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Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Datalogic Safety Laser Scanners to its lineup of safety products. Safety laser scanners offer an ingenious, cost-effective way to protect an entire area. This can be a static application such as a robot cell or the area surrounding a moving device such as an AGV. They are ideal for providing safe access…
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Direct Wire’s Large Gauge MTW Cable from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s new 1kV ALL-FLEX MTW/THHW heavy-duty flexible power cable from Direct Wire is an extremely flexible large gauge (8AWG to 500MCM) single-conductor industrial cable that is ideal for industrial control panel distribution, VFD power feeds, servo systems, and motor leads in non-drive related applications. The MTW and THHW ratings make them ideal for use in…
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StrideLinx VPN Routers and Free Cloud Service from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s StrideLinx Cloud has been upgraded to provide machine builders, system integrators, and end-users with an end-to-end cloud solution offering improved collaboration, advanced user management, easier navigation, and custom user-defined dashboards to make remote access and monitoring even easier. The StrideLinx secure VPN, a remote access solution, allows users to securely connect to remote systems using a…
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Wenglor Photoelectric Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added a new line of laser sensors. Wenglor dark and shiny object detection photoelectric sensors use blue light technology to detect objects other photoelectric sensors cannot see or see objects that get detected multiple times erroneously. They come in either 50x20x50mm or 32x12x16mm body sizes with an M12 or M8 quick-disconnect. These sensors…
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Guided Wave Radar Level Sensors from AutomationDirect

ProSense GWR series liquid level sensors utilize guided wave radar sensing technology to provide accurate, cost-effective liquid level measurement for industrial applications. These units provide continuous and point-level measurements and have a rugged IP68/IP69K rated 316 stainless steel housing that offers uncompromising protection and long life in harsh industrial environments. The GWR-1600-P probe is best…
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Schmersal Two-Hand Control Panels from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Schmersal two-hand control panels to its lineup of safety products. Two-hand control systems are used with a special control monitoring relay and require an operator to use both hands simultaneously when initiating a hazardous operation. This forces an operator to keep their hands on the two-hand control actuator and out of an…
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Schmersal IEC Limit Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added Schmersal IEC limit switches to its lineup. These limit switches are available in a 30mm or 40mm body width and are offered in zinc alloy, aluminum or glass-fiber thermoplastic enclosures. The actuator heads’ selection includes plunger, plunger with roller, one-way lever with roller, lever with roller, adjustable lever with roller, and adjustable…
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NEW ProSense Inductive Proximity Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added a variety of new ProSense inductive proximity sensors to their portfolio. Added are 8mm triple-sensing inductive proximity sensors in flush and non-flush mounting options, which can detect ferrous metals up to a distance of 6mm. Also new are inductive proximity sensors with a metal face to provide more durable protection, with environmental…
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Eaton MCCB Handles from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added new accessories for Eaton 3P series molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs). The new products include universal rotary handles and Flex ShaftTM flexible handles, both available for each MCCB frame size and suitable for NEMA 1/4/4X and 12 enclosures. Also added are high performance Flex Shaft two-position flange handles that feature external front mounting…
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IDEM Stand-Alone Non-Contact Switches from AutomationDirect

New IDEM non-contact magnetic coded switches use force-guided contacts and have an internal monitoring system so that they are stand-alone, not requiring the use of a separate safety relay. The wide 14mm sensing range provides a high tolerance to misalignment. Models are available that support automatic reset or manual reset, as well as a selectable…
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Saginaw Enclosures from AutomationDirect

Saginaw has been serving the electrical industry since 1963, specializing in manufacturing top-quality carbon steel, galvanized steel, and stainless steel electrical enclosures built to accurate dimensions. AutomationDirect is proud to add Saginaw’s standard stock of enclosures, including freestanding, floor-mount, wall-mount, disconnect, modular, operator system, pushbutton, junction box, and wire trough enclosures, to our already extensive…
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New Flowline Reflective Ultrasonic Level Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added EchoPod and EchoTouch reflective ultrasonic liquid level sensors featuring Flowline’s proprietary Reflective Technology.  Flowline level sensors provide reliable level measurements for applications that weaken signal strength and reduce measurement reliability due to condensation. Newly available models include a general-purpose version and an intrinsically safe version for hazardous environments; both are available with…
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Schmersal 30mm Push Buttons from AutomationDirect

Schmersal E series 30mm pilot devices provide simple operator controls and indication for industrial and commercial applications. These rugged and reliable IP65-rated devices include a wide assortment of pushbuttons, emergency stop pushbuttons, LED indicators, and selector switches. The pushbutton selections include illuminated and non-illuminated versions with operators available in various colors. E-Stop versions are available…
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LUTZE Silflex® Servo Motor Cable from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added LUTZE Silflex® Servo Motor Cable to their wide variety of cables and cable products.  LUTZE is a top-rated and trusted partner in industrial cable and connectivity products for industrial automation. Their rugged, industrial cables are ideal for harsh environments. LUTZE Silflex servo motor cable is designed for servo drive and motor combinations….
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AutomationDirect adds NITRA Pneumatic Automation Link (PAL)

