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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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PLC Platform Sample Request – CLGX Example

In a post back in March, “Request for PLC Information and Samples“, I received quite a few responses offering PLC information on various platforms. Unfortunately after sending e-mails to quite a few of the respondents I haven’t received any info,

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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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The Art of Cross-Referencing

There are many reasons you may want to replace a component in your automated system with something else. Some of the more common reasons might include: 1. The manufacturer doesn’t make it anymore. 2. I can’t get it as quickly

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Posted in Hardware, Sensors, Test Equipment, Vendors and Manufacturers

Fun Facts About Conveyors

Today’s post is a guest article from Fastrax Conveyor Rollers, a manufacturer from the UK. I hope you find this as interesting and informative as I do! ******************************************************************* It was in the time of the industrial revolution, when manufacturers decreed

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Automation Direct (Koyo) PLCs

This post is a continuation of a series I started a couple of weeks ago on PLC platforms. So far I have covered Allen-Bradley and Siemens, this week I am going to discuss the Automation Direct and Koyo platform. Koyo

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PLC Manufacturer Rankings

After spending the last couple of weeks teaching PLC programming, I decided to do a little research on the popularity of the different manufacturer’s platforms worldwide. I have been asked many times in the past who the biggest, most popular,

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Automation Fair

As part of my picture-collecting for the book I decided to attend the Allen-Bradley Automation Fair again this year. I have attended the last few years in Orlando, Chicago and Nashville; this year it was in Philadelphia. There are always

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Packaging & Nalle Automation

This week I made my first sales trip for my new consulting company. I returned to Knoxville where I had my old company ACS for 10 years and paid a visit to several old customers and friends. If you have

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Posted in Extrusion, Machine Assembly and Fabrication, Machine Builders and Integrators, Packaging, Vendors and Manufacturers

Wright Industries and Doerfer

Since this week was my last week at my former employer, Wright Industries I thought I’d talk a bit about the company and what they do. Wright is located in Nashville, Tennessee and is part of the Doerfer companies group.

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