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    Company News
    -Robotics team update
    -FIRST Lego League
    Product News
    -Fuji Electric Molded Case Circuit Breakers
    -C-more micro 6" Color TFT Panel
    -Universal Signal Conditioners
    From Automation Notebook
    -Fall issue is now online
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 11 Issue 10, December 2009
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Merry Christmas from AutomationDirect

Merry Christmas!

As the year winds down, your friends at AutomationDirect wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas! With the tough economy this year you counted on us to supply products that help your industrial systems run more efficiently. For this, we truly say, "Thank you."

We look forward to 2010. We continue to scout for new products and provide the superior level of support you have come to depend on from us.

In this month's newsletter, you'll learn of the newest products we have available, read the latest company news, and then take a break with the Lighter Side.
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Company News

Robotics team begins winning season

Forsyth Robotics

Forsyth Robotics The Forsyth Alliance VEX Robotics Team is off to a great start this season. In addition to taking first place at two competitions, student teams have brought home winning trophies across the board.
These wins have qualified both North Forsyth and West Forsyth High Schools' teams for the World Championship competition in April, 2010. Alliance Director Rick Folea has posted several videos on YouTube showing the teams in competition. Be sure to take a look at the videos. Then support your area schools' robotics programs. Forsyth Robotics

Forsyth Robotics

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FIRST Lego League: Farm teams for the FRC high school program

218 students representing 28 teams recently competed at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying competition at West Forsyth High School. Ten of these teams will move on to a super-qualifier in Warner Robbins, GA with hopes of making it to the state tournament. Over 150,000 children from 18 countries are participating in FLL this year, and the top 60 teams will be invited to the FLL World Festival, held in Atlanta, GA in April.

These elementary and middle school robotics designers have been working since September to design autonomous Lego robots, using the powerful Lego Mindstorms technology, which attempt to accomplish several "missions" in the 2009 Smart Move Challenge. Every year, FLL works with experts in the field to create a Challenge that relates to a significant real-world issue: the 2009 game focuses on transportation. The key to the 2009 "Smart Move" Challenge is accessing people, places, goods and services in the safest, most efficient way possible. In this journey, teams will consider many modes of transportation beyond their daily routine and streamline their options by making smart moves!

The FLL qualifiers are exciting tournament experiences that are the culmination of 8 weeks of teamwork and mentoring. The Forsyth qualifier is operated completely by the high school FRC/BEST/VEX team members, their mentors, teachers and other volunteers. Teams compete with their peers in high energy, sports-like events. Teams also present their solutions to a panel of judges, and vie for awards in research & presentation, robot design, robot performance, and teamwork. The overriding goal of FLL and the other FIRST robotics competitions is to encourage math and science education at an early age, and to expose kids to scientific and engineering career paths that they might not otherwise pursue. The organization is keenly interested in encouraging girls to become involved, and in Forsyth County, their participation is very noticeable!

Forsyth Robotics

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Product News

Space-Saving Molded Case Circuit Breakers Added to Product Offering

Space-Saving Molded Case Circuit BreakersAutomationDirect now offers Fuji Electric's BW series of molded case circuit breakers. More compact than traditional breakers, this series takes up less space than almost any others on the market.

Suitable for branch circuit protection, the BW series offers standard type and high-interrupting capacities in identically sized housings. The three-pole non-adjustable magnetic trip molded case circuit breakers, in sizes up to 800A, are also suitable for reverse-feed applications. All BW series breakers conform to worldwide standards, including UL, CSA, CE, and IEC.

The BW125A models include breakers in 12 sizes ranging from 15A to 125A, while the BW250A models are available in seven sizes ranging from 125A to 250A. Both series are 600V rated and prices start at $166.

The BW400 series offers four sizes (250A to 400A), the BW630 series is available in 500A and 600A sizes, and the BW800 series is available in 700A and 800A frames. These three series are 480V rated and prices start at $675.

A variety of accessories is also available, including auxiliary contacts, shunt trips, and undervoltage releases. See the full line now.

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C-more Micro 6" Color TFT Panel

C-more Micro 6" color TFT PanelThe C-more micro family now offers a 6-inch TFT color touch screen HMI panel. The panel's 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 6-inch touch panel is equipped with a standard Type B USB programming port and five durable function keys with LED indicators. The unit offers 3.2Mb memory, LED backlight, multistate bitmap support and Windows font support. C-more micro's 320x240 screen allows either portrait or landscape installation when space is a concern. The panel is priced at $399.

See complete product line.

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Universal Signal Conditioners

Universal Signal ConditionersAutomationDirect now offers universal signal conditioners, in plastic slim-line housings, to convert, isolate and transmit scale signals from a wide variety of process sensor and controller I/O. The DIN-rail mountable models (884114 and 84116) support scalable input signals including mA, VDC, thermocouple with internal cold junction compensation, two to four-wire RTDs, linear resistance and potentiometer signals. Both models feature mA and VDC outputs, while the 84116 model adds two individually programmable relays for alarming and control functions. Isolated universal supply voltage input eliminates the need for separate transformers or power supplies.

A menu-structured LCD programming/display module, sold separately, features automatic scrolling text identifying each menu item. The detachable module can store and transfer configuration parameters from one signal conditioner to another, minimizing set up time with multiple unit applications. The module supports seven programming languages and can be password-protected to prevent unauthorized configuration changes. When not used for configuration, the display module can be used to display input signal values, engineering units, output signal, and relay status.

Prices for the universal signal conditioners start at $175 and are backed by a five-year warranty.


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Automation NOTEBOOKFrom Automation NOTEBOOK

Automation NOTEBOOK Fall Issue is online

AutomationNOTEBOOKOur latest issue of Automation NOTEBOOK has hit the streets and is now available online. This issue is filled with interesting articles and useful information, including articles on transformer applications and a recap of the Navy's Opportunity Forum for Innovation held in June of this year. Among the User Solutions is an article focused on a denim manufacturer in Trion, Georgia. It tells how retrofitting control systems made their manufacturing process much more efficient.

Find out how implementing AutomationDirect products provided became the cost-efficient solution in this and other user applications.

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The Lighter Side

We receive numerous compliments on how AutomationDirect celebrates the Christmas season. Each year, our facilities team converts our giant flag pole into an enormous Christmas tree covered in colored LED lights. With help from other teams, the lights are then programmed to display an amazing light show. This year, we used the new Productivity3000 controller to do the honors. Check out our video from a past Christmas to experience it yourself.


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