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Product Overview: Magswitch E50-900/660CE with Remote Control

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on May 24, 2017 9:05:35 AM

Clamps and rigging are traditionally used for heavy lifting in metal fabrication projects. That means carefully tightening clamps to a precise pressure and preparing tedious manual rigging, which can fail and drop heavy material when the clamps twist at the wrong angle or the rigging slides along a surface. Problems with clamps and rigging may not only damage the metal, but seriously hurt the workers attaching and guiding the equipment.

Magswitch magnet technology introduces a product that replaces traditional methods for unprecendented safety and convenience.

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Topics: Safety

Light Up Safety with LED Wall Lights

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Apr 18, 2017 12:02:10 PM

Have you ever stepped outside after the sun goes down faced with a dark sidewalk or parking lot?

It’s a fact of life that well-lit areas improve safety at night. Outdoor lighting around the perimeter of a commercial or residential building has become a common sight for safety reasons. Its absence now feels strikingly out of place!

Not only can bright light make your building safer, LED lighting makes the difference look like night and day. LED wall packs provide a cost-effective, high-performing safety solution in three ways:

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Topics: LED Lighting, Safety, ACD Online

Protection and Reliability in Motor Control: Soft Starters

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Aug 31, 2016 8:42:15 AM

After a month without significant downtime or hitches, all seems right in the world, or at least your facility – until the energy bill comes in thousands of dollars above the norm.

Many manufacturers budget for unforeseen costs, but the penalty from a utility company for demanding too much power from the grid during peak hours can be incredibly harsh on the bottom line. When motors start malfunctioning the next month from mechanical stress or product starts getting damaged from rough movement through the conveyor line, you may need a soft starter.

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Topics: Motor Control

LED Lighting Solutions: Making It Last

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Jul 29, 2016 8:22:04 AM

In a corner of the Livermore Fire Department in California, an old-fashioned 
carbon filament lightbulb has been burning continuously since 1901. As of 2015, the Centennial Bulb racked up over 1,000,000 hours of service.

Well, you know what they say – we just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Of course, the Centennial Bulb is celebrated as a major exception and minor marvel. The average incandescent lightbulb can barely shine for a month with continuous use, let alone over a hundred years. How did we get from monthly maintenance rounds to the high-tech industrial lighting we see today?

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Topics: LED Lighting

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

ACD Gets Personal: Announcing ACD Direct

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Jun 30, 2016 12:20:11 PM

Advanced Controls and Distribution (ACD) takes pride in delivering technology-leading electrical supplies – and now, ACD Direct makes thousands of products accessible to our customers 24/7. The new ACD Direct brings convenience and exclusive benefits to new and existing customers in our sales territory.

With an ACD Direct account, you’ll have product details and your company’s negotiated pricing at your fingertips. Other ACD Direct benefits include:

  • Place orders 24/7/360
  • Inventory Availability
  • Save Product Lists and Carts
  • Email Saved Carts
  • Review Past Orders
  • And more!

Find out how your Direct account's exclusive features make the entire quoting and ordering process easier than ever:

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Topics: Company News

LED Lighting for Fire Companies: Case Study Roundup

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Jun 29, 2016 11:28:05 AM

LED lighting offers many advantages over traditional lighting technology across the board, but the effects on your industry may not be clear. In this case study roundup, we'll explore how LED lighting cut costs and saved energy for four fire companies with different needs and unique challenges.

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Topics: LED Lighting

LED Lighting: 5 More Facts You Didn't Know

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Jun 27, 2016 2:59:18 PM

In LED Lighting: 6 Facts You Didn't Know, we reviewed some of the unique quirks and characteristics of LED lighting basics. Here are five more facts about LED lighting that you probably didn't know:

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Topics: LED Lighting

3 Simple Ways to Troubleshoot Your VFD

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on May 31, 2016 9:19:12 AM

You can feel productivity leeching away as soon as it happens, sometimes even moments before your hear an alarm — the line goes down. Under pressure to minimize downtime, you trace the interruption to a variable frequency drive (VFD). These basic tips can help you walk through troubleshooting a variable frequency drive before you get on the phone with the manufacturer.

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Topics: Drives

LED Lighting Case Study: Donjon Shipbuilding

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Feb 11, 2016 8:26:58 AM

Donjon Shipbuilding needed to brighten a 200,000 sq. ft. open air production building and dry dock.

Of 266 total 1,000 watt metal halide fixtures, Donjon Shipbuilding could only use around 60 metal halide lights at a time due to the short lifespan of the bulbs and a harsh, wet, high vibration environment. Employees were forced to carry flashlights at all times to navigate the cavernous darkness, even on a bright sunny day at noon.

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Topics: LED Lighting

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