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    Company News
    -Recap 2009
    -See warranty information online
    -Did you miss the last Web seminar?
    -Yes, more videos
    -Register for Live Web seminars
    Cool Web site
    -Manufacturing is Cool!
    Application Highlight
    -D0-06DR PLC stops coolant overflows
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 12 Issue 1, January 2010
We hope you find this issue of our e-mail update of what's new at AutomationDirect informative and, at times, a little amusing.
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Editor's note:

It's all about you!

Thanks for voting us #1 service nine years in a row.AutomationDirect has a history of award-winning customer service.
Since 2001, our sales and technical support teams have consistently received top awards in reader's choice surveys. Why is that? It's simple. It's all about you! From the products we offer, to customer service and support, our team members strive to keep the focus on you by finding the best products for your industrial control application.

This year will be no different. We continue to introduce new products and add to existing product lines. We also update and add features to our Web store to make your online experience a smooth one. Plus, don't forget our video tutorials and live and pre-recorded Web seminars.

We have new issues of Automation NOTEBOOK planned for 2010, as well as these enewsletters; each filled with information you will find helpful and even amusing.

In this month's newsletter, you'll learn the latest company news, information on a great engineering Web site, and more. Then, you'll take a break with the Lighter Side.
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Company News

In case you missed these…

We launched a whole lot of new products in 2009 that can help you do your job better, faster, at less cost. Here are just a few highlights from recent months -

A few of the new Products from AutomationDirect in 2009



To read short summaries of these and the rest of the products we have released within the last 12 months, see the What's New page on our Web site.

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Warranty information onlineSee warranty information online

The newest feature added to our Web store is Product Warranty information displayed on Web store product information pages. Look to the right side below the documentation links to find this information.


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Did you miss the last Web seminar?

AutomationTalk LIVE Web SeriesWe want to thank those who received an email invite to our early January AutomationTalk Web seminar and either registered or watched the show live. If you missed it or experienced any problems getting to the live show, it is now in a recorded format and can be viewed at any time at

We were not expecting such an overwhelming response to the invite, so our limited seating spots filled up quickly. Because we were overcapacity and didn't want to overload the system, we removed the link and posted a new schedule; by the time many responded, they were unable to find the signup link. The large turnout showed us how much our viewers want to watch free training and overivews, and made us realize that we need to make some changes for the future. Some viewers said they experienced bandwidth problems, but for the majority there were no issues and the content was deemed valuable.

We just want to assure you that we are working on solutions so we will be able to accept everyone's registration and there will be no bandwidth issues in the future. Thank you all for your support and viewing. We hope to see you at a live show soon.

Thank you,
Shane Crider

Yes, more videos

learn.automationdirect.comOur video tutorial guys are working very hard to continue releasing tutorials on Due to high demand from our customers, we have added four videos regarding the CLICK PLC. Each two-to-three-minute video explains basic steps on topics such as: writing projects to the PLC, placing the PLC in the Run mode from the PC, testing your project using DataView, and how to check for the output.

AutomationTalkRegister for upcoming Web seminars

We have two informative live Web seminars scheduled for February. If you are looking for cost-saving wiring solutions, check out our Dinnectors and ZIPlinks overview on February 3rd. This 40-minute episode will highlight the latest AutomationDirect has to offer in terminal blocks and pre-wired connection cables and modules.

On February 24th, Shane and Tom will offer the CLICK software advanced episode. You will see ways to hone your CLICK PLC programming skills with time-saving suggestions and advanced programming techniques. You'll also see some programming examples common in simple automation controls.

Each live Web seminar offers a live question and answer session near the end of the episode.

To register for live episodes, or to view pre-recorded ones, go to

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Cool Web site

How many times have we heard our children say, "How do they do that?" The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has developed a cool Web site to help kids of all ages understand just how various things from candy to cars to yogurt and more are manufactured. You can also learn about summer camps, information on colleges and more. Check out the fun at

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Application Highlight

Kevin Esser, of ECS Machine Repair reports that in August 2006, they purchased a milling center. After running for a few months, problems developed with large volume coolant overflows. The milling machine manufacturer came in to assess the problem, and within a month or so, installed another coolant tank with a filter conveyor system. This helped some, but the overflows continued a couple times each week. At this point, they decided take total control of the system and find a permanent solution.

The plan was to use better systems to control coolant flow in the milling center. Kevin chose the D0-06DR PLC, knowing they would have room to grow the system down the road as needed.

The new coolant control system has an AutomationDirect ultrasonic sensor for tank coolant level sensing and one ultrasonic sensor for the auto fill feature. Because there are 3 separate tanks the coolant can flow or be pumped to, this created a need for very accurate level control. After trying other sensing solutions, nothing worked as well as the ultrasonic for liquid level sensing. Once the system was fine-tuned, they have only experienced two overflows, but they were not related to the sensing system.

The system includes coolant flow control, auto water fill, and a warning system (alarms and lights, as well as e-mail and text alerts to cell phone). The D0-06DR is also used to control the conveyor that attached to the coolant control system. Components utilized in this system include: the D0-06DR PLC, 24 VDC power supply, E-COM card, analog card, relays, terminal blocks, ultrasonic sensors, indicator lamps and switches.

The total cost of the project was less than $1350.00.The biggest gain is a machine that now needs only minor maintenance on a weekly basis. The savings in time, cleanup resources and spent coolant has more than justified the cost of this project.

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The Lighter Side

From one of those "www." places

Dog and Cat at dinner table staring at food

Great Truths about Life That Little Children Have Learned

  1. No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
  2. When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
  3. If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
  4. Never ask your three-year-old brother to hold a tomato.
  5. You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
  6. Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot.
  7. Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
  8. Puppies still have bad breath, even after eating a tic-tac.
  9. Never hold a Dust Buster and a cat at the same time.
  10. School lunches stick to the wall.
  11. You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
  12. Don't wear polka-dotted underwear under white shorts.
  13. The best place to be when you're sad in Grandpa's lap.

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