Sensors! The Eyes and Ears of Automation
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Sensors! The Eyes and Ears of Automation

Sensors are a vital component used in any type of automation. Sensors allow us to know when an object is present, in place, missing, or maybe even defective. Other sensors may tell us even more about what is going on such as how close or far away an object is or how big or small…
Safety, It’s Not Just Common Sense
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Safety, It’s Not Just Common Sense

Do you need to protect the machinery and personnel in your manufacturing facility? According to OSHA’s website, machinery and machine Guarding was the 9th most frequently cited standard violated during the fiscal year 2018. Not only can this result in a costly fine, but injuries and fatalities can also occur by ignoring this. These are uncomfortable statistics…
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Automation for the Food and Beverage Industry

In a recent Food Engineering magazine survey, respondents chose automation as a top priority for the Food and Beverage industry. Automation is the number two concern according to the survey, but it holds the key to solving almost all of the major concerns listed. For example, the survey found that the number one concern for…
Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 9
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Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 9

Linear Position Sensing Options Automated industrial equipment often requires linear position sensing, and there are many choices ranging from economical to high precision. Sensing the presence or absence of automated industrial equipment mechanisms is relatively straightforward. More difficult, however, is detecting linear motion and position over longer operating distances with sufficient accuracy. Designers need to…
AutomationDirect adds Enclosure Thermoelectric Coolers
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AutomationDirect adds Enclosure Thermoelectric Coolers

Seifert SoliTherm® Thermoelectric Coolers from AutomationDirect use the Peltier Effect for closed-loop cooling. The only moving parts are axial fans so there is virtually no maintenance. The Seifert Peltier thermoelectric cooling units can be mounted in nearly every position (except roof mounting) because they don’t have a compressor or any moving parts aside from the…
Inductive Proximity Sensors with Analog Output from AutomationDirect
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Inductive Proximity Sensors with Analog Output from AutomationDirect

DW Series round metal inductive proximity sensors with analog outputs are now available from AutomationDirect in 8mm, 12mm, 18mm and 30mm cylindrical sizes. These reliable DC-powered (10-30V or 15-30V) threaded-barrel sensors are IP67 rated and are available with 2m pigtail cable or quick-disconnect. 8mm analog inductive proximity sensors detect the presence of ferrous metal objects…