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Benefits of buying made in America Automation products

1. Stable Prices, No Supply Chain Issues, No Tariffs
2. Better Product Features 3. Faster Deliveries
4. Local FREE Tech/ Application Support Practically 24/7
5. Made in America means Innovation & Innovation: TouchPLCs, Detachable Display, MiniTouchPLC, EZ iMarquee, EZ Power Supply

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Benefits of using Made in America Automation Products that may not be readily Apparent!

By Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, Founder and Chairman, May 28, 2024

1. Stable Predictable Prices with no tariff uncertainty: America is waking up to the threat of Made in China and the existential threat it poses. It was first brought to light by Trump 45 when he imposed import tariffs of 25% or more in 2018. (unfortunately, despite good intentions, implementation was horrible as the tariffs applied only to raw components imported from China rather than the finished products such as HMIs and PLCs). President Biden not only continued the Trump tariffs, he increased the tariffs just recently. Politics aside, tariffs on Made in China are here to stay and will constantly increase over time.

This makes the prices of Made in China unpredictable. Stable prices of Made in America Automation products, is a significant benefit to American Automation engineers, now and in the future.

With EZAutomation, you not only get stable and tariff free prices, you get Made in America products that cost less than Made in China. EZTouch EZ3-EE HMIs cost less than EA9 C-more from Automationdirect.

2. Stable and Faster delivery with Supply Chain Issues minimized: We all remember supply chain disruption starting with COVID in 2020. In the next three years, lead time for automation products from China went to as much as 26 weeks. Transportation costs quadrupled. America had difficult time getting the most basic necessities like penicillin. Whereas EZAutomation was also impacted as some of its components come from China, yet the overall lead times were far better than products from China. EZAutomation promises Same day FREE shipping for orders placed till 6 p.m. CST (4 p.m. PST) for most of its products.

3. Better products and Services resulting from proximity to End-users: We design and manufacture our products in the heartland of America, Iowa and Illinois. We are constantly in the plants where our products are used. AVG Automation has over 500 man years of plant experience and that shows in our products. The same is not possible for products made in mass volumes in China at low cost. You will note that all EZAutomation products incorporate attention to detail resulting from this vast plant experience. The driving force in the EZAutomation products is constant improvement in down time in the plants. It is this driving force that results in:

4. Products that shine in American Innovation: America became a great industrial power on the back of its innovation that runs through the blood of so many Americans. Manufacturers sitting thousands of miles away can copy American products but cannot come out with new innovative features.

a. Detachable EZ7 HMI to reduce downtime dramatically: All Plant/Maintenance/Control engineers know that the weakest component in an HMI is the Touchscreen and Display as these are subject to a lot more wear and tear as compared to the rest of the logic and communication electronics. In solving this problem to minimize down time due to a failed touchscreen, EZAutomation came up with the concept of breaking the HMI into two parts, Front panel with touchscreen and display and the back panel with logic and communication. If the touchscreen or display needs to be replaced, all it takes is 2 minutes to unscrew the damaged Front panel and replace it with a new one. No rewiring, no downloading HMI’s program, no HMI set-up, nothing needed to get the HMI up and running again.

b. All EZTouch HMIs have a patented on-line Edit feature. It is well known that on the average, a new HMI installation requires 5 edits to its screen design in the first three months of its use. EZAutomation by AVG is the only company that allows on-line edit without shutting down or disconnecting the HMI. This saves the End-user thousands of dollars in down time.

c. Tiny High power HC plug-in I/O module that can handle huge in-rush currents while retaining its small size of 2”x2”x1”. All DC solenoids or fans have a huge in-rush current. For example a 24 VDC 250 ma solenoid can have an inrush current of 1.6 Amps. Normally, the control system designer is forced to use external Relay modules to achieve the in-rush current which takes away their short circuit protection feature. The HC High current DC output module for our PLCs is capable of handling 4 amp in-rush current per module and 1 amp of steady state current for each of eight outputs, while retaining its short circuit protection feature.

d. Modular TouchPLC concept that is an all-in-one HMI and PLC that can be programmed with a single software, that saves one third of panel space and one third of cost. There are 33 different I/O modules that can be plugged in for an extremely flexible control system design.

