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Western Reserve controls is a leading provider of Automation Electronics. WRC designs, develops and manufactures standard, semi-custom, and full-custom electronic product solutions for automation

WRC’s products are all made in the USA and have proven quality with the best value in the industry; in our 25th year, we are now serving 20 countries internationally. WRC has many products in stock, while others have short lead times and our engineers and technicians are available to update a part for your needs or create a custom solution for your project.

Western Reserve Controls combines concept, design and layout, prototyping, production, sub-system assembly and certification in order to deliver the solutions you are seeking.  WRC will work with you to design the solutions needed for your projects. Firmware, prototype, printed circuit board layout, software and production, with over 400 current items in our catalog.


Industrial Networking – Gateways and I/O subsystems

  • CAN bus protocols – DeviceNet™ ODVA vendor 9
    • J1939 and CANopen as a custom order
  • Ethernet – EtherNet/IP™ (ODVA vendor #9)
    • Modbus/TCP and OPC UA-custom order
  • ModBus
  • Allen-Bradley Remote I/O link (blue hose)
  • Optomux and Pamux

CAN-Bus Extenders

  • Supports all CAN application protocols – DeviceNet, CANopen, J1939 and others
  • Copper and fiber (multi & single-mode versions)

Intrinsic Safety

  • CAN bus barrier
  • IS I2C sensor nodes

Discrete I/O and Solid-State Relays

  • Industrially hardened input/output circuits
  • Filtering and isolation
  • Specialized Rockwell series 1492-compatible mounting boards for Rockwell rack-mounted I/O modules

Analog Signal Conditioning

  • Analog I/O circuits and sensor inputs
    • mA, mV, and V
    • RTD, T/C
    • Potentiometers
    • Strain gage
  • Filtering and isolation

Specialized Mounting Boards Rockwell Automation / Allen-Bradley Cabling and Boards

  • Interface to multiple DIO PLC cards

Networked I/O Subsystems

  • Distributed I/O
  • I/O multiplexing


Custom-Engineered Solutions – Products and Services

  • Customize existing products
  • Full custom to meet your unique requirements
  • Rapid prototype development
  • Industries Served
    • Industrial control and factory automation
    • Commercial automation
    • Aerospace electronics & DO-160 expertise


  • Custom product design, development, manufacturing
  • Continued support throughout project
  • Embedded firmware design
  • Hardware design and layout for manufacturability
  • High-mix, low-volume SMT and through-hole manufacturing facility in Akron OH
  • Custom Electronic packaging
  • Industrial, Automotive, Aerospace
  • Products designed and manufactured in the USA

Company History

Western Reserve Controls was founded in September of 1990 by Jim Barlow and Fred Billock. In 1991, WRC completed the acquisition of the single point, discrete I/O product line from the Allen-Bradley Co. This line is now designed and manufactured in Akron, Ohio in an 11,000 square foot factory.

In December of 1996 and again in 1997, WRC was honored as one of the fastest growing companies in Northeastern Ohio. The “Weatherhead 100 Outstanding Growth Companies” award is given by Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management in association with the regional Enterprise Development Company. In addition, WRC was recognized as an Outstanding Company by the Cascade Development Authority of Summit County.

January 5th, 2000 was proclaimed Western Reserve Controls Day in the City of Akron, by Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic in recognition of the “unique public-private partnership in forming WRC into a leading manufacturer of industrial controls and in recognition of the growth of the company.”

November 2004 – WRC wins the 2004 Greater Akron Business Conference “Top Success Story Award”

November 2010 – Four new products unveiled at the Rockwell Encompass™ Automation Fair in Orlando

September 2011 – WRC and ProSoft Technology –  Strategic Alliance to expand access for WRC’s customers through ProSoft’s global sales, support, and distribution network

November 2011 – WRC and ProSoft Technology Team Up at the Rockwell Automation Fair™


Why WRC is the best supplier

for your Business:

Better Prices (typically 15% < national average)

We have many products in stock with others having short lead times

No Minimum Orders (most products)

Our team of engineers can create a semi-custom or full-custom design to your specifications

Our products conform to UL, CE, CSA, RoHS, and AS9102 standards

Trusted Manufacturer in our 25th year

Dedicated Support and Testing On-Site

Always a human on the other end of the line – no automated answering systems or responses

No worry about being phased out – if you are ordering, we will keep making your products

Legacy Product Line – keep your system running even if the original producer ends production