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Jun 12 2017

Omron Adept Robotics Programming in Ladder Logic & Structured Text

Posted by Kenny Horn in Automation

For SCARA, parallel and articulated robotics applications, Omron Adept robotics can now be programmed and controlled directly by PLC using the ePLC Connect feature.  Function blocks and User Defined Types (UDTs) are available for a specified controller (Omron, Rockwell, and Siemens currently supported) allowing for...

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May 19 2017

PLC Programming (Prelude) - A Brief History of PLCs

Posted by RF Jordan in Industry News

To gain an appreciation for the difference between where we are in creating PLC applications and where we should be, requires a reflection on the origin and evolution of parallel technologies.  In this article, we will compare how the functionality of PLC technology has kept pace with telephony.  ...

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Apr 25 2017

Food & Beverage solutions coming to Automation Express

Posted by Isaac Haight in Standard News

Automation Express 2017 is an award-winning automation, safety and plant maintenance trade show that highlights unique solutions for running a safer and more efficient business. Since 2007, Standard Electric’s engineering team and our cutting-edge manufacturers have offered tomorrow’s innovation for your...

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Apr 21 2017

F&B and IoT: The Recipe for Cybersecurity Success

Posted by Isaac Haight in Automation

Automation Express 2017 will feature an abundance of IIoT solutions, which includes cybersecurity for your processes. The article below focuses on cybersecurity in the food & beverage industry and the benefits of maintaining a secure, organized and closely monitored system.   F&B and IoT: The Recipe for...

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Apr 18 2017

Material Handling solutions coming to Automation Express

Posted by Isaac Haight in Standard News

Automation Express 2017 is an award-winning automation, safety and plant maintenance trade show that highlights unique solutions for running a safer and more efficient business. Since 2007, Standard Electric’s engineering team and our cutting-edge manufacturers have offered tomorrow’s innovation for your...

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Apr 06 2017

3 Benefits of Electronic Cable Miniaturization for Machine Building

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Bigger isn’t always better. And as many products shrink in size due to new and enhanced technologies, Standard Electric is here to help you leverage those advancements. Belden recently published a blog giving an overview on the miniaturization of electronic cables and how that may affect and benefit your applications....

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Apr 03 2017

Ensure Your Material Handling Process is Cyber Secure

Posted by Jon Herrity in Automation

For machines and conveyor systems enabling the movement of cargo, raw materials or manufactured parts, the final delivery of the end product is very important. This depends entirely on a fully operational control system. In a lot of cases, machine downtime is not even an option. As a result, it is imperative for companies...

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Mar 22 2017

How we can help you leverage Schneider Electric’s EnergySTEP (Energy Sustainability Tiered Efficiency Program)

Posted by andy schonert in Industry News

Standard Electric Supply Co has been a long-time partner of Schneider Electric, offering wide ranging solutions from machine automation hardware to plant and process oriented software products.  High production volume is a common characteristic of the beverage business.  In this highly consolidated industry,...

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Mar 20 2017

Nematron solutions in the Food & Beverage industry

Posted by Pat Pizur in Automation

Nematron by Comark Food Processing Panel PC's meet the demanding requirements of food and beverage manufacturing and consumer packaged goods industries. In general, industrial controls used in food processing applications require them to be fully sealed, IP65 rated for hygienic sanitary processing wash down applications,...

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Mar 08 2017

Wallmount enclosures from Rittal feature precision engineering

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

Rittal WM enclosures set the standard for maximum use of space and ease of installation. WM compact enclosures can be used for virtually any application. NEMA protection ratings are ensured through a secure locking system, foamed-inplace gasket and knife-edge perimeter. Features include a body constructed of cold rolled...

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Mar 01 2017

IIoT arrives; It’s time to get started

Posted by Isaac Haight in Automation

Automation Express 2017 will display some of the latest technology and products as it relates to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With more than 45 of our manufacturers on hand and Standard Electric's team of 30+ engineers , it will be an opportunity to receive personalized solutions and input on your applications....

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Feb 22 2017

Guest Blog: Hubbell adds 60Amp offering to Advantage™ Series

Posted by Hubbell District Manager Chad Wisniewski in Safety Products

The Advantage series now includes both a 30 and 60amp offering, which are the first and only IEC 60309-2 Pin & Sleeve Switch-Rated Devices in the market place.  Once again, Hubbell has brought more advantages to the switch-rated market establishing new benchmarks in both performance and innovation! New...

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Feb 15 2017

Schneider Electric automates your material handling process

Posted by Brian Southern in Automation

See how to optimize your material handling processes with Schneider Electric’s full range of components, including embedded safety. Learn how to reduce energy consumption with numerous features and how to speed-up operations in this short video. Regardless of your focus – storage or conveyor systems,...

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Feb 10 2017

Automated Storage on the Move

Posted by Isaac Haight in Industry News

Leveraging the latest technology to benefit your business is not always as simple as stated. With so much innovation (IIoT and Industry 4.0) it is difficult to determine which solutions benefit your application the most and how to maximize your return on that investment. In the material handling market, automation...

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Feb 06 2017

Siemens makes modernization easy

Posted by Mike Ubl in Automation

To meet your customers’ expectations, you have to find new and innovative ways to reduce time-to-market, enhance flexibility and increase efficiency. You need to be agile and digital; one step ahead of the curve and two steps ahead of the status quo. And you need a future-focused automation partner that can help...

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Feb 03 2017

Standard Electric provides sensing solutions for Food & Beverage customer

Posted by Dan Giebel in Sensors

In March 2016 Standard Electric held an introductory meeting with a beverage manufacturer customer to introduce our engineering capabilities along with a Food and Beverage product presentation. During the meeting, Standard Electric uncovered opportunities for improvement on several sensor product lines. Tackling one...

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Feb 01 2017

System integration solutions for big and small projects

Posted by Isaac Haight in Industry News

The power of technology has been pushing automation to new heights in recent years. With Industry 4.0 and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) pushing for even more innovation within the manufacturing industry, there are plenty of opportunities to be realized by companies living in the industrial realm. Check out the...

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Jan 27 2017

Omni Cable offers many solutions for industrial vertical markets

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Omni Cable offers wire and cable for a variety of verticals that have unique requirements. With Omni Cable's product offering and large options of  value-added services , Standard Electric provides the product and services tailored to your needs. Contact your account manager or be sure to attend Automation Express...

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Jan 25 2017

Standard Electric partners with The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Hyperloop Pod Competition team

Posted by Jon Herrity in Industry News

Standard Electric Supply Co. is excited to announce a partnership with The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Hyperloop Team to provide control & automation solutions for the Hyperloop Pod Competition! The competition is set to take place in Hawthorne, CA at SpaceX’s headquarters this week.  ...

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Jan 19 2017

ABB provides automated, fully-integrated manufacturing solutions for food & beverage industry

Posted by Steve Dictus in Automation

ABB offers automation and software solutions for breweries and distilleries, dairies, manufacturers of edible oil, sugar, chocolate, coffee, bakery, confectionary, grain, meat, poultry and other food ingredients. ABB’s Food & Beverage solutions help fill retailers’ shelves with quality products while...

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Jan 11 2017

Brady's BBP®85 sign and label printer is Big, BOLD and better than ever

Posted by Paul Sanford in Facility and Safety Identification

The BBP®85 sign and label printer is the premier printing system for colorful extra-large signs, labels and warnings that demand attention. Its user-friendly features make it easy for anyone to operate it. With an interactive touch-screen providing “walk-up-and-print” capabilities, the BBP®85 can...

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Jan 05 2017

A look at Hubbell’s hazardous-location unfused-disconnect and mechanical-interlock switches

Posted by Isaac Haight in Safety Products

Hazardous Location Non-Fused Disconnect Switches Hubbell’s hazardous-location unfused-disconnect and mechanical-interlock switches are ideal for applications with the presence of flammable gasses or vapors, or ignitable dusts and fibers. They are also suitable for use in outdoor or indoor damp, wet and dirty...

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Dec 29 2016

Schneider Electric’s PowerPact B circuit breakers boast innovative features

Posted by andy schonert in Controls

Schneider Electric has introduced the latest circuit breaker to the Square D PowerPact™ family, the PowerPact B-frame. PowerPact B-frame circuit breakers leverage the expertise gathered from 60 years of experience and leadership in industrial circuit breaker technology. In order to demonstrate why the PowerPact...

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Dec 21 2016

Littelfuse offers array of tools & resources on arc-flash relays

Posted by clayton larson in Safety Products

In our previous post featuring Littelfuse arc-flash relays we overviewed the importance of them and how they can create a safer work environment and a cost effective way of protecting your company’s equipment. Littelfuse takes it one step further and provides all customers with a healthy supply of resources to...

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Dec 16 2016

Rittal’s dependable enclosures are ideal for the Oil and Gas industry

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

The Oil and Gas industry requires rugged and reliable products, which is why Rittal has become a leading manufacturer of enclosures for it. The Oil and Gas industries operate in damaging environments and conditions, but Rittal enclosures efficiently utilize physical work spaces and limit those damages. These qualities...

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Dec 13 2016

Baldor displays expertise on IPX9K (IP69K for water) products

Posted by Mike Wojda in Power

PURPOSE OF IPX9K RATING? What is an IPX9K (IP69K for Water) rating? Products with an IPX9K rating have been tested and certified as water-tight under severe wash-down conditions. The IPX9K test requires that the product is sprayed with high pressure (1,450psi), high temperature (176F, 80C) at close range (4-6 inches)....

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Dec 06 2016

Wago's industrial ethernet switches offer rugged, reliable option

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Networking

Wago’s standard switches have a rugged housing, redundant power supply and function monitoring with a relay. These functions make it ideal for a wide range of applications. Wago offers four different industrial switches. From the 5-port basic model to the configurable switch, complete with eight 10/100/1000Base-T...

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Dec 01 2016

January's Featured Product | Cosy Industrial Access Router from eWON

Posted by Mike Wojda in Featured Products

The eWON Cosy (COmmunication made eaSY) is an industrial VPN router designed to offer easy remote access, across the Internet, to machines and installations on customer sites or in the field. With eWON Cosy, OEMs and System Integrators can troubleshoot machines remotely without going on site, drastically reducing support...

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Nov 22 2016

Thomas & Betts provides start-to-finish food and beverage electrical solutions

Posted by Steve Dictus in Featured Products

Thomas & Betts has created a guide to their electrical solutions for the food and beverage industry. Through an interactive map you can click on each stage of the production cycle to gain better insight to what products Thomas & Betts can provide to support your process. Each stage highlights several common solutions...

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Nov 18 2016

Hubbell's watertight wiring devices offer wiring solutions in a wide-range of environments

Posted by Isaac Haight in Power

Hubbell offers a full series of wiring products and accessories that offer watertight capabilities. From plugs, connectors and receptacles to portable outlet boxes and covers, Hubbell's watertight wiring devices provide top-level performance in the toughest environments. Below is a list of some of the environments these...

