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EDITOR'S NOTES

New ADC CatalogIf you've had a chance to leaf through our new catalog, you've probably seen all the great new products we've added. With the release of the new catalog, we've updated our Web site with all the new products and a new price list. If it's been awhile since you visited our Web site, check it out!
We've added updated product information, new application stories, FAQs, and more.


 

IN THIS ISSUE

NEW PRODUCTS
AutomationDirect and Kepware team up to offer KEPDirect EBC I/O server
DH+ and Ethernet capability added for EZTouch operator panels
New 60 mm contactors and adjustable overload relays
Cutler-Hammer 30 mm NEMA pushbuttons added to pilot device line
Process controller line now available
New line of industrial flashlights available from Hubbell Lighting

TECH TALK
Application of the month
Question of the month

PRODUCT SHORT TAKES

RACING NEWS

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE

 

NEW PRODUCTS

AutomationDirect and Kepware team up to offer KEPDirect EBC I/O server

KEPDirectThe KEPDirect EBC I/O server is a 32-bit application that connects Windows™ client software to AutomationDirect Ethernet I/O, using Ethernet Base Controllers (EBC) from AutomationDirect. The server interfaces to Ethernet EBC I/O using industry-standard OPC (OLE for Process Control). With the KEPDirect server, any industrial HMI/SCADA, data historian, MES or ERP software package that includes an OPC client driver can connect directly to AutomationDirect's DL205, DL405 or Terminator Ethernet I/O. Eight or more EBCs can be supported simultaneously, depending on the server package purchased. KEPDirect I/O server software packages start at $129.

DH+ and Ethernet capability for EZTouch touch panels

EZTouch NetworkingAutomationDirect now offers EZTouch PLC touch panels with a built-in Data Highway Plus (DH+) interface, or Ethernet option cards for use with certain EZTouch panels. New Data Highway Plus versions of the EZTouch panels are available in color or monochrome 6-inch models, and 8 and 10-inch color models in regular or slim bezel sizes. Prices for EZTouch panels with the DH+ card pre-installed start at $1,159 for the 6-inch monochrome version. Also available is an optional high-speed Ethernet communication card. Priced at $189, this option card enables an EZTouch panel to connect to an AutomationDirect PLC Ethernet network. Up to eight EZTouch panels can be connected to one or multiple PLCs containing an ECOM module using off-the-shelf Ethernet hubs. EZTouch panels can be programmed over the Ethernet network with standard EZTouch programming software (EZ-TOUCHEDIT for $139).

New 60 mm contactors and adjustable overload relays

New contactors and overload relaysAutomationDirect now offers several new 60 mm Centsable contactors. The three-pole contactors are offered in IEC sizes G through J, with 120 or 240 V actuator coils. They are DIN-rail mountable for fast and easy installation and start at $59. Adjustable overload relays for both the 45 mm and 60 mm Centsable contactors are now available, in sizes for motor currents from .4 to 65 amps. Units come with normally open and normally closed auxiliary contacts. Overload relays start at $18.

Cutler-Hammer 30 mm NEMA pushbuttons added to pilot device line

30 mm pushbuttonsAutomationDirect now offers a complete line of NEMA 30 mm metal devices. The Cutler-Hammer HT800 Series pushbutton models include momentary flush, extended and mushroom pushbuttons in red, green and black and color-coded contact blocks for quick and easy identification. They feature double V-gasket seals for excellent ingress protection and anodized aluminum mounting rings for corrosion resistance. Pushbutton assemblies start at $13.25. New indicator lights feature optically enhanced lenses for excellent front and side illumination and are available in green, red, amber, yellow, blue, white and clear. Prices start at $27.25. Also available are two- or three-position selector switches in knob and lever configurations that can be adjusted in 22.5-degree increments for more versatile knob positions. Selector switch assemblies start at $16. All new 30 mm products can be purchased as assemblies or as individual components and are NEMA 1, 2, 3, 3R, 4, 4X, 12, and 13-rated.

Process controller line now available

Temperature and process controllers are now available from AutomationDirect. Models include a limit controller with two mechanical relays and universal inputs, including thermocouple, RTD, mA, mV and V; a temperature controller with two mechanical relays, one 4-20 mA output and thermocouple and RTD inputs; and a process controller with two mechanical relays or two solid state relays, one 4-20 mA output, and thermocouple, RTD, mA, mV and V inputs. The temperature and process controllers also offer PID, autotune and on/off control routines. Prices range from $149 to $229.

