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February 2016 Newsletter
Easy Encoder Guide – Part 1: Rotary Encoders

Many motion systems require the use of an encoder to determine position, speed or direction.  But with all the different variations and types of encoders on the market, the designer or engineer may have a hard time choosing the correct fit for the application.  The purpose of this guide is to help explain the different types of encoders and where each type is applied in typical motion applications. 

Learn how to choose the best encoder for your application.



LED Lighting Case Study: Donjon Shipbuilding

Donjon Shipbuilding needed to brighten a 200,000 sq. ft. open air production building and dry dock. Employees were forced to carry flashlights at all times to navigate the cavernous darkness, even on a bright sunny day at noon.

With a 92 ft. to 125 ft. ceiling over a facility roughly the length of four football fields, Donjon Shipbuilding needed a lighting solution that could meet the challenge.

Discover how ACD delivered the perfect LED lighting solution.



LED Lighting: What are Distribution Patterns?

There is more to efficient lighting than choosing the brightest fixtures or fixtures that fit into your budget.  It is best to correctly assess the area and identify where the light is needed. LED lighting has the advantage of being truly directional, unlike traditional fixtures. Safety and security are most often key factors.

Learn about the 5 distribution patterns and the best applications for each.


Magswitch Magnetic Ground Clamp
Product Overview: Magswitch Magnetic Ground Clamp

Traditionally, welders use spring-based copper work clamps in order to ground the current safely. But these clamps have unavoidable limitations – sometimes the clamp's "jaws" can't flex to hold a metal tube, or the teeth grind and slide along the surface. In other cases, spring clamps have nothing to grip to and welders have to tack grounding tabs onto the metal sheet or pipe – only to later break the tabs and grind off the damage.

The Magswitch Magnetic Ground Clamp eliminates the need for grounding tabs and spring clamps, introducing a safer, cleaner, and faster way to weld.

Find out how the Magswitch Magnetic Ground Clamp can change the way you weld.


Announcing the new ACD Online Portal!
Introducing Your ACD Online Portal

As you may know, ACD recently launched its Online Store and soon we'll be launching an Online Ordering Portal that is exclusive to our existing customers! 

What you'll be able to do inside your Portal:

  • See your negotiated pricing and rebates reflected live in your portal
  • Look up pricing for quotes
  • 24/7 Ordering
  • Save products to multiple lists for planning and quoting 
  • View and access past online orders
  • Work with your sales rep to get the specific pricing reflected in your account 
  • Ask questions on product pages

Pre-Register for Portal Access

Access to the ACD Portal will only be possible with an ACD provided login, so get your name on the list to have access when the Portal goes live!

Why Pre-Register? 

By pre-registering, your company's custom pricing will be pre-loaded and ready to go the day the ACD Portal launches. Pre-register for Portal Access today so you don't have to be on the waiting-list. 

Pre-Register for Portal Access Today »

Pre-Register for Portal Access


ACD Online Portal
JumpStart 111,112,121: Introductory Siemens TIA Portal (PLC + HMI)

March 8, 2016
Course Length: 3/4 Day
Location: Streetsboro, OH 

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Siemens TIA Portal Programming 1               

                                                      April 4, 2016 - April 8, 2016
Course Length: 5 Days
Location: Cranberry Twp, PA

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JumpStart 111,112,121: Introductory Siemens TIA Portal (PLC + HMI)

April 12, 2016
Course Length: 3/4 Day
Location: Cranberry Twp, PA

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Siemens S7 Programming 1               

May 2, 2016 - May 6, 2016
Course Length: 5 Days
Location: Streetsboro, OH

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