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Nov 16 2016

The Wraptor® Wire ID Printer Applicator from Brady makes wire labeling easy and efficient

Posted by Paul Sanford in Facility and Safety Identification

The Wraptor® Wire ID Printer Applicator from Brady is an automated print and apply machine that makes wire and cable identification faster and easier. The Brady Wraptor system improves productivity and adds quality by combining the printing and application of labels in one easy-to-use unit. In a single stroke, the...

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Nov 04 2016

Pro-face GP4100 Series offers a compact, touchscreen operator interface

Posted by Jon Herrity in Networking

The Pro-face GP4100 Series compact operator interface offers a crisp, clear LCD Display, available in monochrome or color with Analog Touch Panel for improved visibility and precise part placement. The monochrome option comes equipped with energy efficient, maintenance free LED backlights. Check out the features for yourself...

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Nov 02 2016

Telemecanique Sensors RFID technology improves machine and process efficiency

Posted by Dan Giebel in Sensors

Smart antennas with integrated controller Three formats: one is the most compact industrial RFID station on the market (40 x 40 x 15 mm) Simple installation whatever the topology (star architecture or daisy-chain), even on Ethernet Self-adapting to the environment, even on a metal support Extended detection...

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Oct 26 2016

November's Featured Supplier | Value-Added Services from Omni Cable

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Omni Cable offers a wide variety of value added services such as twisting, striping, dyeing, lashing, bundling and kitting to customize your wire and cable.  They have the ability to custom build your wire or cable to meet the specific needs of your application. Their value added services can reduce costs by cutting...

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Oct 19 2016

Rittal TS 8 Enclosures are highly innovative and remarkably flexible

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

Highly innovative and remarkably flexible, the TS 8 is available in more than 100 versions off the shelf and comes in carbon steel, and 304 and 316 stainless steel varieties. Its modular construction allows for easy assembly, baying, equipment installations, removals and reconfigurations. Efficient: Fast...

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Oct 14 2016

The Anybus® Wireless Bolt™ from HMS makes expanding your wireless network easy

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

Anybus® Wireless Bolt™ from HMS enables you to connect industrial devices to a wireless network. It is attached onto a cabinet or a machine to enable wireless access. Wireless transmission is made via Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy or WLAN technology. HMS's Wireless Bolt is IP65-rated and has a max range...

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Oct 11 2016

How can Littelfuse's expertise in arc-flash detection save your company money & time?

Posted by Isaac Haight in Safety Products

What is Arc-Flash? Arcing and arc-flashes occur when electricity flows across what is normally an insulating medium, producing intense, luminous discharges of electrical energy.   Why invest in Arc-Flash detection technology? Arc-flash events are dangerous and potentially fatal to personnel. Arc-flash...

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Oct 05 2016

Omron's new F3SJ series of safety light curtains offer a tailored approach

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Facility and Safety Identification

Omron's new F3SJ series of safety light curtains offers a tailored approach for a variety of production environments. Conventional safety light curtains offer full-featured models, even when only simple intrusion detection is needed. The F3SJ series offers a product range that allows you to choose the best product according...

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Sep 30 2016

October's Featured Products | Industrial LED Lighting Technology from Dialight

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Dialight defines the current state of LED lighting technology with continuous innovations in light output, efficacy and reliability for our complete line of high-specification lighting fixtures specifically designed for industrial, commercial, hazardous location, transportation & public infrastructure applications....

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Sep 27 2016

The BradyJet J5000 Industrial InkJet Color Label Printer delivers high resolution and speed

Posted by Paul Sanford in Facility and Safety Identification

The BradyJet J5000 Color Label Printer is an on-demand, inkjet solution for creating photo-quality color labels for indoor use in a single pass, while reducing your inventory of labeling supplies and material waste. Simple and Built-to-Last: Large capacity ink cartridges for reduced changeovers Durable, large-format...

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Sep 22 2016

Milwaukee Construction Moving Quickly

Posted by Isaac Haight in Standard News

Back in April we gave an update that Standard Electric Supply would be moving forward with a $4 million expansion and renovation of its Milwaukee warehouse and office space. Since then, construction has moved quickly and the first phase of the project was completed in late August, which includes the warehouse addition,...

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Sep 20 2016

Omron's Safety Laser Scanner OS32C boasts simple maintenance

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Facility and Safety Identification

Small size, less weight and low-power consumption are extending operation time of battery powered systems like automated guided vehicles (AGVs). Safety laser scanner OS32C covers all these requirements in collision avoidance, presence and intrusion detection applications. Maintenance is made simple since diagnosis is clear...

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Sep 15 2016

Honeywell Sensing and Control's limit switches offer great flexibility and performance

Posted by Dan Giebel in Automation

Available with a variety of actuators, electrical specifications, terminations, circuitries and sealing ratings, Honeywell Sensing and Control's (S&C) limit switches offer superior flexibility and performance. These precision snap-action switches are sealed in rugged housings and are used to detect presence or absence...

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Sep 13 2016

Molex's Brad® HarshIO modules provide quick & reliable connections

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Networking

Brad® HarshIO modules provide quick and reliable solutions for connecting industrial controllers to I/O devices in harsh environments. Features & Benefits: Modules provide fieldbus connectivity for PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET IO Large range of connectivity...

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Sep 08 2016

Carlo Gavazzi introduces RSGD Series Self-Learning Soft Starters

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Controls

The RSGD is an extremely compact 75mm wide and easy-to-use 3-phase soft starter for AC induction motors up to 100A. The new self-learning algorithm has been adapted to work with different applications without needing to adjust the initial torque, therefore resulting in an almost plug ’n play set up. The integrated...

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Sep 01 2016

Brady's BMP®61 printer offers a wide range of features

Posted by Don Bangert in Safety Products

The BMP®61 Label Printer leverages the latest in thermal transfer print technology and is ready to answer the toughest wire, cable and component labeling challenges. Features include a color touch-screen, crisp 300 DPI, USB and USB flash drive connections and automatic label formatting.   It appears...

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Aug 30 2016

September's Featured Products | FLIR's C2 Thermal Imaging Camera

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

The FLIR C2 is the world’s first full-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed for building industry experts and contractors. Keep it on you so you’re ready anytime to find hidden heat patterns that signal energy waste, structural defects, plumbing issues and more. The C2’s must-have features include...

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Aug 23 2016

SolaHD Extends DIN Rail Power Supplies Line with New SVL Series

Posted by Isaac Haight in Enclosures

SVL Series power supplies are perfect for high volume, controlled environment applications where essential features are the only requirement. When space inside an enclosure is at a premium, their small footprint makes these power supplies an excellent alternative to embedded open frame switchers. The DIN rail mounting...

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Aug 18 2016

A Look at RK Electronics DPM's Functionality

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

The DPM is a Digital Phase Monitor that will monitor line voltages from 200VAC up to 600VAC. Actual line voltages and set-up parameters are set via the digital display. The supply voltage must be available during operation. With the supply voltage active, you can set-up all of the DPM’s settings without the line...

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Aug 16 2016

Wago introduces new mounting carrier, 221 Series LEVER-NUTS®

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Networking

This new mounting carrier allows the 221 Series LEVER-NUTS® connector to be used in electrical cabinets and on smooth surfaces (chassis mount).    With this accessory, the 221 Series meets the requirements of DIN VDE 0100-0510 for  Operation,  Inspection,  Maintenance,  Test, ...

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Aug 04 2016

Siemens SIRIUS 3RW Soft Starters are the Ideal Soft Starter for Every Application

Posted by Allen Edwards in Controls

SIRIUS 3RW soft starters are a cost-effective alternative to using direct or wye-delta starters for starting three-phase motors. They avoid undesirable side effects such as mechanical bumps in the machine and mechanics or voltage drops in the main supply. The soft start in control cabinets can be implemented in almost...

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Aug 02 2016

Carlo Gavazzi Introduces PD30ET Photoelectric Sensors

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Sensors

Carlo Gavazzi launched its new series of IP69K stainless steel photoelectric sensors, the PD30ET Series. The new PD30ET Series complements the already popular PD30 photoelectric sensors, with robust AISI316L stainless steel housings. With an IP69K environmental rating and ECOLAB certification, reliable operation is ensured...

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Jul 29 2016

August's Featured Products | Connection Devices from ABB | Sta-Kon Terminals + Tools from Thomas & Betts

Posted by Steve Dictus in Featured Products

AF 3-Pole Contactors from ABB Featuring AF technology as standard, AF contactors establish a new industry benchmark. The electronically controlled coil offers multiple benefits over conventional alternatives, and together with ABB's wide product offering, an optimal configuration, every time. Benefits:...

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Jul 26 2016

Lumberg Passive Distributors Make Installation Easy and Cost Effective

Posted by Dan Giebel in Sensors

Save the time needed for the lengthy and expensive installation of terminal blocks in enclosures. Passive distribution boxes mount directly on machinery and combine signals from sensors and actuators while transmitting them via one integrated or quick-disconnect control cable to the controller. Such decentralized wiring...

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Jul 22 2016

Rittal Introduces New Generation of Roof-Mounted Pagoda Fans

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Rittal introduced a new generation of roof-mounted fans in June that include a number of upgrades and new features. Below is an outline of the fan’s features along with a video showcasing them. Just one mounting cut-out for all output categories 9.8 x 10.2 inches (250 x 258 mm) Optimum efficiency,...

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Jul 19 2016

Proface HMI Connectivity Demo

Posted by Jon Herrity in Networking

Proface is a leader in the industrial automation industry with connectivity to 3rd party devices. This video demonstrates connectivity to three PLCs simultaneously via Ethernet. Rockwell Allen Bradley CompactLogix via EtherNet/IP, Schneider Modicon M251 MachineStruxure via Modbus TCP/IP, and Siemens SIMATIC S7 via Profinet...

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Jul 14 2016

Get IIoT Ready with Red Lion

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

IIoT implementation is driven by the need for smarter, more interconnected operations. To achieve this, organizations require easy-to-use solutions to connect and expand the capabilities of legacy equipment within existing facilities. This is why Red Lion provides IIoT-ready solutions that leverage protocol conversion,...

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Jul 06 2016

Prosoft Radio Kit is designed to be user friendly

Posted by Jon Herrity in Wireless

The Radio Kit is a replacement for hardwired I/O that is simple to deploy. The Kit requires no programming to set up – just wire strippers and a screwdriver. There is no communication protocol to interpret. The radios are paired and secured, so there are no settings or configurations to figure out. It is bi-directional,...

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Jul 01 2016

Lutze offers reliable connectors for industrial applications

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Networking

Connector options are seemingly endless and the connection and disconnection of electrical contacts requires much more knowledge than simply knowing about the male and female ends. LUTZE has a comprehensive assortment of all common and unusual connectors, but more specifically, the RJ45 (490151) connector from LUTZE is...

