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Volume 6 Issue 3

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EDITOR'S NOTES

2004 AutomationDirect catalogOur new Volume 9 catalog will be shipping this month! If you are a current customer or you requested/received a catalog in the past 18 months, you will automatically receive our new 2004 catalog, which now features over 5,000 products. If you’ve never received a catalog and would like one, head to our Web site or call 1-800-633-0405.

Two important changes to note: A new shipping policy, (effective June 1, 2004), will simplify shipping charges by applying a flat fee based on order value, and offers FREE ground shipping in the continental U.S. on all orders over $300 (phone, fax, or online). (Some rules and restrictions apply, see our Web site for details.) Also, due to our increased cost of doing business, we will be implementing some price changes effective June 1. There will be price increases for products where necessary, and we'll be passing on savings and lowering prices where we are able.

As always, we welcome your comments. Contact us at newsletter@automationdirect.com if you've got comments or suggestions concerning this newsletter.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

COMPANY NEWS

  • Web seminar schedule
  • Schedule for Interconnecting Automation training

NEW PRODUCTS

  • KEPDirect for PLCs Server offers connection between Windows client software and DirectLOGIC PLCs
  • Wire duct and accessories added to product offering
  • Radio modem line now available
  • New option modules available for DL05/06

PRODUCT SHORT TAKES

SUPPORT SOLUTIONS

TECH TALK

  • Application of the month

THE LIGHTER SIDE

 

COMPANY NEWS

Web seminarsWeb seminar schedule

If you haven’t attended one of our Web seminars, check out our schedule for seminar descriptions and times and to enroll. We have been adding new topics to the schedule and will continue to do so, so even if you’ve attended one before, check back frequently to see what new topics we’ve added.

Schedule for Interconnecting Automation Training classes

Interconnecting Automation, an AutomationDirect federation partner, delivers training to customers using AutomationDirect products. Classes for PLC-based systems are held around the country and are delivered by Doug Bell, who has over 20 years experience in the industry. Following is the schedule for training classes in the next few months:

Introductory Classes:
June 22-24 Orlando, FL
September 28-30 Las Vegas, NV
November 2-5 Cleveland, OH

Advanced Classes:
June 1-3 Irvine, CA
October 5-7 Las Vegas, NV
December 7-9 Atlanta, GA
(The Atlanta class will be held at AutomationDirect headquarters)

ICA logoInterConnecting Automation is also now offering a PID class. Doug Bell will team up with Cecil Smith, a 30 years+ expert in PID function. The three day class will be strictly devoted to PID function and will educate you on the short cuts and tools that the experts know and use. This class will be offered December 14-15 at AutomationDirect headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

For more information on InterConnecting Automation classes, visit www.interconnectingautomation.com.

 

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NEW PRODUCTS

KEPDirect for PLCs Server offers connection between Windows client software and DirectLOGIC PLCs

KEPDirectThe new KEPDirect for PLCs Server is a 32-bit application that provides a way to connect Windows client software to AutomationDirect DirectLOGIC PLCs. This means that any industrial HMI/SCADA, data historian, MES or ERP software package that includes an OPC client driver can connect directly to DirectLOGIC PLC serial or Ethernet ports. The KEPDirect for PLCs Server provides an interface to DirectLOGIC PLCs using industry-standard OPC (OLE for process control), so you are free to choose almost any software package. Packages available include one to support up to 3 nodes, one to support up to 7 nodes and one to support 8 or more nodes. Prices start at $295.

Wire duct and accessories added to product offering

Wire duct and accessoriesAutomationDirect® has added a line of wiring duct and associated accessories. Rigid PVC wiring duct features a wide finger design that provides greater rigidity and larger slot width. A non-slip flush cover (included) holds 10-12% more wires than traditional designs. White or grey rigid wiring duct is available in 2-meter lengths with dimensions from .5 x .625 to 6 x 4 inches bundled in packages of 1-24, including the duct cover. Individual piece prices start at $9. Flexible wiring duct is ideal for wiring to cabinet doors. It can be easily bent and twisted without breaking and allows individual wires to be added or removed for applications that require frequent access to wiring. Flexible wiring duct is available in grey or white and in 20-inch lengths with dimensions from .5 x .5 to 1.5 x 1.5 inches. Packages of 20, 36, 42, or 64 pieces are available, with prices starting at $134.25. Completing the line are replacement wiring duct covers and associated accessories, including duct separators, wire retainers, identification tags, mounting inserts, rivets and rivet tools, spiral wrap and braided sleeving.

Radio modem line now available

Cirronet radio modemsAutomationDirect® and Cirronet™ Inc., have teamed up to offer Cirronet’s wireless radio modems. Two series of modems are available: The CR-HN series are versatile, 2.4 GHz FHSS wireless data modems. CR-HN radios are ideal for SCADA applications (as remote modems in multipoint configurations) and are a cost-effective solution for point-to-point installations. CR-HN modems start at $595. CR-SE series Ethernet radios are based on the same patented technology as the CR-HN serial radios. They provide long-range, high-speed wireless connectivity among Ethernet devices in industrial settings. Typical CR-SE applications include wireless industrial automation and data collection, network bridging, PLC networking and SCADA. CR-SE modems start at $1,195.

New option modules available for DL05/06

Two new option modules have been added to the DL05/DL06 lines of PLCs. An 8-point AC input module offers an input voltage range of 80-132 VAC and 90-150 VDC. It is priced at $47. A 4-point isolated relay output module, priced at $49, features 5-30 VDC and 5-125 VAC.

