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Decorating with a World Map

We here at Delta have had a long, blank, dreary, hallway wall since we moved into this building some 6 years ago. Just last week, we added a huge (8.75 feet X 13 feet) world map to that wall. In addition to just being a visual attraction, it is also a dry erase board....

Ancient HMI Repair

Last week a facility maintenance contractor contacted us about repairing a VERY old Johnson Controls HMI panel for a swimming pool at a local country club. This unit's push buttons were only working intermittently. No replacements were available from the manufacturer...

Maintenance: Preventive vs. Corrective

You do the math—you make the call In the midst of one of the rainiest falls on record, a Delta field service engineering team was called in to a municipal waste water treatment pumping station to troubleshoot a 10+ year old 200HP sewage pump drive that was down. The...

Need it ASAP?

Delta specializes in just that Over the Labor Day holiday on Sunday, Bob and Margarete came by the office to use the quiet time to do some much-needed paperwork. However as they entered the offices, the phone was ringing. A large client in the Midwest was calling...

Veteran’s Day a time for honor

Armed services are part of Delta’s proud tradition We here at Delta Automation, Inc. would like to thank all Veterans, and especially our employees, both past and present, for their   service in the United States Armed Forces. We are proud to say that we have employed...

Celebrating 10 Years at Delta

Mike Martinelli (left) and Bernie Weiland (right) recently received plaques commemorating their 10 years of dedicated service to Delta Automation, Inc. Mike is Delta’s repair shop supervisor. Bernie handles sales. The men are pictured with Delta’s president, Bob...

The importance of having a “go-to” business partner

Rapid response is critical for successful relationship In today’s business environment manufacturers, plant operations, and facilities are having to increasingly rely on having a “go to” business partner for technical support to keep their equipment online and...

Emergency On-Site Component Level Repair

During a recent on-site network certification service call for a large paper manufacturer, there was a power surge from a main power transformer during a tap change.  This power surge caused several power supplies to fail. Fortunately, Delta’s fully equipped service...

Mexico’s industrial wave draws Virginia businesses

Economic development team finds receptive new markets During mid 2007 Mark Myrick, trade manager with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) contacted Delta Automation, Inc. for possible entry into the Commonwealth of Virginia’s “Accessing International...

A Bad Day on the Golf Course is Better Than…….

In May, Delta Automation, Inc. participated in the 30th annual National Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC, and charity golf tournament. This tournament provides college scholarships for deserving students in our area. Delta sponsored two teams this year....

Control Wire Connector Installation

Correct installation can save hours of troubleshooting later An often overlooked but critical aspect of any industrial wiring installation process is the application of crimp on type terminals and splices. These types of wire connectors are most commonly referred to...

Winners of the April RIR Racecar Ride-Along

Delta recently drew the names of the two winners of the racecar ride- along at Richmond International Raceway from the flood of entries. The winners were drawn from among those submitting email entries via the previous newsletter as well as those who filled out an...

Delta welcomes two to the team

Joseph F. Sarver is the Technical Service and Operations Manager for Delta Automation. He oversees the field service operation, repair operation, and provides technical support for the company’s business development effort via the sales and marketing team. After...

Delta helps keep a large corrugated box manufacturer up and running

Field engineer, Skip Langley, and outside salesman, Vann Barden, made a cold call on a corrugated box manufacturer in March of 2006 and had the rare good fortune to actually meet the maintenance manager that same day and quote him on backing up the programs on his...

NASCAR Ride Along Continues In April

Enter by March 15 for your chance to race at RIR! On a cool, clear day last November, Delta sponsored a client ride along in a genuine NEXTEL Cup race car provided by “The Racing School” of New Hampshire. We selected two people to ride with a professional driver in a...

A very Delta Christmas carol

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the shop, not a creature was stirring, you could hear a pin drop. The repair shop supervisor was there, and ended up showing just how much Delta cares… This past Christmas Eve Mike, the repair shop supervisor, just...

Delta’s third annual hunting trip

Each November, Delta takes several clients on a Russian Wild Boar hunt to a Western North Carolina game reserve. This game reserve is owned and operated by Mr. Jerry Rushing, who is known as the inspiration for the character of Bo Duke on television’s “The Dukes of...

Communications Gateways

Engineers looking for inexpensive ways to collect process data from the different types of control devices running within their plants should check out Red Lion’s communications gateway model CSMSTRs. The master model provides RS232/422/485 communication ports and an...

Sart Your Engines!

Delta puts you in a NASCAR driver’s seat We here at Delta Automation, Inc. have often been the envy of many devoted NASCAR fans since we are located here in Richmond, the home of RIR. The Richmond International Raceway is one of the most exciting short tracks on the...

WEG Pushbuttons offer the Brightest Pilot Lamps in the Industry

WEG has developed, and Delta Automation, Inc. is proud to stock and distribute, a complete new line of robust, modern, and versatile pushbuttons, pilot lamps and controls. These devices have a patented mounting and locking mechanism for the contact blocks to attach to...

SynchronizingEvents between PLCs and Computers

The Task Develop ladder logic to synchronize barcode and routing information generated real-time in a PLC with a PC that is connected asynchronously, via Ethernet, to the PLC. In this example the barcode reader sends a 10-character ASCII string to the PLC (the product...

Allen Bradley Users

Sometimes in the grand scheme of things, after buyouts, decisions are made to standardize on one brand of PLCs. The independent plants don’t seem to have much influence on this decision. It doesn’t seem to matter how much installed base or trained personnel are on...