The NITRA Pneumatic Automation Link (PAL) series of components from AutomationDirect is a versatile field I/O system that can include electrical I/O or pneumatic valves, or a combination of both. The system can be controlled either by an Ethernet/IP master or direct wiring (for exclusively pneumatic valves). All components are rated IP65, intended to be…
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New 8mm Photoelectric, Inductive Proximity and Capacitive Proximity Sensors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added several small sensors to the proximity sensor lineup. New rectangular 8mm x 16mm inductive proximity sensors are available in flush and non-flush mounting options, NO or NC outputs as well as NPN or PNP logic. The new 8mm round capacitive proximity sensors are able to detect materials other than metal, in a…
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New CLICK PLUS PLC Series from AutomationDirect

The new CLICK PLUS PLC series is the next generation of simple control. Building on the practical and popular CLICK PLC series, CLICK PLUS PLCs provide the same low-learning-curve control but with advanced options like Wi-Fi communication and data logging. CLICK PLUS CPUs are offered in wired-only, wireless-only, and wireless/wired styles and start at only…
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ReeR Safegate Non-Muting Access Control Lights Curtains from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added new Safegate non-muting Type 4 access control barrier safety light curtains designed to protect a wide range of industrial applications that do not require muting functionality. Sender/receiver or active/passive pair versions are available with 24 VDC input, 300 or 400mm resolution and 0-8m or 0-12m operating distances. ReeR Safegate non-muting light curtains…
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SureStep Stepper Motor Linear Actuators from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added stepper motor linear actuators to its SureStep line of stepper motion control products. These linear actuators are NEMA 17 or NEMA 23 frame stepper motors with a stainless-steel lead-screw extension of the rotor. In conjunction with the provided screw nut, this actuator translates motor torque into linear thrust.  They can provide up…
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Metrol High Precision Limit Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added more options for high precision limit switches from Metrol. High-temperature precision limit switches have been added that provide a 10 micron accuracy and are rated for temperatures of up to 200⁰C. New high-vacuum resistance limit switches are high precision with an accuracy of 10 microns as well and are designed to be…
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More Specialty SapiSelco Cable Ties from AutomationDirect

SapiSelco cable ties offer a low-cost solution (from $1.50 for pack of 100) for wire management needs. These high-quality cable ties provide reliable cable and wire management and are designed with rounded edges to eliminate damage to cable sleeves caused by cable ties with sharp edges. This ensures reliable and trouble-free performance for extended periods…
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D2-Series NFPA Tie Rods added to NITRA Product Line at AutomationDirect

The NITRA® pneumatic product line now includes the D2-Series double-acting, NFPA heavy-duty tie rod air cylinders ideal for use where abusive conditions exist. These pneumatic air cylinders have a 250 psi operating pressure and are interchangeable with other popular brands. New models are available with and without adjustable cushions to provide end-of-stroke deceleration at both…
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MTW Machine Tool Wire Now Available in 1,000-foot Reels at AutomationDirect

MTW machine tool wire is now also available in 1,000-foot reels for gauges ranging from 14 AWG to 22 AWG in various color choices. Existing MTW wire is sold in 500-foot spools for gauge sizes ranging from 20 AWG to 10 AWG in various colors, and in 2,500-foot reels for gauges ranging from 12 AWG…
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AutomationDirect adds GAM Helical Racks and Pinions

The new GAM helical racks and pinions, along with our broad gearbox offering, provide a complete linear solution. Rack and pinion systems are a type of linear actuator consisting of a rotating pinion that drives a linear rack, converting rotary motion to linear motion. High-precision helical racks provide smooth, quiet operation. Pinions can be mounted…
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AutomationDirect adds Code Handheld Barcode Scanners

AutomationDirect has added CODE brand barcode scanners for use in a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications. The CR950 handheld series and the CR1100 series that operate in presentation mode or as a small handheld unit can read and decode most 1D and 2D barcodes such as Code 128 and QR codes. The CR6022…
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Dold Timer Relays from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added new Dold timer relays, which provide timed control for industrial controls and building automation applications. The MK series timer relays are ideal for applications such as process, machine tool, and safety control. These timers are available as cyclic, off-delay, on-delay, and multi-function types, with models that include up to 8 functions in…
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New SureMotion LAHP Series Linear Actuators and Slides from AutomationDirect