New line of industrial flashlights available from Hubbell Lighting

AutomationDirect now offers industrial flashlights suitable for any factory environment. From impact resistance to explosion proofing, HubbelLITE™ industrial flashlights offer the safety and performance needed for the factory floor. Three flashlights are available, and all use Xenon lamps, which are 400% brighter and last two to four times longer than incandescent lamps. The flashlights are also waterproof and submersible. They range in price from $9.50 to $19.50.

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PRODUCT SHORT TAKES


New option modules for DL05

Several new discrete option modules are now available for the DL05 PLC. The modules range from 4-point to 16-point versions and are priced from$42-50.


New GS AC drives family

GS Series AC DrivesThe new GS1 mini AC drives are available in 1/4 - 2 hp, 115 VAC/230 VAC input and 230 VAC output, with adjustable 3-10 KHz carrier frequency. Four programmable digital inputs and one programmable relay output are also provided. Six GS1 drives are available, ranging in price from $149 to $198. The GS2 micro drive series offers 1/2 - 7.5 hp at 230 VAC input/output or up to 10 hp at 480 VAC input/output, with programmable 1-12 KHz carrier frequency. The GS2 also features programmable analog input and output, six programmable digital inputs, two programmable relay outputs, and dynamic braking. Twelve different ratings of GS2 drives are available, ranging in price from $188 to $820.

Timers from Koyo and Fuji Electric

Timers from Koyo and FujiAutomationDirect now offers timers, including a miniature DIN-rail timer and two types of 1/16 timers, including a digital multi-mode timer. The new timers feature DIN-rail mounting or panel mounting and operating LEDs to check for proper operation. Four output modes can be selected for the multi-mode timers, including on-delay, flicker, one-shot, and off-delay. Timer outputs range from 2 A up to 5 A, DPDT relays. Digital timers feature seconds to hours time ranges with decimal selection to meet a wide range of timing requirements. Prices for the new timers range from $35 to $89.

New training products and courses from Interconnecting Automation

ICA TrainingInterconnecting Automation, our preferred training provider for PLC and PC-based control, now offers a PLC analog I/O training kit. The kit includes two 2-hour analog training videos, firmware upgrade instructional video, a pre-wired analog trainer, and DL05 analog I/O module and manual. This unit is a "plug-and-play" add-on to the existing DL05 PLC trainer or any existing DL05 PLC and is sold for $795.

Also available from Interconnecting Automation is a new advanced training course for PLC-based controls. This course is designed for those who have previous experience in PLC programming and would like to improve their programming and troubleshooting skills. You should already have taken the Introductory Programming Course or have real world experience before taking this course.

For more about Interconnecting Automation, including class schedules and information on ordering training kits, visit http://www.interconnectingautomation.com

 

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TECH TALK

Application of the month: DL05 on the lookout for fire

Products Used: DL05 Micro PLC

Description: We have developed a product named "SenseIT Firemaster", a wireless system that takes care of fire and gas alarms for shipyards. The application consists of several DL05 PLCs, each connected to a radio modem. If an alarm occurs, the location of the alarm shows up on a PC, and all the other DL05s are notified by the DL05 that received the alarm. Special programming was necessary since all DL05s operate as Modbus masters (in order to meet radio silence demands with a lot of nodes connected). The system is easy to install and can be moved to different locations if necessary.

Submitted by: Bjørn Tore Kilen (btkilen@sonton.com)
Sonton Teknologi AS, Norway

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Question of the month: How often should I change the backup battery for the DL05?

Answer: The DL05 itself does not have a battery - only the optional memory cartridge does. The typical life of the battery in these units is 5 years, but the battery should be checked every six months.

To view all of our FAQs, visit http://support.automationdirect.com/faq/index.html

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RACING NEWS

Johnny maintained his second place standing in the championship standings with a sixth place finish at Lime Rock on May 27. He'll try to catch up with first place teammate Paul Gentilozzi at the next race on June 29 at Mid-Ohio. The race will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. on CBS.

Visit Johnny's Web site at www.milleracing.com for all the latest racing news.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE

Humorous warning labels:

Unknown Hair Coloring - Do not use as an ice cream topping.

Unknown mattress - Warning: Do not attempt to swallow.

Liquid Plummer - Warning: Do not reuse contents to store beverages.

Unknown Toilet Plunger - Warning: Do not use near power lines.

Dremal Electric Rotary Tool - This product not intended for use as a dental drill.

Child-sized Superman costume - Wearing this garment does not enable you to fly.

Aspirin bottle - Do not take if allergic to Aspirin

Floodlight - This floodlight is capable of illuminating large areas, even in the dark.

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