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    Company News
    -Remote C-more touch panel access and control for an iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®
    Latest Product News
    - Stride unmanaged switches
    - ZIPLink cables and modules
    - Edison high-speed Class J drive fuses
    Upcoming Web Seminars
    Application innovations
    -Process heating
    -Multi-mirror solar array
    The Lighter Side

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Volume 13 Issue 8, August 2011
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Summer Vacation ReportHow I spent my summer vacation

How many of us had to stand before the class and read that report? We told tales of visiting with a giant mouse, of riding burros into a canyon, or of how we built awesome castles on a sandy beach. Well, many kids are doing that right now. Maybe they are excitedly telling their stories in class or perhaps just sharing them with their friends around the lunchroom table. Even though they may not say it at home, they are glad school is back in session. Here’s to a great year!

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

Remote C-more touch panel access and control from an iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®

C-more remote HMI applicationOur new C-more remote HMI application is available through the iTunes App Store for $4.99 and provides remote access and control to mobile users who have a wi-fi or cellular connection.

A C-more panel with remote connectivity is required, and unlike similar apps in the market, the C-more Remote HMI app does not require third party remote desktop VNC-type applications. Multilevel Logon Security is provided for up to three remote access user accounts that are configured and stored in the panel project. Multilevel access control allows each of the user accounts to be configured in one of three levels of access: full control access, view only access, and view and screen change only access.

The user reviews are already coming in, and they tell us it works great. For more information, visit the C-more Web site.

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Latest Product News

Stride unmanaged Ethernet switches

STRIDE Ethernet products

The Stride™ Ethernet products line includes industrial-grade unmanaged Ethernet switches and media converters. All models feature multiple 10/100BaseT RJ45 Ethernet ports, while several also include an ST type fiber optic connection. Recently added are units with an SC fiber optic connector. Plastic case models are designed for standard temperature range (-10 to +60 °C) while aluminum case models are designed for wider temperature range (-40 to +85 °C). These DIN rail-mountable true plug-and-play devices automatically determine and remember devices connected to each port and only route messages through the appropriate ports, increasing speed and bandwidth. Prices start at $99.

See the full line of Stride Ethernet Switches here.

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ZIPLink cables and modules

ZIPLink cables and modules

Our expanded ZIPLink connection system eliminates the normally tedious process of wiring between devices by utilizing prewired cables and DIN rail mount connector modules. ZIPLink cables reduce the time to wire Productivity3000 PAC, DirectLOGIC and CLICK PLC I/O modules to terminal blocks and third party devices. For additional application solutions, new cables include prewired connections for AutomationDirect’s motion and drive products to complete communications control networks. Prices start at $19 for feedthrough connector modules and $5 for associated connection cables.

View the full line of ZIPLinks here.

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Edison high-speed Class J drive fuses

Edison high-speed Class J drive fuses

We now have available the Edison JHL series of Class J fuses to our line of circuit protection products. The JHL series 600 VAC/450 VDC fuses combine the performance of high-speed semiconductor fuses and the convenience of Class J branch-circuit fuses in one small package, allowing maximum protection for AC and DC drives and controllers. The extremely fast-acting fuses are also ideal for use with power semiconductor devices which utilize diodes, GTOs, SCRs, or SSRs, as well as electronic motor controllers. Available in one to 600 Amp sizes, the fuses are current limiting and are designed with no intentional time delay to open quickly on overload. The JHL series Class J fuse prices start at $117 for a 10-pack. Fuse blocks start at $16.

See the full line of Edison JHL Class J fuses and fuse blocks here.

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Upcoming FREE Webinars

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

  • Motor Controls –
    September 14th 2:00PM EST
  • Ethernet Communications – October 5th 2:00PM EST
  • Productivity3000 Update – October 26th 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

Process Heating

In many applications, single loop temperature controllers are sufficient to provide control of heating and cooling. But in some applications, closely coordinated control among many temperature control loops is needed. In those cases and others, PLC-based temperature control can be the best solution.

Follow this link to learn more.

Tech Thread - Process Heating

Multi-mirror solar array

The Industrial Technology students at Pleasantville High School, in Pleasantville, Iowa (southeast of Des Moines), spent three years building a multi-mirror solar array. By harnessing sunlight to warm water, the school shop is kept warm.

Read on to see how they did it.

Student Spotlight - Multi-mirror solar array
You can check out our complete list of application stories here.

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The Lighter Side

Protection; it’s in The Law

A Sunday school teacher was presenting a lesson on The Ten Commandments to a group of fourth and fifth graders. She explained the importance of, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” They understood, “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” She took some extra time to help them grasp the concept of, “Honor your father and mother.” Once it seemed they understood her point, she asked, “Do any of you know of a commandment that teaches us to honor your brothers and sisters?” Immediately, fifth grader Brayden shouted, “Thou shalt not kill!”

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