The SureMotion® LAHP series linear actuators, slides, and accessories are XYZ Gantry components that allow creation of a motion system with up to three axes of movement. These motor-ready linear actuators and sliding components have travel lengths of up to 910mm. They turn rotary motion into linear motion and provide a variety of X-Y and…
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Hammond Data Communications Racks, Sanitary Enclosures, Miniature Cases, Wire Trough and Wireway from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect adds new series and models of enclosures from Hammond. Hammond data communication racks provide a housing to mount data communication equipment and devices used in industrial environments. Wall-mount swing­out rack enclosures include 19-inch mounting rails for easy installation of network access equipment. Rack cabinets and open wall-mount racks are ideal for securing equipment to…
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New Prosense Basic Series Proximity Sensors from AutomationDirect

The new Prosense Basic series of proximity sensors offer great value for general industrial applications. These round inductive proximity sensors made from nickel-plated brass are offered in barrel sizes from 8mm to 30mm.  Flush and non-flush mount styles are available in sensing distances up to 15mm and offer an LCP (liquid crystal polymer) active face….
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Productivity2000 PLC Analog and Specialty I/O Modules from AutomationDirect

The AutomationDirect Productivity2000® PLC is a modular, rack-based system with a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules providing over 400 local I/O points. With remote expansion, over 4,000 total I/O points are available. Two new 4-channel analog input modules (from $159.00) provide 0-20 mA or 0-10 VDC inputs, and two new 4-channel…
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IronHorse Farm Duty and Open Drip-Proof Motors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added more farm duty and open drip-proof motors to its extensive general- purpose AC induction motors lineup. New IronHorse® MTF2 series farm duty motors, priced from $359.00, are totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) single-phase 208-230V, 1800 RPM AC motors with increased horsepower ranges from 2hp to 10hp. The NEMA T-frame motors are IP55…
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WAGO Multi-Channel Electronic Circuit Breakers from AutomationDirect

New WAGO multi-channel circuit breakers (from $201.00) are available in two, four and eight channels. These electronic circuit breakers monitor load current and reliably recognize overloads and short circuits on an output. Circuit breaker electronics permit brief current peaks and switch longer overloads off. The rated current for each output of the multi-channel units can…
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AutomationDirect adds Quabbin Multiconductor Cable with Twisted Triads

Quabbin multiconductor cable with twisted triads has been added to AutomationDirect’s current offering of instrumentation cable. These 300V UL cables with 18 or 20 AWG wire sizes are offered as 1, 2, 4 or 8 overall shielded triads, or individually shielded 2, 4, or 8-twisted triads with an overall shield. The overall shielded cables have…
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New Contrinex DW Series Proximity Sensors are Made in the USA

New models of Contrinex DW series round proximity sensors are offered in barrel sizes from 8mm to 30mm.  Flush and non-flush mount models are available with standard or extended sensing distances, with complete overload protection. These IP67-rated sensors are made of nickel plated brass or 304 stainless steel.  PNP models are IO Link compatible and…
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AutomationDirect adds Expanded Communications and Discrete I/O Capabilities for the BRX PLC

Expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller. Newly added BRX discrete I/O modules include 5, 8, and 16-point relay output modules (starting at $55) with Form A (SPST) and Form C (SPDT) options; 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete input and output modules (starting at $55);…
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AutomationDirect adds More Attabox Enclosures and Accessories

AutomationDirect has added to its offering of Attabox enclosures and accessories from RobRoy. The Heartland series of polycarbonate enclosures from AttaBox is ideal for applications requiring protection from moisture, corrosive environments, UV exposure or extreme temperatures. The Heartland series carries NEMA 1, 3R, 4, 4X, 6P and 12 ratings, and is available in sizes up…
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WEG Electric Motor Controls from Automation Direct

New additions to AutomationDirect’s offering of WEG Electric motor controls expand its application space in solutions for switching and controlling motors. The WEG Electric CWB series of IEC contactors meets the requirements of a wide range of industrial applications. The magnetic contactors are available with AC or DC coils, in ratings up to 60hp at…
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The ProductivityOpen Arduino Recognized in the 2021 Engineers’ Choice Awards from Control Engineering

AutomationDirect’s ProductivityOpen PLC combines the IT-centric open-source capabilities of an Arduino-compatible controller with the robust reliability needed for industrial OT applications. AutomationDirect’s ProductivityOpen PLC was announced as a Control Engineering 2021 Engineers’ Choice Awards Honorable Mention winner in the Machine and Embedded Control – PLCs category. Check out the ProductivityOpen and see how specifying it…
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Multi-Conductor 20 AWG Twisted-Pair Instrumentation Cable from AutomationDirect

