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Sinking and Sourcing Concepts

Sinking and Sourcing Concepts

When choosing the type of input or output module for your PLC system, it is very important to have a solid understanding of sinking and sourcing concepts. Use of these terms occurs frequently in discussion of input or output circuits. It is the goal of this post to make these concepts easy to understand, so
 
Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Our Controllers are more than just “Standard!”  – We know it’s not easy to make a change in control products, but we think that we can provide enough value for you to make it worth your while. Please take some time and check out these powerful Application Stories that speak to the quality and ease of use ... Read More
 
DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta

DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta

Earl Bouse, with E. Larue Enterprises in Dahlonega, GA., has been developing his idea of the “perfect” automated basketball defender for the last two and a half years. Although Bouse says that his DaMan creation is not quite ready for prime time, he is ready for prospective customer feedback and field tests.
 
Automation ‘Lifts’ Purdue Theater Production of Medea

Automation ‘Lifts’ Purdue Theater Production of Medea

From Wikipedia[1]: “A mechane (pron.: /’mɛkəniː/; Greek: μηχανή, mēkhanē) or machine was a crane used in Greek theatre, especially in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Made of wooden beams and pulley systems, the device was used to lift an actor into the air, usually representing flight. This stage machine was particularly used to bring gods ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Adds Analog I/O Modules To CLICK® PLC Line

AutomationDirect Adds Analog I/O Modules To CLICK® PLC Line

Cumming, GA — June 12, 2013 … AutomationDirect has added discrete and analog I/O modules to the CLICK PLC line. Available 24 VDC combination discrete modules include eight-point DC input/eight-point DC sinking or sourcing output models priced at $59; a four-point DC input/four-point relay output model is also available, priced at $49. Available 24 VDC ... Read More
 
“Starting With Steppers” Part Two of a Two-Part Series

“Starting With Steppers” Part Two of a Two-Part Series

Part One of this series (in Fall 2011, issue 21) started with a complete reference to the technical information available from AutomationDirect that can help you understand and select components from the SureStep family for an open-loop motion application. It also reviewed the hardware methods for controlling your system, including PLC high-speed I/O or counter ... Read More