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AutomationDirect Releases DirectSOFT6

AutomationDirect Releases DirectSOFT6

AutomationDirect’s DirectSOFT6 PLC programming software, the 32-bit Windows certified programming software for the entire DirectLOGIC line of PLCs, provides faster status updates and contains many new and upgraded features to make ladder logic programming faster and easier. DirectSOFT6 includes over 40 additional “IBoxes”. The popular packetized fill-in-the-blank style instructions (compatible with DirectLOGIC DL05, DL06, D2-250-1, ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Adds New High-Speed Counter and Ethernet Modules

AutomationDirect Adds New High-Speed Counter and Ethernet Modules

Cumming, GA — February 20, 2013 … Designed for all DirectLOGIC DL05 or DL06 PLCs, the H0-CTRIO2 module offers great flexibility for applications requiring precise counting or timing, based on an input event or high-speed control output. Priced at $199, H0-CTRIO2 is designed to work with incremental encoders or other field devices that send pulse outputs. The ... Read More
 
PLCs Automate Reliability Testing

PLCs Automate Reliability Testing

AutomationDirect PLCs enable continuous life-cycle testing, provide data collection, and shorten product design and verification cycles at Viking Range.
 
PLC Training

PLC Training

PLC training at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference and Stage Expo.
 
Upgrading Pump Stations with PLCs

Upgrading Pump Stations with PLCs

When relays and timer circuits get old, they cause problems. Replacing them with PLCs keeps pumps running smoothly. One of the most important jobs of a water distribution system is to reliably deliver water to its customers. At our water district in California, we had pumping stations (Figure 1) with relay-based controls that were more ... Read More
 
FAQs for SureServo AC Servo Drives

FAQs for SureServo AC Servo Drives

Since the release of the SureServo AC servo drives, we have compiled a list of questions that are frequently asked by our customers. The following are answers to some of those questions. What power voltages does the SureServo require?  The SureServo requires 220 VAC single-phase to power the smaller drives and 3-phase for larger systems. There ... Read More
 
PLC Technology and Application Tips

PLC Technology and Application Tips

Although the North American market for automation and controls has seen nowhere near the growth it did 15-20 years ago, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are still the preferred controller choice for industrial applications. What has changed for PLCs are the expectations and desired functionality of their specifiers and users. In this edition of PLC Speaking, ... Read More
 
The Evolutionary PLC: Past,  Present and Future

The Evolutionary PLC: Past, Present and Future

Everyone knows there’s only one constant in the technology world and that’s change – inevitable change. This is highly evident in the evolution of PLCs and their varied applications. Let’s take a look at yesterday’s focus and more importantly, today’s and beyond. Preparing and equipping users to meet the challenges of technological change head-on is ... Read More
 
Motion Control System Choices

Motion Control System Choices

Motion control is generally understood to mean the use of servo and/or stepper systems as the “muscle” to move a given load.  These motion control systems are capable of extremely precise speed, position, and torque control. Applications which require positioning of product, synchronization of separate elements, or rapid start/stop motion are all perfect candidates for ... Read More
 
PLC Technology and Application Tips

PLC Technology and Application Tips

Over the past ten years, AutomationDirect, formerly PLCDirect, has provided PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) products in many shapes, sizes, and I/O counts, and with a wide variety of features. Since PLCs were the products on which this company was founded, it is only natural to devote a column on the subject of PLCs in the ... Read More