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Processor Power and Efficiency | White Paper

Processor Power and Efficiency | White Paper

While energy efficiency is vital for consumer electronics, the industrial automation customer also benefits from chip manufacturers’ perpetual goal to create processors that do more while using less energy. This White Paper explains how consumer electronic
 
Industrial Ethernet or Fieldbus Network?

Industrial Ethernet or Fieldbus Network?

With only about a quarter of the overall installed base of industrial networking using 4-20 mA and other hardwired methods, fieldbus communication systems are becoming the de facto choice for automation. Now the debate is shifting to the question of whether fieldbus-based networks will remain the standard or if it will be supplanted by industrial ... Read More
 
Basic CPU and Remote Modules Added to Productivity3000 Line

Basic CPU and Remote Modules Added to Productivity3000 Line

Cumming, GA — December 5, 2012 … AutomationDirect’s Productivity3000 line of programmable controllers now includes basic CPU and remote slave modules. The P3-530 CPU’s five integrated communications ports include Ethernet for programming, monitoring, and networking; a USB port for data logging; USB I/O port for up to four local expansion bases; RS-232 and RS-485 ports for ASCII ... Read More
 
PLCs & PACs Simplify Data Acquisition | White Paper

PLCs & PACs Simplify Data Acquisition | White Paper

In today’s competitive market, companies need detailed and timely information about process variables, and production amounts, as well as alarms in real time. In the past, PLCs did not have the capabilities to provide such information, and PACs were not yet widely available. Fortunately, newer PLCs and PACs can perform many data acquisition tasks within ... Read More
 
Productivity3000 FAQs

Productivity3000 FAQs

Q: What are key differences between the P3-530 vs. the P3-550 CPUs? A: Cost is the key reason to select a P3-530 vs. a P3-550 CPU. The P3-550 doews have distinctive advantages in advanced features, as shown in Table 1 on the next page. But in many case the 530’s features are more than adequate. ... Read More
 
Product Snapshots – Issue 25, 2013

Product Snapshots – Issue 25, 2013

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including:  Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters, ProSense Temperature Transmitters, New Capacitive Proximity Sensors,  More Sensor Cables, Additional Crossfire Safety Glasses, New RUKO Cutting Tools, More ZIPport Multi-Wire Connectors, SureStep Dual-Shaft Motors and Low-cost Microstepping ... Read More
 
Set Your PAC in Motion

Set Your PAC in Motion

The 2012 year has brought many new enhancements for the Productivity Series control platform; you will notice subtle improvements to the software as well as major module additions such as the High-Speed Counter and Pulse Output modules. In this article we will review these enhancements to offer a better understanding of current product updates. The ... Read More
 
Upgrading From Batch to Continuous Processes Requires High Level Automation

Upgrading From Batch to Continuous Processes Requires High Level Automation

Many process plants use batch operations for all or part of their production operations. Some processes are inherently batch oriented, but many others can be converted to continuous. Converting a batch process to a continuous operation has many advantages including, but not limited to, better quality, more throughput and less energy use (see Table 1). These ... 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