features and improvements to our Productivity Suite PLC programming software. Since its release many years ago, Productivity Suite has continually been improved with ongoing enhancements many of which were derived from customer requests. Thank you for your feedback and please keep us informed of any features ... 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
 
Fruitport High School Robotics Team Restores Kris Moose

Fruitport High School Robotics Team Restores Kris Moose

The Fruitport High School Robotics Team (FRC team # 2405), known as the Techno Trojans, were approached by the Lakes Mall in Muskegon Michigan to restore an animatronic Christmas moose display and ‘bring the moose back to life’.  Originally the moose – affectionately known as Kris Moose – was a part of the Christmas display ... Read More
 
AttaBox Brand Polycarbonate and Fiberglass Enclosures from AutomationDirect

AttaBox Brand Polycarbonate and Fiberglass Enclosures from AutomationDirect

The AttaBox brand from Robroy Enclosures offers large selections of non-metallic corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, fiberglass-reinforced polyester, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) enclosures for equipment protection in a wide range of applications. AttaBox non-metallic industrial enclosures offer significant economic savings over metallic alternatives such as stainless steel while providing comparable or superior physical properties. AttaBox models are available ... Read More
 
Product Pointers – October 2018

Product Pointers – October 2018

Happy Halloween! Check out some of our favorite new and old products listed below. Trust us you won’t find any tricks when it comes to our low prices. Featured Products CLICK Ethernet PLC units easily integrate into existing networks for a simple, cost effective control solution C-more micro touch panels give you lots of options ... Read More
 
Choosing the Right Industrial Automation Controller

Choosing the Right Industrial Automation Controller

When selecting a controller, current and future needs should be considered to ensure flexibility. Winn Paulk is the Automation Controls Group Product Manager at AutomationDirect, and he wrote an article appearing in the September-October 2018 issue of IMPO titled Choosing the Right Controller for Your Industrial Automation Application. Here’s a summary, please click on the ... Read More
 
Comparing Ladder Logic and Object Oriented Programming

Comparing Ladder Logic and Object Oriented Programming

Jerry Reaves, PLC silo product manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the July 2018 issue of Control Engineering titled Comparing ladder logic and object oriented programming In the article, he discussed how many young automation professionals are comfortable with object oriented programming (OOP), but Reaves says ladder logic remains the standard for industrial automation applications: ... Read More