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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
 
Product Pointers – July 2018

Product Pointers – July 2018

                            Featured Products Productivity1000 Series PLCs are the super-compact version of the Productivity PLC family with features you love including tag name programming and built-in data logging StrideLinx remote access provides a secure cloud connection to remote machines for anytime, anywhere access ViewMarq ... Read More
 
What Is a Proximity Sensor? | AutomationDirect

What Is a Proximity Sensor? | AutomationDirect

What is a Proximity Sensor? Proximity sensors allow non-contact detection of objects. In particular the presence of parts and/or machine elements for the purpose of counting, indexing, verification, end-of-stroke or travel, determining orientation, and many other common automation tasks. They are used in many industries, including manufacturing, robotics, semiconductor, etc. Selection Criteria There are several types of proximity ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Pushbuttons and Selector Switch Pilot Devices from AutomationDirect

Pneumatic Pushbuttons and Selector Switch Pilot Devices from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s NITRA® brand of pneumatic products now includes new 22mm pushbutton and switch pilot devices intended for use with pneumatic valve bodies. These pneumatic pushbuttons can also combine valve bodies and electrical contact blocks. ECP series 22mm pneumatic pushbuttons and switches are used with EVP series valve bodies to create manual valve assemblies, or hybrid ... Read More
 
What are Pilot Devices?

What are Pilot Devices?

What are Pilot Devices? “Pilot devices” is an industry term given to products such as pushbuttons, indicating lights, selector switches and various types of switches and visual and/or audible signaling devices. All these devices are used for a system, control panel or as an integral part of most automated processes to provide control and condition ... Read More
 
Product Status Note – 2018 – GS2/GS3 Drives – Component Shortage
– GS2/GS3 Drives Component Shortage –
 
1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

1/20th Scale Robots – 3D Printing Contest

Since so many teams have 3D printers now, we thought it would be fun to have a 3D Printing Contest where you create a 20:1 scale model of your 2018 robot (FIRST POWER UP). The Contest Rules are posted below. To help get you started, we asked our FRC Game Animation Team to export the ... Read More
 
What is a Stepper Motor?

What is a Stepper Motor?

A stepper motor (sometimes called a step motor or stepping motor) is a DC motor with a fixed number of steps that make a full rotation.  The motor can be commanded to move to any one of those step locations and hold position without any need for a position sensor – assuming it is properly ... Read More
 
Brainteasers – Issue 39, 2018

Brainteasers – Issue 39, 2018

1.) Conveyor Race Three boxes of automation equipment are traveling in the same direction on parallel conveyors in the AutomationDirect warehouse. At a certain moment, a box full of motors is a certain distance behind a box of gears, which is twice that distance behind a box of timing belts. ... Read More