Category: Vendors and Manufacturers

Manufacturers and vendors of automation products and software

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Today’s article is a guest post by National Metal Fabricators. ******************************************** Robotic Automation for Welding It’s difficult to inspect a welded joint. Two metal pieces may appear fused together, but without destructive testing, it’s hard to be sure. That’s why …

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AutoCAD is kind of like “Kleenex” or “Coke”. Even if you use some other software for drafting or design, AutoCAD is in such widespread use that its name has become synonymous with CAD in general. That’s why when I received …

Announcement from Autodesk Read More »

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