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Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 1

New Industrial Grade Open-Source CPU

The open-source Productivity®Open platform provides all the great features of a standard Arduino plus the added power and reliability of an industrial controller. The processor circuit of the P1AM-100 Arduino-compatible CPU is designed to mimic the Arduino MKRZero microcontroller. The P1AM-100 is compatible with most available Arduino MKR format shields, and/or the industrially-hardened ProductivityOpen shields, and can utilize most Arduino sketch programs found on open-source websites.

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Building a Pneumatic System BOM

Having all the parts on hand may make the difference between quickly completing a project, or delaying the work and incurring additional costs. This article shows how to address this issue by examining often overlooked pneumatic components when creating a pneumatic system bill of materials (BOM).
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Now Available

VFD / Servo Cable with Signal Pair

 $3.45 per foot (20-foot minimum)

ProSense Variable Area Mechanical Flow Meters

 starting at $96.00

Wenglor 50 x 50mm Rectangular Photoelectric Sensors

 starting at $69.00

WEG Fully Digital Soft Starters and Micro VFD Drives

 CFW100 units starting at $142.00

STRIDE Field I/O for Modbus TCP-Capable Systems

 Starting at $139.00

NITRA Rodless Air Cylinders

 Starting at $215.00

 


Multi-Purpose Motors

A “one-size-fits-all” approach might be acceptable for some types of clothing, but for technical projects one always wants the right component for the task at hand. This is especially important for electric motors as these must be specified for the environment, the load, and efficient and reliable operation.
Using the wrong motor will be inefficient at best, and unworkable at worst. On the other hand, not every design requires a high-end motor, and exceeding specifications can result in excessive costs.

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Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money

Every automation system uses significant amounts of wire and cable. Good design practice is to minimize the variety of types and colors to simplify ordering and reduce waste, but consolidation efforts can actually cost more when cables are over-specified to handle more situations. Therefore, many OEMs, end users, and system integrators are shifting to cut-to-length cable services so they can economically obtain exactly what they need, when they need it.

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Automation Helps Turn Homebrewer into Brewhouse

Greg Lieberman is the founder and owner of 26° Brewing in Pompano Beach, Florida. He started out as a homebrewer making 10 gallons per batch in a variety of locations such as the garage, the kitchen, a sibling’s backyard and in a barn. Greg’s homebrew career saw about 100 batches in four years, totaling one thousand gallons of beer.

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Capturing Energy from Waste Heat

Dutch Harbor power plant in the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska operates several diesel gensets to generate electrical power. Electrical rates there are some of the highest in North America, about four times greater than the U.S. national average of $0.12/kWh.
To take advantage of the previously untapped genset waste heat, the City of Unalaska and the Alaska Energy Authority purchased three organic Rankine cycle (ORC) generators in 2014. 
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