The AutomationDirect line of sensors now includes capacitive proximity sensors with potentiometer adjustment for sensitivity. Capacitive proximity sensors allow sensing of metal and non-metal objects through insulating materials such as wood or plastic and are often used to sense fill levels of liquids or powders.
AutomationDirect has added motors designed for washdown environments to its stepper systems product line. SureStep IP65-rated high-torque stepping motors are said to be completely protected from solids and dust ingress and from low pressure water jets from any direction, making them suitable for many washdown applications.
A new hybrid PVC/rubber hose introduced by AutomationDirect is suitable for air and water use. Nitra hybrid PVC hose is a blend of PVC and rubber with a polyester braided reinforcement. The PVC gives light weight, color stability and hardness for higher working pressures while the rubber gives improved flexibility and operating temperature range.
A new system of safety monitoring and control devices has been added to the AutomationDirect line of safety-related products. The ReeR Mosaic safety controller system is modular, expandable and configurable for managing all safety functions of a single machine or an entire plant.
IronHorse MTCP2 industrial duty motors from AutomationDirect meet the premium efficiency requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. MTCP2 motors are offered in T-Frame (1 to 300 hp) and TC-Frame/C-Face (1 to 30 hp). C-face kits are available for motors over 30 hp.
AutomationDirect has added more AC, DC and analog I/O modules to increase the capabilities and versatility of the Productivity1000 micro-modular PLC. The micro stackable P1000 PLC system provides communications, user-friendly programming, integrated data storage, and a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules in a compact size.
AutomationDirect has added three styles of polymer (plastic) bearings and compatible hard anodized aluminum linear shafts to its mechanical power transmission line. The igus DryLin R series linear plain bearings are dimensionally interchangeable with other popular brands, and offer a low-cost alternative to recirculating ball bearings, the company says.