If you've ever taken a long road trip, you've probably passed large fields of crops, which every now and then contained odd looking metal pipe structures on wheels stretching across the fields. These metal monsters, known as pivot irrigation systems, are used extensively in agriculture and have greatly improved the efficiency of the crop irrigation process.
In every haunted house, you'll find automated props: chairs that rock on their own, slamming doors, rattling chains, drawers opening and closing as if by some supernatural force. These "tricks" enhance the "treat" of getting the life scared out of you. The process behind making a Halloween prop can be quite simple. Here is just one example of how a system integrator put used and spare parts to good use to frighten any trick-or-treater. (read more...)
Opening the hood of your car will reveal a mass of cables and hoses running around the engine block. Somewhere in there is an alternator, which helps keep your car supplied with electric power when it's running.
When an alternator goes bad, most mechanics will replace it with a used unit that has been remanufactured, and it might have come from our company, Motorcar Parts of America in Torrance, California. Given the number (read more...)
Protective relays are specialized devices designed to sense abnormal conditions in electric power systems, commanding circuit breakers to trip or close when needed. These relays are absolutely essential to the reliable operation of the electric power generating stations, substations, transmission lines, and distribution systems that comprise any large-scale electric power grid; they are increasingly finding application in process industries for the protection of plant-scale electrical power systems (read more...)
UrbanEden, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's entry to the Solar Decathlon 2013, is a concept home consisting of four connected indoor and outdoor spaces that create a unique (read more...)
In less than one month, a rebuild automated press operations to increase production rates and improve quality. Southern Manufacturing Group (SMG) located in Morrison, Tennessee, was founded in 1993. The company makes automotive components and industrial valves. In the fall of 2012, the automation system for its 175-ton hydraulic forming press received electrical damage resulting from a lightning strike (Figure 1). Purchasing a new hydraulic forming press would have been prohibitively (read more...)
Systems & Controls in Lenoir City, Tennessee, was contacted by a scale manufacturing company to develop a brewed tea and coffee container filling machine using four weight transmitters, a DirectLOGIC DL-05 PLC, a RHINO power supply, a C-more touch panel and a GS2 variable frequency drive. (read more...)
The Midwest Propulsion Group is a jet engine club dedicated to increasing the engineering knowledge and experience base of students by providing real-world engineering tasks related to gas turbine restoration and performance analysis, as well as finding vehicular applications for such engines. (read more...)
AutomationDirect PLCs enable continuous life-cycle testing, provide data collection, and shorten product design and verification cycles at Viking Range. (read more...)
An innovative employee at American Label & Tag was an automation neophyte, but AutomationDirect's customer support showed him the way. (read more...)