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Jun 28 2016

July's Featured Product | MachineStruxure from Schneider Electric

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Featured Products

The NEXT generation of MachineStruxure™ from Schneider Electric is an intuitive solution for machine automation with all the features and functions you need to build machines that will improve your bottom line. From design and development, to commissioning and maintenance, MachineStruxure is a complete machine building...

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Jun 21 2016

Get to know our Director of Product Training, Mick Warning

Posted by Mick Warning in Our Experts

Recently, I accepted a newly formed position here at Standard Electric as the Director of Product Training.  I have always enjoyed building projects and have had just as much fun explaining the procedure to others.  The big challenge is making training sessions as interesting as possible; it’s very satisfying...

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Jun 17 2016

Brady brings safety to the forefront

Posted by Don Bangert in Industry News

As summer is kicked into high gear many things get put on the back burner as time is made for vacations and fun. However, the month of June is national safety month and keeping the wellbeing of all employees in mind should remain a top priority. Brady released a video a couple weeks ago to help describe what safety means...

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Jun 14 2016

Get to know our Director of Engineering, Bill Hirschinger

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Our Experts

As Director of Engineering, I am responsible for 12 engineers and their projects throughout the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana territories. I have been involved with Industrial controls and automation products since 1986, I have been in the electrical wholesale distribution business since 1991 and been with Standard...

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Jun 10 2016

A look into WAGO's cost-effective PFC100

Posted by nathan vanderloop in Automation

Carefully engineered, WAGO’s ultra-compact PFC100 joins its market-leading sibling, the PFC200, in blending the better of two software worlds into one device: Linux® and CODESYS. While the PFC100 doesn’t offer all the capabilities of the PFC200, it’s a very cost effective solution for many applications....

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Jun 07 2016

Red Lion's Sixnet® SL and SLX series meet wide range of demands

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

Red Lion's Sixnet® SL and SLX Ethernet switch series both offer protected circuitry and Lexan DIN-rail mountable enclosures. While the SL series is ideal for light to moderate industrial applications, the SLX series is more than capable of managing industrial applications with the highest demands. Below are comparisons...

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Jun 03 2016

Pepperl + Fuchs IDENTControl family provides gateway to higher-level systems

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

RFID control units of the “IDENTControl” family do the information acquisition for you: they reliably control read/write operations and filter the flow of raw data before it reaches the higher-level control system. With their interfaces for all common fieldbus systems (PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP,...

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May 31 2016

June's Featured Product | Hubbell Advantage Series Switch Rated IEC Pin & Sleeve

Posted by Isaac Haight in Featured Products

Hubbell’s Pin and Sleeve line of plugs, connectors, inlets, receptacles, mechanical interlocks and accessories are the highest performing products available. The Advantage™ Series Pin & Sleeve Switch-Rated Devices are assembled in the USA and have a full list of innovative features. They are IEC 60309-2...

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May 24 2016

Further Explaining the IIoT

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

For those who wish to know more about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, here is a good and quick explanation of the terms and overlap, as it relates to our industry. The Profinet side mentioned is just ONE of many paths “to get there”. To achieve many of the concepts of...

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May 20 2016

Defining the Benefits of the IIoT

Posted by Isaac Haight in Networking

As technology becomes more sophisticated by the day so do many industrial applications. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has had an ever-growing presence in the field. However, with many businesses unsure of the benefits and ROI for its applications, there is naturally a lag between new developments and implementation....

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May 17 2016

OSHA Goes Online With Records

Posted by Isaac Haight in Industry News

Last week news came from OSHA that they will be posting safety records online on the agency’s website, www.osha.gov . OSHA administrator Dr. David Michaels called it a “nudge” in order to call attention to both safe and unsafe workplaces. The hope is that making the information so attainable will in...

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May 13 2016

Get to know PLC and HMI Expert RF Jordan

Posted by RF Jordan in Our Experts

I, like so many others in my age group, was fascinated with model trains as a youth.  I knew, at a young age, that I wanted to be an engineer when I grew up.  Oh, you say, not that kind of engineer, tell us about being an Automation and Controls Engineer.  Apart from the term “engineer” the...

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May 10 2016

May's Featured Products | Powr-Gard® Electrical Products from Littelfuse

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Featured Products

Littelfuse products help protect electrical equipment used in construction, general industrial, oil & gas, solar, mining, and OEM applications. We offer a broad and reliable selection of fuses, fuse blocks, protection relays, and generator controls to improve safety and reduce downtime. For decades, we have helped...

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May 04 2016

A Look at the Nematron nPC20 Insutrial Node & iPC-Plus Series

Posted by Tim Sheppard in Automation

nPC20 Industrial Node The nPC20 Fanless Node PC is a high-performance Non-display computer built for industrial use. Intel® ATOM Dual and Quad Core processing options give this industrial-grade node the power to run your control applications. With quality and durability in mind, the nPC20 is built to be reliable...

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Apr 29 2016

PULS CP10 Series Offers Compact Efficiency

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Networking

Weighing only 600g, the CP10 Series units are exceptionally light, very robust, and available in 4 different output voltages making them particularly well suited for nearly every application.  Due to its exceptionally low level of heat generation, the width of the CP10 Series is 35% smaller than the previous model,...

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Apr 22 2016

Leuze Electronic RSL 400 Safety Laser Scanner | Compact and Versatile

Posted by Dan Giebel in Sensors

The RSL 400 safety laser scanner series has set the bar high for sensor technology. Its ability to cover large areas with staggered ranges suits the needs for each unique application setting. In some applications the RSL 400’s versatility can cover the functions where two scanners were needed prior. It also features...

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Apr 19 2016

Standard Electric Continues Growth with Eye on the Future

Posted by Isaac Haight in Standard News

Finding growth in a market place that features stiff competition is difficult. While many businesses resort to buyouts and mergers to find new opportunities, Standard Electric Supply Co. has carved out a healthy market share for itself all while remaining a family-owned company. Within the last 25 years Standard Electric...

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Apr 15 2016

Why IP69K & Ecolab Rating Standards Matter

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Facility and Safety Identification

Products that carry the IP69K and Ecolab ratings are ideal for facilities where hygiene and cleanliness are critical, as they are proven to be durable and resistant against water, chemicals, high pressure and high temperatures associated with demanding cleaning and safety measures.  Meeting these qualifications has...

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Apr 12 2016

netLINK PROXY Offers a Cost-Efficient Alternative to Redevelopments

Posted by Mike Ubl in Sensors

Hilscher netLINK PROXY integrates existing PROFIBUS-DP devices into any superordinate PROFINET network. While redevelopments can be expensive and untimely, the netLINK PROXY is user-friendly and can be installed quickly, minimizing downtime. The netLINK PROXY can upgrade your system to PROFINET without sacrificing...

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Apr 08 2016

Schneider Electric | Connectivity with the eWON Cosy

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Networking

Earlier this year Schneider Electric produced a number of videos that walk through connectivity with the eWON Cosy. All the videos feature a different product and a setup walk through. You can view the demonstrations in the videos below: Setup of the eWON Cosy with the Schneider OEM Range   Setup of...

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Apr 05 2016

Baumer HOG86 Encoder Series Made for High Demands

Posted by Dan Giebel in Sensors

The HeavyDuty HOG86 series from Baumer Hübner offers a number of features that make it safe and reliable. Tailored towards harsh environments with high demands, the HOG86 series is built for long-term, continuous operation. Here are a few areas where the HOG86 series can enhance your application: Reliability...

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Apr 01 2016

April's Featured Product | Blue e+ Cooling Unit Series from Rittal

Posted by Todd Hartke in Featured Products

The Blue e+ Cooling Unit Series offers a combination of features that make it one of a kind. Through efficiency, versatility, longevity and simplicity Rittal has made one of the most innovative cooling unit series available.   Efficiency: The Blue e+’s hybrid technology can save up to 75% in energy...

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Mar 29 2016

A Look at LÜTZE Cable Assemblies for Allen-Bradley Drive Systems

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

Compatible with the Allen-Bradley ® standard 2090 for Rockwell l® Automation Systems, LÜTZE's servormotor and feedback cables are specifically designed for industrial drives, motors and encoders. Suited for all of your Allen Bradley needs, these cables are available for both static and continuous flexing...

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Mar 24 2016

Brady Introduces New Safety Site

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Safety is of the upmost importance when it comes to performing any job. This makes being able to communicate and explain best safety practices vital. Brady has launched a new safety website to help bring visibility to best practices, while giving their online visitors a user-friendly experience. Within the new site,...

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Mar 22 2016

March's Featured Product | F 10 Bluelight Photoelectric Proximity Switch from Sensopart

Posted by Dan Giebel in Featured Products

For sensing applications involving dark or transparent objects, accurate detection can often be a challenge. As made apparent in the video below, Sensopart's F 10 bluelight photoelectric proximity switch alleviates this common painpoint that can occur with standard red light sensors. The blue light option functions as...

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Mar 18 2016

Hubbell's Stringer Lights Combine Flexibility with Safety and Reliability

Posted by Isaac Haight in Lighting

Finding efficient and safe lighting that meets all of your needs can be difficult.  Hubbell Stringer Lights  feature a number of aspects that make them ideal for any industrial use. With light sockets every 10 feet and 5 feet from the plug and end, they can illuminate a wide area of space.  The highly impact-resistant...

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Mar 15 2016

Hirschmann's Spider III Unmanaged Ethernet Switches Built for the Future

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Networking

Finding equipment that will be useful and reliable down the road can be difficult with the ever-evolving world of technology. Yet, Hirschmann took that uncertainty into account when designing the Spider III Standard Line switches. The Spider III delivers a low-cost entry into industrial Ethernet technology, while still...

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Jan 26 2016

Low Power Industrial Wireless Technology

Posted by Jon Herrity in Wireless

As companies around the globe are using wireless networking devices within their office environments, it’s only a matter of time before the technology creeps itself into more and more of the industrial world. For industrial automation OEMs and End Users, this can provide a wide range of new opportunities. Short...

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Jan 22 2016

A Look at Hubbell's Twist-Lock Selector App

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Safety Products

This year, we've already looked at several web-based and mobile apps –a commonly implemented tool that's slowly becoming an industry standard in the way of product support and troubleshooting. Today, we're looking at Hubbell's Twist-Lock ® Selector app –available for iOS and Android.  Released...

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Jan 19 2016

Using eWON technology with Profibus

Posted by Bryan Garness in Networking

Today, we've put together a demonstration on how to configure an eWON module with a Siemens S7-300 PLC via the MPI port. We will be working with a standard PC that in turn connects with eCatcher through the Talk2M service for access to our eWON and MPI port. You can view the demonstration in the video below.  ...

