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    -Have you considered our tech forum?
    -New site
    Product NEWS
    -DC motors added to IronHorse line
    -RUKO hole saws
    -More Edison power distribution blocks added
    LEARN Website Update
    -New videos explain universal signal conditioners
    From Notebook
    -Systems Integrator automates skydiving
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2010
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Editor's note:

What a crazy winter!

groundhog - no more winter

This winter has been one for the record books. Earlier this month, the groundhog saw his shadow in some parts of the country, in other parts, he did not. One thing is for sure, spring will be here in about three weeks. Soon, we will say farewell to the cold temperatures and enjoy the show as Nature resurrects from her long hibernation.

As the seasons change, one thing remains constant…award-winning support from AutomationDirect. Count on us to provide dependable sales and technical support and quality products at the best value in the industry.

In this month's newsletter, learn about our latest product releases, information on tutorial videos, and more. Don't forget to take a quick break with the Lighter Side.

Also, 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

Have you considered our tech forum?

AutomationDirect Tech ForumSurfing the Web, it seems there are online forums about everything from playing card games to earning college degrees. There a number of support forums relevant to industrial controls and manufacturing. Our customer forums are jam packed with useful information from our customers designed to help each other find answers to questions, share information and ideas. Here, you will find forums ranging from general applications to more specific categories such as operator interfaces and AC drives. You will even find a forum with example programs.

AutomationDirect technical support staff may answer questions occasionally, but do not monitor the forums constantly. If you are seeking a prompt response, please contact Technical Support directly at 800-633-0405 or send them an email.

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New site - Your resource for informationJust as AutomationDirect has grown, so have our resources available to customers. Our newest resource,, enables new and current customers to learn more about AutomationDirect and the products we offer. It answers the perennial comment, "I didn't know you had that!" We hope you find this site insightful and informative. With so much information available with just the click of the mouse, we want you to be able to find it quickly and easily. As always, your feedback regarding this new site is welcomed.

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Product News

DC motors added to IronHorse line

IronHorse DC motors from AutomationDirectThe newest addition to our IronHorse motors line includes permanent magnet DC 56C-frame motors, featuring totally enclosed non-vented (TENV) and totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) models. The motors are constructed of a rolled steel frame with cast aluminum end bell, and are available in sizes ranging from .33 to 2HP. IronHorse DC motors are ideal for applications such as conveyors, turntables, and whenever adjustable speed, constant torque, dynamic braking and reversing capabilities are needed.

IronHorse DC motors, with a base 1800 RPM, are designed for use on unfiltered SCR (Thyristor) type 115 or 230V rectified AC inputs, when used with an appropriate SCR drive. They may also be used with PWM (pulse width modulated) type DC adjustable speed drives.

Other features include linear speed/torque characteristics over the entire speed range, high starting torques for heavy load applications, reversible rotation, and dynamic braking capability for faster stops. Large brushes provide for longer brush life. All IronHorse DC motors are shipped with a set of brushes in the motor, with an extra set of brushes included in the box

IronHorse DC motors can be mounted to the Stable™ motor slide bases for accurate and easy motor positioning. Available in sizes from NEMA 56C- NEMA 449T, these motor bases start at $8.

IronHorse permanent magnet DC motors start at $119, are available for same-day shipping, and are backed by a two-year warranty.

View the complete line.

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RUKO Hole Saws

RUKO hole saws from AutomationDirectThe RUKO family of cutting tools offered by AutomationDirect now includes a line of hole saws and accessories. The new bi-metal saws, in sizes ranging from 9/16" (14mm) to 8¼" (210mm), feature up to 1½" cutting depth and are available in two models. High-Speed Steel saws easily cut materials such as unalloyed steel, non-ferrous and light metals, plastics, plasterboard and light building boards, fiberboard, plywood and wood. Cobalt 8 saws, with fine cutting teeth, work well with metals such as alloyed and non-alloyed steels, high chromium alloyed steels, such as stainless steel, steels resistant to rust and acids, non-ferrous and light metals.

Constructed with an alloyed steel 6135 jacket, the saws feature high rotational precision, positive chipping and cutting angles and good chip removal. Slots in the jacket side aid in removal of cutouts. The hole saw and shank are in two parts, so hole saws of different diameters can be exchanged and fitted more quickly. Prices for the new hole saws start at $4.75. A variety of arbor assemblies with pilot drill are available for the hole saws in 7/16" and 3/8" shank sizes. Arbor holder prices start at $6.25. Pilot drills are also available starting at $3.50.

View the RUKO hole saws.

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Power Distribution line extended

Edison Power Distribution BlocksThe Edison power distribution line now includes the HPB series open-style power distribution blocks as a convenient way to manage power distribution needs. Engineered with tin-plated aluminum connectors suitable for copper conductors, the distribution blocks maintain a high SCCR rating of 200kA, with proper fusing, and are suitable for both factory and field wiring. Available in single-pole and three-pole models, the series is available in 175A and 310A blocks. Prices for the HPB series open-style power distribution blocks start at $8.00. The series is UL listed and meets UL1953 standards. To increase protection, safety covers are also available with prices starting at $1.50.

View the full line of Edison power distribution blocks and terminal blocks.

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The latest videos include a two-part series on universal signal conditioners. You will learn the basics of how signal conditioners work and in what situations. You will also learn easy wiring and programming steps.These videos have been posted to both our site and you can find them on YouTube.

In addition, you can also download PowerPoint slide shows for each universal signal conditioner video on the learn site. The links are located on the same page just under the video play window. signal conditioners

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Upcoming Web seminars

AutomationTalkWeb seminars for the months of March and April feature topics on the new Productivity3000 and the Cmore family of touch and micro operator interface panels. Be sure to check the Webinar Schedule and register for one or more of these informative seminars. And remember, you can also view prerecorded seminars anytime. 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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AutomationNOTEBOOK Indoor skydiving
Have you ever tried to harness the wind? Sounds like a near impossibility to most people. But, a systems integrator company in Cumming, Georgia has found a way to do it. Custom Control Solutions has developed a reliable system for indoor skydiving. Using products such as PC-based control, operator interfaces, variable frequency drives, and more, they have developed a control system which emphasizes safety and efficiency.
Read more about the indoor skydiving facilities now.

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The Lighter Side
From an email

Painting the Church

There was a painter named Smokey who was very interested in making a penny wherever he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go further.

He got away with this for some time, but eventually the Baptist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings.

Smokey submitted a bid, and, because his price was so low, was awarded the job.

He erected the scaffolding, set up planks, and bought the paint. Again, he thinned it down with turpentine.

Nearing the end of the project, Smokey was on the scaffolding, painting away. Suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold. The sky opened, and the rain poured down washing the thinned paint off the entire church. Smokey sat on the lawn, among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.
Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got down on his knees and cried:

"Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?"

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke:

"Repaint! And thin no more!"

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