New Product Announcement: CLICK® PLUS PLC

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The original and very popular CLICK® PLC series has been serving the industrial control industry for over 12 years and has become the go-to choice for many experienced Plant Engineers, Electrical Technicians, Machine Builders, as well as, beginners and students. CLICK PLCs were designed with simplicity in mind, providing reliable control at a low, low cost and with little to no learning curve. This simplicity makes CLICK a perfect solution for small machines, home automation projects, pneumatic applications or anywhere a simple system needs a budget-saving control solution. Building on the original CLICK’s simple design, the new CLICK PLUS PLCs Continue reading New Product Announcement: CLICK® PLUS PLC

New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

The BRX expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller. Newly added BRX discrete I/O modules include 5, 8, and 16-point relay output modules with Form A (SPST) and Form C (SPDT) options; 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete input and output modules; a 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete combination input/output module; and the HSIO4 high-speed pulse combo module capable of handling up to a 2MHz frequency in differential or single-ended wiring configurations. In addition, a new Pluggable Option Module (POM) with full Ethernet capability and support for MQTT Client, Do-more, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet Continue reading New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

Direct Automation Case Study

Alex Strokosch of Direct Automation Systems, uses Weintek HMIs with Teknokol enclosures and Productivity PLCs in application for a medical manufacturer. The Teknokol system offers a solution that looks great, works, and has a really great price to performance ratio Alex, tell us a bit about yourself… I’m located in East Kilbride, just south of Glasgow.   I started my career as industrial electrician before moving to Scotland in the early 1980s after a stint in the Merchant Navy, and I’ve worked in electrical engineering for 41 years.  I had my own business from 1992 to 2001, then I worked for Continue reading Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

Case Study: DLE Engineering Ltd

We talked to Dave Ludgate of DL Electrical Engineering about how he’s used Weintek HMIs with the Productivity PLC range. Dave, tell us a bit about yourself…I left school at 16 and went straight into an electrical apprenticeship and progressed from there. I’ve always been interested in new stuff, so the minute I saw PLCs I was hooked.  The beauty of the PLCs is that you wire the inputs and outputs and the magic all happens inside. I went back to college and took City & Guilds for electronics and never looked back. I lectured at Northampton College for a year Continue reading Case Study: DLE Engineering Ltd

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

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 Announcement: 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 Announcement: 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