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Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 2

Newsletter Volume 21 Issue 2

Productivity1000 PLC receives an Engineers’ Choice Award

AutomationDirect’s Productivity1000 PLC was announced as a Control Engineering 2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards Honorable Mention in the Machine and Embedded Control – PLCs category. Check out the new Productivity1000 PLC and see what it can do for your next application.

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Honing in on Machine Automation

The automation and electrical system on a large, 82-year-old cylinder honing machine was replaced with a variety of AutomationDirect hardware to improve cycle time, safety and quality.  Andrew Marks, Maintenance Foreman and Master Electrician at Exline Leasing Inc., wrote an article for the January 2019 issue of Control Design magazine, titled Honing in on Machine Automation Technologies. 

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ProSense Air Differential Pressure Gauges

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SureStep IP65 Rated Stepping Motors

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Basic Single Loop Temperature Controllers

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What is a Pneumatic System?

A pneumatic system is a collection of interconnected components using compressed air to do work for automated equipment. Examples can be found in industrial manufacturing, a home garage or a dentist office. This work is produced in the form of linear or rotary motion. The compressed air or pressurized gas is usually filtered and dried to protect the cylinders, actuators, tools and bladders performing the work. 

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PLC Fundamentals – The PLC Scan

With PLC control, it’s important to understand the sequence of operations for the CPU.
As a programmer, you’re mostly concerned with three main steps in the PLC scan – the Update Inputs, Execute Program and Update Outputs steps. But there are other steps that need to be considered as well. 

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Industrial Controller Selection: Look Beyond the Basics

Winn Paulk, Automation Controls group product manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 issue of Control Engineering magazine, titled Industrial controller selection: Look beyond the basics. Click on the link below for the full text.

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Compressed Air Can Be Lethal

Compressed air can cause many hazards to workers’ eyes in manufacturing facilities, so review of applicable OSHA standards, common misuse and how to minimize hazards is always a good idea.
Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 edition of ISHN magazine titled Compressed air can be lethal. Click on the link below for the full story.

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