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AutomationDirect White Paper on processor power and energy efficiency


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AutomationDirect has released a new White Paper, “Processor Power and Energy Efficiency” that explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements.

Modern electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, etc. can be used to perform a myriad of tasks including messaging, photos, videos, music, alarms, day planners, GPS and more. The same trend of combining what once required several components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.

The White Paper explains that while energy efficiency is vital for consumer electronics, new powerful chips offer many advantages to the automation world in terms of price, time-to-market, flexibility and reliability.

This is evident in modern PLCs. The integration of more components into microprocessors has eliminated the need for additional external automation components. These components include, but are not limited to, data loggers, ASCII or math co-processors, digital communication cards, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers and more.

This White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components also creates lower overall costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.


About AutomationDirect

In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor control, enclosures and more. Their prices are typically well below the list price of more traditional automation companies because of their model and focus on efficiency and the majority of their products are stocked for same-day shipping. Plus, get free two-day delivery on orders over $49; some limitations apply.


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