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    Company News
    -Automation NOTEBOOK issue 19 is here!
    -2011 Spring Product Summary and Price List now available
    Latest Product News
    - Gladiator compact fusible switches
    - DC Ground Fault sensors and DC current transducers and switches added
    - KEPDirect OPC server
    What's the Latest Online?
    -Doug Bell online registration
    -How about a KICKSTART?
    -4-part Productivity3000 software video series
    -Upcoming Web seminars
    Application innovations
    -AutomationDirect PLCs give Wastewater Pumping Stations a lift
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2011
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What an orchestra!

We're almost there!

It’s that time of year again. Birds are singing their arias as bees provide the bass tones of the concerto; in the distance, you can hear the percussion supplied by the lawn mowers and weed trimmers. All this combines with the warm sunshine to deliver the beautiful symphony we know as spring. Be sure to take time to immerse yourself in the full score of springtime.

Here at AutomationDirect, we continue to orchestrate the introduction of new products and continued support of over 10,000-plus products to help your industrial control compositions perform on key.

This month’s newsletter contains all the latest information, including company news, new product information, our latest webinar schedule, and more. Be sure to take a break with the Lighter Side.

Don’t forget 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

Automation NOTEBOOK issue 19 is here!

AutomationNotebook Vol. 19


The latest issue of Automation NOTEBOOK has been mailed. In this issue, we spotlight Southern Polytechnic State University student Larry May. For his senior design project, Larry led a team of three other students as they designed and built a volleyball setting and serving machine.
You’ll also find interesting user application stories such as one of a system integrator in New Jersey who has developed a way to improve productivity and efficiency in the baking industry.

If you have not received your copy in the mail yet, you can read the full issue online.

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2011 Spring Product Summary and Price List now available

AutomationDirect is now shipping the 2011 Spring Product Summary and Price List as a supplement to the volume 13 desk reference. Along with the updated prices, you’ll find a brief overview of the 10,000-plus products we sell, including information on products added since October 2010.

Prices are effective as of March 30, 2011 and supersede all previously printed publications.

See the most up-to-date price list here.

To request a free catalog and addendum, also available on CD go here.

AutomationDirect - March 2011 PriceList

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Latest Product News

Gladiator Compact Fusible switches

Gladiator Compact Fusible switches

Gladiator compact fusible switches have been added to AutomationDirect’s product offering of circuit protection devices. The single-pole, two-pole and triple-pole AC devices are available in Class CC and Midget fuse models; single-phase DC devices are also available. The 35mm DIN rail mountable switches’ compact size takes up only one-third the space of a molded circuit breaker and two-thirds the space of traditional fusible switches, saving space in control panels. The full voltage rating of up to 600 VAC (80 VDC) allows installation flexibility in many applications where feeder and branch circuit protection are required.

Equipped with lockout/tagout capability and finger safe construction, Gladiator switches promote safe workplace practices by preventing contact with live components. Open fuse indication provides faster troubleshooting and reduced downtime.

Starting at $18, Class CC fuse models are UL98 listed and have a 200kA Short-Circuit Current Rating; Midget Class fuse models are UL 508 listed and have a 10kA Short-Circuit Current Rating. A 5A auxiliary contact with one normally-open and one normally-closed contact is also available for $9.

View the full line at

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DC Ground Fault sensors and DC current transducers and switches added

DC Ground Fault sensors and DC current transducers and switches addedDC Ground Fault sensors and DC current transducers and switches added

The acuAMP™ line of current sensors now includes AC ground fault sensors and DC current transducers and switches.

acuAMP - current sensorsThe GFS series of ground fault sensors monitors all current-carrying conductors in grounded single and three-phase delta or wye systems. Available in fixed-core models, the GFS series features jumper-selectable setpoints of 5, 10 or 30 mA. The sensors can accommodate up to 14 AWG copper wire and feature mechanical relay outputs with either manual or auto reset. The UL and CE approved GFS series of ground fault sensors start at $136.

The DCT series of DC current transducers combines a Hall Effect sensor and signal conditioner into a single package for use in DC current applications up to 400A. Designed to be compatible with most PLCs, data loggers and SCADA systems, the DCT series features jumper-selectable current input ranges and industry standard 4-20 mA or +/- 10 VDC outputs. Available in split-core or fixed-core models, DCT current transducer prices start at $117.

DCS100 series DC current switches feature jumper-selectable current input ranges up to 100A and are available in normally-open solid-state and SPDT relay output models. The switches are equipped with removable terminal blocks which accept up to 12 AWG solid or stranded wire. Prices for DCS100 DC current switches start at $90.

All acuAMP sensors are panel-mountable; convenient DIN rail adaptor accessories are also available.

The complete acuAMP series offers outstanding features, flexibility, and durability. Backed with a five-year warranty, the complete line of current transducers and switches provides dependable service for virtually any application.

See the full line of acuAMP current sensing products at:

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KEPDirect OPC server

KEPDirect OPC server

Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that it has renewed its contract as AutomationDirect's communications supplier. AutomationDirect will deliver a single branded version of KEPServerEX called "KEPDirect OPC Server" for use with AutomationDirect controllers and remote I/O.

