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    - NITRA modular solenoid valves
    - ZIPport multi-wire connectors
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    -DirectLOGIC DL06 PLC helps Ion Generator
     
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Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2011
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Don't forget to remember

Don’t forget to remember

The month of May is drawing to a close. For my family, it has been quite the roller coaster. Earlier this month, our oldest son graduated from high school. It was such an exciting time. Then, four days later, his mom and I sent him off to basic training where he officially starts the next phase of his life. Now that he is serving in the Army, this Memorial Day has an even greater meaning to us. Without the brave young men and women in our armed forces, we would not have the rights and freedoms we too often take for granted. So many of them have given everything so we can enjoy the things we have in this great country.

As you celebrate this Memorial Day, take time to pause and reflect on not only the men and women who gave all for this country, but also lift up prayers of thanksgiving for those still serving.

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

Leadership in Automation 2011

AutomationWorldAutomationWorld magazine is hosting the 2011 Leadership in Automation program where you can vote for your favorite supplier in many categories. From now through August 31th, 2011, visit the AutomationWorld site and cast your vote. To vote for AutomationDirect, simply click here review the company profile, and click the voting icon in the upper right corner. Your vote will be tallied in real time and may even push your supplier to the head of the pack! You can vote for suppliers in multiple categories. Thanks for your participation!

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Latest Product News

NITRA modular solenoid valves

NITRA modular solenoid valves

NITRA pneumaticsNITRA™ pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port (three-way), two-position poppet valves available in normally-open or normally-closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors; units are DIN rail mountable when used with BVM series manifolds. Featuring flow coefficients from 0.02 to 0.05, models are available with 12 VDC, 24 VDC or 120 VAC solenoid coils, with LED status indicators and a pushbutton manual operator. Backed by a two-year warranty, NITRA BVS series solenoid valves start at $28.

NITRA pneumatic BVM series modular manifolds simplify the mounting and wiring of BVS series solenoid valves. Available in four and eight-station models with 35mm or quarter-inch tube inlets, the manifolds are made of sturdy glass reinforced thermoplastic with DIN rail mounting clips included. Push-to-connect inlet and outlet connections and a nine-pin D-sub connector allow for quick and easy tubing and wiring. Backed by a two-year warranty, NITRA BVM manifold prices start at $54.

The complete NITRA line can be seen by visiting:
www.automationdirect.com/pneumatic-parts.

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ZIPport multi-wire connectors

ZIPport multi-wire connectors

ZIPportThe ZIPport™ product line now includes the standard series multi-wire connectors. The heavy duty connectors are designed to maintain reliable electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress common in industrial environments.

Available in five frame sizes (3A, 6B, 10B, 16B and 24B), heavy-duty metal housings are constructed of polyester powder coated die-cast aluminum alloy. Self-extinguishing thermoplastic housings are also available in the 3A frame size. Connector hoods are available with top entry and side entry cable passages. All housings are available in a standard profile; several are offered with a high construction profile to allow more room for wiring higher density inserts. All housings feature Pg threaded cable passages; optional Pg thread to NPT adapters are available. A single or double lever locking system assures coupling stability and protection against accidental opening.

ZIPport multi-wire connectors require one male and one female insert. The inserts, suitable for use with alternating (AC) or direct current (DC), are available in multiple pole configurations from 3 poles plus ground up to 108 poles plus ground and with termination sizes ranging from 14 to 5 AWG; units are rated for 10 to 80 amps. ZIPport inserts are made of UL 94 V-0 rated self-extinguishing thermoplastic resin rated at a maximum temperature of 125°C (257°F). The inserts are available in screw terminal and crimp style contact block connections. The contacts are copper alloy with hard silver plating. The plastic insulators are numbered on both sides by laser printing or molding in accordance with EN 60068-2-70.

A wide variety of accessories includes NPT adapters, cable glands, DIN-rail mounting kits, plugs and crimp tools.

The full line of ZIPport standard multi-wire connectors can be seen at
www.automationdirect.com/multi-wire-connectors.

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Basic sensor line

Basic sensor line

AutomationDirect's offering of industrial sensors now includes two series of low-cost high-performance sensors. The FB series M18 plastic DC photoelectric sensors are 18mm sensors in diffuse, polarized reflective and through-beam models with sensing distances ranging from 70mm to eight meters. All models feature M12 quick-disconnects and are available in NPN and PNP output logic configurations. FB series inductive proximity sensors are priced at $21.50.

