Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

We needed to find a way for the engineers on the Baler to see if the fans were running and to stop them remotely.  We also wanted to be able to see the status of the Baler from the fan end of the system without running over to check. Board24 is an FSC Certified manufacturer of recyclable corrugated sheetboard. They set high standards in terms of our product quality and environmentally friendly approach. They produce corrugated board which is 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable and made from 90% recycled or recovered paper. We talked to Mark Crawford, Electronics Project Manager, about Continue reading Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

C-More Programming Software is now free!

Automation Direct’s EA9 C-more HMI programming and configuration software is now a free download! C-more HMI touch panels provide a graphical interface designed to interchange and display graphics, animation and data to and from a PLC by merely touching the screen. You can virtually replace every pushbutton, switch, meter, and other peripheral device with one C-more touch panel. C-more touch screen panels are available in 6″, 7″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and 15″ colour TFT display versions. A headless HMI (no-screen) model is also available for larger or user-defined display options. The C-more HMI configuration software provides a powerful set of Continue reading C-More Programming Software is now free!

New Product Announcement: Expanded Communications and Analog I/O Capabilities for the BRX PLC

New expansion I/O modules from AutomationDirect for the BRX stackable micro brick PLC include communications modules, universal analogue I/O modules, and universal temperature combination I/O modules. Expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller, creating a sturdy and rugged PLC platform. Added BRX serial communications modules provide four isolated RS-232 ports that support communications flow control or RS-422 serial ports. Also available are BRX single-channel RS-232 (with flow control) and RS-422 Pluggable Option Modules. Supported protocols include Do-more! Protocol, Modbus RTU (Master/Slave), K-Sequence, and ASCII (In/Out). Data rates are 1200 Continue reading New Product Announcement: Expanded Communications and Analog I/O Capabilities for the BRX PLC

New Product Announcement ProductivityOpen Arduino-compatible Controller from Automation Direct

The open-source Productivity®Open platform provides all the great features of a standard Arduino plus the added power and reliability of an industrial controller. The processor circuit of the P1AM-100 Arduino-compatible CPU is designed to mimic the Arduino MKRZero microcontroller. The P1AM-100 is compatible with most available Arduino MKR format shields, and/or the industrially-hardened ProductivityOpen shields, and can utilize most Arduino sketch programs found on open-source websites. Using the readily-available Arduino integrated development environment (IDE), the P1AM-100 is programmed using C++ code; the ProductivityBlocks graphical programming interface uses a more visual approach that simplifies coding and reduces syntax errors. The P1AM-100 Continue reading New Product Announcement ProductivityOpen Arduino-compatible Controller from Automation Direct

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)