Siemens S7-300 – Product Demo

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Aug 23, 2017 9:48:50 AM

The Siemens SIMATIC line of controllers consists of an impressive portfolio, designed for a wide range of automation requirements. The SIMATIC range is built of basic, advanced, distributed and software controllers that offer scalability according to the situation. Their integration with Siemen’s Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal only adds to the ease through which automation solutions can be developed.

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Topics: Siemens, Controls, Networks

Siemens Sirius Innovations Control Demo

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Aug 17, 2017 8:40:48 AM

There are a hundred different types of industries around the world, each with thousands of types of varying applications. Some require fast operation, others require instant assembly while others want top-notch resilience. Meeting all these standards in one package is a daunting task, however Siemens has managed to overcome this with its Sirius Innovations Controls.

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Topics: Siemens, Controls, Networks

ACD Receives the Carlo Gavazzi Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2017

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jul 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

July 14, Cranberry, PA  ACD was recently recognized by Carlo Gavazzi for our sales performance this year and received the Carlo Gavazzi Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2017.  ACD is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Carlo Gavazzi, and we look forward to much more successful business in the future!

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Topics: Machine Safety, Safety, Controls, Monitoring Solutions

Totally Integrated Automation: Is it time to Upgrade to an Integrated System?

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jun 9, 2017 7:49:35 AM

Industry 3.0 is on its way out. The age of automation is in full-spin and manufacturers have embraced the wave of “smart” solutions that deliver greater efficiency, reliability and safety for their workplaces. Integration of Automation Technologies is a hot topic, one which several manufacturers are debating over; the major question being: Is it time to upgrade to an integrated system?

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Topics: Siemens, Controls, Industry News

What are Photoelectric Sensors?

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Jul 29, 2016 8:21:02 AM

Photoelectric sensors detect changes in light, consisting of a light source, receiver, a signal convertor, and an amplifier. The receiver (a phototransistor) reads incoming light to confirm that it comes from the sensor’s own lighting component (usually LED). When confirmed, the sensor triggers a pre-defined response.

From this simple concept, photoelectric sensors are incredibly useful for a broad range of industrial safety and automation processes. Seven sensing modes cover the majority of sensing applications, each addressing unique challenges in detecting photoelectric variation.

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Topics: Controls

What is the PAC (Programmable Automation Controller)?

Posted by Anthony Gioia on Jun 27, 2016 3:00:40 PM

PACs are programmable automation controllers. They are digital computers that hold and execute embedded programs. These are seen in many different types of electromechanical processes and usually control the machinery in factories.

This name is very similar to PLC (programmable logic controllers), which we are very accustomed to in automation. PACs are relatively new to the market and PLCs have been around since the 1960s. The arrival of these new controllers begs the question: “How are they different?”

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Topics: Controls

Easy Encoder Guide – Part 4: Application

Posted by Dave Gazda on May 31, 2016 9:11:52 AM

Part 1-3 of this guide covered what an encoder is and differentiated the types of encoders, as well as the different output configurations.  The 4th and final section of the Easy Encoder Guide will focus on the different application of encoders and how to select the correct encoder for a particular use.

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Topics: Controls

Easy Encoder Guide – Part 3: Linear Encoders

Posted by Dave Gazda on Apr 27, 2016 11:37:31 AM

Part 1 of the Easy Encoder Guide reviewed what an encoder is, the differences between types of encoders and the varying output configurations. Part 2 of the Easy Encoder Guide continued to examine rotary encoders and applications. Now Part 3 of the Easy Encoder Guide will focus on linear encoders and their operation.

What is a Linear Encoder?

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Topics: Controls

Easy Encoder Guide – Part 2: More Rotary Encoders

Posted by Dave Gazda on Mar 30, 2016 3:25:47 PM

Part 1 of this guide covered what an encoder is and differentiated the types of encoders as well as the different output configurations.  In addition, optical rotary encoders were explained and difference between the operation of incremental and absolute encoders.  Part 2 of the Encoder Guide will continue to focus on the different types of rotary encoders and how they operate.

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Topics: Controls

Easy Encoder Guide – Part 1: Rotary Encoders

Posted by Dave Gazda on Feb 12, 2016 10:12:25 AM

Many motion systems require the use of an encoder to determine position, speed or direction.  But with all the different variations and types of encoders on the market, the designer or engineer may have a hard time choosing the correct fit for the application.  The purpose of this guide is to help explain the different types of encoders and where each type is applied in typical motion applications.  So let us start with the basics to get the most out of your applications: incremental vs. absolute encoders.

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Topics: Controls

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