MOTION CONTROL: AutomationDirect has added supplementary circuit breaker terminal blocks and sockets to its Dinnector line of terminal blocks and accessories. The blocks are available in ¼ to 10A sizes and are sold in packs of 20. Terminal block sockets, available in 12 and 24V models with or without LED indicators, are sold in packs of 50. Also available are disconnect terminal blocks in 12 and 24V models. Sold in packs of 50, disconnect terminal blocks start at $74.25. Disconnect knife blades are available in packs of 50 for $21.50.
A new series of single and double level plug-in style terminal blocks are sold in packages with 32 blocks and four pin protectors. Prices start at $31 for single-level and $45.75 for double-level block packages. New accessories available include end covers, spacers, pin protectors and marking tags, as well as two-pole and three-pole jumpers. Thermocouple terminal blocks have been added in 50 and 300V models. Sold in packs of 50, thermocouple terminal blocks start at $119.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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