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Automation Direct Field Trip!

Last week I had the privilege of visiting Automation Direct near Atlanta. I was hosted by Chad Crowe, who does online marketing and social media for the company. He contacted me a month or so ago after my post on

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Finding Project Resources

When mapping out a new machinery or system project it is critical that the correct decisions are made before beginning design. The choices of products, vendors and service providers can make or break a project before it even gets off

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Posted in Applications, Applications, Machine Builders and Integrators, Vendors and Manufacturers

Sensor Resources

When I got up this morning, I had fully intended to write a post on sensors and sensing techniques. I was even going to title it “Sensors 101”, similar to the series that I started on PLCs several years ago.

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Posted in Sensing, Sensors, Vendors and Manufacturers, Website

The Dangers of Not Using Local Vendors

In these days of online access to any product you can think of, it seems like your best option for buying technical products is to just find the best price and play vendors off against each other. I get offers

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Make vs. Buy: An Infographic from Dorner Conveyors

This is a pretty cool article and Infographic from Dorner. I used to use them a lot in the old Automation Consulting Services, Inc. and working with NAS. As they mention in the infographic and in their blog, a lot

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Posted in Consulting, Conveyors, Engineering, Machine Design, Vendors and Manufacturers

The IEM Dilemma

First I’d like to apologize for a term I’ve mis-used in the past, that of the OEM. I’ve always considered manufacturers of specific types of industrial equipment to be “OEM”s, or Original Equipment Manufacturers. After looking carefully at the various

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Posted in CAD, Controls Design, Machine Builders and Integrators, Packaging, Panelbuilding, Product Development, Vendors and Manufacturers

Evolution of the Retroencabulator

While many readers may have heard of the Rockwell Retro Encabulator and some of you may have even been involved in its calibration or decirculation, few people realize that it actually evolved from General Electric’s “Turbo Encabulator”. Encabulation technology has

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Beckhoff Automation

I’ve written a few posts on controls platforms, notably on Allen-Bradley, Automation Direct/Koyo, and Siemens. A couple of friends have written guest posts on Idec and Panasonic. I am still hoping to get some contributors to write articles on GE,

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Posted in Controllers, Vendors and Manufacturers

Monitoring in Industrial Automation

This week’s article is a guest post from Doyle Taylor, President of Monico Monitoring, Inc. *************************************** The Role of Monitoring in Industrial Automation Industrial automation and monitoring go hand in hand. In fact, monitoring enables automation. In a world driven

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Important Facts About Actuators

Today’s article is a guest post by TiMotion, an electric linear actuator manufacturer. ********************** Get The Essential Facts About Actuators Don’t make the mistake of buying a robot when a simple actuator will do. Robots have become the “go-to” tool

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GMC – Adhesives Across Industries

Today’s article is a guest post by Glue Machinery Corporation ***************************************** Adhesives Across Industries When is the last time you thought about glue? If you’re like most people, the answer is “not lately.” Adhesives are a part of our everyday

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Fieldservers and Protocol Converters

Today’s topic derives from a project I have become involved in in my “spare” time. Lately I have been spending a lot more time teaching classes. My project in Miami is mostly complete, so I have been able to get

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Posted in Communications, Integration, Vendors and Manufacturers
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