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Object Detection | Automation Notes

Object Detection | Automation Notes

A common function of a control system is detecting the presence of an object. Whether you are detecting the presence of an object passing by on a conveyor, the closure of a gate or the position of a machine part as it goes through its motions, object detection is a staple of the automation industry. There are ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Offers Free PLC eBook Download

AutomationDirect Offers Free PLC eBook Download

AutomationDirect’s new eBook, “PLC Handbook: A Practical Guide to Programmable Logic Controllers” is now available as a free download. Designed as an easy-to-read guide for users new to PLCs, this eBook explains what a PLC is and its history. It also provides detailed information about what to look for when choosing a controller, with both ... Read More
 
2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards

2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards

The annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards program recognizes categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those products as selected by their readers. Established in 1954, Control Engineering is recognized as the global information leader for the automation engineers who design, implement, maintain and manage control/instrumentation systems, components and equipment. The ... Read More
 
Technical College Students Understand Protective Relays

Technical College Students Understand Protective Relays

Protective relays are specialized devices designed to sense abnormal conditions in electric power systems, commanding circuit breakers to trip or close when needed. These relays are absolutely essential to the reliable operation of the electric power generating stations, substations, transmission lines, and distribution systems that comprise any large-scale electric power grid; they are increasingly finding ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect adds the Do-more Driver to Point of View SCADA/HMI

AutomationDirect adds the Do-more Driver to Point of View SCADA/HMI

AutomationDirect’s Point of View SCADA/HMI software now supports the Do-more PLC as a standard driver. This compliments the existing Productivity3000, DirectLOGIC & CLICK drivers which were previously available. As with all of our supported drivers, having the product specific driver removes all restrictions on the controller data types that are accessible from the software when ... Read More
 
How to Choose a Controller

How to Choose a Controller

Choosing the most effective controller for your application depends on a number of factors. The worksheet below serves as a checklist of things to consider when determining programmable controller requirements. It lists the most important areas to consider when choosing a system, as well as provides space for recording determinations of your system needs. To ... Read More
 
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
 
Automation System Retrofit Transforms 175-ton Hydraulic Forming Press

Automation System Retrofit Transforms 175-ton Hydraulic Forming Press

In less than one month, a rebuild automated press operations to increase production rates and improve quality. Southern Manufacturing Group (SMG) located in Morrison, Tennessee, was founded in 1993. The company makes automotive components and industrial valves. In the fall of 2012, the automation system for its 175-ton hydraulic forming press received electrical damage resulting from a lightning strike ... Read More
 
New Series of C-more Touch Screen Interface Panels

New Series of C-more Touch Screen Interface Panels

AutomationDirect Adds Hardware Features with New Series of C-more Touch Screen Interface Panels AutomationDirect has released its new EA9 series operator touch panels for the C-more line. The color TFT touch screens are available in 6, 8, 10, 12 and 15-inch versions. Loaded with new features and higher performance but at a lower cost than ... Read More