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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...)
When people hear the name Mel-O-Cream, they usually think of donuts. Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, Ill, Mel-O-Cream International (www.mel-o-cream.com) manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries. (read more...)
AutomationDirect PLCs enable continuous life-cycle testing, provide data collection, and shorten product design and verification cycles at Viking Range. (read more...)
PLC training at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference and Stage Expo. (read more...)
Upgraded alarm and monitoring systems keep fish and Alaska's economy alive. (read more...)
Advanced Automation, LLC, in Riverdale, New Jersey, is an automation systems manufacturing company specializing in creating solutions for companies in need of more efficient automated processes.
One such need is in the baking industry. Food associations, such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Safe Quality Food (SQF) and the American Institute of Baking (AIB), are setting stricter regulations on tracking ingredients from their origin, to the warehouse, to the manufacturer, and ultimately to the retailer. With these increasing regulations and food safety requirements, many bakeries find it difficult to efficiently produce quality baked goods that are still affordable to consumers. (read more...)
When relays and timer circuits get old, they cause problems. Replacing them with PLCs keeps pumps running smoothly.
One of the most important jobs of a water distribution system is to reliably deliver water to its customers. At our water district in California, we had pumping stations (Figure 1) with relay-based controls that were more than 30 years old, and the vintage of the controls caused a definite reliability issue.
Michael Miles and Investors (M.M. & I.) has been in the commercial and industrial electrical markets since 1986. The company began by offering Web-based database and Visual Basic applications supporting school systems. In 1994, we ventured into the computer market, becoming proficient in information technologies and high level programming. In 2002, we saw a need in the market to combine our IT programming services with our PLC/Controls and controls programming. This (read more...)
In the 1960s, NASA conducted a research program to develop a small lightweight water purifier. The purifier was for use in the Apollo spacecraft, so low power usage and minimal maintenance were a must. The 9-ounce purifier, slightly larger than a cigarette pack and completely chlorine-free, was designed to dispense silver ions into the spacecraft's water supply to kill bacteria.
Sam Flournoy first contacted Automation Direct in February of 2009. As a 14-year old who had just finished building a biodiesel processor in his garage, he now wanted to automate the process. We immediately began looking around for the candid camera! But it turns out he was serious, as he was producing about 180 gallons of biodiesel per week; he had already purchased a DL06 PLC to use as his automation controller.
Sam explained, "At that point my processor was much easier to use than most other homemade systems, but it was still very time consuming. Right from the start, I knew I would have to automate the processor because high school was going to take up most of my time." (read more...)
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