e. EZ Power Supply with LED display: When EZAutomation decided to enter the DC power Supply market, it wanted to do something different, something innovative. Result was EZPPS up to 240 watts, with two LED displays. One 3 digit voltage adjustable voltage display, and the second, a two digit load current display. In addition, it has a maintenance timer as well as a current monitor output that turns on if it exceeds a programmed current limit. This is a power supply, everybody falls in love with.


f. EZminiWifi: All our HMI based products have the option of turning their RS232 serial port into a miniWifi port. Many times the HMI location is not that easy to access. EZ miniWifi allows the controls engineer to edit the HMI/PLC program from 50 ft. away without the need to plug a programming cable into the HMI. In addition, the EZ miniWifi is secure as it is a point to point communication channel.



g. EZ Production Monitor to improve plant productivity by 50%: EZAutomation’s latest product introduction is a Production Monitor that has a two line 20 characters LED tricolor display that monitors actual production and quality as compared to goals set for a shift. It communicates this information to a computer over wifi up to 50 ft. away. It also displays the production information on the LED display which is visible up to 100 feet away. User interface is extremely simple: enter shift hours and goal per hour, acceptable reject level and let the EZPM do the rest. It is bound to pay for itself within a month. In addition, it has data logging to review past history.

h. Innovating the EZMarquee: All LEDs lose their brightness as they age, making an LED message display to lose characters in the middle of the display. EZMarquee is manufactured with pre-measured luminous intensity so that the loss of brightness is uniform and the message display looks like it is fresh out of box even 10 years after the installation. In addition, the EZMarquees weigh one third, consume one third the power of all competitors and cost one third as well.


i. Innovating EZiMarquee: Whereas EZmarquees communicate to more than 95% of PLCs in the market, EZAutomation came up with the concept of having the smarts of an HMI in the marquee that allows connection to any PLC network requiring no change whatsoever in the PLC programming. It simply monitors all the PLC tags on the network and displays all relevant messages.



j. EZminiTouchPLC is an engineering marvel that puts incredible processing power in every cubic inch of this product. 4” unit, 12 DI, 8 DC 500 ma short circuit proof outputs, 2 12 bit AIN and 2 12 bit AIO, 4 1formC 5 A relays with built in snubber networks, 250 KHz encoder, serial port, Ethernet, LED indicators for all I/O, plug-in removable terminal blocks, all packed into a 5.06x4.08x1.5” enclosure.

5. Local American FREE Technical/Application Support, practically 24/7: Made in America Automation products from EZAutomation have another side benefit. Besides 6 AM to 5:30 PM CST, it has phone, text and email support for technical and application questions. And it is FREE.

6. Local Warranty and Non-warranty Repairs: EZAutomation Made in America products are repaired in Bettendorf, IA. Repairs are faster and the analysis of a failure is faster as compared to sending the product back to China for failure analysis. EZAutomation has a strict 8 Discipline QS9000 policy to get to the root cause of any product failure within warranty period in a rapid fire succession that allows its manufacturing lines to have a constant process improvement which will not be possible if the products were manufactured in China.

7. Minimal Product Obsolescence: Another not so apparent benefit of Made in America is minimal product obsolescence. EZAutomation/AVG still supports products introduced in 1968.

8. EZAutomation Product Customizer: Having all its design and manufacturing operations in Bettendorf, Iowa, EZAutomation prides itself with a very quick response to product customization. If the products are manufactured in volume in China, if you want a change, particularly in hardware, it will take multiple years if the manufacturer will even entertain the idea of a customer requested change. EZAutomation has designed and manufactured a significant number of customized products, such as specialty I/O modules, even when the need is just 1000 per year, and it has done these within 3 months from concept/order to pilot production. This is a unique benefit of Made in America.

9. Supporting American Jobs and National Interests: Other significant benefits of Made in America are supporting American economy, American Dollar, American standard of living, American jobs, and American security interests. See article titled: Why Made in America should be a top priority of every American?

Note: 85% of all Automation products are Made in China. This is true of AutomationDirect, Maple, Schneider, Omron, Siemens, Idec, Mitsubishi and lot of Rockwell products.