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About Us

Since 1967 Clayton Controls has been committed to the successful integration and completion of our customer's automated systems.  We are focused on building relationships, gaining a thorough understanding of our customers' business and delivering solutions that increase our customers' long-term success.

We are dedicated to delivering solutions that increase productivity while reducing material and transaction costs; and our people make that possible through:

  • The industry's most extensive product offering;
  • Highly skilled team of professionals;
  • Experienced customer service personnel. 

Our Team has the knowledge and experience to provide solutions for applications ranging from simple mechanical components to complex machine and motion controls.

Our complete line of components and systems for factory automation are carefully selected from the industry's leading manufacturers. And because we understand the urgency of having the right products the right time, we maintain an extensive product inventory to assure quick deliveries and installation.

When our customers need our expertise, we're prepared to provide the solution. From pneumatic and electronic, to vacuum and electro-mechanical, our product lines satisfy virtually any set of automation requirements.

Clayton Controls, Incorporated, Clayton Engineered Solutions, Inc. has established a Quality Management System that is in conformance with the International Quality System Standard ISO 9001:2008

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Clayton Controls Partners with SCHUNK
28 February, 2018

Clayton Controls is excited to announce our partnership with SCHUNK.

Clayton and SCHUNKSCHUNK is the world’s No. 1 for handling technology and gripping systems – from the smallest parallel grippers to the automated handling of workpieces.

SCHUNK offers the world’s largest range of automated handling and gripping systems and with more than 2,550 SCHUNK grippers, the broadest range of standard gripper components on the market.

SCHUNK offers everything in its gripper portfolio, whether sensitive or powerful, with two, three or four gripper fingers, parallel or centric, even if you need a stacking gripper or a long-stroke gripper.

SCHUNK offers the world's most comprehensive product portfolio for automated handling of workpieces, including pick & place units, linear modules or multi-axis systems. With our wide range of pneumatically and electrically driven linear, rotary and gripper standard components and many products for robots, SCHUNK offers perfect prerequisites for individual handling solutions.

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Incentive Software Components for Industrial Automation Applications
27 July, 2017

IncentiveTM is a flexible family of software building blocks enabling comprehensive plant automation strategies. Major system components include:

• IncentivePLC – a multitasking control runtime system executing the powerful QuickBuilder programming environment

• IncentiveECAT – a high-performance EtherCAT master controller for direct control of EtherCAT devices from standard PC hardware.

• IncentiveAPI – a DLL offering a high-level control API for C#, C++ or VB.Net code. 

Incentive provides users a complete solution for highperformance PC-based control of automated industrial processes, for standalone equipment or plant-wide control architectures. Incentive has a real-time operating system (RTOS) that enables simultaneous operation of Windows 10 (or Windows 7) and one or more independent realtime processes. The system combines the responsiveness required of high-speed motion applications and the flexibility of a full-featured operating system to run vision systems, HMIs, data tracking and processing applications, and other high-level programs. In applications requiring data interchange with peer or higher-level systems, Incentive allows for the implementation of local or remote data aggregation, supporting interfaces to remote database applications, network security provisions, and other necessary functions.

The addition of IncentivePLC to the system provides the functionality of a programmable automation controller without requiring additional dedicated hardware. Programmed using the QuickBuilder Programming Environment, running locally or remotely, IncentivePLC can execute the same programs as CTC’s series 5300 controllers. This flexibility lets you choose among hardware platform options for each application, without having to adapt to different development environments. Such a configuration also supports the use of external Modbus/TCP connected devices, increasing the range of supported hardware in a truly open architecture. Incentive represents a new way to approach and execute automation strategies, using your choice of technologies to create a system optimized for your project.

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November News from Clayton Controls
16 November, 2016

Decentralized Vacuum Generation
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Numatics LogoNumatics G3 Communication Node and I/O
Easy, cost effective solutions for digital I/O and valve automation

