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3001, 2018

Automation is Everywhere

Fully-Automated Cheese Brine System You might expect a fully- automated  cheese brine system when you see a horse pulling a little black buggy like in the picture above the last thing that may come to [...]

1708, 2017

Plant Intelligence…and Beer!

It is a (not so) well kept secret that we have a homemade beer machine at Sure Controls. The beer machine is always the highlight of any facility tour we give to our customers. I [...]

606, 2017

Improved Web Handling – A Success Story

Line 5 at Film Tech (Project 3366) Background Film Tech, a company in Stanley, WI, purchased a used 3 layer blown film line from a company in Ohio. The machine was disassembled and brought to [...]

2903, 2017

Micro-Automation – Small Part Automation “No Part Too Small”

What do you typically do whenever you are researching or looking to start learning about a topic?  For me that research typically starts with the “Google Search.”  If I can’t find it on the web [...]

1801, 2017

SSD Link is Obsolete; Have you a got a plan? Don’t worry, we have a solution!

By Brian Bobbe Although your current drives and PLC system maybe be working well, do you know for how long and what you’re plan is if you do go down? We completely understand the stress [...]

601, 2017

Demystifying Automated Data Acquisition – Part Three of Three

By Ken Gifford   Have you ever taken someone to Baskin-Robbins who really likes ice cream?  Invariably, whenever I take my wife there, she has a pretty good idea in her mind what she has [...]

1312, 2016

Air vs. Water Cooling for Extrusion

By Kevin Hietpas   -What type of barrel cooling is best for your extruder?   Air cooling is ideal for process that does not require high energy removal. It is less expensive for the hardware, [...]

311, 2016

Modern Advanced Process Controls

By, Ryan Worzella  As a motorcycle and automotive enthusiast, I have spent countless hours in the garage wrenching on and customizing my fleet. These countless hours could be whittled down if it were not for [...]

1110, 2016

Demystifying Automated Data Acquisition – Part Two

By Ken Gifford      Under cover of darkness the night of April 18, 1775 a man peers out his window with a watchful eye. As he gazes intently at the old church, suddenly the light [...]

909, 2016

Drive and Motor Troubleshooting 101

By: Jeff Blom       In many industrial and commercial plants, automation of any process and associated control relies heavily on motors, and variable frequency drives (VFDs). When a motor or drive goes down, production often [...]

2807, 2016

Brewing a Perfect Beer – The Advantages of Controlled Brewing

By: Josh Beyer For Christmas my wife gave me supplies for making home-brewed beer.  This was the perfect gift, because I enjoy craft beers and was looking for a new hobby.  This included a 5-gallon [...]

507, 2016

What Are Collaborative Robots?

By: Roger Mahler My first experience with robots was in High School; in the mid 1980’s our Industrial arts teacher had purchased a 2 axis pneumatic robot kit. It was made of machined aluminum plate [...]

206, 2016

Demystifying Automated Data Acquisition – Part One

By Ken Gifford Whenever I am presenting on this topic, I have a little video I like to show. In the video, we see a man driving a cement truck. He seems happy and content [...]

605, 2016

Definition of Delivering Sm;)es!

By Jenni Hansen We, here at Sure Controls, strive to ensure our customers are smiling! The following are the Webster definitions of two very important, yet simple looking words that we strive to provide to [...]

1510, 2013

What is Industrial Automation?

Industrial automation is the use of control systems, such as computers or robots, and information technologies for handling different processes and machineries in an industry to replace a human being. It is the second step [...]

609, 2013

Why Calibration of Your Measuring Instruments is Important

What is calibration? Calibration is a comparison between a known measurement (the standard) and the measurement using your instrument. Typically, the accuracy of the standard should be ten times the accuracy of the measuring device [...]

1308, 2013

How to Select a Company for Your Stepper Motor Repair

Let us help teach you how to select a company for your stepper motor repair. What is a Stepper Motor? A stepper motor is an electromechanical device that achieves mechanical movements from conversion of electrical [...]

3007, 2013

What to do when a blown trigger goes unnoticed

The Problem: Blow Plug trigger going unnoticed; a blow plug is a safety device that relieves excess pressure in an extrusion process.  It prevents catastrophic failure of the barrel. What happens: The problem occurs in [...]

2307, 2013

How low pressure transducers work

A pressure transducer is a measuring device which converts an applied pressure into an electrical signal. Generally, a pressure transducer consists of two parts, an elastic material which deforms under the application of pressure and [...]

1607, 2013

How to Resolve a Heater Failure

The Problem: Heater failure in a manufacturing process that required precise heat control. What happens: Undetected, product produced may fail to meet quality standards and become scrap.  Add to that the lost production time to [...]

907, 2013

What to consider before you purchase a linear motion actuator

A linear motion actuator is a device that creates motion in a straight line. It has applications ranging from industrial machineries to computer accessories. These linear motion actuators are classified on the basis of how [...]

107, 2013

Your profits are off and costs must be lowered, now what?

The Problem: Your profits are off - costs must be lowered Your efforts miss the mark when they focus on areas that don’t deliver the needed return on the investment.  Initiatives are launched by guessing [...]

1301, 2013

RTD vs Thermocouple – What’s the difference?

What is the difference between and a resistance temperature detector (RTD)  and a thermocouple?  Both RTDs and thermocouples are sensors used to measure heat in scales such as Fahrenheit and Kelvin. Such devices are used [...]

701, 2013

NIST Traceable Calibration

Who is NIST and what do they do? NIST traceable calibration is an assurance program that certifies that a laboratory or manufacturer is fully equipped to calibrate equipment to National Institute of Standards and Technology [...]

201, 2013

Infrared Temperature Sensors

Infrared temperature sensors sense electromagnetic waves in the 700 nm to 14,000 nm range. While the infrared spectrum extends up to 1,000,000 nm, IR temperature sensors do not measure above 14,000 nm. These sensors work [...]