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Jan 15 2016

Real-Time Ordering via iPad Technology Improves Standard Electric’s Bin Stocking Services

Posted by Zac Krause in Standard News

  Standard Electric Supply Co. recently introduced Apple iPads to our Bin Stock drivers who control all of the company’s Vendor Managed Inventory.  The iPads, which replace the Symbol Palm Powered palm-pilot that Standard Electric had used for over a decade, scan products at client locations and...

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Jan 12 2016

Get to know Engineer Todd Hartke

Posted by Todd Hartke in Our Experts

Since joining the Standard Electric family in 2012, my area of expertise has been Electrical Enclosures. I support all enclosure lines but most of my time is spent working with Rittal. I'm also heavily involved with our Modification Center's enclosure assemblies and specialized solutions. We have been assembling and modifying...

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Jan 08 2016

GAM Introduces Gearbox Sizing Tool

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Motion

Earlier this month, GAM introduced their web-based gearbox sizing tool . The feature now allows for GAM customers to easily find the appropriate gear reducer, coupling, linear slide or parallel mount kit. As with similar product plugins, this allows the user to drill down their search based...

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Jan 05 2016

January Featured Product | Brady's BBP 35 and BBP 37

Posted by Don Bangert in Featured Products

  Brady recently released two new printers to their line-up. The BBP 35 and BBP 37.  These printers come with several new features and I'd be happy to discuss these features with you and provide a demo of the printers! Feel free to contact me at 1-800-318-4618 and we can discuss the best printer solution for...

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Dec 22 2015

Selecting the correct sensor cordset

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

There's been a handy resource published via Pepperl+Fuchs' blog that assists in pairing sensors with the most appropriate cordset for their application. You can find their worthwhile discussion below. When it comes to specifying a cable to use with your recent sensor purchase, you may notice a handful...

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Dec 18 2015

Manufacturing organization through 5S methodology

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

As 2015 is coming to an end it's a great time to start thinking about getting organized for 2016. It's a great time to begin sorting, organizing, cleaning, laying out a plan and a way to repeat the process toward better efficiency. Even though most of us go through this tradition every spring without barely a second...

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Dec 15 2015

Inventory Management Services | Experiencing Issues Managing Your Inventory?

Posted by Michele DeWitt in Standard News

At Standard Electric, our Inventory Management Solutions not only reduce your ordering costs, carrying costs and cost of goods, but eliminate stock out costs and increase productivity. Standard Electric is the expert in managing your inventory directly to your point of use locations. Jay Van Geffen, Inventory Services...

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Dec 11 2015

Meet our Director of Engineering, Bill Hirschinger

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Our Experts

As Director of Engineering, I am responsible for 12 engineers and their projects throughout the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana territories. I have been involved with Industrial controls and automation products since 1986, I have been in the electrical wholesale distribution business since 1991 and been with Standard...

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Dec 08 2015

Improve Lighting Efficiency with SmartWatt Energy

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Lighting

Standard Electric is proud to announce that we've recently begun working with SmartWatt Energy. SmartWatt Energy develops customized sustainability projects for businesses, schools and government organizations. Their energy efficiency and clean energy projects meet the highest engineering standards, while their innovative...

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Dec 04 2015

Case Study | Cutting Costs with Variable Frequency Drive Technology

Posted by Brian Southern in Our Experts

The benefits of variable frequency drive (VFD) technology has been a reccuring topic here in Standard Talks, and we'd like to share a success story from one of our Indianapolis customers who recently adopted the new drives system. In 2014, Standard Electric began assisting Indianapolis-based Crew Carwash in...

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Dec 01 2015

December's Featured Product | Ultrasonic Sensors from Pepperl + Fuchs

Posted by Dan Giebel in Featured Products

For December's featured product, we'll be looking at Pepperl+Fuchs' ultrasonic sensors– a line of products defined by their reliability and versatility. These sensors can be used to solve even the most complex tasks involving  object   detection  or  level measurment  with  millimeter...

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Nov 24 2015

Baldor Shares Video on Food and Beverage Industry Applications

Posted by Mike Wojda in Power

For our customers in the food and beverage industry, Baldor recently shared a video resource on the effectiveness of some of their lines within these applications. The video goes on to explore how the manufacturer's Washdown Duty motors can maintain quality performance in environments that require regular cleaning. The...

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Nov 20 2015

WAGO Obtains ANSI/ISA Hazardous Location Certification for 750 Series Controller

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Automation

WAGO announced this week that their 750 Series controller has obtained ANSI/ISA certifications for hazardous locations. The PFC200 addition to the existing 750 series lines now allows for the controller's benefits to function in Class , Division 2 hazardous locations. –Image via  Wago.us...

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Nov 17 2015

Need Help with Web Ordering? Check Out Our New Tutorial Video

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Standard News

Earlier this year, StandardElectricSupply.com received a bit of a face lift . With that, we've continued to add some better functionality–including category dropdown menus and improved search refinement tools.  To help our customers better utilize their online account capabilities, we've put together a brief...

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Nov 13 2015

Schneider Electric Explores the Benefits of VFD Technology

Posted by Brian Southern in Automation

We've previously discussed  the staggering cost savings that can come with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology here in Standard Talks. While retrofitting a system with this updated drive technology may initially appear to be a daunting undertaking, the savings can often speak for themselves.  Recently,...

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Nov 10 2015

Standard Electric Adds Bircher Reglomat to Line Card

Posted by Marty Klika in Safety Products

We're pleased to announce that Standard Electric Supply Co. now offers Bircher Reglomat sensing products. Bircher Reglomat is the motion and presence sensor specialist for the automatic pedestrian door, machine safeguarding, industrial door/gate, and mass transit markets.  Their product...

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Nov 06 2015

Standard Electric Adds Baumer Sensors to Line Card

Posted by Marty Klika in Sensors

We're pleased to announce that, as of last month, Standard Electric Supply Co. now offers Baumer sensing products. The Baumer Group is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of sensors, encoders, measuring instruments and components for automated image-processing. The primary reason for partnering with Baumer...

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Nov 03 2015

A Look at Transformer Efficiency Standards for 2016 with Hammond Power Solutions

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Power

The latest Department of Energy (DOE) 10 CFR Part 431 ruling published on April 18th, 2013, also known as DOE 2016, will require all liquid-filled and dry-type distribution transformers manufactured on or after January1st, 2016 and sold into any U.S. state after this date to comply with the new energy efficiency...

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Oct 30 2015

November's Featured Product | Limitless™ Wireless Switches from Honeywell

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Featured Products

November's featured product, Honeywell's Limitless™ wireless switches, can provide reliable functionality without the maintenance-heavy clutter of cabling. In the PDF below, you can see how the switch can be ideal for safety solutions. Additionally, this line is perfect for tank level monitoring , valve position...

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Oct 27 2015

Spend and Save with a Limited-Time FLIR Deal

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Safety Products

Now through the end of 2015, FLIR is offering its customers a wide range of 'Bonus Buy' gifts to anyone who spends more than $200 dollars on FLIR products. This limited-time offer features severals tiers of perks. If efficiency improvements may be a resolution for your 2016, now may be the perfect time to invest in FLIR's...

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Oct 23 2015

Pepperl+Fuchs Now Offering ATEX and IECEx Cable Glands

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

Pepperl + Fuchs recently made some additions to their cable gland portfolio. The sensing manufacturer now offers ATEX and IECEx Cable Glands, which provide additional protection for any hazardous-classified locations. With an emphasis on simple installation and extreme durability, the line improvements are ideal...

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Oct 20 2015

Red Lion Reinvests in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

Over the past several years, we've seen many of our industrial component manufacturers revamp the communicative capabilities of their lines. This month, Red Lion reiterated their commitment to the industry shift by announcing a dedicated facility in St. Louis, the IIoT Innovation Center. In a press release...

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Oct 16 2015

A Look at Control Design's 2015 Readers' Choice Awards

Posted by Mike Wojda in Industry News

Recently, Control Design shared  the winners for their 2015 Readers' Choice Awards, which survey the industry for the most relied-upon products and manufacturers. We were happy to again see many of Standard Electric's favorite lines being touted not just by us but by our peers as well.  Schneider Electric...

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Oct 13 2015

A Look at TeSys LR9D Electronic Overload Relays

Posted by Brian Southern in Automation

With their new TeSys™ LR9D electronic overload relays, Schneider Electric wants to make sure that one product can service all of your motor protection needs. Providing flexibility without sacrificing robustness, the TeSys LR9D line is perfect for pumping, HVAC, hoisting, material working, and packaging applications....

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Oct 09 2015

Meet Our Team of Experts

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Our Experts

With an average professional experience of 20 years, Standard Electric Supply Co.’s team of over 30 engineers offers an educated and strategic approach to solutions. From safety solutions to industrial controls, we have an expert on staff for all of your electrical needs. We don't only want to find you the right...

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Oct 06 2015

FLIR Introduces Thermal Imaging Clamp Meter

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Safety Products

This week, FLIR announced a new addition to their measurement tool suite–the CM174 Imaging 600A AC/DC Clamp Meter.Like much of FLIR's product line, the meter is powered by FLIR's Lepton ® thermal camera core and allows users to identify problems within their application by visualizing temperature differences....

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Oct 01 2015

October's Featured Product | Explosionproof Enclosures from Eaton's Crouse-Hinds Business

Posted by Todd Hartke in Featured Products

October's Featured Product, Explosionproof Enclosures from Eaton's Crouse-Hinds Business, promise speedy lead times for OEMs and are available in 40 standard sizes with variety of drilling and tapping options. Other features include... Bolt-on/tap-in mounting feet allow for easy field replacement in case of...

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Sep 29 2015

Brady Introduces BBP 35 and BBP 37 Printers

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Brady has just introduced two new printers to their already versatile offering of thermal printing systems.  The BBP35 and BBP37 (BBP37 also cuts out text and shapes.) are both stand-alone or peripheral multicolor printers that offer a host of features to assist in fulfilling your identification requirements in a...

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Sep 22 2015

A Look at Harmony XB5R Wireless Push Buttons from Schneider Electric

Posted by Gary Fox in Automation

Utilizing wireless technology, the Harmony™ XB5R Wireless Batteryless push button is easy to install in both new and existing applications such as bottling, packaging and conveying lines. Now, you no longer need to pass a cable through the machine structure or cable tray to connect the push button to the electrical...

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Sep 15 2015

New Harsh-Environment Sensing Products from Carlo Gavazzi

Posted by Marty Klika in Sensors

This month, Carlo Gavazzi introduced  some additional harsh-environment options to their sensing family. The new ICS Inductive Proximity Sensors meet or exceed IP69K ECOLAB, and FDA standards. The new CONB Series Cordsets meet or exceed IP69K and ECOLAB standards.Both additions are designed to maximize performance...

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Sep 11 2015

4 Steps to Follow for Comissioning of a PLC System via the Electrical Engineering Portal

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

The Electrical Engineering Portal  recently shared a valuable walkthrough  regarding the important steps that are taken during the comissioning of a PLC system. As many of our customers and fellow engineers likely know, the process of system optimization can often be a continuous effort with new areas for...