Numatics G3 Fieldbus Electronics have an innovative graphic display for easy commissioning, visual status, and diagnostics.
The G3 Series product line is a completely modular system. All of the G3 electronic modules plug together, via mechanical clips, allowing easy assembly and field changes. This makes the system highly distributable. Additional flexibility is incorporated because the same modules can be used in either centralized or distributed applications. The G3 electronics interfaces with the highly modular Numatics 500 Series, generation 2000 Series, ISO 5599/2 and ISO 15407-2 Series valve lines to further enhance the modularity and flexibility of the entire system.
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Dorner logoDorner 7000 Series Conveyors 
Sanitary conveyors for food handling
7X series of conveyors, also known as our AquaGard and AquaPrufplatforms, take food handling conveyors to a whole new level. Designed for fast and effective sanitation and protection from contamination solely for the food and medical industries.
  • Meet BISSC, NSF, and FDA regulations
  • Only USDA certified conveyors in the industry
  • Only modular conveyor on the agency's list of accepted equipment for the meat and poultry industry
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Vacuum Products for the Automotive Market
Ideal for use in decentralized, fast-handling robotics
Piab's range of vacuum products for the automotive market include ultra-lightweight vacuum generators, ideal for use in decentralized, fast-handling robotics systems. 
The company's recently introduced, decentralized generic vacuum generator piSTAMP is tailor-made for automotive press shop automation, offering easy retrofitting in tooling systems, and the latest configurable platform for decentralized vacuum generation, piINLINE®plus, features a unique and integrated automatic release mechanism. Made in a lightweight and extra durable material, the generators utilize Piab's COAX® technology, ensuring low air consumption, excellent suction capacity, and fast evacuation. 
Baumer O500 SmartReflect Photoelectric
Light barriers without reflectors
With SmartReflect®, Baumer has reinvented the optical light barrier with highly reliable object detection without the reflector. That reduces your costs tremendously.
The SmartReflect® light barrier can reliably detect objects independent of their shape, color or surface finish.
  • Response time of 0.25ms
  • IO-Link interface
  • Hygienic and washdown available
  • Detects transparent objects
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Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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September News from Clayton Controls
28 September, 2016

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Super high speed, rod-style actuator
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Tolomatic LogoSuper High-Speed Rod-Style Actuator 
True pneumatic replacement speeds 
Tolomatic has created a cost-effective, patent pending custom electric belt driven actuator design capable of achieving speeds of over 100inches/sec with consistent part placement.  The LZT Actuatorutilizes a servo motor solution that is controlled using Add-On Instructions (AOI) over EtnerNET/IP™ for easy integration.
Traditionally, these types of speeds are only achievable with pneumatics or a costly linear motion solutions. The LZT Actuator is cost-effective replacement for low-force pneumatic cylinders in applications such as product kick-offs, escapements and part placers.
  • Electric belt-driven, rod-style design 
  • True pneumatic replacement speeds
  • Economical, low cost design
  • EtherNET/IP enabled, ODVA conformant drive
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Food Contact Suction Cups
Low vacuum levels for delicate food products
Piab introduces a new series of food contact suction cups suitable for direct picking of everything from chocolate pralines to fish sticks. Designed to meet the most stringent hygiene standards, Piab's 13 food contact cups have no pockets in which dust or dirt can collect, and are made of food contact materials that comply with FDA and EU 1935 regulations. Cups and fittings also comply with metal detectors available on the market and their blue color suits the visual inspection systems used in the food industry.
Only a low vacuum level is needed to collapse the bellows on the cups. This is important as a high vacuum can compromise or even completely ruin delicate food products. The low vacuum level is also ideal for side channel blowers
Clippard logoNew PTFE Isolation Valves
Precise, repeatable dispensing of media

The Clippard NIV Series Media Isolation Valve is a solenoid-operated device that uses a flexible diaphragm to isolate the actuation mechanism from the fluid path. Media isolation valves are commonly used for a wide variety of applications, including those that require precise, repeatable dispensing of media for analytical instrumentation. All wetted areas of the valve are PTFE, making this series ideal for use with corrosive media.
  • Bidirectional Zero dead volume
  • All wetted areas PTFE
  • Ideal for use with corrosive media
  • High cycle life
  • Fast response time
  • CE, RoHS compliant
  • ISO 9001:2008
  • Proudly made in the U.S.A. 
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LC Series Non-Rotating Load Carrying Cylinders
Compact, long lasting and load carrying
Nason's LC series of pneumatic guide load actuators were designed to be compact, long lasting, load carrying devices for today's demanding design requirements. They are offered in both side and rear mount variations as well as many bores and strokes to fill the need of today's design engineers. 
  • Actuator - precision machined components, self lubricating
  • Guiding Mechanism - guide rods are piloted into the tooling plate to provide more rigidity and eas of disassembly
  • Tooling Plate - thick anodized aluminum
  • Magnetic Piston Sensing - included as standard
  • Rebuildable - all LC series cylinders are field rebuildable
Cognex Upgrade Offer:
NEW promotional offer for the DataMan 8600 handheld barcode reader
  • Existing DataMan 8600 customers can upgrade their units to include PowerGrid and Auto-Tune functionality at no charge.
  • DM8600 Lab Kits are available for end customers (limit one per customer)
  • Customers who have a DM8500 can trade-up to a DM8600 for $995.
Take advantage of the upgrade offer!
Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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August News - Unique Case Handling Application Highlights
18 August, 2016

