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Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long extended shaft that carries the four sheave pulley, and because I do not have three-phase ... Read More
 
Machine Maintenance Checklist

Machine Maintenance Checklist

It is important to develop a routine maintenance schedule for your automated control system. Having a routine schedule for checking critical components and devices in the system will increase the longevity of the system and more importantly, it will help reduce future problems. Set up the schedule based on a monthly or quarterly time period, ... Read More
 
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
 
Systems & Controls Takes Time for Tea

Systems & Controls Takes Time for Tea

Systems & Controls in Lenoir City, Tennessee, was contacted by a scale manufacturing company to develop a brewed tea and coffee container filling machine using four weight transmitters, a DirectLOGIC DL-05 PLC, a RHINO power supply,  a C-more touch panel and a GS2 variable frequency drive.
 
Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

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
 
An Affordable Retrofit Prevents Expensive Replacements – Issue 28, 2014

An Affordable Retrofit Prevents Expensive Replacements – Issue 28, 2014

The Harvest-Monrovia Water & Sewer Authority (HMWSA) was established in August 1965 to operate and maintain a water system to provide domestic water in the Harvest-Monrovia area of Madison County, located near Huntsville, Alabama. In the early years, the utility serviced only 700 customers. As a result of growth in the area, the HMWSA now ... Read More
 
Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration – Issue 28, 2014

Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration – Issue 28, 2014

Machine builders use technologies and expertise to provide system integration services that were once the realm of systems integrators and engineering firms. As automation systems become more integrated, the design, installation and commissioning of machines and robots on the factory floor can be a complex process. The machines must interact not only with existing production ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect introduces IronHorse DC Drives

AutomationDirect introduces IronHorse DC Drives

Cumming, GA — December 18, 2013 … AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of motors and drives now includes the GSD series of DC drives. IronHorse GSD1 series DC drives are high-performance Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM) controllers for 12 to 36 volt battery/solar-powered equipment providing smooth control with high-efficiency operation. Design features include adjustable maximum/minimum speed, current limit, I.R. compensation, and acceleration. The ... Read More
 
DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta – Issue 26, 2013

DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta – Issue 26, 2013

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.
 
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