Automation and Control

AUTOMATION AND CONTROL

Industrial automation can deliver more information to decision makers and improve your control of the factory floor. As technologies converge, you need a single-source provider of automation, networking, electrical, safety and security solutions. Graybar, with more than 80 years of experience and more than 260 North American distribution facilities, has the resources, technical knowledge and product depth to be a single-source provider for your needs. With innovative automation products from Schneider Electric, plus thousands of other suppliers, Graybar is uniquely positioned to provide the solutions needed from the factory floor to the corporate boardroom including:

  • Enclosures
  • PLCs and I/O
  • Software
  • Operator Interfaces
  • Industrial PCs
  • Industrial Networking
  • Wireless
  • Surge Protection Products
  • Power Supplies
  • AC Drives and Soft Starts
  • Sensors
  • Terminal Blocks and Interface Products
  • Scanners, Light Curtains and Safety
  • Power Monitoring
  • Industrial Cables and Connectors
  • Pushbuttons, Contactors
  • Services

PDF Icon Small Industrial PCs: Addressing the Top Five Challenges on the Factory Floor

This white paper identifies the top five challenges typically encountered on the factory floor, and offers some criteria to consider when selecting industrial PCs and associated components.

PDF Icon Small Easy Wiring: Terminal Blocks with Push-In Technology (PIT) Save Time, Reduce Fatigue

The newest generation of terminal blocks features push-in technology (PIT), which simplifies wiring and reduces installation time. There are several key features to look for when choosing a push-in terminal block.

PDF Icon Small Maximize Your Uptime: Reducing Risk of Power Supply Failure

Low-power electrical transients generated within a facility are the primary cause of failure to AC/DC power supplies. These transients reduce the life of power supplies and create unplanned downtime. This document will explain why these transients cause failure and outline how placing high-power transient voltage surge suppression (TVSS) devices in front of the power supplies will increase the life and uptime of the power supplies.

Video icon Hoffman Excelerate Video

Hoffman Excelerate delivers innovation, speed and quality. Your projects are time driven and so is Excelerate.

PDF Icon Small Why Surge Protection is Necessary

Modern industrial, commercial and residential life depend on the availability of electricity. Surges have always occurred in electrical systems; however, the reliance on equipment containing sensitive electronics has increased the need to control the damaging effects of surges on electrical systems.

PDF Icon Small Global Enclosure Standards Within the Electrical Industry

The purpose of this paper is to clearly define the industry standards that exist for electrical enclosures, compare the most commonly used standards so enclosure users can understand the key differences, and equip decision makers with the knowledge needed to select an electrical enclosure that has the appropriate rating and price to value relationship for its intended application.

PDF Icon Small Non-Metallic Enclosures in Outdoor Environments

Enclosures used in outdoor environments must withstand various harsh elements, including UV radiation. Non-metallic materials provide a solution for many outdoor applications.

PDF Icon Small How to Select the Ideal Enclosure Gasket

While gaskets are primarily used to exclude the external environment from entering an enclosure—such as dust, dirt, water, and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)—they can also be used to contain noise or other forms of interference generated from internal components. To ensure proper performance and long service life, specifiers should select a gasket that is specifically designed and rated for an application's environment.

PDF Icon Small Mitigate Condensation Damage to Ensure Optimal Life for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

In order to better protect components from condensation, a new, all-encompassing solution is needed—one that is effective, inexpensive and can be used in almost any industry.

PDF Icon Small Deploying Intelligent Power Supplies to Save Energy

Phoenix Contact white paper on how deploying intelligent power supplies can save energy on control systems.

PDF Icon Small Specifying the Correct Enclosure Material

While many different attributes will affect an enclosure's performance, selecting the correct enclosure material is a key element in ensuring long enclosure life. The following tips and integrated Project Assessment Tool will assist in determining the correct enclosure material for the application at hand.

PDF Icon Small Surge Protection Technology Used in Power over Ethernet (PoE) Protection

Applications using PoE and PoE+ in open-air environments are subjected to large surge currents, and protection must be installed to prevent damage. This paper will outline the components, standards and grounding used in PoE protection.

PDF Icon Small Phoenix Contact Automation Catalog

See a complete list of Automation and Control products in the 2011 Phoenix Contact catalog.

Video icon QUINT UPS-IQ, intelligent battery control – Phoenix Contact

The QUINT UPS-IQ is ideal for any situation where battery backup is needed and mission-critical systems cannot lose power. It automatically detects the type of battery connected and determines the charging state using three levels of Intelligent Battery Management.

Video icon QUINT SFB Industrial Power Supplies Introduction – Phoenix Contact

The QUINT SFB is the most technically advanced industrial grade power supply available. Watch this video to find out about SFB technology and the main features of the QUINT SFB power supply.

Video icon TRIO-UPS Introduction – Phoenix Contact

The TRIO-UPS combines a 5 A, 24 Vdc power supply and a DC UPS system. Find out how the latest technology for DC UPS systems works with industrial PCs. Find out more about the TRIO-UPS and download the software at: http://www.phoenixcontact.com/signal-level-matching/31251_51618.htm

Video icon Push-In Relay Test – Office Chair Race – Phoenix Contact

The office chair race helped Phoenix Contact to demonstrate that their PT Relays have a strong retention force and offer a reliable long lasting wire connection.

