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PLCs Explained: Programmable Logic Controller Basics

An introduction to PLCs PLCs are like the brains of industrial automation equipment. They control inputs and outputs behind the scenes making sure all is running as it should. PLC is short for programmable logic controller and it’s basically a computer designed to work in an industrial environment. It controls and monitors a number of […]

 

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TriMan Price Comparisons: Digital Pressure Switches

TriMan Price Comparisons Vol. 2 Digital Pressure Switches: Airtac vs. Automation Direct     TriMan was making a nice, piping hot cup of coffee when he sensed something wasn’t right with a nearby machine. He followed the strange sound right to the source. Low and behold, it turned out to be a malfunctioning pneumatic digital […]

 

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Understanding Fieldbus I/O Systems

Industrial fieldbus I/O systems can be a bit off-putting due to their complexity and high cost. But don’t write them off just yet. These devices can bring invaluable data and connectivity to your next machine-building project. In this blog, we’ll help you gain a better understanding of fieldbus systems, discrete and analog I/O, and industrial […]

 

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Connectors Series: What is D-Sub?

If you’ve been following our blog, you know we’ve been covering different types of electrical connectors. This month we dive into D-Sub connectors, also known as D-subminiature or simply DB. While they’re mostly obsolete, these tough connectors are still in use today. Learn what makes these connectors stand out and how they’ve led us to […]

 

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A Guide to Linear Bearings and Rail Guides

Did you know the rolling concept of linear bearings traces all the way back to ancient Egypt? In ancient Egyptian drawings people are depicted moving large stones on a sled with logs underneath; the most basic example of how a bearing works. This is just speculation, though. Concrete evidence of the first bearings dates to […]

 

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