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If our products could talk, what would they say?

In industrial automation we put our products through a lot. Extreme temperatures, harsh environments, and the demands of high performance can put a strain on the components of any machine. This led me to wonder, if our products could talk, what … Continue reading

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Flexible Cables Don’t Flex For Long

Recently I read an article in Machine Design called “When Flexible Cables Doesn’t Flex for Long” by Leland Teschler which talks about different aspects of flexible cable terms, causes of breakage and testing. The article touches on different lingo between … Continue reading

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Implement Hassle Free Tool Changes

From conversations with many of our customers, I have found that there are two key problems encountered when working with tool change-outs:

Tool Identification: “How do I know I have the right tool in there for the right job at the right time?”
Cables & Connectors: “How do I remember every time to disconnect them before the tooling is removed? We spend thousands each year repairing dies with the cordsets torn out.”
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How to Maintain Your Rotating Connection

In the design of automation equipment everyone is looking for an edge.  How can I make parts faster or easier or safer?  I’m sure you don’t encounter the need for 360 degree rotation everyday; but when you do, it can … Continue reading

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NFPA 79 for AWM Cables in 2011

Since my first post on NFPA79 in relation to sensor cables was first posted, there have been more and more customers asking me for a statement of compliance. So after much review, we decided to ask the professionals. As a member of the NFPA you can call and talk to a document specialist to help you clarify the wording and how it applies to your exact situation.

In my conversations with them, I found out about a new revision of NFPA79 that will be released in 2011. Continue reading

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3 Steps to Evolve to Ethernet Networked I/O

Let’s face it; an installed base, a trained maintenance crew, and an established set of procedures all make it really difficult to try to implement any new technologies in a running manufacturing facility. The idea of an industrial network providing detailed data about your processes and improving productivity sounds interesting and valuable. But where do you begin? Retrofitting everything with the newest technology isn’t an option in today’s economy, the capital investment is just too great. But there is hope! And with small steps, time and training, any plant can move forward into the ethernet realm and beyond. Continue reading

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The Secret of IP67 Protection

Over the last year I have been discussing IP rated products with people in various positions in the manufacturing world and I have encountered some false assumptions about IP67 protection. I want to quickly go over what an IP67 test actually is and then go into the assumptions I’ve seen. Continue reading

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Sensor Cables and the National Fire Protection Agency* Appliance Wiring Material. Single conductor or multi-conductor Type AWM shall not be permitted.
Exception: When part of a listed assembly suitable for the intended application, Type AWM shall be permissible.

With a simple glance at a normal sensor cable, alarms go off in my head. Most sensor cables are made with multi-conductor AWM type cables. Can I not use standard sensor cables on a government project? Continue reading

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