Multiconductor instrumentation cable in 20 AWG diameter has been added to AutomationDirect’s current offering of 18 AWG and 16 AWG sizes. Instrumentation cable is typically used in industrial instrumentation, control, alarm, and energy management circuits. These 300V UL cables have 1, 2, 4, or 8 twisted pairs with overall shield or in 2, 4, or…
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Southwire Multimeters, Voltage and Continuity Testers from AutomationDirect

The AutomationDirect lineup of tools and test equipment now includes digital multimeters, clamp-on True RMS multimeters, voltage testers, and continuity testers from Southwire. Southwire digital multimeters test for AC/DC voltage, current, resistance, continuity, capacitance, frequency, duty cycle, or temperature. All meters meet or exceed UL testing standards. Models are available with auto or manual ranging…
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AutomationDirect adds Optocoupler and Slim Interface Relays, Multi-mode Relay Timers

Murrelektronik optocouplers, slim interface relays and multi-mode relay timers are now available from AutomationDirect. Murrelektronik optocouplers (from $16.50) are used to combine different signal levels or to isolate one signal from another. Optocouplers are similar to relay interfaces, providing an optoelectronic signal transfer between input and output. Optocouplers have a long life span and are…
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AutomationDirect RHINO Switching Power Supplies with Advanced Power Boost

New RHINO PRO (DIN Rail Performance Series) PSN and PSD series switching power supplies are available in single-phase and 3-phase input units and feature universal AC input voltage range (1-phase units), a built-in constant current circuit for charging applications (3-phase units) and a power boost of 150% for up to 7 seconds. Current output is…
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Murrelektronik Passive Distribution Junction Blocks from AutomationDirect

Murr distribution junction blocks provide a convenient method for connecting sensors and actuators to the control cabinet. Murrelektronik supplies a comprehensive range of distribution boxes. They create optimum installations for any application and are cost-effective, reliable, and space saving solutions. Murrelektronik blocks add M8 style connectivity as well as M12 12- pin and terminal block…
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WERMA Visual and Audible Signal Beacons / Devices from AutomationDirect

Werma EvoSIGNAL signal beacons warn, guide, protect and are a new simple, modular solution for signaling from AutomationDirect. Werma EvoSIGNAL visual and visual-audible signal devices are available in Mini, Midi and Maxi versions with common signal module voltages (115-230 VAC, 12/24 VAC/VDC) and with base, tube, bracket and wall mounting options. Mini and Midi audible…
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AcuAmp Current/Voltage Transducers and Switches Line Extension from AutomationDirect

More transducers and switches have been added to the AutomationDirect sensors lineup. ATCH series adaptive true RMS current transducers ($169.00) are designed to monitor electric heat zero-crossing burst fired SCR controllers. These transducers provide faster response than temperature sensors and are a simplified method to monitor pulsed waveforms and are ideal for electrical heater applications….
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ReeR Safety Light Curtains with Integrated Muting Functions from AutomationDirect

The new Safegate Type 4 access control barrier safety light curtains provide protection in a wide range of industrial applications requiring integration of the muting functions. The muting function temporarily disables the safety function when a workpiece or conveying palette passes through the detection area of safety light curtains or safety sensors. Safegate safety curtains…
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Merz UL 508 Non-Fusible Disconnect Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added enclosed versions and non-enclosed DIN rail and panel/door mount versions of Merz disconnect / motor control switches. Non-enclosed UL 508 / UL 60947 600VAC manual motor controller switches (from $15.25) are designed for snap-on DIN rail mounting, base mounting or front mounting in a door. The terminal screws are all accessible from…
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Sanitary 3-A Versions of RTDs and Transmitter Probes from AutomationDirect

The AutomationDirect process control temperature sensor lineup now includes RTD versions of the M12 connection transmitters, transmitter versions of the RTDs without process connection, and sanitary 3-A versions of RTDs and transmitter probes. ProSense® Pt100 RTD sensors and transmitters with sanitary connection probes offer a clean-in-place tri-clamp process connection ideal for applications where corrosion and…
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Field and Panel Mount Loop-Powered 4 to 20mA Process Displays from AutomationDirect

The ProSense® LPM1 series of loop panel meters offers a simple, low cost digital display of an analog 4-20mA signal. Models are available for mounting in a standard 1/8 DIN size panel cut-out with minimal installation depth as well as models provided in an aluminum enclosure for field mounting as a remote display for process…
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AutomationDirect adds 22-Gauge Machine Tool Wire

Insulation type MTW machine tool wire is now available in 22-gauge from AutomationDirect. Existing MTW wire sizes are 20 AWG to 10 AWG. The 22 AWG wire offers an 8% smaller diameter with a 3 amp 600-volt rating which is needed for many types of terminal block connections that cannot accept larger wire. MTW wire…