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Newsletter Volume 22 Issue 11

ProductivityOpen – Reliability Starts With Design
FACTS Engineering, our development partner for the Productivity line of products, has many in-house testing stations that they use to verify the survivability of their products. Shaker tables, temperature chambers, noise induction stations all help FACTS guarantee a quality product before it ever leaves their facility. In this video, FACTS Engineering President Ron McVety and VP Engineering Rick Walker discuss the design and testing that went into the new Productivity Open Arduino Compatible controller.
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New! ZipLink Selector tool
When it comes to PLC I/O wiring, our ZIPLink pre-wired connection cables and modules can save you valuable time, keep your installation clean and efficient, and use half the space at a fraction of the cost of standard terminal blocks. Selecting the correct module and associated cable is made easy with the new ZIPLink selector tool.
You can search by part number OR select a PLC Family and I/O Device from the dropdowns. The selector tool will then find the needed ZIPLink components. All that’s left is to pick the ZIPLink module and cable length you need, add them to your cart, and you’re done!
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Optocoupler and Slim Interface Relays, Multi-mode Relay Timers
Murrelektronik optocouplers starting at $15.75

RHINO Switching Power Supplies with Advanced Power Boost
Starting at $89.00

Murrelektronik Passive Distribution Junction Blocks
Starting at $69.00

Multi-Conductor 20 AWG Twisted-Pair Instrumentation Cable
1-foot increments starting at $0.20 / ft. (20-ft. min)

Southwire Multimeters, Voltage and Continuity Testers
Starting at $28.50

Check out our huge collection of educational and training video tutorials
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Supplier Profile: Seifert Systems
Family-owned businesses have long been a staple of the world economy. According to Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper, over 90% of German companies are family-owned and employ a majority of the country’s workforce. Seifert Systems is among this group of German companies and has the added distinction of leadership being passed down through generations of the family.
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Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money
OEMs use many cable types for fabricating their equipment and machinery. While they standardize to the greatest extent possible, sometimes the best technical and commercial option is to specify cut-to-length (CTL) cable from a responsive supplier, so the OEM can get just what they need, right when they need it for less. 
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Vote for AutomationDirect in 2021 Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards
We need your vote again! Our P1AM-100 ProductivityOpen Arduino-compatible Controller has been nominated for yet another award. Plant Engineering has selected it as a Finalist for the 2020 Product of the Year Awards in the Automation & Controls category. Winners will be determined by the number of votes received from qualified subscribers by January 8, 2021. 
Learn how and where to vote

Automation Cookbook Tutorial Videos
We’ve grouped our tutorial videos that deal with specific topics into helpful collections we call our Automation Cookbook. With these collections, you can get up to speed quickly on common industrial automation topics including temperature sensing, object detection, distance measuring, PID, and more.
Check out the Cookbook Video series