The Electrical Connection

McNaughton-McKay Electric Company Signs Distributor Agreement with Universal Robots

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 | cobots, collaborative, robots,

Collaborative Robots On April 17, 2017, McNaughton-McKay signed an agreement with Universal Robots (UR) to distribute their Collaborative Robots (cobots) in the Georgia, Michigan and Ohio regions. Cobots are a new class of robotics that make robot technology available at every level of manufacturing. They can automate virtually anything and work side by side with their human counterparts without the need for safety caging after risk assessment. Because of their flexibility and affordability, cobots reduce previous obstacles associated with the use of traditional robots making it easier for firms of any size to deploy automation.... {Read More}


Posted on Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 | hmi, ip-address, operator-interface, panelview,

Adhesive 1One of our customers had a recurring issue with a PV+ HMI that would eventually lock up and stop communicating to the PLC after several days. Whenever this would happen, they would cycle power to the HMI and it would come back up and run for several more days until it locked up again. They contacted us for assistance and we reviewed their network architecture layout which included a PV+6 HMI, Stratix5700 managed switch, PowerFlex70 VFD, and several Point IO banks.

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Adhesive 1Welcome back to our four-part series on Video Vision Serialization. After a much too long hiatus, we are ready to tackle the subject of Targeted Repairs using our Video Vision Serialization solution. In the manufacturing world, it is naive to think that you are never going to product defective parts. There are just things too many moving parts to anticipate perfection on a daily basis. However, this is a way for you to avoid isolating shifts or days’ worth of production to find the defective parts.... {Read More}

Have You Ever Wondered Why We Drop “The Ball” in Time Square?

Posted on Friday Dec 30, 2016 | holiday, new-year,

New Year CelebrationOn December 31st, millions of people gather to usher in the new year. There are celebrations all around the world that culminate in fireworks at the stroke of midnight. In the United States, the ultimate celebration takes place in New York City’s Time Square. According to an article written in 2013 by Ellen Rolfes of PBS, “The first ball dropped at midnight on New Year’s Eve remains the most famous: the one on top of One Times Square in New York City.” ... {Read More}

McNaughton-McKay's Top 10 Holiday Movie Picks

Posted on Monday Dec 19, 2016 | christmas, holiday, movies,

Thanksgiving spreadAs I sat down to write this blog, my plan was to list my favorite Christmas movies. As I started to type my thoughts out, I decided it would be much more fun to do a random, informal survey of my work family. With a little help from Survey Monkey, I threw together one question and listed off 20 or so holiday movies. Within minutes of sending the link out to some of my closest work family, the responses started coming in. I think it was a welcome break from everyone’s hard work and a fun time to think about all the great memories watching movies brings. Many responded directly to me telling me all kinds of fun stories and making sure that I looked at the “other” option. ... {Read More}

Leftover Turkey, What Do You Do With It?

Posted on Wednesday Nov 23, 2016 | leftovers, recipes, thanksgiving, turkey,

Thanksgiving spreadThanksgiving is a time when many of us gather together with family and friends for a delicious meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and countless other mouthwatering foods. It is a wonderful occasion to reflect on the year and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. When everyone is sufficiently stuffed (no pun intended), the inevitable question arises, “What are we going to do with the leftover turkey?” It’s an age-old quandary that every household faces. There are only so many turkey sandwiches and bowls of soup one person can eat before they cry, “UNCLE!”... {Read More}


Posted on Sunday Oct 09, 2016 | election, history,

VotersThe answer dates all the way back to 1787 after the Constitutional Convention. There was much to talk about and organize during that meeting, but one thing our Founding Fathers never got around to was picking a date when elections would be held. Without an official date, states were left to set their own dates for voting which caused decades of chaos in the electorate... {Read More}

Join McNaughton-McKay In Atlanta, GA

Posted on Friday Aug 26, 2016 | automation-fair, psug, rockwell-automation,

The Automation Fair EventTake advantage of the convenient hotel and travel packages that we have made with you in mind for the Automation Fair® Event. All of the logistics are taken care of for you from the time you depart for Automation Fair. We have reserved several Downtown Atlanta hotels that are conveniently located to the Georgia World Congress Center.... {Read More}

Eliminating Shipping Errors

Posted on Tuesday Jul 19, 2016

Video Vision Serialization Part 2Have you ever looked at how much time and money go into reshipping items, replacing products, and error related customer service? I bet if you investigate the errors, you will not find careless employees or inadequate training. The truth is that it’s really hard to pack box after box and not make a mistake. In fact, it’s nearly impossible when you factor in distractions, carrier pickup deadlines, and the overwhelming tendency for your mind to wander when all your asking it to do is put the right number of the right part in the right box for 8 hours a day.... {Read More}

Video Vision Serialization

Posted on Friday Jun 17, 2016

Video Vision SerializationDo you worry about losing control of your supply chain? Have you lost revenue because products have come up missing, damaged, or defective? Have you lost customer loyalty because of voluntary recalls? These questions can keep a person up at night, if there isn’t a solution in their facility to combat issues like these that come up. ... {Read More}

Summer Savings on Rockwell Automation Training Courses

Posted on Tuesday May 31, 2016

Rockwell Automation Summer PromotionThis summer, Rockwell Automation is offering a promotional discount on qualifying training courses: Bring a coworker with you to a Rockwell Automation training course and receive 50% off the second registration fee! As a participating distributor of Rockwell Automation products, McNaughton-McKay Electric Company is excited to honor this promotion in all of our regions for the summer. This is an excellent chance to log Professional Development Hours , hear from professionals in the industry and expand your knowledge base—all while helping you and your company save on training expenses.... {Read More}

Memorial Day Hours

Posted on Friday May 27, 2016

Memorial Day HoursAll McNaughton-McKay Electric Company locations will be closed this Monday, May 30th, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy the holiday spending time with friends and family. Don’t forget to take a moment to remember all of those who have fallen while serving our country.... {Read More}

tED magazine's 2016 “30 Under 35” List

Posted on Monday May 16, 2016 | employee-achievements, history, news,

tED WinnerThe Electrical Distributor (tED), the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, has selected Donnie Williamson for its 2016 “30 Under 35" list of rising stars from across the industry. Representing today’s top emerging leaders, this tED list recognizes 30 talented young professionals who have the initiative, drive, integrity and creativity to move the industry forward in the decades to come.... {Read More}

Quality and ISO at McNaughton-McKay

Posted on Monday Apr 18, 2016

ISO QualityIn the years following the initial industrial boom in the United States, expectations for quality in products and services were not yet standardized in many industries. It was in this quickly developing environment that McNaughton-McKay Electric Company was founded in the greater Detroit area. The need for distributors was just beginning to expand due to the growing automobile industry in Michigan, and McNaughton-McKay, along with others, worked hard to set the standards high for our customers. Competition and the free market became the greatest assurance of quality, and as time went on, this expectation of quality developed into a standardized process.... {Read More}


Posted on Tuesday Apr 05, 2016 | americana, baseball, favorite-past-time, opening-day,

Baseball: Opening DaySunday was the official opening day for Major League Baseball (MLB) for the 2016 season. For many people, including me, it is an American holiday. The beginning of baseball season means gone are the cold and dreary days of winter. We welcome in longer days, warmer temperatures, buds on the trees, and flowers blooming. It doesn’t matter what your favorite team did last year, opening day signifies new beginnings and the possibilities that come with having a winning season. ... {Read More}