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February 2015 Newsletter
Two Easy Clicks for Great Diagnostics at your HMI

Getting good diagnostic information about your system components doesn't need to be a hassle anymore.  With Siemens S7-300, S7-400, and S7-1500 series PLC’s, a simple checkbox can enable System Diagnostics that work in conjunction with Siemens Comfort series HMI’s.

So what is it exactly?



Two Easy Clicks for Great Diagnostics at you HMI
Replacing DC Motor/Drive with AC Motor/Drive
Replacing DC Motor/Drive with AC Motor/Drive

There are benefits to going AC (from an original DC application), but there can also be significant drawbacks. How much each weighs into the equation is based in part on the existing infrastructure and how feasible it is to change.

With this in mind, take a look at the general pros and cons of each drive technology.



Machine Safety Today: Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

Accidents Happen! The indirect costs of accidents are greater than the direct costs. According to the ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) for every $1 of direct accident costs, there are typically $4 in indirect costs. According to OSHA, millions of people are affected by work related injuries and over 4,000 fatalities occur annually.   

So, what can be done to protect that number one asset? 


Magswitch Magnets | Advanced Controls and Distribution
Energy Savings through LED Lighting [Free Template]
Energy Savings through LED Lighting [Free Template]

Recently there has been a lot of buzz regarding retrofitting existing light fixtures, energy efficient products, and cost savings through your energy bill. With energy efficient product initiatives, facilities all throughout the region are not only saving money on their energy bill, but are also receiving rebates as well.

Calculating your savings when switching to the new, innovative LED fixtures is very simple, especially with this free excel template that does everything for you.

Use this free template to automatically calculate:

  • Payback Period on your Investment
  • ROI
  • Total Energy Savings per Year
  • Lifetime Energy Cost Savings
  • and more!



A Better Safe-Zone: OMRON's OS32C-4M Type 3 Safety Laser Scanner

Just recently OMRON Automation and Safety announced the OS32C-4M Type 3 safety laser scanner, and the safety advances to it are astounding, no wonder it is part of the company’s award winning family. Weighing less than 3 pounds, this compact and easy-to-install safety laser scanner provides a 4 meter safety range, 15 meter warning zones, and a 270 degree detection angle. 

View all of the advances.


A Better Safe-Zone: OMRON's OS32C-4M Type 3 Safety Laser Scanner
Up Coming Events
ACD Customer Event at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

June 4th, 2015
Cantan, Ohio


Hall of Fame Players. Hall of Fame Products. ACD Customers are invited to our first annual Ohio customer event. SAVE THE DATE! This event will be on June 4th, 2015. More details soon to come.

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Eliminate the Pain of PID

April 14, 2015
Cranberry, PA

April 16, 2015
Streetsboro, OH 

April 21, 2015
Erie, PA

The InTAC 1 Day Control Workshop, based on SIEMENS TIA Portal, PCS7, and Simotion, will give participants exposure to the InTAC library of function blocks. Participants will discover how InTAC can improve performance, simplify commissioning, and reduce maintenance.

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JumpStart 201+211: Intermediate TIA Portal (PLC)

March 10, 2015
Course Length: 3/4 day (9am - 4pm)
Location: Streetsboro, OH 

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Redefining Automation

March 26, 2015
Course Length: 1 day
Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel

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Siemens S7 System Tools & Troubleshooting 1

April 13, 2015 - April 17, 2015
Course Length: 5 Days
LocationCranberry Township, PA 

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Siemens S7 Programming 1

April 20, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Course Length: 5 Days
Location: Cranberry Township, PA 

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