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Message From The Editor

Message From The Editor

Efficient Management is essential to all forms of business management, and digitization is rapidly improving business models and facility operations. John Boville from Schneider Electric continues with his investigation of IIoT on Asset Performance and how digitization is changing the way facilities operate. With the continued focus on digitization cyber security becomes key to operations, CSA Group has addressed this rising concern. And look to our industry Input Survey Results for where Control and Automation products are most commonly being purchased. Don't forget to follow our social media channels to get the most up-to-date industry news daily.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

  • ABB's John Sencich is Retiring, Eric Deschenes Named as his Successor
    John Sencich will be retiring on February 23, 2018. John has been an esteemed member of Thomas & Betts/ABB for many years, and ABB remains certain customers have all had valuable business partnerships with him in this time…

  • Rittal Canada Welcomes Franklin Empire and Eddy Group as New Distributors
    With a rich family history dating back to the 1940's and an extensive distribution network in Ontario and Quebec, Franklin Empire Inc. is proud to be the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada, also renowned for its manufacturing automation systems...

  • Clearford Water Systems Announces the Acquisition of Koester Canada & Team Aquatic
    Clearford Water Systems Inc. has announced the acquisition of Koester Canada Inc., an Ontario-based subsidiary of Koester Associates, Inc., a water and wastewater solutions and equipment supplier servicing the States of New York and New Jersey…

  • Rockwell Automation Acquires Odos Imaging for Sensing and Safety Applications
    Rockwell Automation, Inc. has acquired Odos Imaging, a Scottish technology company that provides three-dimensional, time-of-flight sensing systems for industrial imaging applications. Rockwell Automation will apply this technology to sensing products to deliver solutions to a broad range of demanding industrial applications...

  • Reko International Group Announces New Director of Automation Division
    Reko International Group Inc. has announced that Mark Read has joined Reko's executive team as Director of the Automation Division. He is replacing Rick Stone, who is retiring after almost 29 years of service. Mark has 31 years of experience in the Automation Industry including senior positions at ATS Automation in the Automotive, Life Science and Energy sectors...

  • ABB and HPE Bring Intelligence to Industrial Plants
    ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced a strategic global partnership that combines ABB's industry-leading digital offerings, ABB AbilityTM, with HPE's innovative hybrid information technology (IT) solutions. The partnership will provide customers with solutions that generate actionable insights from vast amounts of industrial data to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their operations and create competitive advantage...

Aztec Aztec Electrical Supply has just launched its new FACTORY AUTOMATION HANDBOOK. Its Canada's first fully e-commerce enabled functional catalogue and allows easy ordering, easy referencing and searching on any computer, tablet or mobile device. Read More

Industry News

  • Schneider Electric Achieves Industry-First ISASecure Level Two Security Development Lifecycle Assurance Certification
    Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced that its Calgary, Alberta and Lake Forest, California process automation product development centers have been certified by exida, a globally recognized ISO 17065 certification body...

  • 5 Canadian Universities Make top 100 list for Automation and Control on the Academic Ranking of World Universities
    In an increasingly automated world the importance of advanced training for the next generation is ever prevalent. Universities are focusing more time and funds into their Electrical Engineering Departments and more classes focused on advanced technologies for Control and Automation...

  • Emerson Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Rockwell Automation
    Emerson has announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Rockwell Automation for $225 per share. The Rockwell Board of Directors had rejected the latest offer made by Emerson…

  • Automation Becoming More Prevalent in Mining
    Mining companies are starting to transform how they operate, namely by embracing automation in underground work, according to a senior executive at Barrick Gold. The wear and tear on the componentry is significantly less," she said of the use of automated equipment underground...

  • Ridgetech Automation Recognized as Member of Waterloo Region's Autotech Ecosystem
    RidgeTech Automation Inc. has been recognized as a member of the Manufacturing Automation Category of Waterloo Region's AutoTech Ecosystem. WaterlooEDC (Waterloo Economic Development Corporation) produced the AutoTech Ecosystem Infographic to illustrate the level of innovation in the automotive industry that exists in the Waterloo Region...

  • ABB Named Global Leader in SCADA Systems for the Power Sector
    ABB has been named as the global market leader in SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems for the power transmission and distribution sector by ARC Advisory Group, a leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, in its newly released report titled "SCADA Systems for the Electric Power Industry Market Analysis, 2016-2021."...

  • Cyberattacks Pose Threat to Canada's Automated Resource Firms
    The thought of a multi-tonne piece of equipment running amok or shutting down at a critical time in the resource gathering process is a nightmare scenario for chief information and security officers in the oilpatch and other resource-rich regions of Canada. Cybercriminals are betting the company whose gear no longer obeys instructions would be willing to pay dearly to avoid such a situation...

