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Volume 6 Issue 5

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  • Web seminar schedule
  • AutomationDirect participates in PROFIBUS technical seminars
  • Schedule for Interconnecting Automation training


  • New non-metal models added to growing enclosure line



  • Application of the month




Web seminarsWeb Seminar schedule

If you haven't attended one of our free Web seminars, click here to check out our schedule and enroll.

We also now offer pre-recorded seminars, which can be viewed at any time for your convenience. Visit our Seminars page and select "Recorded Events" on the left to see these pre-recorded seminars.

AutomationDirect to participate in PROFIBUS technical seminars

AutomationDirect is participating in the PROFIBUS Trade Organization's series of FREE one-day technical seminars and product fair. The seminars will include presentations and product displays on the following topics: Basics of PROFIBUS Operation, Bus Physics & Wiring, Cable Construction, System Troubleshooting, What is PROFInet for Ethernet, and more. Following are the dates of upcoming seminars:
August 11 - Denver, CO
November 9 - Chicago, IL

For more information, visit

Schedule for Interconnecting Automation Training classes

Interconnecting Automation delivers training to customers using AutomationDirect products. Following is the schedule for training classes in the next few months:

ICA logoIntroductory Classes:
September 28-30 Las Vegas, NV
November 2-5 Cleveland, OH

Advanced Classes:
October 5-7 Las Vegas, NV
December 7-9 Atlanta, GA (This class will be held at AutomationDirect)

PID Class:
December 14-15 Atlanta, GA (This class will be held at AutomationDirect)

For more information on InterConnecting Automation classes, visit

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Non-metal models added to growing enclosure line

Several non-metallic enclosure models have been added to AutomationDirect's line of enclosures. Premier series enclosures are available in opaque, hinged cover models with pull latches or screw covers, as well as clear hinged models with screw covers or link lock latches. Prices start at $32.00.

Junction box enclosure models are also available. Slim Line series junction boxes carry a NEMA 4X rating and are priced starting at $16.00.

Nonmetallic enclosuresNew pushbutton enclosures for 22 or 30 mm size pushbuttons feature lift-off covers with 1 to 7 pushbutton cutouts. 30 mm multi-hole units are also available with 4, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20 or 25 cutouts. Prices start at $18.00.

JIC series enclosures are available in opaque lift-off cover models with four screws; opaque, hinged covers with two screw; opaque hinged covers with quick release latches; hinged covers with link-lock latches and windows; and hinged covers with quick-release latches and windows. Prices start at $24.00.

New 3R or 4X control series units are also available with prices starting at $189.00.

Carbon steel, fiberglass, stainless steel and aluminum subpanels, as well as a line of accessories round out the new additions to the non-metal enclosure offering.

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Higher horsepower drives and special pricing for drive/motor combinations

Marathon MotorsAutomationDirect now offers several new additions to their Marathon motor line of products, which previously included microMAX® motors ranging from ¼ HP to 10 HP. The new Black Max®, Blue Max 2000®, and Blue Chip XRI® models will extend the horsepower range of the Marathon line to 100 HP.

For users interested in purchasing performance-matched drive/motor combinations, significant discounts are available when purchasing certain Marathon motors and AutomationDirect's DURApulse drive combinations. Visit AutomationDirect's Web store for more information on the drive/motor combos that qualify for discounts.

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Application of the month: DataWorx and DL205 test company's new line of temperature limit controllers

Products used: DL205, EZTouch, DataWorx

Description: We were tasked with developing a production final tester for a new line of temperature limit controllers. Based on the requirements, we chose a D2- 260 CPU with a couple of I/O cards, including an analog card to control our temperature sensor simulators and to allow for a barcode reader and printer. The operator interface is an EZTouch panel. Once we wrote the main program we just cloned the "recipe" and changed the set point parameters and I/O requirements for each model. (What a programming time saver and all the operator has to do is touch one button to change the model being tested.) Finally, we are using DataWorx to collect the tested parameters and make the information available to whoever requires it (quality, engineering, customer, etc.).

Submitted by:
Mark LeClerc
Carlin Combustion Technologies Inc

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Quotes about summer

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
- William Shakespeare

That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy
And magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the
Freshness of childhood.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language.
- Henry James

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
- James Dent

But I really want to leave my mark this time. Like remember that summer at Dairy Queen when I cooled my feet in the soft serve?
- George on Seinfeld

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