Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 6

CLICK PLC and C-more HMI Integral for Emergency Ventilator

Using readily available AutomationDirect parts,
an Auburn University team converted a CPAP machine to a high-functioning emergency
ventilator in the midst of the COVID-19
pandemic.
With the threat of ventilator shortages during
the COVID-19 crisis, various organizations
called on developers to build “emergency ventilators”.
A team at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn
College of Engineering went to work, designing RE-INVENT—an emergency room-ready
ventilator—over a weekend and developing it throughout the following week. Dr. Tom Burch relates the process in this success story.

Just Added – Free Online Training on Legacy
DirectLogic PLCs

Interconnecting Automation (our training partner) has just released 38 new instructional videos on our DirectLogic PLC family. Videos include topics such as:

  • I/O addressing
  • Using the software ladder editor
  • Counter and Timer commands
  • PLC diagnostic features
  • Math using BCD and Real values
  • And so much more!

We also offer free training on all of our other PLC lines including simple CLICK controllers, highly-advanced Do-more PLCs and the feature-rich Productivity family.

Learn more

Now Available

More Productivity2000 PLC Analog & Specialty I/O Modules

 High-speed counter module priced at $88.00

Capacitive Pushbutton Sensor Switches and Indicators

 Switches starting at $59.00

Digital Panel Meters for Pulse/Frequency Display

 Starting at $70.00

Quabbin® DataMax Extreme Cat5e Industrial Ethernet Cable

 Priced at $0.54 per foot (20 ft. minimum)

KwikHinge Enclosure Door Hinges and Ultimate Series Gland Plates

 KwikHinge enclosures starting at $1,143

VNTC (Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable) 600 Volt Type TC-ER control cables

 Starting at $0.21 per foot (20 ft. minimum).


Keep Industrial Electrical Safety First

For industrial machinery and systems, designers must apply the right products for physical, electrical power, and automation safety.
From simple consumer devices to complex industrial machinery, safety features are necessary to protect users from moving parts, high temperatures, electrical shocks, and other hazards. Fortunately, designers have many options at hand to address these safety issues.

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Add Remote Monitoring to Your Maintenance Toolkit

Remote monitoring options help maintenance personnel respond faster for the systems they manage and support, saving time and money. Industrial automation maintenance technicians commonly assemble toolkits with items like hand tools, multimeters, and a two-way radio so they can efficiently perform their work. In recent years, many techs have added a laptop computer so they can connect with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and now, mobile devices are becoming a must-have tool for modern control system support.

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New! Community Forum

The AutomationDirect Community was created to help you find solutions, share knowledge, and engage with your peers and AutomationDirect experts! Here, you can ask questions through the forum, find technical information, and exchange ideas with others in the field.

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AutomationDirect YouTube Video Giveaway

Tell us how you would use the Productivity 1000 PLC for a chance to win a complete automation starter kit! Contestants must fill out the required information on the entry page listed in the video description. Contest opens on June 15, 2020 and ends on July 13, 2020 at 12pm EST. This contest is for residents of the United States and Canada only.

Enter to win