Newsletter Volume 21, Issue 3

Free Online PLC Training Program

AutomationDirect’s free online PLC training program has been expanded with over a hundred additional training videos. The complete video training series encompasses various levels of training from entry level programming to advanced PLC functions and is available to anyone interested in learning about industrial controllers. The training video library is offered to all registrants free of charge with no purchase necessary.

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Selecting a Software Programming Platform

PLCs are typically programmed with PC-based software, and selecting the right platform is critical to project success and ongoing operations.
Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2019 issue of NASA Tech Briefs titled Selecting a Software Programming Platform.

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Now Available

Self-Adjusting Rotatable Die Crimping Tool

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AcuAMP Solid Core AC Current Transformers

 starting at $15.75

Ease-of-Use 22mm Pushbutton Legend Plates

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BRX MICRO Serial Communications/High-speed Modules

 Priced at $159.00​​​​​​​

DYMO XTL Series Industrial Label Printer

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Speed/Standstill Safety Relay Modules

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Supplier Profile – ReeR

When asked what comes to mind when someone mentions ‘Italy’, people often think of the country’s delicious pasta and food, fast cars, breath-taking landscapes and stunning architecture. Italy is certainly known for these remarkable things and much more. It is also home to this month’s supplier profile ReeR, a 60-year old company founded in Turin as a distributor of components for industrial and home automation.

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Safety Controllers Simplify Systems

Larry Reynolds, product engineer for sensor and safety products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the February 2019 issue of IMPO titled Safety Controllers Simplify Systems.
Reynolds writes that multiple safety functions must be performed in most industrial machine and process automation applications.

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Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

Chip McDaniel, Technical Marketing at AutomationDirect wrote an article titled Tubing versus Hose in Pneumatic Systems for the February 2018 issue of Fluid Power World. The article looked at some of the differences between tubing and hose, and related fittings—and at best practices for design, selection and implementation of each.

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Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines

Available in many combinations, filters and regulators are a must-have on any machine. Other devices to perform functions such as energy isolation, lockout tagout and lubrication should also be considered.
Chip McDaniel, technical marketer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 issue of Design World magazine, titled Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines.

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