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    -AutomationDirect voted among Atlanta's Best Places to Work
    -Doug Bell adds data collection training videos to Productivity3000 library
     
    Latest Product News
    -Bryant MMCs
    -4-inch C-more Micro
    -ProSense thermocouples and RTDs
    -IP69K Sensors
    -Class T fuses
     
    What's the Latest Online?
    -DirectSOFT QuickStart Guide now in PDF form
    -Upcoming Web seminars
     
    From Automation NOTEBOOK
    -Aluminum anodizing improved with D2-260 PLC system
     
    The Lighter Side
   
   

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Volume 12 Issue 10, November 2010
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We give thanks
Give Thanks!

Across our great country, people are finalizing plans for the annual Thanksgiving feast. For many, it's sure to be the food-fest to beat all food-fests. For others, it will be food, family, and friends. And for most, it's food and football.

However you celebrate, be sure to take the time to reflect. Look back at the past year and give thanks for what you've achieved.

Here at AutomationDirect, we give thanks for each of our customers. We enjoy reading the numerous emails from you stating the great customer service you received and how our products made your application process work more efficiently. We enjoy hearing from you. As we used to hear on old-time radio and television programs, "Keep those cards and letters coming."

This month's newsletter contains all the latest information, including company news, new product information, our latest webinar schedule, and more. Be sure to a break with the Lighter Side.

Don't forget to send us information about your applications. We are always excited to learn the unique ways customers use AutomationDirect products.

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Company News

AutomationDirect voted among Atlanta's Best Places to Work

AutomationDirect named one of the best places to work in Atlanta!

AutomationDirect has been named one of Atlanta's Best Places to Work in 2010 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Employees voted the company to the number two position in the medium-size company category by completing a 37-question online survey. The survey focused on specific categories relating to a company's workplace culture. Things considered included: team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits.

In order to be considered a finalist, each company must reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on its number of employees. Companies were then ranked and finalists chosen in each size category based on their overall composite score. Winners were chosen based strictly on the results of the survey. According to Anne Reich of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, winners are, in essence, chosen by the employees themselves. This year, approximately 500 companies were nominated.

Expressing gratitude, company captain, Tim Hohmann says, "This award is the best compliment to our company and management team that I could ask for. We feel if teamers love what they do, they'll naturally take care of customers with dedication and enthusiasm. And that does prove true based on the many customer surveys we do."

The most recent award reflects the ongoing excellence of AutomationDirect's company culture. Previously, in 2009, AutomationDirect was recognized as the seventh best small company to work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Great Place to Work Institute, Inc. (GPTW). For this award, two-thirds of the organization's score comes from employee survey responses; one-third of the score includes assessment of organization practices and perspectives from the leadership team.

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Interconnecting Automation

Doug Bell adds data collection training videos to Productivity3000 library

Dataworx videos

Our favorite PLC trainer Doug Bell has added new courses to his Online Automation School. The low-priced courses are a great way to further your knowledge in PLCs and automation products at your own pace.

As an extension to the Productivity3000 library, selected videos that cover Dataworx P3K data collection have been added. At a cost of $39.95 for one month of unlimited viewing, the additions now provide in-depth programming tutorials and videos focused on using the Dataworx instruction for data collection.

Additionally, for those still skeptical of value, Doug now has full-length samples from each library available for previewing.

Visit Doug's Interconnecting Automation site to learn more about the courses offered, view sample videos and for course pricing.

Note: The site requires the latest version of Flash Player and the latest browser updates to view the videos.

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Latest Product News

Bryant Manual Motor Controllers available

Bryant Manual Motor Controllers available

The Bryant© line of manual motor controllers (MMC) now available is UL listed as "suitable as motor disconnects."

Because the NEC© recognizes that a controller and disconnect can be the same unit (article 430.109), Bryant has designed a compact controller to meet the rigorous demands of a motor disconnect. By utilizing Bryant's MMC devices, the user benefits from the convenience of one device fulfilling two needs.

