Automation NotebookIssue 11 – 2008Learning ResourcesNotebook Issue

Product Snapshots – Issue 11, 2008

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some of the highlights about some of those new products including: High-Current Models Of Current Sensors, DC-to-DC Converters, High-Contrast C-more Micro-Graphic Panels, and 18 Gauge Electrical Wire.

AutomationDirect Launches High-Current Models Of Current Sensors 

High-Current Models Of Current Sensors AutomationDirect has expanded the acuAMP™ line of current sensors to include high-current models. ACT and ACTR series acuAMP current transducers combine a current transformer and signal conditioner into a single package. The new acuAMP single phase AC current transducers feature a fixed core and jumper selectable inputs from 375 amps all the way up to 2,000 amps, with 4-20 mA outputs. The new transducers are also available in true RMS versions.

AcuAMP current operated switches combine a current transformer, signal conditioner plus a limit alarm into a single package. The current switch outputs are isolated solid state switches and are now available in Normally Open and Normally Closed universal configurations. All acuAMP sensors are panel-mountable; convenient DIN rail adaptor accessories are also available.

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DC-to-DC Converters added to RHINO Power Supply Line

DC-to-DC Converters RHINO Power SupplyRHINO™ PSP DC-to-DC converters are available with wide input ranges (9.5 to 18 VDC and 18 to 75 VDC). All four available models can be operated from popular DC supply voltage systems. Tightly regulated output voltage provides a reliable power source for applications exposed to critical industrial environments.Output ratings include 5A @ 5VDC, 2A @ 12VDC, and 1A @ 24VDC. RHINO DC-to-DC converters can also be used to isolate a specific load from the 24 volt bus voltage, and offer easy installation with snap-on DIN-rail mounting and detachable screw terminal blocks. Converters are also wall mountable with included wall-mount bracket.

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High-Contrast C-more Micro-Graphic Panels

High-Contrast C-more Micro-Graphic PanelsThe C-more™ Micro-Graphic panel line now includes high-contrast panels and supports additional PLC protocols. The new 3.1-inch micro-graphic models, in touch and non-touch versions, feature white and red LED backlights and support 5 selectable screen colors. In addition to the existing DirectLOGIC PLC, Modbus RTU and Allen-Bradley DF1 protocols, new communication drivers support Allen-Bradley DH485, Siemens PPI, and GE SNPX for Micro 90 and VersaMax Micro.

Updated software is available for free download from

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AutomationDirect Adds 18 Gauge Electrical Wire

18 Gauge Electrical WireAutomationDirect offers three types of electrical wiring, now in sizes up to 18 gauge, for industrial applications. Type MTW conductors are primarily used in control cabinets, in machine tool applications and appliance wiring applications. Type TFFN (stranded) conductors are primarily used as fixture wire as specified by the National Electrical Code (NEC). Type THHN building wire is intended for general purpose applications. It is appropriate for new construction or rewiring for 600 volt applications.

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