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Introducing Productivity®2000

Introducing Productivity®2000

The Productivity2000 is AutomationDirect’s newest addition to the Productivity line of industrial controllers. The Productivity2000 is a modular, rack-based system with a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. The high-performance CPU has 50Mb of user memory, fast scan times and five communication ports for $255. The P2-550 CPU features a 4 line ... Read More
 
History of the PLC

History of the PLC

The PLC or Programmable Logic Controller has revolutionized the automation industry. Today PLCs can be found in everything from factory equipment to vending machines, but prior to New Year’s Day 1968 the programmable controller didn’t even exist. Instead what existed was a unique set of challenges that needed a solution. In order to understand the ... Read More
 
PLC Hardware

PLC Hardware

What controls you? No, I’m not talking about your boss, your spouse or the government. Instead, think of your body as an industrial control system. Now, what controls you? Hopefully, you said your brain, although the heart is an acceptable answer sometimes. But for now, let’s focus on the brain and the nervous system as ... Read More
 
PLC Software – Helpful features to look for

PLC Software – Helpful features to look for

One of the biggest factors in any PLC buying decision is the capability of the programming software. How easy is it to use? What does it offer? PLC hardware is only half of the equation, and who wants to buy a controller only to find out the software is lacking the basics? Been there, done ... Read More
 
Understanding Discrete & Analog I/O

Understanding Discrete & Analog I/O

So what do you think, is this glass half full or half empty? For me, that could be a little difficult to answer and could vary based on the day I’m having, but if we are asking about the level, why not let the PLC answer? In fact, why not have the PLC tell us ... 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
 
10 Ways Do-more PLC Changes the Game!

10 Ways Do-more PLC Changes the Game!

It’s been over a year since the Do-more PLC joined the AutomationDirect family, and it has proven to be one of the best PLC values in the automation industry. We have gotten overwhelming positive feedback from our customers on this amazing product. Here is a list of 10 game changing advantages that customers are enjoying ... Read More
 
Illinois Institute of Technology Competes in Hybrid Racing

Illinois Institute of Technology Competes in Hybrid Racing

A student team, lead by Donald Ruffatto, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) SAE International chapter contacted AutomationDirect in late 2011, asking detailed questions about our Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller (PAC). They were planning to use it to control an electric car that they were building for the Formula Hybrid International Competition, hosted by ... 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
 
DG Controls

DG Controls

In this issue of Automation Notebook, we introduce you to Dan Gulley of DG Controls in York, Alabama. With over 30 years of designing and troubleshooting industrial machine controls and system integration, they are experts when it comes to custom control panels and retrofitting equipment. How did you get started in your Controls/Engineering career? My ... Read More