New feature – CLICK now has PID

PID loop control capability (up to 8 loops simultaneously) has been added to the CLICK® Series of stackable, Ethernet micro brick PLCs. This feature is available in version 2.50 or greater of the CLICK software, which can be downloaded from our website here. CLICK PID control is streamlined with only the features that most users need, including direct or reverse acting control, pulse width modulated control outputs, bumpless transfer, anti-windup, auto-tuning, process variable alarms, process variable limits, control output limits and error deadband. The PID configuration interface is user-friendly and steps you through the parameters required. The CLICK PID monitor Continue reading New feature – CLICK now has PID

SureStep IP65 Rated Stepper Motors from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added motors designed for wash-down environments to its stepper systems product line. SureStep® IP65 rated high-torque stepping motors are completely protected from solids and dust ingress and from low pressure water jets from any direction, making them suitable for many wash-down applications. These fully sealed, single-shaft motors are available with industry-standard NEMA 17, 23, and 34 mounting flanges and provide holding torque from 61 to 1288 oz-in. The motors use 2-phase technology with 200 full steps per revolution or 1.8 degrees per full step. The square-frame or “high-torque” style of these stepping motors is the latest in bipolar Continue reading SureStep IP65 Rated Stepper Motors from AutomationDirect

New Product Announcement – SOLO® Basic Temperature Controllers (SLB4848 Series)

The new SOLO Basic from Automation Direct is a single loop temperature controller that can control heating or cooling processes. Depending on the particular model of controller, the available outputs include relay, voltage pulse or current. On some models, there are two alarm outputs available with nine selectable alarm types. SOLO Basic controllers have a single control output that can be used for control of a heating or cooling application. Continue reading New Product Announcement – SOLO® Basic Temperature Controllers (SLB4848 Series)

New Product Announcement: New High-Speed I/O and Communications Expansion Modules for the BRX Micro PLC System

AutomationDirect has added high-speed I/O modules and a serial communications expansion module to its BRX Micro PLC product line. BRX expansion modules add discrete I/O, analog I/O and now high-speed I/O and communications functions as needed to expand machine and process control applications. BRX expansion modules easily snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU).
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New Weintek Driver Announcement – Automation Direct Productivity Series

To compliment the excellent Productivity Series Controller from Automation Direct, Weintek have added a dedicated driver and tag import facility so user Tags from the controller project can be easily added to an HMI program. First write your Productivity Controller program in Productivity Suite… If you’re familiar with Productivity Suite, you no doubt know that you can define tags for your i/o, registers, timer values etc as you go making it a very intuitive controller to use. The Productivity tag database is accessed from the edit menu. In this example, we’re only looking at Discrete i/o, Integers & Booleans… You Continue reading New Weintek Driver Announcement – Automation Direct Productivity Series

Version 2.30 CLICK Programming Software Released – CLICK CPU now with High Speed Inputs!

We’re excited to announce the release of version 2.30 of the CLICK programming software – this can be downloaded from our website here.  The big news items here is that High-Speed inputs are now available on the CLICK Ethernet CPUs – a list of the available configurations by CPU type is at the bottom of this article. There are a couple of minor points to note for those migrating from Version 2.20 of the CLICK Software, the main one is that the Input setup that was previously configured in the CPU Built-in I/O Setup as below… …is now done from the “High Speed Continue reading Version 2.30 CLICK Programming Software Released – CLICK CPU now with High Speed Inputs!

New Discrete and Analogue Modules Added To The Productivity 1000 Series

10 new modules have been added to the popular Productivity 1000 Series. These are as follows: P1-08NE3 – 8pt 24V VAC/VDC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-08NA – 8pt 120-240VAC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-08TA – 8pt 120-240VAC output module. 0.5A/pt, 2 isolated commons P1-16ND3 – 16pt 24VDC sink/source input module, 2 isolated commons P1-16NE3 – 16pt 24VCD/VAC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-15TD1 – 15pt 24VDC sinking output, 1A/pt P1-15TD2 – 15pt 24VDC sourcing output, 1A/pt P1-04RTD – 4ch RTD input, 16bit resolution P1-4ADL2DAL-1 – 4ch 0-20mA input/2ch 0-20mA output P1-4ADL2DAL-2 – 4ch 0-10v input/2ch 0-10v output

Productivity 1000 Starter Kit

Following on from our new product announcement about the Productivity 1000 range, we’re pleased to announce our starter kit – P1-STARTER. The kit includes the following parts: • 1 x P1-540 CPU • 1 x P1-01AC Power Supply • 1 x P1-08TRS 8point Relay Output Module • 1 x P1-08SIM 8point input simulator • 1 x P2-RTB Terminal block – screw-type • 1 x P2-RTB-1 Terminal block – spring type • 1 x USB-CBL AMICB6 – USB programming cable • 1 x D2-BAT-2 Backup battery • 1 x PCON-KIT Power connector Ordering information Order online here – P1-STARTER or over the phone Continue reading Productivity 1000 Starter Kit

New from Automation Direct – GS4 Drives

Announcing the DURApulse AC Drives – GS4 Series  (230 / 460 VAC Sensorless Vector w/PLC) New! … Next Generation GS4 Series DURApulse AC Sensorless Vector Drives. 1 to 25 HP … 230 VAC Single/Three-Phase 1 to 100 HP … 230 VAC Three-Phase 1 to 300 HP … 460 VAC Three-Phase The DURApulse GS4 series of AC drives includes many of the same standard features as our other GS drives including dynamic braking, PID, removable keypad, and much more:   Single-phase input capability (all 230VAC drives can be supplied single-phase) V/Hz control or sensorless vector control for improved speed regulation 100kA Continue reading New from Automation Direct – GS4 Drives

Announcing the Productivity 1000!

The new Productivity1000 stackable micro PLC is the super compact yet highly capable member of AutomationDirect’s Productivity controller family. The P1000 is packed withmany of the features of the Productivity series but housed in a smaller, slimmer design to provide space, budget and time savings. The P1-540 CPU has a 50Mb memory and features four onboard communications ports including micro USB, serial RS-485, serial RS-232 and Ethernet 10/100Mbps connections. Supported communications protocols include EtherNet/IP®, Modbus RTU/TCP and ASCII. The micro USB 2.0 (type B) port provides a plug-and-play connection for programming, online monitoring and firmware upgrades. The 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Continue reading Announcing the Productivity 1000!