Bryant's controllers feature thermoset bodies, to provide high resistance to electrical arc tracking, and AC-rated silver alloy contacts for excellent conductivity and extended life. The compact devices are available in NEMA 1, 3/3R and 4X enclosures; each controller has lockout/tag out capability.

Bryant Toggle AC manual motor controllers feature quick-make/slow break operation to provide reliability and long life. Each toggle switch controller has a 10,000 amp high-fault short circuit withstand rating, excellent dimensional stability and superior dielectric strength. Optional NEMA 1 enclosures without switches, as well as side guards for close wall applications and finger-safe environments, are also available.

Single-phase and three-phase toggle controllers are available in 30, 40 and 60 Amp sizes, up to 600 VAC, and 2-pole and 3-pole configurations. Designed with a clamping plate for back or side wiring, toggle switch type controllers start at $21.50.

Available enclosed toggle AC manual motor controllers feature NEMA 1 or NEMA 3R enclosures. NEMA 1 metal enclosed switch controllers, ideal for use in indoor environments, are designed with 1/2 " and 3/4 " NPT wiring conduit knockouts. The all-aluminum cover and base are designed with top, bottom or back wire entry points; the base is pre-drilled for rear surface mounting. NEMA 1 enclosed toggle controller prices start at $27.50.

NEMA 3R rain-tight enclosed toggle controllers are available in either all-aluminum or chemical and impact resistant thermoplastic enclosures, making them ideal for outdoor applications. The all-aluminum enclosure, with pre-drilled base for rear surface mounting, is designed with 1/2 " NPT wiring knockouts for 30 Amp models; 60 Amp models feature 3/4" and 1" conduit knockouts. NEMA 3R enclosed toggle controller prices start at $40.

NEMA 4X enclosed rotary AC manual motor controllers, ideal for heavy wash down and corrosive environments, feature impact and chemical resistant thermoplastic enclosure bodies. An over-center rotary switching mechanism ensures reliable operation and allows positioning of up to two N.O. / N.C. auxiliary contacts. NEMA 4X enclosed rotary controllers start at $99.

Learn more about Bryant manual motor controller/disconnect components at www.automationdirect.com/manual-motor-controllers.

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4-inch C-more Micro

4-inch C-more Micro

The C-more Micro-Graphic family of operator interfaces now offers a 4-inch TFT color touch screen HMI panel. The panel features a 320 x 240 dot display; 32,768 colors provide clear and colorful graphics for vibrant and intuitive screens. The free programming software offers the choice of using built-in objects or importing custom graphics. The user can create and save custom objects and graphics to software libraries for fast and easy access from multiple projects. The 4-inch touch panel is equipped with a standard Type B USB programming port, a serial communications port which supports the most popular PLC drivers, and five durable function keys with LED indicators. The unit offers 3.2 kB memory, LED backlight, multistate bitmap support and Windows font support. C-more Micro's 320 x 240 screen allows either portrait or landscape installation when space is a concern. Backed by a two-year warranty, the panel is priced at $329. Learn more at www.automationdirect.com/C-more-micro.

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ProSense Thermocouples and RTDs added

ProSense Thermocouples and RTDs added

The ProSense line of process measurement devices now includes type J and type K thermocouples, more varieties of RTD sensors, and extension wire.

Thermocouple probes with connection heads feature cast aluminum NEMA 4 screw covers with captive gasket and stainless steel chain. The 1/4 " diameter probes are available with temperature sensing ranges of 32 to 1,330 degrees F (Type J) or 32 to 1,700 degrees F (Type K). Welded-style probes, in 6", 12" and 18" lengths, are bendable to adapt to installation requirements; spring-loaded probes are available in 4", 6" or 12" lengths. Prices start at $42.00.

Thermocouple welded and spring-loaded probes with 1/2 " x 1/2 " hex nipples allow easy replacement of existing probes and easy connection to wiring junction boxes. Available in 6", 12" or 18" lengths, the 1/4 " diameter welded style is bendable to adapt to installation requirements, while the spring-loaded style provides positive tip contact in thermowells. Prices start at $33.75.

