Industrial Control

Thinking Inside the Box: Industrial Control Panel Enclosure Selection and Sizing

More than just a box to hold automation components, control panel enclosures must protect the contents while allowing safe and easy access by field...

Options for Energy Optimization

The case for energy optimization is clear: Energy savings are cost savings, energy efficiencies create process efficiencies, and energy reductions cause emission reductions. It...

PLC Basics

PLCs are the brains behind many industrial automation systems large and small. These basics will help you understand what they are and how they...

Industrial Control Panels 101: Design Basics

Industrial control panels are a necessity for most automation systems. Here are some considerations to make sure your design is on track. Industrial control panels...

What is a Proximity Sensor?

Proximity sensors are used for contactless detection of presence or absence, as well as the position, direction, velocity, and physical properties of objects. The...

Contactor vs. Relay

What is the difference between a contactor and a relay? The Basics Contactors and relays perform the same task and operate under very similar principles. In...

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Guide

Interested in programmable logic controllers? Learn about how PLCs work, PLC applications, PLC programming software, and I/O implications that impact PLC selection. What is a...

About Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors

Applications Ultrasonic proximity sensors measure the distance of an object by measuring the time between emission and reception of a pulse of sound. Because ultrasonic sensors...

About Inductive Proximity Sensors

Applications In general, inductive proximity sensors are used any time you want to detect the presence of a metal in a particular location. The most common application...