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    -New features added to Web site
    -SIDirect can help you with your project
    -Now get free 2-day (transit) shipping on orders over $300!
    Product News
    -Eaton WMZS Supplementary Protectors transition
    -New line of Wiring devices
    What's the latest online?
    -Upcoming Web seminars
    -Have you heard our Podcasts?
    From Notebook
    -Mount Vernon Mills application story video is on the Web
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2010
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Editor's note:

The only constant is change!

2010 spring

We are enjoying a beautiful spring in Georgia. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, kids are playing outside, baseball is in full swing. As the season progresses, the constant change is exciting.

As the season advances, AutomationDirect continues to advance by offering more products. We also offer more product support by way of informative tutorial videos.

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

New features added to Web site

Share AutomationDirectLove our company or specific products? Want to share? Now you can! Social bookmarking is growing very fast. With our newest Web store feature, now you can share product information and much more in one click.

Have an account on Facebook? Go ahead, post it on your profile. Want to Tweet? No problem. Adding to Bookmarks could not be easier! Using this feature allows you to instantly spread the word about everything you love on our Web site. You'll find the new “Share” button in the top right corner of each page of our site.

Along with sharing, we have also added selections for printer friendly pages and sending links through email.

Go ahead, give it a try and share the AutomationDirect value with your co-workers and colleagues. We have selected a handful of commonly used social networking sites. If you do not see your favorite site listed, send us an email at

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AutomationDirect Systems Integrator ProgramSIDirect can help you with your project

Have you wanted to start a new application but don't have the manpower or time to do it yourself? Maybe you want to upgrade a current system and could use a specific expertise. This is where the SIDirect program at AutomationDirect can help.

The purpose of the SIDirect Program is two-fold: To extend the reach of support to our customers, beyond what AutomationDirect alone can provide, and to recommend qualified System Integrators who can provide integration, troubleshooting, and other technical assistance to AutomationDirect customers.

Member integrators are engineers, programmers and designers with experience applying AutomationDirect products across many industries and applications.
Product categories include:

  • DirectLogic PLCs
  • Productivity 3000 PAC
  • C-more and C-more Micro touch panels
  • Motion products such as DuraPulse drives and SureServo systems

Range of services provided include:

  • Hardware design
  • Software design (PLC/HMI and PC-based programming)
  • Panel building and assembly
  • UL-508 panel shop
  • Turn-key systems
  • Onsite and field service

Whether your needs include PLC programming and troubleshooting or a complete turn-key control system, SIDirect member integrators can meet and exceed your needs. Find an SIDirect integrator here. You can select search criteria such as products, services and location, and get a list of applicable integrators. If you would like more information about the SIDirect program itself, send us an email to

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Product News

Eaton WMZS supplementary protectors transition

Supplemetary Protectors

Eaton Corporation has announced a transition from their current WMS line of supplementary protectors to a new series (WMZS) which is superior in design. They are identical in width, slightly smaller in height and have the same sizes and trip characteristics as the WMS line, in addition to lower prices. These supplementary protectors are UL 1077 recognized and are used in applications where branch circuit protection is not required or is already provided. Models available include single, double and triple-pole in B, C and D trip curves. Prices start at $8.00 for single-pole protectors.

View the complete line.

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New line of wiring devices

Bryant Wiring Devices

Our new line of Bryant wiring devices features locking and straight blade plugs, connectors and receptacles available in 15, 20, and 30 amp models.

Locking plugs and connectors constructed with impact and chemical-resistant nylon housings feature an internal Triple Gripper® cord clamp which automatically centers and secures the cord. Double wall construction provides extra durability; the configuration-specific plug face surrounds plug blades to prevent infiltration of contaminants. Each terminal cover is imprinted with amperage, voltage and NEMA configuration on the face for easy identification and extended “teardrop” wiring pockets and backed-out captive terminal screws simplify wiring. Locking plugs start at $6.25.

Locking receptacles are designed with back and side wiring terminals that accept 14 to 8 gauge solid or stranded conductor wires. Molded of rugged reinforced thermoplastic polyester, the base minimizes heat buildup and resists breakage. Heavy-duty nickel-plated mounting straps are grounded for safe installations. NEMA rating and configurations are molded into the toughened nylon face for easy identification. Receptacle prices start at $4.75.

Straight blade devices are available in 15 to 30 amp sizes. A universal cord grip design accepts .300-inch to .655-inch (7.6mm to 16.6mm) wire sizes. Prices for straight blade plugs and connectors start at $6.25.

Available high-visibility lockouts provide additional protection. The OSHA lockout/tagout regulation compliant devices protect against unexpected start-up of equipment during maintenance and repair work. To accommodate a full range of plug designs and ratings, the lockouts are available in three sizes. Lockout prices start at $12.25.

A variety of accessories includes stainless steel receptacle plates, starting at $1.50, angle adapters for 20 and 30 amp plugs and connectors for $14.25, and weather boots starting at $9.25.

Learn more about the UL approved and CSA certified Bryant wiring devices.

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Upcoming Web seminars


Several new Web seminars are planned for the next few months on our AutomationTalk site. The 45-minute shows feature both product overviews and more detailed application-based examples. Each live seminar includes a question and answer time where our hosts address questions from viewers.

Upcoming Web Seminars include:

  • C-more Touch and Micro HMI – May 12th 2:00PM EST
  • DC Motors – May 19th 2:00PM EST
  • C-More Micro Advanced – June 9th 2:00PM EST
  • DirectSOFT Advanced – June 30th 2:00PM EST

Register today to attend the free online seminars. 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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Have you heard our Podcasts?

With help from Dan Hebert, of The Hebert Agency, we have added podcasts to our site.

The current list includes:

  • An interview with AutomationDirect's Jeff Payne
    Dan Hebert and Jeff Payne discuss commercial off-the-shelf technologies and adoption of AutomationDirect products such as Ethernet and more.
  • A two-part interview series with AutomationDirect's Chris Harris
    In Part One, Dan Hebert and Chris Harris discuss industrial communication networks including simple serial networks.
    Part Two discusses Ethernet hardware connections and Ethernet protocols.

Hear the new podcasts now.Check back often, as more podcasts will be added periodically.

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AutomationNOTEBOOKIn our Fall 2009 issue of Automation NOTEBOOK, we featured Mount Vernon Mills, a denim manufacturing plant in Trion, Georgia. Find out how they updated their process controls to increase production while also adding flexibility.

When Control Engineering magazine learned of the upgrade, they visited the facility to interview Jonathon Payton to learn how he improved efficiency for Mount Vernon Mills. You can view their video here.


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The Lighter Side
From one of those www. places

Great Baseball Quotes

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio." Gerald Ford, 1978

"It's a beautiful day for a night game." Announcer Frankie Frisch

According to the Chicago Tribune, the following statistic was given in the press notes for a Chicago-Oakland game: The Oakland Athletics are 32-0 in games in which they have scored more runs than their opponents.

"They brought me up with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which at the time was in Brooklyn." Casey Stengel, 1962

"No wonder nobody comes here; it's too crowded." Yogi Berra

"How can a guy win when you don't give him any runs," Pitcher Bobo Newsom

"You might be a redneck if you think the last words to the Star Spangled Banner are 'Play Ball'" - Comedian Jeff Foxworthy


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