Weekend Emergency Call

Recently, a large manufacturer of refrigerated grocery store display cases was in need of assistance getting a PLC/HMI combination system up and running. This system controlled a machine that injected and cured the insulating foam in the body of the case. This held up...

Latest in alarm notification and analysis software

Unified Control Messaging (U.C.ME) introduces real-time parameter data delivered to your Cell   phone Do you know the cause of the alarm? It is not enough to know there is a problem. You need to make a quick decision followed by rapid action to ensure that a small...

Delta CEO is award finalist

Delta’s owner and CEO, Margarete Culley was a finalist for the 2006 Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards, presented by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Margarete joined 14 other women from a wide variety of businesses for...

Weekend Emergency

Recently, One of Richmond’s largest printing facilities had an AEG PLC fail during a weekend production run. The client had very little information on this product. An emergency call was made to Delta Automation, Inc. for assistance. A field service engineer was...

Refurbished vs. New Equipment

Recently, a huge distribution center client of Delta Automation required an upgrade of an Allen Bradley PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) processor to facilitate an expansion project. Delta quoted a used, fully guaranteed unit at about one half of the new price. The...

Gridpoint Intelligent Renewable Energy Systems

Delta Automation, Inc. has been named as a distributor of Gridpoint Intelligent Renewable Energy appliances. These cutting edge technology devices are targeted to be used in light commercial and residential applications where power outages occur and selective...

Autem Software for Multiple PLC Brands

The Autem Pro 5 PLC diagnostic software is a most valuable tool for use in identifying and locating intermittent or hard to find problems in PLC systems. Many OEM’s provide a simple contact histogram with their programming software package. Usually it is a pretty...

Allen Bradley PLC Class

Ed McClure, Delta Automation’s Allen Bradley Specialist, has just completed teaching a customized, advanced 40 Hour Allen Bradley PLC training course for 39 maintenance personnel for a major Virginia automotive manufacturer.  The course curriculum was designed to...

Delta Automation, Emergency Holiday Response

A major customer in Ohio, began experiencing network errors on his Modbus Plus system on the day before Christmas Eve. The customer had exhausted all of the companies resources and a call for help was routed to Delta Automation, Inc. Initially he requested telephone...

In Memory ASTRO

1993-2005 We are sad to announce that our much beloved mascot and loyal friend, Astro, passed away in October after a short illness. You may remember him from our calendars in past years, he has portrayed several roles, delivery driver, security officer, and bench...

Understanding A/B DeviceNet Networks

DeviceNet is an open standard industrial network managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA).  DeviceNet uses CAN (Controller Area Network) for its data link layer, and CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) for the upper layers of the network.  DeviceNet is a...

Engineering Student Seminar

Delta Automation, Inc. recently held a free training seminar for several local college Engineering students.  They were given an overview of Modicon PLC’s, their history, and their capabilities. Demonstrations and various applications of the different types of...

PLC Analyzer Pro-5 New Features

Autem has a new release of its’ PLC Analyzer software. This new release has many enhancements over the PRO-4 version. Some of these features/enhancements are listed briefly below: Project management: Project utilities simplified and streamlinedTrigger: Drag and Drop...

Delta Automation’s Owner receives an Award

Hanover County’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 to Margarete Culley for her outstanding services on the Board of Supervisors as a Library Trustee since 1996.  The library director, Fran Freimarck, stated, “During her tenure on the...

Delta Automation becomes a DocSTAR distributor

Delta Automation, Inc. has partnered with AuthentiDate to offer our customers the electronic document management solutions of DocSTAR.  DocSTAR (which stands for Document Storage and Retrieval) replaces filing cabinets and the cumbersome process of paper filing with...

Ethernet Cable Testing

In the Ethernet domain, the need for speed is constantly improving with each new generation of hardware.  Network cards have gone from the 10Base-T to the 100Base-T and now the newer hardware is boosting 1000Base-T capability.  The question is: Can the cable you have...

Fiber for the Industrial Environment

In most process plants and factories electronic components must withstand harsh environmental conditions from extreme temperature ranges, lightning strikes, electromagnetic interference, radio interference, and hazardous locations.  The data carrying capacity of an...

Free dinner Earned by Paying Attention to Detail

In our Summer issue, it was brought to our attention that there was an error in the article about the Operation of a TDR. The speed of light was listed both in Meters per second and in Miles per hour. It should have been both Meters per second and Miles per Second....

Autem Analyzer Demo Locates months old Intermittent Problem

The controls Engineer for a major manufacturer of automobile components for GM and Chrysler, reports that, after installing the PLC Analyzer pro 4 software, he was able to isolate the cause of a reoccurring automation problem that had been baffling the company for...

Operation of a Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR)

How a Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) works A TDR is a piece of test equipment designed to analyze and troubleshoot metallic cable systems. The TDR will display any discontinuities found along a given piece of cable. These discontinuities may be either shorts, opens,...

Complete Service for Gaitronics Industrial Phones

When the recent hurricane, “Isabel” came through Virginia it caused widespread plant power outages.  One such local customer lost many of its Gaitronics Communications System units when power was restored, hindering their operation.  Delta Automation, Inc....

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Delta Automation, Inc., located in Richmond Virginia, is an Industry Leader in Industrial Electronics Remanufacturing (depot type repair), On-Site Field Service, New Equipment Sales, and Mature Equipment Sales. Our focus is on Programmable Controllers (PLCs), Drives (VFDs), Control Screens (HMIs) and Peripheral Hardware Support (to include, Software & Firmware). With over 50 years of Repair and Support, we proudly offer our services.

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