 

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PRODUCT SHORT TAKES

Supplementary protector line now offered

Supplementary protectorsAutomationDirect is now offering Cutler-Hammer supplementary circuit protectors by Eaton Electrical. The WMS Series protectors are DIN-rail mountable and come in one- and three-pole configurations. They are available in two trip curves: the B-curve trips at three to five times the rated current and is typically used for low inrush type loads. The D-curve trips at 10 to 20 times the rated current for higher inrush inductive loads like transformers and motors. The WMS Series protectors are priced at $7 for a single-pole device, regardless of current rating or trip curve. The triple-pole devices are priced at $20.

New solid-state relays added to product offering

RelaysAutomationDirect is now offering several new solid-state and cube relays, ranging in price from $4.75 to $41.00. Solid-state relays are available in 10 or 25 A DIN-rail mountable or 4 A plug-in models. Octal relays are available in 24 VAC or VDC (2PDT or 3PDT), 120 VAC (2PDT or 3PDT) and 240 VAC (2PDT or 3PDT) models. Cube relays are available in 24, 120 and 240 VAC and 24 VDC models (1PDT, 2 PDT or 4PDT). All relays feature two indicators: an LED for the input coil and a mechanical flag for output contact status, as well as a push-to-test with lock function. Pluggable MOVs and diodes can be purchased separately.The relays fit into standard industry sockets.

Several new sensor models now available

We've extended our line of sensors to include several new categories. The new additions include 5 mm extended distance sensors, AC and DC rectangular photo sensors, light screens, and DIN-rail mountable fiber optic amplifiers, which offer a built-in adjustable timer function. Also available are short-body proximity sensors in 8 and 12 mm sizes, analog output proximity sensors in 8, 12, 18 and 30 mm sizes, ultrasonic sensors in 18 and 30 mm sizes, and non-metal photo or round fiber amplifiers in 18 mm sizes. 8 and 12 mm extension cables have also been added.

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SUPPORT SOLUTIONS

A Tour of AutomationDirect Tech Support

Over the past few years, AutomationDirect has been named number one in support by Control Design magazine readers for PLC hardware and software. And, year after year, our own customers consistently rate us as the best in support. This acclaim didn’t happen by accident. Our focus on tech support has been one of our top concerns since we established the company as PLCDirect ten years ago. But tech support doesn’t always come in the form of phone support. We are continually developing our Web site to assist in answering questions and being a resource for technical information. While you are always welcome to call tech support, here are a few other options for finding technical and application information quickly:

FAQs
(http://support.automationdirect.com/faq/index.html)
Our Frequently Asked Questions database grows every day. We’ve organized the database by product category to help make it easy to find information on specific products. While in the database, you can press "Ctrl+F" to search for specific words. This can be a fast, easy way to find answers to common questions.

Technical and Application Notes
(http://support.automationdirect.com/technotes.html)
This database is also arranged by product category and can also be searched using "Ctrl+F". The database contains information such as cross-reference tables, application tips, wiring diagrams and more. There are also several animated tutorials available through the database.

Example Programs
(http://support.automationdirect.com/examples.html)
These programs are provided as examples of how to apply the various instructions in our PLCs. The examples are tested in our own lab, and include information such as programs to adjust a PLC clock, examples of how to use pointers, CTRIO programming examples for pulse output functions, and much more.

Application Stories
(http://support.automationdirect.com/examples/applications.html)
Customers often send us application stories to post on our Web site. Oftentimes, these can be helpful to customers with similar applications. We are always accepting new stories, so visit our application story page to read through the stories, or submit one of your own. Every customer who has an application story posted on our Web site receives a $50 credit. We also offer $500 credits to customers who assist us in developing a full-length story to be submitted for publication in a trade journal.

Customer Forum
(http://forum1.automationdirect.com)
Our customer forums have become very popular over the last few years. The forums offer a place to ask application questions, or offer application help to fellow customers. We have a general application forum, as well as specific forums for drives and communication applications.

Documents and Downloads
(various categories on http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/TechHome/TechHome)
Our Web site also provides a fast way to download documents such as installation instructions, user manuals, CAD drawings, etc., as well as software and firmware upgrade downloads. We also offer free demos of many of our software programs.

That's just scratching the surface of what’s available on our Tech Support home page. Visit our Tech Support page to see all the tech support information we have available. And, as always, if you have any questions that can’t be answered by the information you find there or you’d just rather speak to a real person, call us at 770-844-4200 .

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TECH TALK

Application of the month: D2-260 replaces old controls to keep newspaper press running

Products used: D2-260 with Ethernet card

Description: We removed the old controls and installed new DC drives at a newspaper press that includes nine units, plus a folder. We then installed a "master" D2-260 PLC with Ethernet for communicating with remote I/O in the press units. The drives and PLC communicate with the maintenance computer for troubleshooting locally and remotely. The entire press was retrofitted without the newspaper ever losing one production run and customer downtime losses went from about a week per month to no losses in 6 months. The system has paid for itself.

Submitted by:
Royce Mitchell
A.I.M. Controls, L.L.C.

View our entire collection of Application Stories or submit one of your own

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THE LIGHTER SIDE

Funny signs

Sign in a department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.

English sign in a German cafe:
PLEASE WASH YOUR HANS BEFORE EATING.

Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES ETC.
WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in a dry cleaner's window:
ANYONE LEAVING THEIR GARMENTS HERE FOR MORE THAN 30 DAYS WILL BE DISPOSED OF.

Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

Sign on a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK

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