Newsletter Volume 26 Issue 01

Automating a Big Rig Light Show
A truck customization shop expanded their capabilities by offering AutomationDirect PLCs and HMIs to control expansive on-vehicle lighting displays.
Just as many car owners like to customize their rides, there is a growing convoy of truck operators who like to do the same as a personal and promotional statement. Dickerson Custom Trucks has been catering to this market for 15 years.
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Supplier Profile: ELESA
Established in 1941, ELESA began by producing handles, knobs, handgrips, and handwheels for machines. Over 80 years later, ELESA is a leader in the design, fabrication, and distribution of plastic and metal standard machine parts for medical and mobile equipment, machine tools, packaging machinery, and more.
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Now Available

STRIDE SE3 Ethernet Switches
Starting at $78.00

Metal Work Regtronic Pneumatic Transducers
Starting at $380.00

Saginaw HMI Enclosures and Suspension Arm Systems
HMI enclosures starting at $476.00

Additional Series of Code Barcode Scanners
Starting at $242.00

AchieVe Series Inductive Proximity Sensors
Starting at $13.00

Wiha Screwdrivers, Pliers, Crimpers, Wire Strippers, and Cutters
Screwdrivers starting at $4.2

Migration Strategies for Supporting Legacy Automation
When support for legacy systems fades away, luckily there are options to keep them up and running. Experienced systems integrators who are well-versed in up-to-date digital platforms can help modernize operations with minimal effort, providing a path forward for many legacy systems.
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Education mitigates a shifting, quicksand crisis
Even though inventories have recovered from supply chain issues, many delays and other snags remain. To eliminate them or reduce their impact, AutomationDirect reports that quicker forecasts, diversifying suppliers, and product redesigns can help. However, all of these can be aided and improved by learning what options are available and which will be the most effective.
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Distributed automation enables elimination or shrinking of control panels
Control panels will be with us for the foreseeable future, but the size and location of industrial enclosures is shifting as automation technology becomes more compact and distributed.
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New Giveaway for 2024!
Enter your info for a chance to win a 5-piece Wiha SoftFinish insulated screwdriver, pliers, and cutters set (long nose and diagonal). Contest is open for approximately 1 week after the newsletter is sent and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be contacted via email. 
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