Also added are the PB series inductive DC proximity sensors. Twelve models are available in 12mm, 18mm and 30mm sizes, with shielded and unshielded housings and sensing ranges of 2mm to 15mm. Fitted with M12 quick-disconnects, the nickel-plated brass sensors are IP67 rated and feature either NPN or PNP logic outputs. PB series sensors prices start at $13.50.

To see the complete line of sensors, visit:
www.automationdirect.com/sensors.

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ProSense pressure and temperature line extended

ProSense pressure and temperature line extended

ProSenseThe extended ProSense line of pressure sensors and temperature transmitters now includes IP68/IP69K-rated 5,000 psi pressure transmitters available in zero to 10V and 4 to 20mA output models. Offering higher operating and burst pressures, the transmitters are ideal for use in applications such as hydraulic systems, paintball changing systems, biotechnology and more. ProSense pressure transmitter prices start at $97.

New TTD temperature transmitters, for use with RTD probes, are available in three temperature ranges. Equipped with M12 quick-disconnects for fast wiring, the transmitters provide a high accuracy two-wire or three-wire 4-20mA signal output. The IP67 rated transmitters convert low-level RTD temperature probe output signals to high-level analog signals, making them more appropriate for long-distance transmission. Backed by a three-year warranty, ProSense temperature transmitter prices start at $65.

To see the complete ProSense line, visit:
www.automationdirect.com/sensors.

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Communication devices

Communication devices

The new GS-EDRV100 Ethernet drive module provides a high-performance Ethernet link between a control system and any GS or DURApulse AC drive. The module processes signals to and from the drive, mounts on 35mm DIN rail, and connects the drive to an Ethernet hub or PC. It formats drive signals to conform with the Ethernet standard and transmits these signals to the H2-ERM or H4-ERM, Productivity3000, KEPDirect OPC Server, KEPDirect EBC I/O Server, or independent controllers with a Modbus TCP/IP driver. This allows for greater connectivity to many control system architectures. The GS-EDRV100 is equipped with a serial and an Ethernet communication port and LED activity indicators.The module ($185) features a built-in Web browser which allows users to configure and control the drive from any Web browser via the IP address of the GS-EDRV100 module.

Also available is the H2-SERIO-4 serial communications module designed for WinPLC and PC-based control systems. The H2-SERIO-4 module has two RS-232C ports and one RS-422/485 terminal. Each port on the module is capable of full hardware handshaking. The H2-SERIO-4 communications module is priced at $165.

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What's the Latest Online?

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples

We recently learned of a Web site that provides detailed PLC and PAC product comparisons.
PLCCompare.com provides a just-the-facts comparison of major controller brands. You will find everything from price comparisons to features, to programming software on brands from suppliers such as AutomationDirect, Rockwell, GE, Siemens, Mitsubishi and more. The site also provides links to product brochures, downloads, and more.

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

We continue to have great response to our Web seminars. 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

  • DirectSoft 5 Advanced I –
    June 8th 2:00PM EST
  • AC Drives –
    June 22nd 2:00PM EST
  • CLICK PLC Overview –
    July 20th 2:00PM EST
  • Productivity3000 Advanced III – August 3rd 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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Application Innovations

DirectLOGIC DL06 PLC helps Ion Generator

AutomationNOTEBOOK onlineNASA is set to retire the space shuttle Endeavor once it completes its current mission. With that in mind, we felt it appropriate to share a NASA-inspired application story previously featured in Automation NOTEBOOK.

In the 1960s, NASA conducted a research program to develop a small lightweight water purifier. The purifier was for use in the Apollo spacecraft, so low power usage and minimal maintenance were a must. The 9-ounce purifier, slightly larger than a cigarette pack and completely chlorine-free, was designed to dispense silver ions into the spacecraft's water supply to kill bacteria.

NASA's ingenious device for controlling microbial contamination caught on quickly, opening the doors for safer methods of controlling water pollutants on Earth. Inspired by NASA's work, Environmentally Engineered Equipment developed the ChemFreePro© Ion Generator as a maintenance treatment for cooling towers. Read on to learn more.

You can check out our list of application stories here.

 

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The Lighter Side

A Memorial Day Essay

A Memorial Day essay

When Kathlena Peebles was a junior at Highlands High School in North Highlands, California, she missed a band function on Memorial Day to witness a Memorial Day presentation by her father's submariner veterans group aboard the USS Pampanito. As punishment for missing the band function, she was instructed to write an essay about the true purpose of Memorial Day.

Take a moment to read the essay.

Have a safe holiday!

God Bless America!


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