Available thermocouple probes with pre-attached plugs feature 1/8" or 1/4" diameter sheaths in 6" 12" or 18" lengths; thermocouple probes with lead wire transition come with a six-foot heavy-duty lead wire. Temperature sensing ranges are 32 to 970 degrees F or 32 to 1330 degrees F (Type J) and 32 to 1700 degrees F (Type K). Prices start at $17.25.

Type J or K thermocouple adjustable immersion sensors, ideal for plastics processing applications, feature a 32 to 900 degrees F temperature range and 4, 6, or 10-foot lead wires; the spring and armor adjustable styles allow for variable immersion depths. Adjustable immersion sensors start at $16.00.

Bolt-on ring sensors are ideal for nozzles, extruder barrels, die heads, molds and other surface-mount sensing applications. Thermocouple bolt-on ring sensors with a 32 to 900 degrees F temperature sensing range start at $15.25; RTD bolt-on ring sensors with a -58 to 572 degrees F temperature sensing range are available for $54.00.

RTD probes feature 1/4 " diameter stainless steel sheaths with 100 ohm platinum three-wire elements. With a temperature sensing range of -58 to 572 degrees F, the probes are available in 6", 12" or 18" lengths. Models available include welded and spring-loaded probes with cast aluminum NEMA 4 connection head and captive gasket, 3/4" NPT conduit opening and stainless steel cover chain; probes with 1/2" x 1/2" hex nipples are available in welded and spring-loaded styles, allowing for easy replacement of existing probes and connection to wiring junction boxes. Also available are probes with pre-attached three-pin plugs for quick and easy wiring connection, as well as probes with lead wire transition or M12 connections. RTD probes start at $29.00. RTD thermowells are available for use with certain probes, starting at $23.50.

ProSense RTD sanitary Clean-in-place probes are designed to meet the stringent requirements of HTST pasteurization systems. These 4-inch probes are available in the standard 1/4 " diameter or with a 3/16" diameter reduced tip for greater durability in high-viscosity applications. The stainless steel probes have a -58 to 400 degrees F temperature sensing range. Clean-in-place probes start at $89.00.

Two-conductor thermocouple extension wire for types J and K, in standard ASTM/ANSI colors, are available in convenient 50-foot and 100-foot lengths starting at $15.00. Also available is RTD extension wire which offers superior performance compared to "off-the-shelf" cable. Starting at $21.00, the three-conductor wire is available in 50-foot and 100-foot lengths.

Accessories for Thermocouples and RTDs include: thermowells, compression mounting fittings, bayonet adapters and thermocouple and RTD connectors. See the full ProSense line at www.automationdirect.com/temperature-sensors.

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IP69K Food and Beverage Sensors and Cables

IP69K Food and Beverage Sensors and Cables

AutomationDirect's new line of food and beverage sensor products includes AC and DC proximity and photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the sensors withstand washdown conditions up to 212 degrees F and are constructed of FDA certified materials.

The PFM 12 mm and PFK 18mm proximity series are sensors with shielded or unshielded stainless steel housings and M12 quick-disconnect plug with gold-plated pins. Providing complete overload protection, each series has 10 models available. The PFM series has a standard sensing distance of up to four millimeters and extended distance of up to eight millimeters. The PFK series has a standard sensing distance of up to eight millimeters and extended distance of up to 12 mm. Models are available in a choice of 10-30 VDC PNP or NPN transistor outputs and normally-open or complementary output configurations. PFM and PFK series sensor prices start at $35.

The PFT 30 mm series of proximity sensors are available in four models with sensing ranges up to 22 mm. Models are available with shielded or unshielded housings and normally-open outputs. PFT series prices start at $45.

The VFK 18 mm and VFT 30 mm series proximity sensors are available with shielded or unshielded stainless steel housings and half-inch micro AC quick-disconnect plugs with gold-plated pins. With complete overload protection, each series provides normally-open 20 to 140 VAC outputs. VFK series prices start at $55 and VFT series prices start at $59.

