May 2018 Newsletter

A Smorgasbord of Safety Topics In anticipation of June being National Safety month, this month’s newsletter will consist of a variety of safety topics related the field of industrial control and electricity. If you need to reduce the safety risks at your facility, you may get a few good ideas.  The discussion will include: what’s new […]

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January 2018 Newsletter

Productivity Ideas for 2018 This newsletter will throw out some productivity ideas for your 2018 budgeting. And of course, the ideas will involve some sort of an application of industrial controls.  The article will focus more on the why, than on the how.  Please contact Wortman Controls if one of the ideas strikes home and […]

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October 2017 Newsletter

In our March 2014 issue of UnderControl, the discussion focused on when it made sense to upgrade industrial control systems. The reasons to upgrade include obsolescence, expensive/unavailable spares, requirements to standardize on a control platform, and the requirement for increased functionality.  In this issue, the discussion will be about the information needed to properly specify […]

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March 2017 Newsletter

Do you experience multiple or lengthy equipment downtime events when your industrial control systems fail?   Maybe you have seemingly simple issues that keep your machinery down for days.  Or you have the same issue over and over again without final resolution.  If this sounds like your operation, please read on!  This article will provide some […]

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June 2016 Newsletter

June is National Safety Month. It is observed every year and focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, and in our non-work lives (on the roads, in our homes and communities). In conjunction with June being National Safety month, this newsletter will provide information on the proper use of Two-Hand Controls […]

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January 2016 Newsletter

Doing More with Less in 2016 This month’s article provides some food for thought on how to do more with less. We hear all the time about manufacturers having a difficult time finding workers to fill open positions.  There is either a lack of workers seeking employment or a lack of ones that are qualified.  […]

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May 2015 Newsletter

Controls Design Considerations for Compliance with NFPA 70E Worker safety is of most importance.  And in this competitive manufacturing world, operational efficiency may be the second most important priority. Compliance with NFPA 70E (The Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace) will certainly improve the safety of your operation.  This newsletter will explore some different […]

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April 2015 Newsletter

Savings Ideas for Compressed Air This month’s feature article will provide some food for thought on how to save money on your compressed-air operations.  Of all your machinery, your air compressors are likely to be one of the most costly to operate.  A 75 HP compressor running 24/5 at $.075 per KWH will consume about […]

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January 2015 Newsletter

This month’s feature article is about position feedback devices for shaft-based automation.  These devices include optical encoders, resolvers, hall-effect encoders, and rotary cam limit switches. They are used on manufacturing equipment including compaction presses, punch presses, and assembly machines.  They are mechanically coupled to the shaft of rotating machinery.  The shaft could be a main […]

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November 2014 Newsletter

This month’s feature article is about devices used in the protection and monitoring of equipment.  These devices are commonly named ‘Relays’ but are generally sensing devices with dry contact outputs or solid-state outputs for signaling a PLC input or alarm circuit.   The discussion will briefly cover Phase Loss Relays, Phase Sequence Relays, Heater Burn-out Relays, […]

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