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

New Product Announcement: More BRX Analogue and Temperature I/O Expansion Modules from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added more I/O expansion modules to its BRX Micro PLC product line. BRX I/O expansion modules add discrete and analogue I/O to the BRX PLC system as needed to expand machine and process control applications. BRX expansion modules easily snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller. Eight new analogue input and combination analogue I/O modules are now available for the BRX Series; new 16-channel current input (0-20 mA / 4-20 mA) and 16-channel voltage input (+/- 10VDC, +/- 5VDC, 0-5 VDC, 0-10 VDC) modules provide higher density analogue I/O. Continue reading New Product Announcement: More BRX Analogue and Temperature I/O Expansion Modules from AutomationDirect

New Product Announcement: New CPU, PSUs and Analogue i/o for the Productivity1000

We’re pleased to announce that the excellent Productivity1000 range has been expanded with the addition of a new CPU (P1-550) two new power supply modules (P1-01DC & P1-02AC), five new analogue modules, (P1-04AD, P1-08ADL-1, P1-08ADL-2, P1-08DAL-1 & P1-08DAL-2), and two new speciality modules – High Speed Counter & Pulse-Width Modulation (P1-02HSC & P1-04PWM). Productivity1000 I/O modules are auto-discovered and easily added or removed. QR (Quick Response) codes are printed on each module linking to latest specs and wiring. New CPUThe new P1-550 CPU boasts up to 50 MB ladder memory, microSD card slot, 2 Ethernet 10/100Base-T ports (vs 1 on Continue reading New Product Announcement: New CPU, PSUs and Analogue i/o for the Productivity1000

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