Navigation MapNavigation Map

Visit us online or call 1-800-633-0405. Welcome to our periodic e-mail update of what's new & happening at AutomationDirect.
You are receiving this e-news because you subscribed to the newsletter. Unsubscribe here.
  In this issue
    Company News now online is growing
    New Products
    -Ferraz Shawmut disconnects
    Product Short Takes
    -Allen-Bradley DF1 protocols added to C-more Micro
    Application Corner
    -Automating Theatrics

Misplaced your catalog, or was it borrowed and never returned? Link to our online request form and get our 1920-page free catalog or catalog on CD, click or call 1-800-633-0405.


International customers (outside the U.S., Canada), check our list of affiliates in over 15 countries to find the one nearest you.

Terms and Conditions, Free Shipping and Handling Offer for U.S. customers: This offer applies to orders over $300 in value with regular ground delivery selected. This offer cannot be combined with any discounts or other special promotions. See Web site or catalog for complete details.

Thanks for your time!
Comments or suggestions for topics in future newsletters can be directed to
3505 Hutchinson Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040

© 2007
All rights reserved






Volume 9 Issue 1, January 2007
We hope you find this issue of our e-mail update of what's new at AutomationDirect informative and, at times, a little amusing.
Unsubscribe here.

We always welcome your comments or suggestions concerning this newsletter.

Editor's note:

Happy New Year!

The holidays are now behind us. Christmas trees, menorahs, nativities, and other icons of the season are packed away. We here at AutomationDirect trust your holiday season was the best ever. Now it's time to look at the New Year with excitement and anticipation. I'm sure each of us has made plans to improve our lives in various ways. For many, it may be to get back in shape; for others, it could be to spend more time with family; and still for some, maybe it's to work more efficiently.

Plans for a good year are definitely in action at AutomationDirect. With over 6,000 products, we can help improve most applications. You can count on quality products and dependable technical support from AutomationDirect.

This issue of E-notes from Captain's Log is full of great information. You'll read about new products, new web sites, as well as helpful application information. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to contact the gym I joined last year. It seems I have forgotten where they are located . . .

_____________________________________________ Return to top

Company NewsAboutPLCs featuring DirectLOGIC


Newest product Web site offers in-depth PLC information

AutomationDirect has expanded its range of product-focused Web sites to include PLCs. Visitors to can find in-depth information on the full line of
LOGIC PLCs, as well as general PLC selection and configuration guides. Much of the information has been available on other AutomationDirect sites, but this site collects all PLC-specific topics in one convenient location.

Check out
is growing
FREE online videos

We've just added nine new videos to, covering topics in Ethernet communication, C-more operator interface panels, and DirectSOFT5 programming software. The Learn site is the place to go to view FREE video tutorials on a variety of industrial control topics, with one to 30 FREE online videos - automationminute segments covering product categories including PLCs, operator interfaces, software, sensors, motor control, drives and motors, and general information about industrial control. You can also provide input regarding any tutorial video you would like to see added.

Bookmark in your Favorites section on your Internet browser. We're sure you will return time and time again.

To see the site, go to

New Products

AutomationDirect introduces Fusible and Non-Fusible Disconnect Switches

AutomationDirect now carries 600 VAC/250 VDC heavy-duty fusible and non-fusible disconnects from Ferraz Shawmut. Meeting UL98 standards, the SIRCO and FUSERBLOC series are designed with the latest disconnect technology available, "'make and break"' power circuits under load, and are Ferraz disconnectsUL, CSA, CE and IEC rated. A wide array of handles is available for OSHA padlocking requirements, NEMA configurations, defeater options and NFPA 79 requirements.

The SIRCO switches and accessories, starting at $57, are available in 30-800 amp ratings. Available defeatable pistol handles automatically re-latch when the panel door is closed, eliminating the need for tools to reset the latch. FUSERBLOC fusible disconnects and accessories, starting at $85, break up to 200 amps and use double break contacts per pole, isolating the fuse while the switch is in the OFF position. Used with class CC or J fuses, FUSERBLOC switches provide reliable circuit protection.

More information on Fusible and Non-Fusible Disconnect Switches

_____________________________________________ Return to top

Product Short Takes

Allen-Bradley DF1 protocols added to C-more micro

C-more microC-more Micro-Graphic operator interface panels now support Allen-Bradley DF1 protocols when used with the EA-MG-SP1 Communication option module. C-more Micro will now communicate with Allen-Bradley SLC5/03, 5/04, 5/05 and Micrologix 1000, 1200, and 1500 PLCs in half and full duplex. The new drivers also allow full duplex communication with Allen-Bradley's PLC5. Communication cables for connection to A-B PLCs are available for $20.00.

More information on C-more micro
_____________________________________________ Return to top

Application Corner

DL205 PLC can be Dramatic

We are always interested to see how customers use AutomationDirect products. Recently, we learned that the School of Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona is using industrial control on stage. Read how scenes change more smoothly during performances by using DL205 PLCs, various motors, and computer control.

For more of this story and a complete list of application stories, visit our

_____________________________________________ Return to top

The Lighter Side

(Taken from one of those "'www."' places)

Every year many families get puppies for Christmas. If those cute little animals could offer advice, this may be just a portion of their wisdom:

  • The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
  • I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
  • I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.
  • I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to throw up.
  • I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.
  • I will not lick my human's face after eating animal droppings.
  • The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
  • I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.
  • I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.
  • When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside.
  • We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on TV.
  • I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over the back yard with it.
  • The sofa is not a face towel. Neither are Mom & Dad's laps.
  • My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
  • I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Dad's driver's license and car registration.
  • I will not roll around in the dirt right after getting a bath.
  • The cat is not a squeaky toy; so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.
  • I will never again mess with a skunk. I now accept that they have every right to come into my yard. However, I will encourage my cat to attack them.

Taken from

_____________________________________________ Return to top

Thanks for your time!
Comments or suggestions for topics in future newsletters can be directed to

© 2007
All rights reserved

AutomationDirect HQ is located at 3505 Hutchinson Rd., Cumming, GA 30040
(about 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA)


Over 5,000 products available over the phone or online Order online The #1 Tech Support in the industry About AutomationDirect Request a FREE 1,600-page print catalog or on CD-ROM AutomationDirect Home