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Sep 09 2015

A Look at the New PS5000 Series Slim Panel PCs from Pro-face

Posted by Gary Fox in Automation

Last month, Pro-face announced a couple of additions to their IPC family. The new PS5711W and PS5811W PCs feature wide-screen glass to improve display visibility along with a slim profile for streamlined installation options. Pro-face's Industrial Personal Computers are all designed to perform in a wide...

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Sep 04 2015

A Look at Simplifying Sensor Body Styles

Posted by Marty Klika in Sensors

In my 20 years of providing sensor expertise for Standard Electric Supply Co., I have come across many different photoelectric sensors. I am not talking about your typical variety such as thru-beam, retro reflective or proximity sensors. I am mainly referring to body styles. I have worked with many manufacturers throughout...

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Sep 02 2015

September's Featured Product | Line of Sight Disconnects from Hubbell

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Featured Products

The NEC® requires motor controllers on equipment to have a disconnect within line of sight and allows a controller and disconnect to be the same device. By combining both functions in one device, Hubbell CIRCUIT-LOCK® eliminates the confusion of which switch is a motor controller or disconnect, providing owners...

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Aug 28 2015

More Recommendations for Schneider Electric's Twido Controller Phase Out

Posted by Jon Herrity in Automation

Earlier this week, we looked at the Modicon M221  as a recommended solution for Schneider Electric's upcoming Twido controller phase out. When looking at this proposed transition, it's important to consider how Schneider Electric's free SoMachine Basic software simplifies the integration process. The SoMachine...

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Aug 25 2015

Recommendations for Schneider Electric's Twido Controller Phase Out

Posted by RF Jordan in Automation

Next year, Schneider Electric will begin phasing out Twido controllers and their TwidoSuite software. It’s important to us that our customers affected by this obsolescence are provided the ample time and resources necessary to keep operations running smoothly amidst the transition. The simplest conversion...

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Aug 21 2015

Carlo Gavazzi Expands ICB Series line of Inductive Proximity Sensors

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Sensors

This month, Carlo Gavazzi announced three additions to their ICB Series of inductive proximity sensors. The 'extra-extended' ICB12, ICB18 and ICB30 sensors boast ranges up to three times the distance of Carlo Gavazzi's standard M12, M18 and M30 cylindrical  inductive proximity sensors. The cULus-certified line is...

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Aug 18 2015

A new IP67-Rated Power Supply from SolaHD and Emerson

Posted by Dan Giebel in Automation

Earlier this month, Emerson announced a new line of power supplies  under their SolaHD line. The IP67-rated SCP-X self sealed power supplies have been designed to maintain a high performance benchmark in a wide range of extreme industrial environments. The new line has been designed with the goal of bypassing...

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Aug 14 2015

Standard Talks Blog Wins 2015 Best of the Best Award from tED Magazine

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Standard News

I'm happy to announce that Standard Electric Supply Co.'s Standard Talks blog took home an award for best website  at tED Magazine's annual Best of the Best awards this week. The Best of the Best award show takes place at NAED's annual AdVenture marketing conference in Chicago, IL and highlights the previous...

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Aug 11 2015

A Look at the Safety Switch CTP Series from Euchner

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Safety Products

EUCHNER's new safety switch CTP combines the proven principle of operation of electromechanical safety switches with guard locking with modern transponder coded safety engineering. Thanks to the transponder technology, even a single CTP achieves category 4 / PL e according to EN ISO 13849-1 without additional...

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Aug 07 2015

A Look at MROplus services from Littelfuse

Posted by Marty Klika in Safety Products

Littelfuse' complementary MROplus service strives to lower costs, improve safety, and decrease downtime and inventory for your facility. All that you need to do is supply a list of your current fuse inventory and MROplus will do the rest. Free to customers, the program includes...     ...

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Aug 03 2015

August's Featured Product | EPSITRON® Power Supplies from WAGO

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Featured Products

ECO Power Supplies provide an economical alternative for all applications requiring only 24 V DC, without additional functionality. These compact and robust devices deliver 2.5 to 40 A of output current. Clear signaling of the operating status via LED, front-panel adjustable output voltage, eciency of typically...

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Jul 31 2015

A Look at the SIRIUS ACT Push Button series from Siemens

Posted by Allen Edwards in Automation

Siemens' SIRIUS ACT push button and signaling line of products provides a wide range of acutator solutions. From buttons to indicators to switches, the SIRIUS ACT line boasts an unmatched modern design all while adhearing to the high performance standards your end users have come to expect. You can find more information...

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Jul 28 2015

A Look at the eWON COSY family

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

As a machine builder, using internet for the remote access to machines drastically reduces costs by eliminating the need to go on-site. The eWON COSY family allows you to gain remote access for PLCs, HMIs PCs or Cameras. QUICK CONNECTIVITY  | Connect any Ethernet devices without the need...

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Jul 24 2015

The Manufacturing Institute Shares 2015 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Report

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

The Manufacturing Institute–in collaboration with management consulting firm Deloitte– published a study this year exploring the impact of skilled-labor shortages on industry growth. As was the case with year's past , report shares a cautiously optimistic assessment of the American manufacturing labor...

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Jul 21 2015

A Look at the Osisense XS Cubic Range Sensors from Telemecanique

Posted by Marty Klika in Automation

The new OsiSense XS Cubic Range Inductive Proximinty Sensors combine Telemecanique's precise sensing technology with a new one-click mounting system and rotating detection head for simplified installation and improved versatility. Available in cubic and rectangular designs, the new OsiSense XS proximity...

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Jul 17 2015

Get to Know Sensor & Safety Expert Marty Klika

Posted by Marty Klika in Our Experts

In my 21 years with Standard Electric Supply Co., I’ve benefited from the opportunity to wear many different hats within the organization. I initially joined the company as an outside salesperson. In those greener days, I had little exposure to the electrical business. From there, I moved to inside sales, which...

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Jul 14 2015

An Update on Brady Link 360 Cloud-Based Software

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Keeping up with the operational reliability and compliance to regulatory mandates of any facility is often quite overwhelming.  Brady Link 360 Cloud-based software may just be the answer to getting your arms around these issues.  Whether the need is for Lockout Tagout Compliance or the reliability that can...

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Jul 10 2015

A Look at Solar Impulse 2's Transoceanic Flight via ABB

Posted by Steve Dictus in Industry News

If you've been following any industry-related news, you've likely at least heard mention of Solar Impulse 2's historic transoceanonic flight . A week ago, the team completed the largest leg of their around-the-world journey, which took them from Nagoya, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii. Next week, Pilot Bertrand Piccard...

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Jul 07 2015

Register Now | Siemens Technology Overview Sessions

Posted by Allen Edwards in Standard News

During the week of August 16th, Standard Electric's Champaign office will be hosting Technology Overview Sessions in coordination with Siemens. These sessions will provide a closer look at several of Siemens' flagship product families and how they can better serve your current application needs. All sessions...

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Jun 30 2015

July's Featured Product–Connectors and Fittings from Thomas & Betts

Posted by Marty Klika in Featured Products

Regardless of your application's environment or scale, Thomas & Betts' full suite of fitting, connector and crimping solutions will meet all of your industry standards and performance expectations.  From their leak resistance Liquidtight Fittings to the high-amperage specifications of their DuraGard ® ...

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Jun 26 2015

A Conversation on Advanced Drives with Schneider Electric via Treatment Plant Operator

Posted by Gary Fox in Automation

This week, Treatment Plant Operator   shared a conversation with Jeff Szwec, product application engineer for AC drives and soft starts with Schneider Electric. The article touches upon a wide range of energy benefits that can come from implementing Variable Frequency Drive technology (VFD) for a wide range...

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Jun 24 2015

A 2015 Honeywell Users Group Conference Roundup via Control Global

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Industry News

This week, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is hosting their annual Honeywell Users Group conference in San Antonio, TX, and Control Global has been providing  fairly exhaustive coverage of the event. This marks the fortieth year that Honeywell has hosted the symposium making it the oldest running event...

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Jun 23 2015

Floor and Aisle Marking Resources from Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Last month, we looked at how the use of signage and 5S Lean practices can improve the efficiencies, increase safety, provide information and generally improve the work environment. In keeping with a similar theme, the message today is on floor and aisle marking. Controlling the safe flow of vehicles and...

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Jun 19 2015

SE Automation Wins Third Bronze Eagle in a Row

Posted by Mike Ubl in Standard News

Standard Electric Supply Co. is pleased to announce that our sister company, SE Automation , has won its third Bronze Eagle Award in a row for their exceptional work with Siemens throughout the 2014 fiscal year. This is the fourth Bronze Eagle for SE Automation overall and the fifth for the Standard...

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Jun 15 2015

OSRAM SYLVANIA Shares 7th Annual Socket Survey Results

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Lighting

This week, OSRAM SYLVANIA shared the latest findings from their annual Socket Survey . With past years demonstrating a growing interest in energy efficiencies amongst consumers, the 2015 survey also exhibited an increased shift toward smart lighting and LED products–both of which pair those pre-existing efficiency...

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Jun 12 2015

Register Now | An Industrial Controls Update Lunch & Learn with Siemens

Posted by Allen Edwards in Standard News

On June 26th, Standard Electric’s Champaign office is hosting a Lunch & Learn that will focus on Siemens' latest Industrial Controls products. We hope that our Champaign area customers will join us as we explore some of Siemens’ latest innovations for 2015. Those interested should not delay and...

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Jun 05 2015

A Look at Web Ordering from Standard Electric

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Standard News

Standard Electric Supply Co.'s website is designed to give you an easy and convenient ordering experience. Users can easily search for specific products by part number or browse through our line card's wide range of products. Moreover, Standard Electric’s online ordering system gives you the ability to...

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Jun 02 2015

June's Featured Product–POWR-GARD® LF Series Fuse Blocks from Littelfuse

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Featured Products

Littelfuse understands your challenge to constantly improve your products—that’s why they've developed a brand new line of next-generation fuseblocks–the LF Series fuseblocks. Smaller. More efficient. More valuable to your customers. These products meet your design and business objectives,...

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May 29 2015

An Update on 5S & Lean Manufacturing Practices

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Whether you are involved in manufacturing, production or facility operations, improved efficiencies are being demanded every day. Creating a “Visual Workplace” using the 5S Workplace Organizational Standards to “Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain” provides the vehicle to guide the...

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May 27 2015

GAM Shares New Mobile App

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Automation

This week, GAM announced the release of their new mobile app , which has been designed to provide easy access to full product information anytime, anywhere. Within the app, GAM's entire catalog is easily searchable by either keyword or part number. Users can further narrow down search criteria from there. GAM's...

