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Ensuring a Happy (and Productive) Holiday: Making the Most of Your...

Many companies shut down operations during the end-of-year holiday period to create an opportunity to conduct needed maintenance, upgrades, and equipment changeout. A successful...

The Importance of Bearing Selection, Maintenance and Alignment in Mechanical Power...

Mechanical power transmission equipment -- including motors, drives, shafts, gearing and other associated components -- relies on bearings to keep drive trains aligned for...

Minding Your Mechanical Power Transmission Systems

Mechanical Power transmission systems are at the core of many mechanical systems, whether it's an automated machine, or part of a larger piece of...

IIoT, Connectors and Three Watchwords for the Factory of the Future

Productivity, efficiency and quality are the three watchwords for the new dawn of the industrial internet of things (IIoT).  Under the surface of the...

Taking Panel Design to the Next Level in an Automated World

On February 15th, 2020, the Roberson Car Wash in Salem, Oregon went up in flames. The cause: a control cabinet with components that gathered excess...

Industrial Communications: 4-20 mA Current Loop

The basic 4 to 20 milliamp current loop is by far the most prevalent method of industrial automation analog measurement and control, so designers...

Pulling Your First PLC Project Together

You’ve invested time into researching many aspects of PLC (programmable logic controller) automation and are now ready for your first project. Here are a...

Industrial Control Panels, DC Power Supplies

Industrial control panels, automation systems and instruments commonly use 24 Vdc as the control voltage for safety and performance reasons. Industrial control panels can, and...

PLC Platform Digital Communications

Modern PLC platforms offer many types of digital communications, so users need to know some basics before configuring and programming these systems. Programmable logic controllers...