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KENOS KVG Series - Gripping Vacuum System
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Cognex logoSurfaceView Technology 
Solving difficult applications by differentiating shape from shading 
SurfaceView, is an algorithm which highlights surface features regardless of whether they are engraved, etched, embossed, dented, punctured, stamped, or raised. Once contrast is created in the image, Cognex's industry leading vision tools (OCRMax, PatMax RedLine, Blobs, InspectEdge, etc.) can easily inspect the part.
SurfaceVIew utilizes a 4-segment quadrant controlled light and a Cognex IS8000 or IS5705 Series camera.  It uses reflections and shadows from the different angled lights to determine the surface structure.  The Cognex algorithm combines images from different light sources to create the resulting image.
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Dorner FlexMove Technology
Unique case handling application highlights
Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to take a case and flip it 180° within a short distance.  The case was slightly bulky at about 1' x 1' x 10".  The customer wanted a way to positively control the product as it rotated.
Dorner tackled the challenge using a 180mm wide SmartFlex® with FlexMove Technology. The platforms flexibility in the frame of the conveyor enabled it to be twisted over a distance.  Two of these conveyors were used per 90° of rotation.  
One conveyor started as the bottom conveying surface and gradually twisted perpendicular to the new conveying surface.  The other conveyor started perpendicular and gradually twisted to become the bottom conveying surface.
IAI LogoHigh-speed Motorized Vertical Grippers
Multi-positioning with adjustable gripping force

IAI's Vertical grippers are available in two types, including the slider type that comes with a guide to achieve excellent rigidity, and the lever type whose levers open by 180 degrees for easy gripping of the work part.
Up to 512 positioning points supported via servo control, and the force with which to grip the work part is adjustable. This makes it possible to adjust the finger opening/closing width and grip easy-to-deform work parts.
  • Slider and Lever Type Grippers
  • Adjustable Gripping Force
  • Highly Rigid, Accurate Guide and Driving parts
  • Ultra-compact Slider Type
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Piab Acquires Kenos and Grips a New Market
Piab has acquired Italian-based Kenos, a leading company in the market of large area vacuum grippers. This acquisition enables Piab to enter the large area vacuum gripper market at full speed. 
Kenos designs and manufactures gripping systems used in various applications e.g. packaging, wood, food etc. Piab and Kenos have complementary product offerings and the combination will enable accelerated growth through cross-selling. Both companies are recognized for a leading technology platform and are well known for innovation as well as strong brand and high quality products.

Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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July News from Clayton Controls
20 July, 2016


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Innovative vacuum generators with fully integrated controls for smart manufacturing
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Numatics Logo503 Zoned Safety Manifold 
Valve manifold series with zoned safety capabilities 
Asco's Numatics 503 series valve manifold is designed to help the design engineer satisfy the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and comply with ISO 13849-1 while eliminating the components and complexity found in discrete safety circuits. 
The zoned safety concept is an integrated approach to machine safety and control that greatly simplifies the design of a redundant pneumatic safety circuit with a manifold system. The manifold can create up to three independent electro-pneumatic safety zones, while also allowing independent non-safe sections to co-exist within one manifold assembly. The manifold can be configured to shut down air and power only to the group of valves that controls the machine's motion in the operator's vicinity.
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Tolomatic MXB-S Linear Belt Drive Actuator
Designed for harsh environments
Tolomatic's family of MXB electric belt-drive actuators includes a new solid bearing load-carrying design ideal for harsh environments. The trapezoidal solid bearing provides a rigid, long-lasting bearing system capable of operating in environments that roller bearings would not be able to withstand.
With loads up to 520 lbs. (235 kg), speeds up to 100 in/sec (2.54 m/sec) and strokes up to 230 in (5.8 m), the MXB-S belt-drive actuator is an economical solution for light- to moderate-loading applications requiring high duty cycle and high speeds over long strokes. The MXB-S actuator can withstand light washdown.  The MXB-S is available in six body sizes with in-line motor mounts as well as reverse parallel mounts with 3:1 timing belt reductions.
MR-J4-TM Multi-Network Servo with EtherNet/IP™
Leverages ease of use of EtherNet/IP

The MR-J4-TM multi-network servo with EtherNet/IP amplifier and compatible motors is not your average servo solution. The MR-J4-TM leverages the high fidelity response of the flagship MR-J4 product line, with ease of use, and solution integration of EtherNet/IP. The MR-J4-TM is packed with advanced features to reduce maintenance requirements, improve machine speed and performance, and increase product quality.
EtherNet/IP provides excellent compatibility with ControlLogix® and CompactLogix™ controllers, and easy system integration. Familiar programming with Add-On Instructions (AOIs).  Programming in Studio 5000 Logix Designer® is easy using AOIs that mimic native motion instructions for a seamless and intuitive transition.
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Optional Added Features Offer Optimal Vacuum
piCOMPACT®23 now available with a range of unique and patented added features
Improved and intelligent blow-off functions, a split unit design, and a self-adhesion control feature are a few of the new added extras on offer in Piab's premium piCOMPACT®23 vacuum generator platform. This impressive range of proprietary and patented added features, which also includes IO-Link communication, has the potential to provide optimal vacuum generation for every application.
The compact, all-in-one ejector platform is stackable; up to four units can share the same manifold and pneumatic connections, such as a common feed pressure and exhaust. The option to utilize a split unit design and separate the ejector from the control unit offers added flexibility, particularly where space is limited or for minimizing the weight carried by robot arms.

Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
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Latest News from Clayton Controls
30 June, 2016

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Servo Press has superior loading accuracy
Servo Press has superior loading accuracy
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Numatics LogoCC-Link IE Field 
Numatics G3 nodes for CC-Link IE Field 

CC-Link IE Field™  is an open standard 1 Gbps Ethernet Manufacturing network that enables seamless data communication from the plant-level enterprise network to the production floor network. 

Numatics' G3 nodes for CC-Link IE Field  have an integrated graphic display and are capable of addressing combinations of up to 1200 outputs and 1200 inputs. CC-Link IE Field™ is based on 1 Gbps Ethernet standards and complements them with specific protocols and mechanisms to achieve real time performance.
New HPG with Helical Gearing
Delivers high-torque and high-accuracy in a compact package
The HPG-R Helical Harmonic Planetary® gearhead delivers High-Torque and High-Accuracy in a compact package. The Helical gear design combines quiet operation with higher torque when compared to the standard HPG Series. 
The gearhead incorporates continuous backlash compensation that ensures low backlash throughout the life of the gear. A large Cross Roller bearing serves as the output flange and can directly support large loads with high moment stiffness. HPG planetary gears are available with a flange output, smooth output shaft or a shaft with a key and tapped center hole.
IAI LogoRCS3 ROBO Cylinder with Load Cell
Servo press compatible

The RCS3 is a compact and low-thrust rod type actuator 
that can even be used for simple pressing. The high-precision position control enables easy adjustment of the push force and the position control.
The servo press specification has been expanded. With a load cell equipped as a standard feature, precision push force control is now possible, which is typically difficult for oil-hydraulic equipment.
RCS3 side-mounted motor rod types have been added, allowing you to select from a 200N to 50000N range. The development of a large variety of models allows you to pick models that suit your applications.  High-precision loading repeatability of ±0.5% is possible using the feedback data from the dedicated load cell installed in the actuator.
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New Stainless Steel Photoelectric Family
Designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions
The PD30ET stainless steel sensors are built with high-quality materials and designed for harsh environments. They are designed for use in environments where high-pressure cleaning, cleaning agents and disinfectants are used on a daily basis. 
The strong stainless steel (AISI316L) together with high-quality plastic materials and PES sealings of FKM ensure a safe and excellent mechanical resistance. The compact sensor design is ideally suited to confined spaces.

Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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Come see the Mitsubishi Solutions in Motion Showroom
23 May, 2016

You're Invited 
Tuesday May 24th, 2016
10:00am - 2:00pm 

Inspect Your Wine Bottles for Defects with Cognex Vision
20 April, 2016


Inspect any product, guide any automation, and identify any part—Cognex machine vision does it all. Your company can benefit from Cognex machine vision and industrial ID solutions. Learn more about how we can help you optimize quality and drive down costs.



About Us


Since 1967 Clayton Controls has been committed to the successful integration and completion of our customer's automated systems.  We are focused on building relationships, gaining a thorough understanding of our customers' business and delivering solutions that increase our customers' long-term success.

We are dedicated to delivering solutions that increase productivity while reducing material and transaction costs; and our people make that possible through:

  • The industry's most extensive product offering;
  • Highly skilled team of professionals;
  • Experienced customer service personnel. 

Our Team has the knowledge and experience to provide solutions for applications ranging from simple mechanical components to complex machine and motion controls.

Our complete line of components and systems for factory automation are carefully selected from the industry's leading manufacturers. And because we understand the urgency of having the right products the right time, we maintain an extensive product inventory to assure quick deliveries and installation.

When our customers need our expertise, we're prepared to provide the solution. From pneumatic and electronic, to vacuum and electro-mechanical, our product lines satisfy virtually any set of automation requirements.

The Best Automation Technologies of 2015
17 December, 2015

Filter regulators, pacing converyors, shaft encorders, robots and more! Check out the best automation technologies of 2015. Visit our website for more information!


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The Best Automation Technologies of 2015
Holiday Schedule   
Clayton Controls 
will be closed 
for the Holidays 
December 24th, 25th 
& January 1st

Happy Holidays!