  • ABB Wins EFC Marketing Award
    ABB Canada has received an EFC (Electro-Federation Canada) Marketing Award, which celebrates the inauguration of ABB Canada's new corporate headquarters, Campus Montreal and its state-of-the-art immersive digital environment, Customer Innovation Center…

  • Internetization: A New Word for Our Global Economy
    The word globalization has lost its relevance and lustre with the emergence of the new global economy of the 21st century. In fact, it's become an anachronism. Its deficiency is that it's not a new concept which creates nuances of confusion…

  • General Motors Proposes Renewable Energy Project at St. Catharines Propulsion Plant
    General Motors of Canada is proposing to build a 6.4 megawatt co-generation plant that will use renewable landfill gas as fuel to generate electricity and recover thermal energy to power and heat its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant...

  • Getting Electro-Medical Devices to North America
    As a leader in the purchase and use of medical devices, North America represents a very profitable entry market for global electro-medical device manufacturers. A 2016 Lucintel report even states that North America will likely remain the largest market due to its aging population and stringent healthcare regulations. But these complex regulatory frameworks, along with social, political, and economic factors can make it difficult to understand product acceptance requirements.

Introducing RiCS: The new Rittal Configuration System
Rittal The new dimension in simple configuration

The Rittal Configuration System is a new, user-friendly tool for configuration of Rittal's product line, and is initially available for the small... Read More

Market Feature

How the IIoT Is Delivering on Asset Performance Management, Part 2

By John Boville
Part 1 of this 4-part series introduced ways in which increasing digitization might improve plant operations. Here in Part 2: how IIoT can improve the productivity of reactive, preventive, predictive and proactive maintenance. Reactive maintenance, in which things aren't fixed until they break, is probably the most widely applied maintenance strategy. According to ARC, this is especially true for non-critical assets in which the overall impact of failure is minimal. While reactive maintenance does not add costs in the short term, it can potentially contribute to higher lifetime costs, including the cost of diagnosing, fixing, testing.” Read More

White Paper

Why Robust Industrial Control System Security is Essential to Your Business

By CSA Group
Automation is the name of the game for today's manufacturers and operators of critical infrastructure. The global market for industrial control and factory automation is expected to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4 percent between 2017 and 2023, from its current value of USD 145 billion. Powering this growth is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which allows operators to connect a multitude of individual devices and control systems through wireless networks. Read More


Peers & Profiles

Digging Deep with Redpath Mining

By Owen Hurst
The Redpath Group of mining contractors and engineers, was established by Jim Redpath in 1962, and has since grown into one of the leading mine contractors worldwide. Headquartered in North Bay, Ontario, the Group includes Redpath Raiseboring Limited that provides raisedrill design, manufacturing and contracting expertise to its global customers. In order to fulfill today's brisk orders for raise drills, streamlined production is paramount, and Redpath and its devoted employees are up to the task. Read More

Looking Back

Early Use of SCADA

By Owen Hurst
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology is nothing new to automation and control experts, who are accustomed to implementing the system using modern technology, but it wasn't always so. Early integrators faced a variety of challenges, most prominent among them the lack of computing power, particularly with mobile equipment (laptops, tablets, smartphones) that wasn't yet available in the late 80's and early 90's. Read More

Industry Input Survey

Industry Input Survey: Concerns over NAFTA

Survey results in the next issue along with a new question

There continues to be uncertainty surrounding NAFTA and the impact renegotiations may have on the industry. How concerned are you for your current business model and purchasing decisions.

1) Not Concerned at all
2) Somewhat Concerned
3) Concerned
4) Extremely Concerned

Industry Input Survey Results

From the Last Issue: Where do you most commonly source products?

Panel Builder & Systems Integrator received 218 responses to our first ever industry input survey. Of those responses 27% identified that they purchase their products from Brick and Mortar Full-Line Electrical Distributors. The number is not shocking as these establishments dominate the market. However it is interesting that 23% purchase online from Full-Line Electrical Distributors, and if we add the fact that 17% purchase from online Control and Automation Distributors, of the 218 respondents 40% are purchasing their products online. Read More

Product News

Harting Edge Computing System MICA Integrates Wireless Sensors

HARTING`s compact yet powerful edge computing system MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) now offers wireless functionality. HARTING teamed with Arrow Electronics, a member of the, to develop the MICA Wireless Sensor Networks solution that adds wireless communications to the machine-monitoring system. Read More

Wöhner Crossboard

The new Wöhner CrossBoard is the modular system solution with which safe power distribution up to 125A can be quickly and easily realised, especially in machine and plant engineering. The CrossBoard is available in a width of 225mm and 405mm. Both can be combined with each other or with other Wöhner systems, such as the 60Classic or 30Compact busbar system. Read More

B&R Integrated Machine Vision

Machine vision is playing an increasingly important role in modern manufacturing. Self-optimizing production processes, for example, rely on real-time feedback from imaging-based inspection. So far, however, even the most advanced machine vision systems have been impaired by inadequate integration into the control system at large. Read More

Wieland Switched-mode Power Supply WIPOS PS1

Wieland's wipos PS1 switched-mode power supply, nominal voltage: 24 V DC / 1,25 A (setting range 21,6-27,6 V DC), sustained short-circuit protection, input voltage range: 85-264 V AC / 90-350V DC, single phase, W x H x D: 32 × 90 × 90 mm. Read More

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