Magnetic proximity sensors are available in 12 mm and 18 mm diameters. The shielded 10-30 VDC sensors have a sensing range of up to 70 mm and a normally-open output. Prices for magnetic proximity sensors start at $44.

Two series of 18 mm food and beverage photoelectric sensors have also been added. The FF series photoelectric sensors are available in 30 models and four styles: diffuse, polarized reflective, through-beam, and retro-reflective (for transparent objects). Sensing distances range from 100 mm to 20 meters. The FFRS series diffuse photoelectric sensors with background suppression are available with adjustable maximum reading distances - 30 to 130 mm and 60 to 100 mm for shiny objects. Sensors are equipped with LED status indicators; yellow indicates output while green indicates teaching function. FF series prices start at $65; FFRS sensors start at $79.

IP69K-rated cables have also been added. Industry standard axial and right-angle M12 or half-inch micro connectors with open leads are available in five and 10-meter lengths. M12 screw-lock patch cables are also available in axial and right-angle models and 0.3m to five-meter cable lengths. Prices for cables start at $12.50.

See the full line of food and beverage sensor products at: www.automationdirect.com/food-beverage-sensors.

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Class T fuses now available

Class T fuses now available

AutomationDirect has added two series of Class T fuses to our line of circuit protection products. The TJN series 300 VAC and TJS series 600 VAC fuses are extremely fast-acting fuses in a compact, space-saving size, making them ideal for use as the main fuse protection for panel boards, load centers, meter stacks, and AC drives. Available in one to 600 Amp sizes, the fuses are current limiting and are designed with no intentional time delay to open quickly on overload. Class T fuse prices start at $6.50 for a single fuse, or $65 for a 10-pack. Screw and box lug-type fuses blocks for Class T fuses have also been added, starting at $8.50.

To see the full line of Class T fuses and fuse blocks, visit www.automationdirect.com/fuses.

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What's the Latest Online?

DirectSOFT QuickStart Guide now in PDF form

DirectSOFT quick start guideNeed some help using DirectLOGIC PLC programming software? Download our handy DirectSOFT QuickStart Guide, a reference sheet that gives you keystroke sequences for common ladder logic editing operations. Using keyboard shortcuts can sometimes be faster than browsing through menus, even for experts, so take advantage of this helpful information.

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Upcoming Webinars

Even though 2010 is nearing an end, our lineup of Web seminars is not. Our 45-minute shows feature both product overviews and more detailed application-based examples. Each seminar includes a question and answer time where our hosts address questions from viewers. You can also view recorded episodes at your convenience.

Upcoming Web Seminars include:AutomationTalk

  • Productivity3000 Advanced I - November 17th 2:00PM EST
  • NITRA Pneumatics Overview - December 8th 2:00PM EST
  • Productivity 3000 Advanced Programming II -
    January 12th 2:00PM EST
  • Motion Control w/ Micro PLCs - January 26th 2:00PM EST
  • C-more Micro Advanced Programming -
    February 9th 2:00PM EST
  • Productivity 3000 Advanced Programming III -
    February 23rd 2:00PM EST

Register today to attend the free online seminars. If you don't see a specific topic of interest, contact us with your idea. Our team will consider it for future seminars.

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From Automation NOTEBOOK  

Aluminum anodizing improved with D2-260 PLC system

With the DirectLOGIC D2-260 PLC and an operator text panel, Robo Systems controls aluminum anodizing. The operator enters the size of the job and the desired thickness of anodizing into the text panel. AutomationNOTEBOOKThe D2-260 translates this into the necessary current, voltage, and time profile required, producing the desired result. The PLC also controls a 300kW SCR switched power supply to deliver the anodizing current to the workpiece. The floating math capabilities provided by the D2-260 are used quite heavily, because the optimum waveform has both short term (~1sec) and long term (~5min) components and needs precise control over two orders of magnitude (10A to 1000A). Because of the 300kW SCR phase angle switching, the environment is extremely noisy electrically, the design of the grounding and shielding, as well as software filtering, were very important to the success of the project.

