Newsletter: Volume 19 – Issue 8

Wow, I can’t believe summer is ending! In this issue one of our technical marketing engineers, Chip McDaniel, wrote an informative article on how compact modular valves simplify pneumatic design and operation. Ever wonder how our technical support team is one of the best in the industry? We have included a great article explaining our awarding winning technical support and how its centered completely around you, the customer. Don’t miss the inspiring article on robotics in the local school system. These programs are making a huge impact on the future of engineering. I hope you enjoy our final summer newsletter for this year. See you in the fall!

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Compact Modular Valves Simplify Pneumatic Design and Operation

In automated machines with multiple pneumatic actuators, compact modular valves are often the best choice. Chip McDaniel, technical marketing engineer here at AutomationDirect, reviews some of the key considerations when specifying compact modular valves. Read Chip’s entire blog

Emergency! Customer Needs Help. Call Technical Support Team Now!

Emergency. We need this working right away – stat! This may sound like a hospital ER, but when a customer’s technical system isn’t working properly, it can feel like an emergency situation. They want answers and solutions immediately to fix the problem right away so they can get back to work as quickly as possible. That’s how the tech support team works at AutomationDirect – like an ER situation. How we provide the industry’s best technical support

Differences Between IT and OT Network Security

Ethernet is used extensively in industrial automation applications, and in the office environments of industrial firms. This leads many to believe the network security procedures used in the office can simply be applied to industrial networks. While this would make implementation easier, it’s not that simple as there are some important distinctions between security practices for industrial and office Ethernet networks. Learn more about the differences between IT and OT network security

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Pump with Efficiency

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975 marked the beginning of energy conservation standards for industrial, commercial and consumer products and equipment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created 60 plus categories of applications and equipment, affecting 30 percent industrial energy use. Read more the efficiency rules and how they may affect you

There’s a Video for That

Embedding videos is just one way AutomationDirect’s free Do-more® Designer Software does more. One of the big steps for an automation professional is understanding how to control a machine, and a huge part of that is becoming proficient with development environment for the PLC. Read more on the easy to use yet powerful capabilities

Robotics is so Much More Than Robots

If you subscribe to any of our media channels then I’m sure you know about our involvement with after-school robotics programs in our community. These programs prepare students for careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields by getting them excited and engaged when it comes to not only learning new skills, but actually putting those skills to work. Creating a passion for engineering

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