Data collection is becoming one of the most important features of a control system. Whether it’s used to determine the morning run rate or the cost of production over the last fiscal year, it’s imperative that system data be collected and be available. Today there are many ways to go about collecting data, from complex data acquisition systems to simple stand-alone data loggers and some of them can come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, AutomationDirect has built data logging capabilities into many of its PLCs and HMIs and even offers low-cost SCADA software so everyone can get the data they need without breaking the bank.
Enclosure cooling fans are one type of cooling device used to help keep heat producing electrical components from overheating. Fans are unique in that they are considered to be an open loop cooling system whereas air to air heat exchangers and enclosure air conditioners are closed loop systems.
An open loop cooling system means the ambient air enters the cabinet and is passed over the heat producing components to keep hot spots from forming and is then expelled from the enclosure. Even in the cleanest environments, enclosure cooling fans should have some type of air filtration to keep particulates from entering the enclosure.
Enclosure cooling fan issues often go unnoticed until electrical components begin to malfunction and eventually fail. Regular inspections and routine filter maintenance usually help keep potential problems from happening but issues can arise even if maintenance is regularly done. Read More >>
Minimizing complexity of programming and shortening design cycles
This next-generation MicroSmart FC6A, a powerful micro PLC with the features of a PAC (Programmable Automation Controller) in a low-cost and small form factor, is an ideal fit for even the most demanding applications. Remote access is a snap by creating custom web pages configured for monitoring and controlling by using simple drag-and-drop functionality. No HTML programming is required, a feature unique in this class of PLCs!
Cable glands are used in conjunction with cable and wiring throughout electrical instrumentation and automation systems industries. Cable glands (cable fittings) secure wire or cable to electrical equipment to seal out dust, dirt, liquids and to provide cable strain relief. Cable glands are used as a sealing and termination device to ensure that the characteristics of the enclosure which the cable enters can be maintained adequately.
Cable glands from Bimed Industrial are available with plastic or metal housings and in NPT (3/8" to 1"), PG (PG7 - PG48), and metric (M12 - M63) thread sizes. All models provide strain relief and are IP68 rated for dust and water ingress protection. Plastic Protection Series cable glands also provide cable bending relief. Bimed cable glands start at $2.00 for a five-pack and are CE, cULus, and CSA approved.
For Project Engineers, Integrators and Operators of Industrial Networks
Monitor & Control Machines through Mobile Devices
Integrated with remote monitoring, real-time data sharing and control, the WebOP-2000T series are a revolutionary Human Machine Interface for Factory Automation and Machine Automation. Due to the population explosion of internet connected mobile devices, more and more applications will be controlled and monitored from smart phones or tablets. To help users take advantage of this technology trend, the WebOP-2000T series includes the three free software tools outlined below:
VNC Server – allows for visualization and control of the WebOP screen from a remote PC, tablet, or mobile phone using industry standard VNC technology. Many free VNC clients are available for iOS or Android mobile devices
FTP Server – allows for file transfer to/from remote WebOP panels with a FTP Client. May be used to download trend history, alarm log, recipe files, WebOP project files. Useful for the integration of automatic data collection applications.
Data Transfer Helper (DTH) – allows for transfer of project files from the WebOP Designer to a
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