In addition to the standard PLC on/off inputs and outputs, analog inputs and analog outputs are used as part of the monitoring and control process.

Read more application stories at AutomationNotebook.com

Remember, we are always looking for user application stories. If you have an application story to share with our readers, contact us. We could include it in a future newsletter or an issue of Automation NOTEBOOK.

 

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The Lighter Side
From one of those Internet places

Happy Thanksgiving

For many, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the biggest get-togethers of the year. One of our staff members found this letter on the Internet and thought it would be a good one to share. (The names have been changed to protect everyone involved.)

From: Elaine

As you all know a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner does not make itself. I need to ask each of you to help by bringing something to complete the meal. I truly appreciate your offers to assist with the meal preparation.

Now, while I do have quite a sense of humor and joke around all the time, I COULD NOT BE MORE SERIOUS when I am providing you with your Thanksgiving instructions and orders. I am very particular, so please perform your task EXACTLY as I have requested and read your portion very carefully. If I ask you to bring your offering in a container that has a lid, bring your offering in a container WITH A LID, NOT ALUMINUM FOIL! If I ask you to bring a serving spoon for your dish, BRING A SERVING SPOON, NOT A SOUP SPOON! And please do not forget anything.

All food that is to be cooked should already be prepared, bring it hot and ready to serve, warm or room temp. These are your ONLY THREE options. Anything meant to be served cold should, of course, already be cold.

JBH—Dinner wine

The Brad Mikelson Family
1. Turnips in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. Please do not fill the casserole all the way up to the top, it gets too messy. I know this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but most of us hate turnips so don’t feel like you a have to feed an army.
2. Two half gallons of ice cream, one must be VANILLA, I don’t care what the other one is. No store brands please. I did see an ad this morning for Hagan Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, yum!! (No pressure here, though).
3. Toppings for the ice cream.
4. A case of bottled water, NOT gallons, any brand is ok.

The Bill Bison Family
1. Green beans or asparagus (not both) in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. If you are making the green beans, please prepare FOUR pounds, if you are making asparagus please prepare FIVE pounds. It is up to you how you wish to prepare them, no soupy sauces, no cheese (you know how Brad is), a light sprinkling of toasted nuts, or pancetta, or some EVOO would be a nice way to jazz them up.
2. A case of beer of your choice (I have Coors Light and Corona) or a bottle of Clos du Bois Chardonnay (you will have to let me know which you will bring prior to 11/22).

The Louise Bison Chesterfield Family
1. Louise as a married woman, you are now required to contribute at the adult level. You can bring an hors d’ouvre.
2. A few helpful hints/suggestions: Keep it very light, and non-filling, NO COCKTAIL SAUCE, no beans of any kind. I think your best bet would be a platter of fresh veggies and dip. Not a huge platter mind you (i.e., not the plastic platter from the supermarket).

The Melanie Bobbette Family
1. Stuffing in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please make the stuffing sans meat.
2. 2.5-3 qts. of mashed squash in a casserole with a lid and serving spoon
3. Proscuitto pin wheel - please stick to the recipe, no need to bring a plate.
4. A pie knife

The Jane Daniels Family
1. 15 LBS of mashed potatoes in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please do not use the over-size blue serving dish you used last year. Because you are making such a large batch you can do one of two things: put half the mash in a regulation size casserole with lid and put the other half in a plastic container and we can just replenish with that or use two regulation size casserole dishes with lids. Only one serving spoon is needed.
2. A bottle of Clos du Bois Chardonnay

The Andrea Markhum Family (why do I even bother she will never read this)
1. A pumpkin pie in a pie dish (please use my silver palate recipe) no knife needed.
2. An apple pie in a pie dish, you can use your own recipe, no knife needed.

Looking forward to the 28th!!
Elaine

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