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Numatics NEW 652 Series FRL
Modular, easy to assemble air preparation
Numatics NEW 652 Series Filter-Regulator-Lubricator (FRL) features the highest in-class flows and the widest high- and low-temperature ratings in the industry - making it ideal for a broad range of applications.
These modular FRL products have robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount and position. 
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Dorner logoSmartPace Dynamic Pacing Conveyors
Product pacing for package machine infeed
The SmartPace conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. 
Randomly spaced parts enter the conveyor and a photoeye detects product spacing. The conveyor's servo motor control automatically varies the conveyor speed and conveyor junction placement to generate an evenly spaced part.
The World's Most Flexible Hollow Shaft Encoder
Rugged, accurate and programmable - an industry first
The HS35 hollow shaft encoder is ideally suited to motor feedback and speed measurement. The HS35 can be matched to virtually any standard imperial or metric shaft size from 3/8" up to 1", and includes shaft isolation.
Programmable resolution and changeable shaft inserts mean that whatever your need, we have it on the shelf. 
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5 Megapixel Vision Systems 
The most advanced family of 5 megapixel vision systems in the world
World's fastest stand-alone 5MP vision system, the In-Sight 5705 with PatMax RedLine typically performs four to seven times faster than with PatMax.
World's smallest stand-alone 5MP vision system, the In-Sight 8405 is an ultra-compact 5MP (megapixel) vision system that is a perfect option for integrating into small spaces. 
World's only stand-alone 5MP color vision system, the In-Sight 5705C True Color Filtering and easy-to-use Color ID and Color Extraction tools make color inspections easier than ever
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CT4 High Speed Cartesian Robot 
With added Grip-and-Turn functionality
The CT4 high-speed Cartesian Robot shortens assembly/inspection cycle times by operating at high speed, ensuring high rigidity and demonstrating excellent straight moving performance. 

The CT4 is now equipped with a variation of Pick Rotate specification which provides a grip-and-turn function. The grip-and-turn function, for light work pieces, allows efficient handling of materials and shapes which are difficult to grip by vacuum.
Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, 
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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You're Invited to Clayton Controls Automation Fair!
19 October, 2015

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You're Invited:

Monday, November 9, 2015

10:00am to 2:00pm


Location: Fremont, CA


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This Free event gives you the opportunity to see the latest in automation technologies first hand as they are on display and demonstrated by our event sponsors. 

  • 12 Exhibitors Presenting the Latest in Automation Technologies
  • Application Engineers available for Consultation
  • New Product Introductions  
  • Meet Face-to-face with Leaders in Automation   
  • Prizes & Drawings  
  • Food catered by Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ


The 63-foot long Solutions in Motion showroom allows you to see first-hand what unifies all of the Mitsubishi Electric Automation disciplines into a one-of-a-kind solution!

Interactive demonstration pods in the Solutions Gallery with 32-inch high-definition video monitors display Mitsubishi Electric PLC products, servos, VFDs, HMIs and networks in a wide range of manufacturing applications.

Take a virtual tour



Mitsubishi Headquarters

48511 Warm Springs Blvd.

Suite 209

Fremont, CA

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We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend as well.



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Great Prizes and drawings throughout the day.


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Learn how to improve product quality and lower production costs!
27 August, 2015

Machine Vision Workshop Sept. 10th, 2015 - Fremont, CA

Bring your parts and discuss your application with one of our Vision Specialists at this hands-on workshop.


In-Sight Explorer is Cognex's powerfully and fully integrated vision sensor software. The In-Sight software allows you to Connect, Configure, Emulate, Operate, Maintain, and Expand all from an integrated user environment.


The In-Sight Explorer software also includes an EasyBuilder® environment.. The EasyBuilder software interface offers everything required to easily set up reliable applications. With no programming needed, applications are deployed quickly.



Thursday September 10, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM PDT



Courtyard by Marriott Fremont

47000 Lakeview Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


This class is free to attend, and lunch is provided. Sign up today!

For more info email:

Briana Hayes

Clayton Controls

714-556-9446 x316

See What's New with Clayton Controls
23 June, 2015

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Firestone Industrial Products - Airstroke Actuators

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iQ-F Series - a brand new compact controller built upon the legacy of the FX Family
iQ-F Series - a brand new compact controller built upon the legacy of the FX Family
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Dorner Application Solution

Tray filling with retractable tail conveyor


Recently a customer was looking to improve the efficiency of their food production line.  The product was coming down a conveyor and needed to be placed onto trays which would the go in an oven for baking.


Dorner engineered a retractable tail conveyor to speed up the process by placing the products straight onto trays.  


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Cognex logoDataMan 360 Barcode Readers    

Versatile, high performance barcode readers for all applications


Cognex ID Products is pleased to announce the DataMan® 360 Series, a High-Performance Fixed Mount ID Reader, the next generation of the DataMan 300 series delivering unprecedented functionality to increase throughput and drive down costs.