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May 19 2015

All-Compatible Drives from ABB | Request a Demo Today

Posted by Steve Dictus in Automation

A member of ABB's new all-compatible drives portfolio, the ACS880-01 Industrial Drive can handle any motor-driven application regardless of industry or power range. Via direct torque control (DTC), the ACS880-01 precisely controls a wide range of motors as efficiently as posible. This wide-range of application support...

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May 15 2015

A Case Study on Arc Flash Prevention via Littelfuse

Posted by Marty Klika in Safety Products

It goes without saying that arc flash prevention remains a high priority for a wide range of electrical applications. Such incidents can inflict a substantial safety and financial burden on any business that experiences an arc flash event. Fortunately, the investment required to avoid these scenarios is considerably low...

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May 12 2015

Save $100 on FLIR's Spot Thermal Camera for a Limited Time

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

FLIR's TG165 Spot Thermal camera combines single-spot infrared technology with FLIR's high-quality infrared camera capabilities. With the advantage of thermal imaging, the TG165 will allow you to discover temperature issues that won't be noticeable with common spot radiometers. Now, you can increase the confidence...

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May 08 2015

Presentations and Photos from Automation Express 2015

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Standard News

Last week, Standard Electric Supply Co. hosted another successful Automation Express tradeshow at Miller Park. Thanks to a diverse roster of exhibitors and industry experts, we were once again able to offer attendees exposure to cutting-edge products and seminars that served a wide range of industires and applications....

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May 06 2015

May's Featured Product–The Inside-Outlet GFCI Utility Receptacle from Grace Engineered Products

Posted by Marty Klika in Featured Products

May's featured product, Grace Engineered Products' Inside Outlet ®  , is unique because it has three GFCI-protected receptacles–two outside and one inside the panel. Additionally, this GFCI receptacle's purpose is to provide companies a trouble-free step toward complying with NFPA 79, which states all externally-mounted...

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Apr 28 2015

eWON Introduces Improved eCatcher 5 Software

Posted by mike wojda in Wireless

This week, eWON introduced a handful of updates  for their eCatcher platform, which allows eWON users to access their Talk2M account via PC or laptop. Within eCatcher, all of your remote devices are available with a single click. Major improvements to eCatcher 5 include... – Enforced Secure Authorization...

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Apr 21 2015

Automation Express 2015 | It's Not Too Late to Register!

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Standard News

It's not too late to register for Automation Express 2015, which will take place at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, on April 30th. You can register now by clicking here . Standard Electric’s award-winning Automation Express is an automation, safety and plant maintenance trade show that highlights unique solutions...

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Apr 17 2015

A look at the R2000 Detection Laser Scanner from Pepperl+Fuchs

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

The R2000 Detection Laser Scanner from Pepperl+Fuchs offers reliable detection for a variety of applications. Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) allows reliable and precise measurements in industrial environments, which allows the R2000 series to provide exceptional performance regardless of object size or distance. ...

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Apr 14 2015

An update on Lockout Tagout Compliance from Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

This week, I'd like to provide you with up-to-date information regarding an additional compliance requirement that is addressed with Brady Safety and Identification Products. The message here is Lockout Tagout.  Unless you have been living in complete isolation, you are already familiar with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147...

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Apr 10 2015

Rittal Shares New Low Prices for Wallmount Enclosures

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

For 2015, Rittal has introduced new low pricing for a wide range of their Wallmount Enclosures. On top of the reduced cost, Rittal's Wallmount Enclosures are manufactured domestically, which translates to prompt shipping times. Other benefits of Rittal wallmount enclosures include... • True versatility with...

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Apr 08 2015

A Look at the Scalance XB-200 Managed Industrial Ethernet switch from Siemens

Posted by Bryan Garness in Automation

The Scalance XB-200 general purpose managed industrial Ethernet switch from Siemens promises an industrial-grade build and performance at an extremely competetive price point.  With eight variants, the Scalance portfolio is made available in either eight or sixteen port form factors and comes ODVA certified...

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Apr 03 2015

ARC Flash Solutions from Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Most facility and manufacturing workers are aware of what ARC Flash is and how important an issue this is in the eyes of OSHA and NFPA70E.  The National Electric Code states that most electrical control panels, switchboards, motor control centers as well as other electrical panels must be marked by the employer...

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Mar 31 2015

April's Featured Product–The Magelis SCU from Schneider Electric

Posted by Jon Herrity in Featured Products

Are you looking to simplify the control for your small machine applications? With the Magelis SCU you can cut on space and cost as well. Schneider Electric's Magelis SCU promises satisfactory functionality for small machines and simple processes while reducing costs by as much as 30 percent. Powered by Schneider...

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Mar 27 2015

A Fresh Look for Standard Electric's Website

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Standard News

After several months of development, we were finally able to launch a redesigned website for Standard Electric this week. Our goal in this redesign was to maintain all the convenient features of our already-implemented web ordering system while allowing for easier navigation for anyone not necessarily seeking out an exact...

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Mar 24 2015

A Look at Hubbell's new Advantage™ Series Switch-Rated Pin & Sleeve Devices

Posted by Marty Klika in Safety Products

Earlier this year, Hubbell announced  a large improvement to their switch-rated pin & sleeve devices. Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems' top-performing IEC pin & sleeve has now been coupled with the capabilities of a UL2682 switch-rated device. While Hubbell's traditional industrial pin and sleeve is HP rated...

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Mar 20 2015

Design World announces 2015 Leadership in Engineering Nominations

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

Earlier this month, Design World announced nominations for their 2015 Leadership in Engineering Awards , which strive to acknowledge strides forward in a variety of engineering product sectors. Design World editorial director Paul Heney had this to say on the 2015 nominations... ' This year’s leadership companies...

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Mar 18 2015

Nematron introduces Industrial Fanless Node PC

Posted by Tim Sheppard in Automation

This month, Nematron announced a new embedded PC–the nPC20 Industrial Node PC. Nematron's nPC20 Industrial Node PC offers a versatile and durable solution for a wide range of control applications–even those in extreme or hazardous conditions. The fanless, DIN-Rail-mountable unit has been fully...

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Mar 13 2015

An update on GHS Compliance from Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

With a premier source like Brady for all of your Identification and Regulatory Compliance requirements, it's important to understand how their products and services can help your organization maintain compliance with the recently enacted GHS (Global Harmonized Standard). Below, you'll find several files...

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Mar 10 2015

More Visual Relay Configurators and Quote Requestors Available from Schneider Electric

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

Last year, we began offering Schneider Electric's Zelio Relay Visual Configurator service through our website. Schneider Electric has now provided us with integrated configurators for Push Buttons, HMIs and Drives & Soft Starts as well. 22mm Push Button Visual Configurator and Quote Requestor HMI Visual Configurator...

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Mar 06 2015

Registration Now Open for Automation Express 2015

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Standard News

Standard Electric is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Automation Express 2015, which will take place at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI, on April 30th. You can register now by clicking here . Standard Electric’s award-winning Automation Express is an automation, safety and plant maintenance...

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Mar 03 2015

March's Featured Product–Brady Client Services

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

In an effort to further support their wide range of facility and safety products, Brady is continuing to meet their customers' facility needs with Brady Client Services. Both Brady and Standard Electric understand that the regulatory practices relevant to our customers are constantly in flux. Despite a company's...

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Feb 27 2015

Schneider Electric Products Win Control Engineering's Engineers' Choice Awards

Posted by Gary Fox in Automation

This month, Control Engineering announced the winners  from their annual Engineers' Choice Awards. Several of Schneider Electric's products of note took awards in various categories. Modicon M580 ePAC  – Machine & Embedded Control – PACs, IPCs MachineStruxure Next Generation...

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Feb 24 2015

A Look at the WAGO I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Automation

Extreme conditions have met their match with the WAGO I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR. The 750 XTR is an efficient solution for energy and process technologies in extreme conditions. Operational in temperatures between -40 °C to +70 °C, the 750 XTR promises protection against the vibrations, impacts and...

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Feb 17 2015

Locating and Using Your Plant Data With Vision and Sensing Technology

Posted by IAS Automation in Sensors

The following Standard Talk was originally posted in IAS Automation's February newsletter, which can be subscribed to  here .  IAS Automation  is a Wisconsin-based engineering company focused on helping customers navigate, refine and deploy their initiatives for automation and integration....

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Feb 13 2015

tED Magazine Recognizes Standard Electric Supply Co.'s Webstore

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Standard News

Last week, tED magazine featured a spotlight  on Standard Electric's webstore, highlighting the unique approaches that we take as an electrical distributor to maximize our website's potential as an easy-to-access storefront. While many distributors still largely treat their site as an informational resource...

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Feb 10 2015

Red Lion Expands Features for NT24k Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch Series

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Networking

This week, Red Lion Controls announced an expansion to its N-Tron ® series NT24k Managed Gigabit Ethernet  industrial switch series. Red Lion will now offer compact DIN-rail mountable NT24k switches. Additionally, Red Lion announced their new all-Gigabit and Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)...

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Feb 06 2015

Control Global Shares 2015 Readers Choice Awards

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

Towards the end of last month, Control Global shared the results from their annual readers choice poll –an end-user survey that can ultimately yield some conflicting conclusions. It can be easy to simply infer that these user polls ulimately translate to a reflection of quality when, in reality, the results...

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Feb 03 2015

Register Today for our eWON Lunch & Learn Sessions

Posted by Mike Wojda in Our Experts

Later this month, Standard Electric will be offering Lunch & Learn sessions for any customers interested in a closer look at the new and improved eWON Cosy 131. These sessions will demonstrate how the new Cosy can lower costs while improving security. With LAN, WiFi, and 3G+ connection options, the Cosy 131...

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Jan 30 2015

February's Featured Product – Pendant Arm Support Systems from Rittal

Posted by Todd Hartke in Featured Products

Rittal Support Arm Systems can adapt machines to different angles and accommodate height variations of an operator, ensuring efficient and productive performance. All system components for rotating, tilting, swiveling, raising and lowering are combined to provide exibility. The system allows different congurations...

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Jan 23 2015

Trade Up to a Better Labeling Experience with Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Is your label printer beginning to show its age? If so, there isn't a better time to consider upgrading to a new device from Brady. Brady is again running their popular Trade-Up program for the beginning of 2015. Running now through July 31st, customers will receive a free BMP41 or BMP51 label printer with...

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Jan 20 2015

SoMachine™ & Modicon Logic Controllers | Flexibility and Scalability from Schneider Electric

Posted by Gary Fox in Automation

Imagine being able to expand your automation needs while simplifying machine interactions at the same time. Schneider Electric makes it easy. Programmed through Schneider Electric's easy-to-use SoMachine™ software and integrated with the company's MachineStruxure™ automation solution, the flexible and...

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Jan 16 2015

More 'Automation Humor' via ISA Interchange

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Automation

Occasionally, ISA's  Interchange blog will share some lighter material from Greg McMillan–an author of numerous process control books and a retired Senior Fellow with Monsanto. We shared  some of his humor last year, and ISA offered up a bit more via Twitter this morning. The article, originally...

