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    Company News
    -It Starts With an Idea
    -New Look of Learn Site
    Product News
    -Dinosaur Flexible Duct now sold in single pieces
    -Popular DINnectors in convenience packs
    Featured Products
    -1/4" ProSense RTDs now available
    -MCCB Door Safety Interlocking Handles
    What's the latest online?
    -Watch our DC motors Webinar
    -Upcoming Web seminars
    From Notebook
    -There's More There
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2010
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Editor's note:

Thank God For Kids!


That was a popular Oak Ridge Boys song back in the 80's. While I am thankful every day for mine, Father's Day lets me flaunt my joy even more. I always look forward to the silly cards, the great lunch and, most of all, the great time we get to spend together on this special June Sunday. Everything I learned about being a dad came from observing mine. Thanks, Dad.

This month’s newsletter contains information on our latest product releases, information on featured products, the latest webinar schedule, and more. As always, this enewsletter would not be complete without the Lighter Side.

Be sure to 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

It All Starts With an Idea

In last month's enewsletter, we told you about the Forsyth Alliance, Forsyth County, Georgia's robotics team, and how its fifth season ended with success and extensive growth.

In the June issue of Control Design magazine, Senior Technical Editor, Dan Hebert focuses on the birth and growth of this team of students and how getting children to begin building such teams early can help shape the future of engineering in America.


Be sure to read the article and learn how the group has grown from the idea of a father and son to what it is today.

Forsyth Alliance

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New Look of Learn Site has been updated

If it's been a while since you visited, don't let the new look surprise you. We've redesigned it to make navigation easier and provide a cleaner, fresher look.

We've added a Featured Video section to the homepage, where this month, you can view a great tutorial video showing how easy it is to set up and have the new Productivity3000 ready to program in about five minutes.

You'll also find a list of our latest short three-to-five minute tutorial videos on an assortment of topics, as well as links to our new podcasts and much more.

If you have suggestions on tutorial videos you'd like to see, contact us.

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Product News

Dinosaur Flexible Duct now sold in single pieces

wire ductIboco Dinosaur self-adhesive flexible wire duct is designed for transporting wiring to cabinet doors from control panel interiors and for electronic equipment. Sizes ranging from 0.5 x 0.5 inch to 1.5 x 1.5 inch are now available in single-piece quantities or cost-saving cartons.

With a UL 94V-0 flammability rating and CSA approval, the duct is made of low-smoke, halogen-free polypropylene, giving it resiliency to bend and twist without breaking. Available in gray or white, the flexible duct can be used in extreme operating conditions up to 176 degrees F.

Base perforation on the self-adhesive duct allows for mounting with rivets or on DIN rail, if desired. Prices start at $98 per case and $3.75 for single pieces.

Learn more at

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Popular DINnectors in convenience packs DINectors - New Smaller Quantities

We now offer a selection of popular terminal-block mounted supplementary protectors, ground terminal blocks, end brackets, and DIN rail in smaller quantities.

DINnector resettable supplementary protectors are now available in single-piece and 20 packs. Supplementary protector prices start at $10 for single pieces.

A selection of screw-type terminal block sockets for the protectors, with and without LED indicators, can now be purchased in both five-packs and 50-pack quantities, starting at $7 for a five-pack. Terminal block spacers and separators are available in 10-packs and 50-packs, starting at $3.

Ground terminal blocks rated for size six to 10 AWG wire are available in quantities of 10 and 50, starting at $24 (10/PK).

DIN rail can now be purchased in packs of two as well as boxes of 10. The 1-meter pieces start at $6 for a two-pack. End brackets are also available in 10-packs and 50-packs, starting at $6.50 (10/PK).

To view the full line of Dinnector terminal blocks and accessories, visit:

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Featured Products

¼" ProSense RTDs now available

ProSense 1/4 RTDsAutomationDirect's ProSense line of process sensors now includes 0.25-inch RTD temperature probes. The three-wire, 100 ohm platinum RTD probes are made of durable 316 stainless steel and measure temperatures ranging from -40 to 302°F. The probes are available in lengths from 160 mm to 360 mm. Thermowells and fittings are also available. The quarter-inch RTD probes start at $29.

To see the complete ProSense line, visit

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Door safety hardware added for MCCBs

mccb-safety-handlesAutomationDirect now offers Type C361 door interlocking safety handle and roller kits for the 3P Series molded case circuit breakers. The safety interlock handles, when connected to the MCCB, secure an SDN series NEMA 12 disconnect enclosure to protect against unauthorized entry while the breaker is in the ON position. A door interlocking safety roller kit is available for enclosures over 36" tall. Handle prices start at $159 and the roller kit is $35.

The molded case circuit breakers and accessories can be viewed at

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What's the Latest Online?


Watch Our DC Motors Webinar

We recently extended our IronHorse line of motors to include permanent magnet DC motors. To go along with this launch, Shane and Tom hosted a Web seminar to discuss how well these motors work in fractional and small horsepower applications.

Watch the recorded Webinar, as well as other seminars any time here.

Upcoming Webinars

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:

  • Process Control – July 21st 2:00PM EST
  • Productivity 3000 Advanced II – August 11th 2:00PM EST
  • Motion Control with Micro PLCs – September 1st 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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AutomationNOTEBOOKThere's More There

Our quarterly magazine, Automation NOTEBOOK, is filled with information covering everything from our newest products to detailed technical articles to user applications. Many readers find helpful information in our FYI section. One such article discussed frequently asked questions regarding the C-more Remote Access feature.[full story]


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The Lighter Side
From one of those www. places

Quotes About Fathers

"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station." – Bill Cosby

"When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, 'She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge.'" – Helen Hayes

"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan." – Garrison Keillor

"When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, 'Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?' He answered, 'If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'" – Jerry Lewis

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." – Charles Wadsworth

"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be." – Unknown

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass.' 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'"
– Harmon Killebrew

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." – Mark Twain

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. – Bill Cosby

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