The DataMan 300 series includes intelligent image buffering to provide performance feedback that is critical to fixing process issues and increased image storage. The DataMan 360 also offers a 360 degree visual read indicator and a Micro SD card for system-level backup and convenient unit restoration or replacement.


1DMax® with Hotbars II™ technology decodes damaged or poorly printed 1-D barcodes as small as 0.8 pixels per module (PPM). 2DMax® provides reliable 2-D code reading despite code quality, printing method or the surface that the codes are marked on, and with patent-pending PowerGrid™ technology, can locate and read 2-D codes that exhibit significant damage to or complete elimination of the finder pattern, clocking pattern, or quiet zone.


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IAI LogoROBO Cylinder Rotary Type Actuators
Cleanroom and dust-proof/splash-proof type


Cleanroom type class 10, and Dust-proof IP54 type rotary actuators have been added to the ROBO Cylinder line.  These rotary actuators feature speed and acceleration control for smooth starting and stopping.  512 points available for multi-positioning applications.  Available in both vertical and flat types the RCP2 ROBO Cylinder Rotary Actuators come in 3 sizes to fit your application.


With the new versions we now have a solution whether you working in a class 10 cleanroom or a dusty, dirty working environment.


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Numatics LogoNumatics Offers 2-Day Shipping on ISO Cylinders

Get 449, 450 & 453 Series ISO cylinders shipped in just 2-days! 


Numatics 449, 450 and 453 Series ISO cylinders are now available for 2-day delivery through its Numatics Express quick-shipment program.


This 48-hour shipping is a dramatic improvement over competitors' 10-day delivery times for comparable ISO products.  This rapid delivery will help our customers reduce asset downtime and will provide OEM customers with additional time and flexibility for design changes.

The short-stroke 449 Series cylinder is ideal for compact automation applications. The 450 Series is a robust tie rod design made for heavy-duty applications. The 453 Series is a profile tube design that is optimal for packaging and clean aesthetic requirements. All three of these new cylinders are perfect fits for the material handling, food and beverage, automotive and packaging industries

27 May, 2015

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Cognex PatMax RedLine™ reinvents the industry-leading PatMax® pattern-matching technology

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Cognex logoDataMan 150/260 Fixed Mount Readers    

Next Evolution in the DataMan Family


The DataMan 150/260 readers feature Cognex's best-in-class algorithms, 2DMax with PowerGrid™ and 1DMax with HotBars II™.


The DataMan 150/260 readers are fully configurable to meet the demand of ID applications today.

The DataMan 150 can be configured as a RS-232 or USB device, while the DataMan 260 is an Ethernet based reader. Each can be configured as a straight through or right angle device, and have various lighting and lensing options, including band pass and polarization filters.


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GOT2000 Graphical Operator Terminal

Your window to better production control


This new generation of operator interface products offers advanced features such as an intuitive gesture touch interface and a multitude of communications options including a wireless LAN interface. Other GOT2000 features include an SD card interface, expansion slots for optional communication, dual processors, and multi-touch control.


A range of screen sizes and levels of performance is available. 

  • High-speed processing even during high-load processing
  • Increased memory capacity
  • Easy operation with multi-touch gestures
  • Crisp display with outline fonts and PNG images


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iQ Works Software Suite - Designed to Make Your Work Easier
25 November, 2014

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Holiday Schedule


Clayton Controls will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on 11/27 & 11/28



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iQ Works Software Suite 

Designed to make your work easier


MELSOFT iQ Works is a project management software solution that integrates the various programming and design software's for Mitsubishi Electric's programmable controllers, motion controllers and GOT's. The result is one seamless engineering environment.


The iQ Works suite contains four different core software packages that serves as the system configuration software and launching pad for programming, configuring and debugging all of your automation solutions. 


With iQ Works, users are able to graphically assemble their networks, controllers, special function modules, and I/O for sequence control, along with their motion controller modules and HMIs graphical interface terminals. This level of integration drastically shortens development and implementation times.


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SmartReflect: more added value for the beverage industry
05 November, 2014

Baumer also implemented the successful SmartReflect technology in their next-generation sensors 0300 and 0500 to detect all types of beverage packaging. This combination ensures measurable added value by reduced operating costs and maximum process reliability.

Baumer's SmartReflect is the first light barrier that works without a reflector. The light beam is closed via a random part of the machine. The sensor switches when an object is physically interrupting the light beam. Forgoing a reflector eliminates effort and costs entailed by reflector installation, commissioning, adjustment and cleaning which would otherwise be necessary. The sensor therefore is perfectly suited for applications in the filling and packaging process.


Win Great Prizes at the Clayton Controls Automation Fair
07 October, 2014

Clayton Controls



Register Today!

Automation Fair


This FREE event is an open forum.  Come for an hour or stay for all four!

Thursday, October 9th

Fremont, CA


11:00am to 3:00pm


 Bring your business cards and enter to 

win our Great Prizes!

