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 240 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:

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.