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Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose

Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose

Which is better? A DirectLOGIC style Do-more or the new Terminator I/O style Do-more? The incredible power of the Do-more processor is now available in the popular Terminator I/O form factor. Functionally, both units have identical Do-more engines, so how do you know which one is better for your application? The answer is … It ... Read More
 
What you need to know about ViewMarq Displays Q&A

What you need to know about ViewMarq Displays Q&A

In the FYI article for this issue of Automation Notebook we sat down for a question and answer session with the product manager for our new ViewMarq Displays. Below you will find out what you need to know about AutomationDirect.com’s new ViewMarq Led Message Displays. Q. How many colors are displayed by a ViewMarq LED ... Read More
 
Safety Light Curtains

Safety Light Curtains

Safety light curtains are an advanced method of safeguarding personnel around hazardous machines through the use of photoelectric technology and a concept known as Control Reliability. Safety light curtains are a great alternative to other traditional guarding methods such as mechanical barriers, sliding gates and pull-back restraints; they reduce operator fatigue and offer flexibility and ... Read More
 
Productivity3000 FAQs

Productivity3000 FAQs

Q. What is a “PAC” and how is it different from your existing PLCs?  A. PAC is the acronym for Programmable Automation Controller where PLC is the acronym for Programmable Logic Controller. The Wikipedia* definition for a PAC is broad, but accurate; “A Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) is a compact controller that combines the features and ... Read More
 
Enclosure Cooling Explained

Enclosure Cooling Explained

What causes all that heat?  There are basically two sources of heat which cause an electrical enclosure’s internal temperature to rise above the manufacturer’s recommended ratings for the control equipment: internal and external sources. Internal Sources The same items which can be damaged by heat may also be a key source of the heat. These ... Read More
 
DC Motors Explained

DC Motors Explained

How many types of DC motors are there? There are several types of DC motors, including shunt, series, compound wound or stabilized shunt, permanent magnet, and brushless DC. The main differences between these types of motors revolve around how the electromagnetic fields are generated. The IronHorse DC motors are Permanent Magnet motors: the magnetic field ... Read More
 
CLICK™ PLC FAQs

CLICK™ PLC FAQs

Will the CLICK PLC work with my C-more and C-more Micro graphics panels? Yes. Currently the CLICK PLC driver is available in the C-more Micro panel with firmware version 0201001 or later, so native CLICK addresses are available. The CLICK PLC driver for C-more touch panels is currently under development and scheduled to be available soon. You can communicate ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Cylinders

Pneumatic Cylinders

Q. What pneumatic cylinders and accessories are available from AutomationDirect?  A. The NITRA A-Series non-repairable stainless steel round body cylinders includes bore sizes from 7/16” to 2” and stroke lengths from 1/2” to 18” to meet a broad range of applications. These high quality cylinders are constructed with stainless steel bodies and double rolled-in high ... Read More
 
C-more Remote FAQs

C-more Remote FAQs

Can I use the Remote Access feature if the C-more panel is inside a Firewall? Yes. In order to access C-more inside a firewall/router remotely, either a VPN connection must be used or “Port forwarding” must be set up in the router to allow the C-more Web server and Remote Access application to get through. When a TCP/IP message ... Read More
 
Motor Questions Answered

Motor Questions Answered

FAQS Question: Can IronHorse™ motors be used with a drive? Answer: IronHorse™ motors can be used with drives, but there are some limitations. Depending on your application, there may be good reasons to step up to an inverter-duty motor in your application. Question: What’s the difference between a General Purpose motor and an Inverter Duty motor? Answer: General ... Read More