Gift cards drawings throughout the day


Grand Prize iPad Mini


Winners do NOT need to be present to win



October 9, 2014

Mitsubishi Northern California HQ 

48531 Warm Springs Blvd.

Suite 209
Fremont, CA


Event Sponsors




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See the latest in automation technologies
first hand. 


Invite a Co-worker. 


Application Engineers available for Consultation


New Product Introduction


Meet Face-to-face with Leaders in Automation


Catered Lunch Provided



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Clayton Controls adds Mitsubishi Electric to Automation Solutions
05 September, 2014

Clayton Controls is pleased to announce the addition of Mitsubishi Electric Automation to our solutions offering!


Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., is part of a $40 billion global company serving a wide variety of industrial markets with a family of automation products including programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, operator interfaces, motion control systems, servo amplifiers and motors.


learn more about Mitsubishi automation solutions

Clayton Controls Food and Beverage Industry Guide
20 August, 2014

Clayton Controls’ wide array of machine vision and ID products provide the food and beverage industries with reliable inspection and traceability solutions. Products, combined with extensive application expertise, enable manufacturing engineers to meet tough packaging, safety and quality goals. Our Cognex industry guide reflects our experience in bottling, packaging flexibility, food safety, productivity and quality control.

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Clayton Controls Presents DataMan 8050X handheld barcode readers with 2DMax+
30 July, 2014

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Helping Customers Design & Implement Solutions 



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The new stepper motor-based robot utilizes technology from the PowerCON 150 controller for high performance at a lower cost.



Cognex logoDataMan 8050X with 2DMax+

Designed to decode challenging 2D Direct Part Mark codes


DataMan 8050X handheld barcode readers with 2DMax+ is designed to decode challenging 2D Direct Part Mark codes with near/far integrated LED illumination.


Though Data Matrix codes have built-in error correction, "no-reads" can still occur when codes are incomplete. 2DMax+ barcode software can read Data Matrix codes even when critical elements of the codes are missing. 2DMax+ can also locate and decode Data Matrix codes that are overexposed or underexposed, without requiring multiple retries. This improves throughput, speed and overall reliability.

  • Corded and wireless options
  • Integrated liquid lens technology for maximum application flexibility and depth-of-field
  • Modular communications support RS-232/USB, Industrial Ethernet and wireless
  • Rugged ergonomic design for the demanding factory floor environment

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CTC LogoEtherCAT Applications Guide    

The most advanced open protocol for Servo Control and remote I/O


Learn more about the use and capabilities of EtherCAT, the widely-adopted open networking protocol for motion control and I/O. This informative guide provides detailed programming examples for many of the advanced capabilities possible using EtherCAT.


With sections covering the configuration and capabilities of the following compatible vendors:

  • ABB
  • Advanced Motion Controls
  • Copley (Accelnet)
  • Emerson (Control Techniques)
  • IAI
  • Kollmorgen
  • Sanyo Denki
  • SMC Corporation
  • Turck
  • Yaskawa

download application guide 


Piab logoImproved Design on Bag Lip for piGrip Suction Cups

Better gripping performance ensures higher productivity


Piab introduces the next generation of piGRIP® bag lips, known as "BGI". These lips include an internal retainer piece as well as three additional diameter sizes. The bag lips are ideal for handling different types of bag materials, especially hard-to-handle thin bag material, such as plastic film. The six diameter sizes now at 25, 34, 41, 48, 63 & 80 mm provides a larger range of sizes for choosing the exact cup for the handling application.  


The range of diameter sizes now allows for very small and/or oblong narrow flexible packages (fast-food ketchup packs) to be handled by the smallest 25 mm size. The largest size, 80 mm, addresses the need for handling heavy bags or sacks such as animal feed sacks.


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Accelnet Plus Panel EtherCAT

Digital servo drive for brushless/brush motors


Accelnet EtherCAT is a high-performance, DC powered drive for position, velocity, and torque control of brushless and brush motors via EtherCAT, an Ethernet-based fieldbus. Drive commissioning is fast and simple using CME 2™ software operating under Windows® and communicating with Accelnet EtherCAT via RS-232.


Accelnet operates as an EtherCAT slave using the CAN application layer over EtherCAT (CoE) protocol of DSP-402 for motion control devices. Supported modes include: Profile Position-Velocity-Torque, Cyclic Synchronous Position-Velocity-Torque, Interpolated Position Mode (PVT), and Homing.


Control Modes

  • Indexer, Point-to-Point, PVT
  • Camming, Gearing 
  • Position, Velocity, Torque


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* Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region,
    but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information 


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Cognex In-Sight EasyBuilder and Spreadsheet 4-Day Training
11 July, 2014

Clayton Controls

Helping Customers Design & Implement Solutions 



Cognex In-Sight EasyBuilder and Spreadsheet 4-Day Training  


August 5 - 8, 2014

Hayward, CA




This 4-day class prepares students for programming and implementing a Cognex In-Sight vision system using the EasyBuilder interface and the Spreadsheet programming environments.


