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DIY Pneumatic Saw Clamp

DIY Pneumatic Saw Clamp

Many years ago my father was working on a new shop behind his house. The insides were left for us to finish. We needed to build work benches, shelves and racks. To save money, he bought the longer 2×4 sized lumber and we’d cut it to whatever size was needed. This worked out great but ... Read More
 
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
 
AutomationDirect adds right-angle servo gear reducers to motion control line

AutomationDirect adds right-angle servo gear reducers to motion control line

AutomationDirect has extended its SureGear® line of precision servo gearboxes to include right-angle gear reducers. The PGB series is ideal for applications that require a more compact footprint. These right-angle planetary gear reducers offer similar technical specifications to the PGA series in-line gear reducers, and provide the customer with an excellent solution when space and ... Read More
 
IronHorse® Fractional HP DC Motors and Gearmotors from AutomationDirect

IronHorse® Fractional HP DC Motors and Gearmotors from AutomationDirect

Cumming, GA — March 12, 2014 … AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of electric motors now includes fractional HP DC motors and gearmotors. UL, CSA and RoHS compliant, models are IP40-rated and feature reversible design and dynamically balanced armatures; models are available with 18-inch leads or fitted with junction boxes with 8-inch leads. The MTPM series motors, available in ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Expands Hand Tool Offering

AutomationDirect Expands Hand Tool Offering

Cumming, GA — March 20, 2013 … AutomationDirect has expanded its line of Wera hand tools to include ratchets and sockets, as well as combination wrenches, nut drivers, chisel drivers and additional screwdrivers. Seven-piece nutdriver sets ($33) made of chrome plated steel feature hollow shanks to allow access to nuts on long screws and are available in ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Adds KNIPEX Pliers to Tool Offering

AutomationDirect Adds KNIPEX Pliers to Tool Offering

 Cumming, GA — November 14, 2012 … AutomationDirect’s product offering now includes a variety of KNIPEX pliers. Available in slip-resistant plastic coated, comfort grip, and insulated comfort grip handle styles, the pliers are made of high-grade special tool steel with polished edges. The slim head design provides greater accessibility in tight or hard to reach areas. Combination ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Extends Line of RUKO Cutting Tools

AutomationDirect Extends Line of RUKO Cutting Tools

Cumming, GA — October 17, 2012 … AutomationDirect has added T-shank jig saw blades, deburring tools, and more to its line of RUKO cutting tools. Available in high speed steel and bi-metal high speed steel, RUKO T-shank jig saw blades fit popular saw brands, such as Bosch®, Makita®, Black and Decker®, Hitachi®, and more. Jig saw blades ... Read More
 
Holographic Technology Replaces Conventional Operator Input Devices – Issue 4, 2005

Holographic Technology Replaces Conventional Operator Input Devices – Issue 4, 2005

In April 2002, HoloTouch®, Inc., a Delaware corporation with offices in Darien, Connecticut, announced that its founder and President, R. Douglas McPheters, had been granted a U.S. Patent for his “holographic control arrangements.” This innovative technology allows operators to actuate and control a wide variety of electronic devices by simply passing fingers through colorful, three-dimensional ... Read More