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What is an Industrial Light Curtain?

Safety…safety…safety... The entire purpose of a “safety” light curtain is to protect humans from dangerous machinery. “Dangerous machinery” is considered any machine or piece of equipment that moves in a way that could cause injury or kill you.  So what do...

Looking for a Yokogawa Big Look panel meter?

If you have been using Yokogawa's Big Look panel meter, you might be having a hard time finding it. Yokogawa left the analog panel meter market in March 2017 and this has many customers looking to find a new source. For Yokogawa's “Big Look” series...

Introducing Wolfie’s New Clothes

For a few months now we've been discussing our mascot "Wolfie" and how he needed some more personality. Morgan, our content designer, finally had a chance to come up with a new body for Wolfie in order to give him some more character. We wanted...

How to Program a VFD

This is a tutorial covering the basics of programming a VFD, strictly focusing on getting the shaft of just about any VFD to turn via the keypad on the VFD without load on motor. To start things off…let’s begin by opening the manual. That’s right! First we must...

Why Do I Want to Use An Ultrasonic Sensor?

In the most demanding of applications one type of sensor stands out amongst the sensor crowd, ultrasonic technology can be the savior in your application needs. The ultrasonic success is due to its high reliability. Versatile in a plethora of situations for object...

Marshall Wolf supports our neighbors

Rain, rain, go away...come again some other day! The new song residents of Algonquin, and most of Northern Illinois, seems to be singing lately. If you are just tuning into the news for the first time in almost two weeks, you may just be hearing how the...

What is a P.I.C? Panel Interface Connector

P.I.C.s from MENCOM are probably the most popular in sales on our site only competing with Mencom’s good old “cord grips”.  You may ask yourself, what is P.I.C.?  That’s actually a really broad category of industrial products. Let’s just start off with a...

GE Industrial Solutions Gets a New Name!

GE has announced that effective August 1st, 2017 GE Industrial Solutions will be known as Industrial Connections & Solutions LLC, a new GE-affiliated legal entity. As many of us learned late last year, the GE Industrial Solutions division was up for sale. What...

Engineering Competition at Wolf Automation

Once in a blue moon Marshall Wolf likes to give the employees a chance to stretch their engineering muscles. With our systems integration constantly producing new and innovative products, our Panel Shop manager Jon Wolf sent out a little competitive email...

Vendor Spotlight: Transtecno

TRANSTECNO may not be as recognizable as Bonfiglioli or Motovario in the gearbox/power transmission world, but they have a fantastic and wide array of offerings in the world of gearboxes. With products tailored towards the poultry/pig industry, bioenergy, solar...

Leeson’s Single Phase Unicorn

Finding a single phase input/output VFD can feel like finding a clean photo of Sasquatch. You’ve heard they exist, but can be difficult actually finding one... With the bulk of consumers using the more popular 'VFD and 3-phase motor' pairing, the market for these...

Vendor Spotlight: Pizzato

The company currently known as ‘Pizzato Elettrica’ had their modest start in 1984 simply as ‘Pizzato’ producing position switches. In the following 33 years Pizzato established themselves as a leading manufacturer of human-machine interface devices (control and...

Spotlight: Novus Automation

Novus Automation was established in 1982 as a Brazilian manufacturer of controllers and data acquisition instrumentation. With their headquarters in south Brazil, Novus maintains branch offices throughout the South American continent, North America and Hong Kong. The...

Have you heard what Patlite is doing?

Patlite released their new LR series last year and it has been well received in the market. This month they announced that they will be discontinuing a number of their current series so they can focus stock on the new LR series.   LU5, LU5-U and LU5+FB200 will...

So, who is American Rotary anyway?

It's been almost a year since we started distributing American Rotary and Marshall Wolf is proud to announce we have been named their "Up and Coming Distributor of the Year." To celebrate, we were treated with a BBQ courtesy of Chris and the rest of his team from up...

BBQ with American Rotary!

We’re Getting Spoiled! American Rotary traveled a few hours south today with a trunk full of food and drinks for us! We are honored to be their ‘Up and Coming Dealer of the Year’ and look forward to living up to the title. The two Chris’s (ours and theirs) had a great...

Happy Birthday and Happy Memorial Day!

Two announcements today! We're celebrating Ashley and Cindi's birthdays....and... Marshall Wolf Automation will be closed Memorial Day, May 29th, and will be back in the office on Tuesday, May 30th. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day holiday and we'll see you all...

Come to MWA…we have cookies!

We've been celebrating quite a bit lately at Marshall Wolf. Both Amy and Beckie recently celebrated their "29th" birthdays and our newest employee Lisa treated us with some delicious homemade cookies...aren't you jealous?

Wolfie’s headed out to the 2017 Bar-Z Bash!

We’ve got some cool news about our first sponsorship and attendance to the BAR-Z BASH 2017. What’s this you say?  If any of our readers are the home hobbyist type, you may have heard of a cool cat out there in YouTube land by the name of Stan Zinkosky. Stan has his...

Why can’t an industrial SSR work in my car?

That’s a good question, why not? The fundamental reasons you’d think it would work are sound, so why don’t you see that happening? That’s because in our industrial world there are designs that work best for industrial applications and in the automotive industry there...

A big thank you to Exergen!

We wanted to extend our warmest thanks to Bob Harris over at Exergen for sending our two expecting mamas some very handy temporal thermometers. Beckie still uses her Exergen thermometer from Bob that she received during her first pregnancy...15 years...