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Automation and control products like contactors, HMIs and PLCs handle most of the operating functions of a machine, system or process. Automated applications rely on a variety of controllers, relays, sensors, timers and modules to start, maintain, adjust and stop machinery and other components.
Circuit breakers and fuses are used to protect against overloads and short circuits in conductors for all types of applications. Here you will find circuit breakers, disc thermostats, fuseblocks and holders, and fuses.
Connectors, cables and terminals join electrical and electronic components by providing a pathway for circuits to travel and entry points on equipment to power or control devices. Different cordsets have unique properties to carry different signals, and can join any circuit with the right connection type.
Electronic components like capacitors, resistors and potentiometers regulate current and voltage in a circuit. Placing electronic components between different endpoints can filter the signal passing through the circuit, reduce the current, and even provide direct control with a wiper or a switch.
Enclosures house and protect electrical and electronic components, simplifying maintenance and preventing environmental interference or damage. Enclosures and panels keep related and connected components close together, and fans, blowers, heaters and thermostats regulate the enclosure climate to keep parts cool and dry.
HVAC systems use heating and air conditioning to keep indoor conditions at comfortable temperatures. Thermostats constantly monitor temperature and turn heaters, fans and air conditioners on or off depending on the requirements of the facility or room. Humidistats, hygrostats, and other air quality sensors also help with this task.
Hydraulics rely on pumps to distribute liquid fluids for industrial processes and power generation, and pneumatic systems are powered by pressurized gases. Valves adjust the flow rate of fluids, and pipes carry the material through systems and facilities.
Ballasts, fixtures and lamps are the primary source of lighting in factories and warehouses. Using the right equipment to produce the best visibility is critical for efficient day-to-day operations and workplace safety. Indicators work similarly by showing essential alerts and operating status to personnel.
Electric motors are the backbone of modern automation. Motors convert electrical energy into mechanical energy, and the resulting motion and torque drives a load. The most effective motor control solution is the variable frequency drive, or adjustable speed drive. Drives vary motor input frequency and voltage to control motor speed and torque.
Industrial network architecture relies on a variety of switches, routers, gateways and linking technologies to connect machines, smart sensors, process instruments and control systems. Ethernet and mobile-to-mobile switches natively support common protocols like Modbus and DNP3, and new remote terminal units (RTUs) support 3G and 4G broadband cellular networks.
Process and instrumentation devices monitor and maintain processes and equipment. Automated process control achieves consistency, efficiency and safety in industrial process. A variety of equipment contributes to effective production. This equipment includes dedicated controllers, regulators, transducers, transformers, meters and gauges.
Relays are switches that open and close circuits electro-mechanically or electronically, transmitting a signal between different components. There are several types of relays that can perform a wide variety of functions in industrial applications: from preventing equipment damage to providing switching capabilities for heavy duty equipment.
Robotics and robotics components automate and optimize high-speed and precision applications. Industrial robots add value by providing improved accuracy and control. Frameless motors, motor controllers, and other accessories are compact, efficient, and rated for continuous operation.
Semiconductor devices are discrete, powerful electronic components that use the properties of semiconductors to provide utility like fast switching, signal amplification and light emission. Components include rectifiers, diodes, SCRs and transistors.
Switches make and break electrical circuits, and come in a huge variety of different types for different needs and purposes. They can be activated by buttons, levers, keys, rockers, or any other mechanism that can open or close a connection.
Test and measurement equipment measure, detect and record values and conditions for machinery, equipment and work environments. These devices are often handheld, with straightforward operating characteristics and the durability needed to work in the field.
Having the right mix of tools, accessories and supplies on hand is one of the easiest ways to boost productivity, and a large catalog of options - like hand tools, soldering stations, printers, cases, flashlights, and assorted hardware - makes finding the perfect tool for the job a second thought.