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In Issue 30 of NOTEBOOK, in addition to new product information, you’ll find a great User Solutions story featuring Bay Ship & Yacht Company. Dave Perkon provides a great Cover Story on the topic of replacing legacy control systems, and our Student Spotlight details how UConn students automated a socket wrench RFID process for tool management for the aerospace industry.

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Brainteasers Answers -- Issue 30, 2014

In each issue of the Automation Notebook we feature a section of brainteasers. These are the brainteaser answers from Issue 30, 2014 of Automation Notebook. The brainteaser questions are repeated in black. The answers to the brainteaser questions are highlighted in red with explanations. You can view the brainteasers from Issue 30, 2014 without the…
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Brainteasers -- Issue 30,2014

Fractional Shipping The harried shipping clerk at the puzzle factory knew he had shipped just over 20,000 puzzles for the week, but he had lost track of the actual numbers. He did recall that one-third of Mondays shipping total, two-sevenths of the Tuesday total, seven-twelfths of the Wednesday total, nine-thirteenths of the Thursday total, and…
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UCONN Student Design Team Automates RFID Tagging

In the aerospace industry, any substance that is foreign to the aircraft engine and could potentially cause damage is known as FOD (foreign object debris). FOD costs the industry 4 billion dollars per year on average. Some of the most common causes of FOD damage are the tools required to build or maintain the engine….
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Precise Motion Control Gives Famous Vessel New Life

A piece of Cold War history uses automation for precise control of its floating dry dock. Less expensive components and in-house engineering allowed for a more advanced system. A covered dry dock, with a history worthy of spy novels and action movies, recently received a sophisticated automation motion control upgrade from its previous all-manual controls….
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New Dold Trapped Key Systems Faqs

A trapped key system uses a series of mechanical locks and keys to control the access of gates or doors to active equipment or machines, ensuring safe access to those machines.  Systems are set up in a predefined sequence, or key transfer plan, preventing accidental access to equipment.  A mechanical solution provides
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Business Notes -- Issue 30, 2014

8 Things to Check Out on the New Library.AutomationDirect.com Website! –  At AutomationDirect.com we strive to make sure that you have instant access to all the information you need to make the right choices on products for your projects. We have posted all of our manuals online, created an amazing
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Product Snapshots -- Issue 30, 2014

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including: C-more Micro touch panels, AEGIS powerline filters, SureGear® gearboxes, NITRA pneumatic compact modular valves, RUKO tools and more.
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Control Access to Equipment with Dold Trapped Keys

AutomationDirect has added Dold trapped key systems to its line of safety products. A trapped key system uses a series of mechanical locks and keys to control the access of gates or doors to running equipment or machines, ensuring
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When Not to Replace Legacy Control Systems -- Issue 30, 2014

Obsolete machine control systems can be replaced with a new system, but upgrade or repair may be a better option. If your manufacturing facility uses and supports automated equipment, or if you are an OEM equipment builder supplying the end user, the reality of control system failure and obsolescence will impact