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Jan 13 2015

Belden Introduces Gigabit Ethernet Switch

Posted by Tim Sheppard in Networking

Earlier this week, Belden introduced a new Gigabit Ethernet switch from Hirschmann. The  GREYHOUND   switch  is designed for industrial environments that need cost-effective, entry-level devices, with rugged features to handle demanding applications. Below is from a press release shared by Belden. 'As...

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Jan 09 2015

Brady shares 2015 Safety, Facility and Equipment Identification Catalog

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

With the commencement of the new year, Brady has released its 2015 Safety, Facility and Equipment Identification Catalog. Along with the physical release (available here ), Brady has also provided an interactive and downloadable digital version as well, which you can browse by  clicking here.   ...

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Jan 06 2015

January's Featured Product – eWON Flexy

Posted by Mike Wojda in Featured Products

As new M2M technology continues to advance communication capabilities in the OEM sector, eWON has recently made plenty of waves in terms of developing remote access tools for plant interfaces. With routing functions between LAN, WAN and serial sides, th e   Fle xy family   allows two tiers of remote communications–both...

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Dec 30 2014

Our Favorite Standard Talks of 2014

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Our Experts

Before continuing with new content in 2015, we've compiled a collection of some of our favorite Standard Talks from the past year. In this first year, we've strived to assemble a broad array of content from industry experts, supplier resources and our own internal engineer team. We look forward to offering more original...

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Dec 19 2014

Year-End Retrospects and 2015 forecasts from Around the Industry

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

As 2014 winds down, we've compiled one more collection of 2014 retrospects and 2015 industry forecasts from a few publications around the web.  TED Magazine's most recent issue featured both a look at product trends  that will continue through 2015. The article also includes a robust list  of...

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Dec 16 2014

A Look at Visual Workplace Offers and Resources from Brady

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Brady Client Services  shared a new resource this week to better outline the goals and ultimate impact of creating a visual workplace. Their 'Create a Visual Workplace: 5S Plus Guidebook' resource explores the longterm benefits of such changes (e.g. waste reduction and cost savings) while also exploring...

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Dec 12 2014

National Association of Manufacturers surveys 2015

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

The National Association of Manufacturers' most recent survey looked at both the industry's Q4 2014 performance while also forecasting trends for the next calendar year. Published via Industry Week , the most recent opinions frame the 2015 conversation around a post-election optimism in the way of longterm regulatory...

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Dec 09 2014

Schneider Electric's Zelio Relay Visual Configurator Now Available Through Standard Electric

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

We're pleased to announce that Standard Electric is now offering Schneider Electric's Zelio Relay Visual Configurator service through our website. The Zelio Relay Visual Configurator is an interactive tool that simplifies the selection of RPF, RPM, RSB, RSL, RUM and RXM series plug-in relays and solid state relays,...

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Dec 05 2014

5 Manufacturing Trends for 2015 via Industry Week

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

Industry Week recently shared  what they believe will be five major continuing manufacturing trends through 2015. The list, curated by Verizon Enterprise Solutions' global practice leader Michael Kotelec, touches upon several topics that have been hot-button issues through this year–including the growing...

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Dec 02 2014

Baldor Continues Work with DOE to Improve Motor Efficiency Standards

Posted by Steve Dictus in Industry News

Effective March 9, 2015, the United States Department of Energy's Final Rule from March of 2010, which mandated energy efficiency levels be increased for a select variety of small motors, will go into effect. According to Baldor , who coordinated the policy development with the DOE, the rule affects a very specific...

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Nov 25 2014

Wireless AC Drive Motor Control Capabilities from Schneider Electric

Posted by Jon Herrity in Automation

As wireless technology continues to make communication easier while reducing the total cost of ownership, the protocol is becoming more widely implemented in automation processes. To explore the wide range of wireless interactions that can be securely employed, we've put together a video that demonstrates the broad...

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Nov 19 2014

Carlo Gavazzi Introduces NEMA-4-Rated Enclosed Starters

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Enclosures

Yesterday, Carlo Gavazzi announced a new line of enclosed NEMA-4-Rated Starters. The starters are available for both single and three phase motors up to 600V / 200 Hp and feature a compact, space saving design. Available options include a broad range of control and pilot light layouts, integrated control transformer...

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Nov 14 2014

A Look at Remote Monitoring via Schneider Electric

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

Schneider Electric's plant solutions product management department recently shared some tips with Control Engineering  on best practices for rolling out remote monitoring systems as a means of improving process efficiencies. While this ability to implement real-time monitoring for a variety of data points...

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Nov 11 2014

A look at Linear Mount Products from GAM

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Automation

Since Standard Electric began recently offering GAM products earlier this fall, we've made some of the manufacturer's resources available via our blog.  This week, GAM recently shared a brochure further outlining their Linear Mount Products. Below is from a recent press release from GAM... 'GAM’s Linear...

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Nov 07 2014

'Automation Projects and Startup Humor' via ISA Interchange

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Automation

ISA Interchange offered a welcome Friday diversion earlier this morning. The blog post, 'Automation Projects and Startup Humor–how to laugh rather than fret' , was shared by Greg McMillan–an author of numerous process control books and a retired Senior Fellow with Monsanto. The paragraph below will give...

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Oct 31 2014

3D Printing's Potential Impact on Industrial Automation via Automation World

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

While 3D printing has now become a somewhat ubiquitous presence at industry events, the technology can still often feel more like a novelty than a legitimate mode of production in the automation world. This week, however, Automation World's David Greenfield took some time to reflect on the concrete cost benefits...

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Oct 28 2014

Pepperl+Fuchs Introduces R2000 Series Distance Scanner

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

Earlier this month, Pepperl+Fuchs announced the release of thier new R2000 series distance scanner . The addition to Pepperl+Fuchs' sensing family can ideally suit a variety of applications, including... Image via  Pepperl+Fuchs Obstacle detection on automated forklifts...

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Oct 24 2014

Another Wi-Fi Terminology Resource via Control Engineering

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Wireless

A couple weeks back, we shared a valuable resource from Control Engineering  that seemed to be about as thorough of a Wi-Fi vocab cheat sheet as anyone could make. Surprisingly enough, several readers apparently reached out to fill in some gaps that were noticed.  So today, Control Engineering again...

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Oct 17 2014

Belden Offers Resource for Defending Against Dragonfly Malware

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Networking

Last week, we looked at Design News' resource on avoiding cyber attacks  on plant operation processes. Those talking points touched upon weak spots from the factory floor to the server room. However, the strokes there were broad in regards to the type of potential intrusion. This year, the Dragonfly malware (as identified by...

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Oct 14 2014

Schneider Electric Shares White Paper on Integrated Control and Safety

Posted by Bill Hirschinger in Automation

Schneider Electric  recently shared a white paper  outlining the benefits and also risks of integrating control processes with safety operations. As Schneider Electric's product management directors Grant Le Sueur and Phil Knobel explain the regularly separated arenas, they identify recent developments in data...

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Oct 10 2014

10 Ways to Fight Hackers via Design News

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Wireless

2014 has been another year of innovation in regards to advancing wireless capabilities of automation processes. However, that progress has also introduced essential questions about security for a wide range of operations as incidents of outside attacks continue to make headlines. The year has been particularly unforgiving...

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Oct 07 2014

Reducing Costs with Safety Sensor Cascades and SICK Flexi Loop

Posted by Dan Giebel in Safety Products

For those searching for cost-effective ways to cascade safety switches while maintaining diagonistic support, SICK, INC.'s Flexi Loop  line may be the ideal solution. Image via  SICK, INC. Regardless of the switch manufacturer, any combination of safety switches and safety...

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Oct 03 2014

How Machine Vision Can Help You Succeed

Posted by IAS Automation in Automation

The following Standard Talk was originally posted in IAS Automation's October newsletter, which can be subscribed to  here .  IAS Automation  is a Wisconsin-based engineering company focused on helping customers navigate, refine and deploy their initiatives for automation and integration. You...

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Sep 30 2014

Benefits of the Lightly Managed Ethernet Switch from Belden

Posted by Tim Sheppard in Automation

Belden offered a blog post  this week disussing the benefits of Lightly Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches. The post breaks down several benefits that moving from unmanaged to lightly managed can offer. As Belden explains, 'For industrial manufacturers looking for a cost-effective way of entering the world of managed...

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Sep 26 2014

Control Engineering Offers Wi-Fi Terminology Cheat Sheet

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Wireless

Control Engineering  offered an extremely bookmark-worthy resource earlier this week for those finding themselves wading through Wi-Fi related jargon in their day-to-day duties. Their "Wi-Fi Acronyms, Wireless Buzzwords, WLAN Nomenclature, Wireless Terms" article is an exhaustive compilation of what looks...

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Sep 23 2014

A Look at ProSoft's EtherNet/IP to PROFINET IO Device Gateway

Posted by Dan Giebel in Automation

Last week, ProSoft announced their new EtherNet/IP to PROFINET IO Device Gateway (PLX31-EIP-PND) via Automation World . With EtherNet IP and PROFINET both servicing a comparable amount of global users, the gateway naturally offers some seamless benefits. According to ProSoft's press release, 'The gateway can be...

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Sep 19 2014

Standard Electric Hosting Chicago Ridge Open House October 28th

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Standard News

Earlier this year, Standard Electric expanded our services in Illinois by opening our Chicago Ridge location. We are extremely excited to continue growing our relationships and furthering our commitment to the Illinois market, and we'd love to show the new value propositions that will now be offered through our Chicago...

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Sep 16 2014

Exploring Siemens' Totally Integrated Automation services

Posted by Bryan Garness in Automation

For those looking to further familiarize themselves with Siemens' Totally Integrated Automation capabilities and product portfolio, the company hosts a substantial amount of resources to explore . For those totally unfamiliar with these services, Siemens explains it as follows... 'As varied and different as the individual...

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Sep 12 2014

A Look at Growing Circuit Protection Markets via Littelfuse

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

Littelfuse Director of Technical Marketing Bharat Shanoy recently shared an interesting infographic  via the Planet Analog blog . The illustration lays out six emerging markets for circuit protection services–with industries varying from consumer products to energy production. As Shanoy explains, these...

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Sep 09 2014

Omron Sensors & Material-Handling Applications

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Sensors

In the way of video resources, Omron continues to offer a deep well of educational content to their customers as a means of better understanding product applications. Last week, they offered a video exploring the variety of ways various Omron lines can support several material handling roles. You can view Omron's video...

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Sep 05 2014

Support Resources for Your Brady Products

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

I know that it may be hard to believe that there is still more to be aware of regarding what Brady has to offer with all that has been covered at this point.  Not unlike the thousands of students that are or will be returning to the class rooms this month to continue their education, we too must stay informed...