Video icon [VID] EtherNet I/O module from Belden

This EtherNet/IP module from Lumberg Automationsuits industrial automation applications. This LioN-M I/O module supports the latest Ethernet/IP protocols and connects sensors and actuators directly to control systems. The module features an integrated dual port switch for use in line, star, and ring network topologies.

PDF Icon Small Machine Manufacturing Case Study

Modern communication technologies can help to provide better support to more customers without overextending internal technical resources. Groninger has worked with Phoenix Contact to develop and implement a remote service function option for their machines.

PDF Icon Small Ethernet for Machines and Robots White Paper

Ethernet is the network of choice for many machine and robot builder OEMs and its use will continue to grow as prices decrease, performance increases, and features are added. For most OEMs, it makes sense to evaluate Ethernet as a solution to network needs.

PDF Icon Small Machine Safety Design: Safety Relays Versus a Single Safety Controller

This white paper focuses on some of the issues that designers must consider when determining whether a safety relay or a safety controller is the best solution for a particular job.

PDF Icon Small Apply Solar Shielding to Lessen Heat Load, Protect Enclosure Components

This article is written to present the beneficial temperature effects of shading the enclosure's surface by shielding the direct and reflective radiation from the sun.

PDF Icon Small Sustainable Design for Industrial Machines (PDF)

Even during the earliest stages of designing a machine, the builder must consider the machine’s entire lifecycle. Choosing a design with low-voltage, DC-based controls improves the efficiency, reliability and safety, while also reducing the lifetime cost of a machine.

PDF Icon Small [PDF] Cooper Bussmann Compact Circuit Protector Application Note

This application note explains the use and application of the Cooper Bussmann® Compact Circuit Protector (CCP) in industrial control applications, such as industrial control panels, industrial machinery and HVAC equipment. The CCP is a disconnect switch that incorporates the benefits of fusible overcurrent protection in the smallest footprint available in the industry.

PDF Icon Small [PDF] Cooper Bussmann Compact Circuit Protector Product Profile Sheet

At 1/3 the space required by a molded case circuit breaker and 2/3 the space required by a traditional fusible switch, the CCP saves space in your panel.

PDF Icon Small [PDF] Cooper Bussmann Mission Critical Data Center Electrical Distribution Systems

Current-limiting fuses provide excellent overcurrent protection for the challenging needs of modern data centers. Discussed are products for data center overcurrent protection, fusible solutions for two broad architectures: PDU architecture and busway architecture, a list of the benefits of fusible data center distribution systems, and the trend to higher distribution voltages.

Video icon Cooper Bussmann® Compact Circuit Protector (CCP) Overview Video

Overview and accessories for the Compact Circuit Protector.

PDF Icon Small Panduit Control Panel Solutions Brochure

Based on principles of the Unified Physical Infrastructure approach, Panduit provides the broadest line of world class control panel solutions that improve reliability, security, and safety while reducing operating costs.

Effectively Mitigate Noise in Control Panel Environments with Panduit

As communication networks expand on the factory floor, adequate design and deployment objectives need to be achieved. The impact of electro-magnetic interference (EMI) "noise" is often overlooked during initial installation stages as well as during future modifications.

PDF Icon Small Specifying the Correct Enclosure Material

While many different attributes will affect an enclosure's performance, selecting the correct enclosure material is a key element in ensuring long enclosure life. The following tips and integrated Project Assessment Tool will assist in determining the correct enclosure material for the application at hand.

PDF Icon Small Mitigate Condensation Damage to Ensure Optimal Life for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

In order to better protect components from condensation, a new, all-encompassing solution is needed—one that is effective, inexpensive and can be used in almost any industry.

PDF Icon Small How to Select the Ideal Enclosure Gasket

While gaskets are primarily used to exclude the external environment from entering an enclosure—such as dust, dirt, water, and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)—they can also be used to contain noise or other forms of interference generated from internal components. To ensure proper performance and long service life, specifiers should select a gasket that is specifically designed and rated for an application's environment.

PDF Icon Small Non-Metallic Enclosures in Outdoor Environments

Enclosures used in outdoor environments must withstand various harsh elements, including UV radiation. Non-metallic materials provide a solution for many outdoor applications.

PDF Icon Small Global Enclosure Standards Within the Electrical Industry

The purpose of this paper is to clearly define the industry standards that exist for electrical enclosures, compare the most commonly used standards so enclosure users can understand the key differences, and equip decision makers with the knowledge needed to select an electrical enclosure that has the appropriate rating and price to value relationship for its intended application.

Video icon Push-In Relay Test – Lifting Free Weights – Phoenix Contact

PLC PT Relays equipped with our spring-cage, push-in termination technology have a reliable, long-lasting connection ideal for high-vibration applications. The retention force is five times the IEC requirement. Terminations are made by simply pushing the wire into the PT terminal, using very little force. No specialized tools are required, which helps reduce installation time and costs. The PT relays ensure faster wiring, up to 60% faster than the screw termination style. To disconnect the wire, simply insert a screwdriver into the orange release key, push and release the wire. Our push-in technology creates a high degree of usability and includes a wide range of connections; from 26 AWG to 14 AWG wire sizes.

Video icon Push-In Relay Test – Office Chair Race – Phoenix Contact

The office chair race helped Phoenix Contact to demonstrate that their PT Relays have a strong retention force and offer a reliable long lasting wire connection.