KEPDirect OPC Server connects your preferred Windows client software by providing a flexible and scalable communications and OPC server solution for connecting, managing, monitoring, and controlling AutomationDirect Ethernet remote I/O, DirectLOGIC PLCs, and Productivity3000 PACs.  Communications is managed through a robust platform that supports an array of open standards, propriety communication protocols, API’s, and various automation system interfaces.  KEPDirect OPC Server ($399) enables improved operations and decision making throughout all levels of an organization.

Learn more about KEPDirect OPC Server at:

As a "Connected with Kepware" company, AutomationDirect will work with Kepware to ensure that the best communication support is developed for AutomationDirect products. “AutomationDirect has been an exceptional partner of Kepware for many years," said Tony Paine, President of Kepware Technologies. "We are not only extremely excited to renew our partnership, but also to expand on it by delivering additional connectivity to their new Productivity3000 PAC.”

The companies will work together to support their joint customers through the partnership. Kepware will develop drivers for use on Windows™ desktop operating systems (Workstation and Server). The KEPDirect OPC Server will be available through AutomationDirect’s website and their channel partners.

"The Kepware relationship is very important for us, as factory floor to boardroom data flow has become an integral part of manufacturing systems," said Jeff Payne, Product Manager for PLC, I/O, and PC Control of AutomationDirect. "The support for our Productivity3000 PAC is key for applications that can take advantage of its robust communications platform.”

Kepware Technologies develops a wide range of communication and interoperability software solutions for the Automation industry. Our solutions allow you to connect disparate software and hardware systems, providing applications with quality, ease of use, and high performance. Furthermore, our in-depth experience with software design, development, support, and maintenance allows us to provide high-performance communications software without sacrificing quality and ease of use.

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What's the Latest Online?

Now register online for Doug Bell’s regional classes


Interconnecting Automation Online

More and more people are becoming aware of Doug Bell’s regional three-day PLC programming seminars. Now you can register and pay for seminars in your area online. Registration only takes a few minutes and you can pay safely by credit card or through PayPal. Enroll early (3 weeks prior to the class start date) and receive a $20 discount on the already low fee. Visit the Interconnecting Automation site for a complete listing of upcoming seminars.

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How about a KICKSTART?

Kickstart - New product videos from AutomaitonDirect

Have you seen the newest products launched by AutomationDirect? Now you can watch short videos with product descriptions, features and tips as well as see new products up close. Our new “KICKSTART” video program can be found on our Learn site and on our YouTube channel. Check out these short two-minute videos on products such as our new compact air cylinders, coiled air hoses, compact fuse switches and more. Follow along as Shane explains the new products. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel and leave comments on each video.

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Four-part Productivity3000 Software video series

Four-part Productivity3000 Software video series

Check out the latest Productivity3000 tutorial video series on our Learn site and on our YouTube channel.

In this series, product manager Jeff Payne shows you how to use the many features of the Productivity3000 PAC programming software.

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

Win an iPod Nano!

We continue to have great response to our Web seminars. Our 45-minute shows feature both product overviews and more detailed application-based examples. Each seminar includes a question and answer time where our hosts address questions from viewers. You can also view recorded episodes at your convenience.

Upcoming Web Seminars include:AutomationTalk

  • Productivity3000 Update –
    April 13th 2:00PM EST
    Tell us how you use Productivity3000 and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an iPod Nano.
  • Wiring Solutions –
    April 27th 2:00PM EST
  • New Products –
    May 11th 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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Application Innovations

AutomationDirect PLCs give Wastewater Pumping Stations a lift

Application Innovations

In the latest issue of Automation NOTEBOOK, the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant serving Chattanooga, Tennessee installed new controls at a pump station site to monitor and control wet-well levels and provide status and alarms information. Learn how the upgrade improved system reliability.

You can check out our list of application stories here.


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The Lighter Side

When a Joke Backfires
(a true story from one of our teamers)

Blood Pressure photoA man with high blood pressure had been taking a beta blocker for a number of years. Later, his blood pressure worsened, and his doctor added an ACE inhibitor.  Most recently, the man’s cardiologist checked his blood pressure during a routine visit. Seeing it was still a little on the high side, the doctor decided to add a calcium channel blocker to the other two medications to help lower it.

The newest prescription was called into the local pharmacy.  When the man stopped by to pick up the prescription, he was greeted by his regular pharmacist, an older gray haired very quaint gentleman with a pleasant southern accent; he would make you think of the character Doc on the old Gunsmoke TV series. 

The man made reference to the fact that he was already taking a beta blocker and an ACE inhibitor to control his blood pressure, and now the cardiologist was adding a calcium channel blocker.  He said to the pharmacist, “If this doesn’t work, the next thing you know, my cardiologist will prescribe Stoppin-all-pumpin.”  He paused, expecting a laugh, but without hesitation the pharmacist said, “Sometimes stopping the heart can correct blood pressure fluctuations.  My 93 year old father’s cardiologist stopped his heart, and restarted it to correct an irregular beat that was causing a blood pressure problem.”  Stunned by the response, the man had nothing to say.

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