Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 2

AutomationDirect’s Food & Beverage Idea Book

The Food and Beverage industry is a growing and changing field that’s becoming more and more reliant on automation and finding efficiencies.
Click below to download our Food and Beverage eBook to see how big of a role automation plays.
Topics Include:
  • Top 10 Trends in the Industry
  • NEMA and IP Protection Ratings
  • Discrete Applications
  • Process Control Applications
  • Application Stories
  • And much more!

Advanced Automation, LLC Takes Baking To The Next Level

Advanced Automation, LLC, in Riverdale, New Jersey, is an automation systems manufacturing company specializing in creating solutions for companies in need of more efficient automated processes.
One such need is in the baking industry and with increasing regulations and food safety requirements, many bakeries find it difficult to efficiently produce quality baked goods that are still affordable to consumers.

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Quick-disconnect M8 cables and M12 field wireable connectors

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CLICK PLC input simulator and high-current relay output modules

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ProSense Digital Panel Meters

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Schmersal IP69K Rated Joysticks

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20 AWG multi-conductor flexible control cable

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PLC vs Industrial Arduino

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What is IP69K?

IP69K is a product standard rating developed to ensure that products carrying this rating comply with required simulated environmental conditions. The most common areas requiring IP69K devices are areas where heavy washdowns are required.  In this article, you will learn exactly what the IP69K rating stands for, why it’s advantageous to use these devices for specific areas of an industrial facility and how to ensure the entire device is IP69K rated.

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Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

Casa Herrera builds tortilla preparation equipment for the corn and flour tortilla industry, provides equipment for the bakery and snack food industries, and is the preferred supplier to several national brands.
See how upgrading their machines with advanced automation controllers has helped Casa Herrera produce tortillas reliably, quickly and precisely in this application story.

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Automating a Donut Packaging and Labeling Line

When people hear the name Mel-O-Cream, they usually think of donuts. Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, Ill, Mel-O-Cream International (www.mel-o-cream.com) manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.
As donut manufacturing capacity and capabilities grew, so did the demands on Mel-O-Cream’s  product packaging processes. See how AutomationDirect PLCs were used to automate the manual donut packaging system, eliminating the labor-intensive label gluing and ink stamping tasks.

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Enter to Win 1 of 4 ProductivityOpen Systems

We’ve been creating videos for over fifteen years, with over eleven hundred videos created for YouTube, so we want to do something to thank our viewers like YOU. This year for 2020, we are hosting a video giveaway almost every month.

For February – March, we are giving away one of our newest products – the ProductivityOpen controller. This is a complete industrial Arduino-compatible controller system so you can create something efficient in your plant or something cool for your hobby.

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