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Sep 02 2014

Discussing Purge Systems with Pepperl+Fuchs

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

Pepperl & Fuchs' ongoing  'Ask an Expert'  video series offered a resourceful video last week that offered insight into the company's purge & pressurization system lines. In the video, P+F Product Manager Product Manager Brent Dean offers insight into their wide selection of Purging Technology...

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Aug 29 2014

ABB Celebrates Rennovation Completion for Wisconsin Facilities

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Automation

ABB celebrated the completion of their new Wauwatosa, WI facilities with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday marking an end to the rennovations that began in April of 2013. According to a press release from ABB, the Silver LEED certified building is also intended to function as a bit of a showcase for ABB drives and controls....

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Aug 22 2014

A handy IoT Infographic via Control Global

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Networking

The Internet of Things (IoT) has kind of hogged the industry news spotlight for the past few months. We've looked at a handful of these conversations  here , but the whole IoT concept can often seem like a fairly nebulous topic. This week, however,  Global Control published  a comparatively concrete infographic...

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Aug 15 2014

Nonprofits work to close the skills gap

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

In the last month, the National Manufacturer's Association has been  reigniting the conversation  on skilled labor shortages with their 2014 Skills Gap report, which found that 75 percent of reporting companies suffered from a moderate to severe shortage of skilled resources. This month,  Forbes  published...

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Aug 12 2014

Meeting new OSHA Safety Sign Standards

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Now that the warm weather we have all been waiting for is finally here, our workplaces may appear a bit underpopulated as everyone takes their well-earned vacations. It's also the perfect time to revisit those facility safety and maintenance needs. Lockout Tagout, proper identification of Arc Flash requirements and...

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Aug 06 2014

Takeaways from Schneider's MachineStruxure Launch Event

Posted by Jon Herrity in Automation

Last week, Schneider Electric hosted their MachineStruxure launch event in Raleigh for the release of the Modicon M221 , M241 , and M251 controllers, along with the latest upgrades for SoMachine version 4.1.   This is a very exciting time for Schneider Electric as they are...

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Aug 01 2014

Standard Electric Expands Enclosure Modification Services with Kiesling Machine Installation

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

Posted by Todd Hartke in  Enclosure Modification Standard Electric is happy to announce the installation of our new Perforex BC 1008 HS  Kiesling Machine at our recently-open Chicago Ridge location. In our continued Enclosure Modification Services partnership with Rittal, the Kiesling Machine...

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Jul 25 2014

US Manufacturing Growth and the Skilled Labor Shortage

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Industry News

The Manufacturing Institute–in collaboration with management consulting firm Accenture– published a study this year exploring the impact of skilled-labor shortages on industry growth. This week, Rockwell Automation's Senior Vice President of Control Products and Solutions, Blake Moret, returned to the topic...

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Jul 18 2014

ARC Advisory Group contributes thoughts and resource on IoT

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Networking

For the last week, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been both a central and peripheral topic for Standard Talks. While we always strive for breadth in our talking points, Automation World's recent column from ARC Advisory Group Vice President Chantal Polsonetti is keeping us interested in this conversation for...

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Jul 15 2014

Brady's Link360 Software and Remote Integration

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Last week in Standard Talks, we touched upon the hurdles that are still attempting to be cleared in regards to large-scale Cloud integration within the manufacturing and automation industries. While many remain ambivalent in regards to the service's security and cost, there undoubtedly remains day-to-day duties of any...

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Jul 11 2014

Discussions on IoT and Manufacturing's Changing Data Landscape

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Networking

This month's well of industry news has been drawing deeply from talking points surrounding the evolving landscape of cloud-based operations and manufacturing's place within Internet of Things (IoT)–most notable was Manufacturing Leadership's reflection on Google's Big Data conversation during their 10th annual...

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Jul 08 2014

Omron Introduces New Hex Head Fiber Units with a Built-In Lens

Posted by Nathan Vanderloop in Sensors

Last week, Omron introduced an addition to their fiber optic sensor options with their new Hex Head series E32-LT/LD. While the hex-head option's clearest added value is in its reduced mounting limitations, Omron has also attempted to make the sensing performance on the new line as advanced as possible. Improved...

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Jul 01 2014

Thomas & Betts offers solutions for growing Data Center industry

Posted by Steve Dictus in Automation

Earlier this month, Thomas & Betts published a bit of literature on the growing market share that data centers are occupying as high-speed bandwith continues to wire its way into new threads of almost every home and workplace. With these data center enclosures fulfilling a similar role as they do on the factory...

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Jun 27 2014

Standard Electric makes strides in Electric Wholesaling's 'Top 200'

Posted by Larry Stern in Standard News

–Image via Electrical Wholesaling In the current issue of industry trade magazine  Electrical Wholesaling , the list of the 200 largest electrical distributors in North America was published. This year, Standard Electric currently ranks as the 83rd largest electrical distributor in...

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Jun 24 2014

The benefits of Inductive Position Sensing

Posted by Bob Breitenbach in Sensors

Pepperl + Fuchs recently provided a small breakdown of the beneifts associated with inductive position measurement sensing over analog cylindrical units. According to P+F, "Inductive position measuring systems (PMI)  offer an ideal solution for any  industrial  positioning  task. The...

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Jun 13 2014

Standard Electric named one of Milwaukee's Top Workplaces for 2014

Posted by Larry Stern in Standard News

I am pleased to announce that last Friday Standard Electric was honored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Southeast Wisconsin for the fifth year in a row. We are ranked as the 60th best workplace for small companies and are one of only 30 companies to have received...

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Jun 10 2014

A look at eWON's Flexy product line

Posted by Mike Wojda in Wireless

As new M2M technology continues to advance communication capabilities in the OEM sector, eWON has recently made plenty of waves in terms of developing remote access tools for plant interfaces. Just last week, industry resource M2M Evolution announcend the recently-released eWON Flexy as one of their Products of...

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Jun 03 2014

Brady Thermal Printers–A Comparison

Posted by Don Bangert in Facility and Safety Identification

Most of you already know that Brady has available two types of printers.  Those being the portables and the other being the bench top printers. I have attached files containing the attributes of each as they are listed in Brady’s two catalogs.  This should provide you with a compact tool to decide which...

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May 27 2014

Selecting Inductive Sensors for Stainless Steel Applications with Pepperl + Fuchs

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Sensors

Last week, Pepperl + Fuchs provided a handy walkthrough in regards to selecting inductive sensors for applications involving stainless steel. For these common proximity-switch scenarios, the common calibration typically suits carbon-steel applications. However, P+F has explored the various adjustments required...

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May 23 2014

Hubbell | Identifying Solutions for National Safety Month

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Facility and Safety Identification

Earlier this month, we looked at Leviton's stream of resources that have been made available for May's National Electrical Safety Month. To round out the season, we will look at some of the resources and benefits of Hubbell's wiring devices.  Hubbell Wiring Systems' commitment to helping you maintain a safe workplace...

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May 16 2014

A Look at 2014's Chicagoland-Area Industry Expos

Posted by Jon Herrity in Automation

As our newly-opened Chicago Ridge location continues to draw Standard Electric's focus deeper toward the Illinois market, we've begun to take a greater look at 2014's upcoming trade show and conference offerings in the region. Today, we're previewing a selection of summer and fall's more notable industry events. We look...

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May 09 2014

Leviton looks at home safety for National Safety Month

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Facility and Safety Identification

Moving from the factory floor to the living room floor, Leviton has been celebrating May's annual National Safety Month by providing a less technical exploration  of ensuring electrical safety in the home. According to a Leviton press release, the company will implement a variety of new electrical safety resources...

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Apr 29 2014

First impressions of Littelfuse's iDesign web application

Posted by Andy Penkalski in Facility and Safety Identification

Last week, Littelfuse launched their new web-based fuse selector application, iDesign™. Ostensibly, this kind of digital selection tool should be a logical displacer of the standard catalog and database-scanning methods that have long been industry norms. In the way of circuit-related purchasing, fuse producers...

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Apr 21 2014

Connecting with an eWON COSY module via iPad

Posted by Jon Herrity in Wireless

In today's modern production world, the utilization of programmable devices (PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, etc.) play a significant role in efficiently controlling machine processes. Devices like the eWON COSY have made remote control of these machines a reality allowing for improved response times and minimized costs that are typically...

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Apr 08 2014

Machine Remote Access and Network Security utilizing eWON

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

Today, most modern production equipment utilizes programmable devices (PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, etc.) to efficiently control a machine or process. When trouble occurs or minor changes need to be made, remote access to the machine can significantly improve response time and minimize costs required to resolve issues that may occur....

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Apr 03 2014

Eliminating contactor chatter with ABB AF contactors

Posted by Mark Londre in Automation

  While chatter continues to be a persistent point of frustration in the motor control sector of industrial control  devices,  ABB  has  reached a new benchmark in voltage mitigation with their AF contactor. Through its integrated circuit (IC), the contactor is able to regulate the...

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Mar 07 2014

The Issue of Obsolescence

Posted by Robert Daniel in Obsolescence

Today we have a guest post from Will Williamson, of Schneider Electric's Industrial Services blog. High quality of electrical components comes with an unintended consequence: people use their equipment far beyond the manufacturers’ obsolescence date. This article discusses costs of discontinuation and methods...

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Feb 28 2014

Crouse-Hinds LEDs | Safe & Reliable Luminaires for Your Facility

Posted by Michele DeWitt in Facility and Safety Identification

Eaton's Crouse-Hinds Business offers the broadest portfolio of LED luminaires for any industrial or hazardous application. Additionally, Crouse-Hinds utilizes more than 100 years of lighting expertise to optimize the benefits of LED technology to offer the safest and most reliable luminaire on the market.  ...

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Feb 21 2014

Enclosure Modification Services | When Project Deadlines Require Quick Turnaround

Posted by Todd Hartke in Enclosures

When basic enclosures don’t meet your project needs, Standard Electric’s Enclosure Modification Services can help. Our on-staff Enclosure Specialists can assist you with any of your modification needs, while providing you with a streamlined and cost-effective way to quickly modify your enclosures based...

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Feb 14 2014

BMP41 | A Rugged, Portable Printer from Brady

Posted by Michele DeWitt in Facility and Safety Identification

Brady's new BMP41 Mobile Printer is an industrial thermal transfer printer designed to be taken into industrial environments. The new design allows the printer to survive drops up to 4-feet and comes in a durable hard case that makes it easy to carry the label supplies you need anywhere you need it. So, what new features...

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Feb 11 2014

Benefits of Wireless Machine Connectivity | Why Remote Access?

Posted by Mike Wojda in Networking

Machine builders, OEM’s and system support teams can take advantage of remote connectivity for support maintenance and diagnostics of complex equipment through remote access. All diagnostic and software tools can be used remotely (without need for local site copy) from anywhere in the world. Here are a few reasons...

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