The class features both EasyBuilder and Spreadsheet applications and an introduction to round trip application development.

  • Hardware and Connections
  • Software Overview and Image Acquisition
  • Pattern Matching and Logic
  • Histogram and Edges
  • Blobs and Image Filters
  • Calibration
  • Digital I/O
  • Communication
  • GUI Building
  • Maintenance and Deployment
  • Lighting and Optics 

Training Session Information


Begins: 8-5-2014 8:30AM

Ends: 8-8-2014 3:00PM

Cost: $1,295.00



Register or call Briana at 800-341-4445 


Fluid Automation Solutions for Food & Beverage
23 June, 2014

Unsurpassed performance and service life in Food and beverage processing plants worldwide

Numatics fluid power products have been on the job in food and beverage applications for more than 100 years. Today, Numatics provides superior fluid automation solutions for engineers, purchasers, and managers at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), skid and panel builders, engineering houses, and leading food and beverage plants worldwide.

  • Packaging - from filling, capping, labeling, and shrink wrapping to case erecting and palletizing

3D Sensors and Vision Technology Seminar - June 26th
19 June, 2014

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Technology Applications - 3D Sensors and Vision for Machine Applications    





Thursday, June 26, 2014

8:30am - 12:00pm

Owens Design, Fremont, CA



  • How would someone implement a 3-D sensor or camera? 
  • How would that help machine operation? 
  • What would be the application and benefit of using 3-D cameras to sort and grade key dimensions of parts? 


To get answers to these questions and more, please join us  for our seminar that will focus on 3D technology and solutions.


In our 3-dimensional world, we view every object with a set of dimensions (length, width and height) which help us assess general property about the object. This physical information helps us determine how we can package, stack, assemble and sort objects effectively and efficiently. 


During this half-day seminar, we will have two experts to speak on how 3-D cameras and sensors can benefit us in a production environment that has needs to package, stack, assemble and sort and verify.


Seminar Agenda


Introduction to 3D sensor technology


  • 3D data aquisition
  • Programming 3D sensors
  • 3D sensor applications


System Demonstration
(hardware and software)


3D vision implementation for machines




Mike Snow, LMI Business Development
has promoted laser profile
measurement technology for 22 years.


Chi Ho, LMI Product Group Manager,

responsible for guiding new product strategy
and working with strategic partners to
develop new market opportunities.


Farhan Mahbub, Clayton Controls
Applications Engineer, 
with 13 years
experience with 2D vision and 1D/3D laser
measurement and inspection technology.

Who should attend?


  • Engineering Management
  • Vision Specialists
  • Application Engineers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Software and Control Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Program Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Manufacturing Engineers


Time:    8:30AM to 9:00AM  

Complimentary Continental Breakfast and facility tour

 9:00AM to 12:00PM 



Place:  Owens Design Inc. 

47427 Fremont Blvd. 

Fremont, CA 94538  


This seminar is complimentary
to our customers and guests

 - RSVP today!



Event Co-hosts:

       Owens design                



Servo Pneumatic Positioning System
03 June, 2014

Clayton Controls

Servo-Pneumatic Systems

Infinitely variable control of pneumatic devices and pressure

Enfield Technologies has been providing advanced automation control solutions with their patented servo-pneumatic systems providing infinitely variable control of pneumatic devices such as air cylinders and pressure vessels. 

Position - Position control systems with infinite control-ability across a full actuator stroke and can smoothly follow a continuously changing position command. 

Pressure - Enfield's pressure control systems deliver superior static and dynamic performance pressure regulation.

Flow - With response times less than 3ms, the Enfield valves deliver smooth metering of the air or inert gas without pulsing. 

Force - Force control systems are exceptionally flexible, handling fragile and sensitive components with a compliant, human-like touch. They can also be configured for rigidity to provide pressing and holding forces more like hydraulics, but without the mess.

more information 

Clippard SCPV Stepper Controlled Proportional Valves
06 May, 2014

SCPV High Flow Proportional Valves

SCPV ValvesAnywhere there is a needle valve that is controlling the flow of gas, can now be remotely located, automated, monitored and automatically adjusted to meet whatever demand you have in your application.

The SCPV incorporates the industry’s most robust and powerful stepper powered linear actuator.  This actuator is used to control Clippard’s proven needle valve technology.   Imagine the control of a needle valve with an ultrafine thread.  It is smooth, proportional, accurate, and stays in the position you leave it. Now, couple that with a stepper motor that gives you precision, speed, and is ultimately automated with any bipolar chopper drive you wish to use.


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