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Equipment and Solutions for Control and Automation
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Message From The Editor

IoT is Everywhere

IoT has widespread applications for control and automation. In this issue we take a closer look at two ways IoT is changing manufacturing operations and business models. We also look back at the early idea that was system integration and how it has grown into the demanding field it is today. And delve into the Profile responses of Innovative Automation's President Stephen Loftus as he discusses the founding of Innovative Automation and how it has grown to the point of breaking ground on a second facility in Ontario. And do not forget to give your response to our one question Industry Input Survey. Each issue we will share the results and ask a new question.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor
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

Changing Scene

  • Rockwell Automation is Reviewing Revised Unsolicited Proposal from Emerson
    Rockwell Automation Inc.has confirmed that it has received a revised unsolicited proposal from Emerson to acquire Rockwell Automation. As it did with Emerson's prior proposals, consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the Board of Directors of Rockwell Automation will carefully review Emerson's proposal...

  • Siemens Cutting about 6,900 Jobs Worldwide
    Siemens is responding to the rapidly accelerating structural changes in the fossil power generation market and the commodity sector. A consolidation plan for the Power and Gas Division (PG), the Power Generation Services Division (PS) and the Process Industries and Drives Division (PD) aims to increase capacity utilization at production facilities, drive efficiency and enhance expertise by bundling resources...

  • ISA Honours Dick Morley with Scholarship Fund
    The International Society of Automation (ISA) has created a named scholarship fund in honor of Dick Morley, a longtime ISA supporter, founder of Modicon (now part of Schneider Electric) and the initial designer of the first Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) a primary component in modern-day automation. Morley, 84, passed away on 17 October...

  • New Techspan Control and Automation Catalogue
    Techspan has published its 332 page Control and Automation Catalogue that covers the company's complete offering that includes pin and sleeve devices, multipole connectors, push button, control and signalling devices, contactors, din rail terminal blocks and industrail interconnect line...

  • Innovative Automation Has a Banner Month
    Innovative Automation, the enterprise Stephen Loftus co-founded in 1989 has broken ground in preparation for a new 62,500-square-foot facility on Welham Road in Barrie, Ontario. When the state-of-the-art plant is operational in late 2017, it will consolidate Innovative Automation's two current facilities on Saunders Road...

  • Rockell Automation Multi-Well Pad Boosts Data and Cuts Cost for Oil & Gas Producers
    Drilling advancements, including horizontal drilling techniques, have transformed oil and gas operations from simplistic single-well pad fields to more complex multi-well pads. In turn, operators and equipment builders can modify their control systems approach to optimize these changing applications...

  • Emerson and Informetric Integrate Batch Reporting Technology
    Emerson is expanding its alliance agreement with Informetric Systems, a leading developer of data collection and reporting applications, to help life sciences companies deliver more than 50 percent reduction in batch reporting time while getting rid of bottlenecks in batch release processes...

  • Precision Drilling's Positive Third Quarter Results Driven by High Efficiency Rig Systems
    During the third quarter we continued to demonstrate the "next tier" of drilling efficiency improvement with Process Automation Control (PAC) and other technology initiatives we are implementing in our beta testing program. Precision has drilled approximately 70 wells utilizing PAC technology, which is currently installed on 20 Super Triple rigs...

  • New Facility Classification Model for Water Systems in B.C. & Yukon
    British Columbia and Yukon Territory have embarked upon a new classification system for water systems that promises to strengthen the oversight of operational responsibilities, recruitment, training, and the development of System Risk Management Plans…

  • ABB Optimizing Transformer Manufacturing Footprint to Drive Competitiveness
    ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service footprint to enhance competitiveness in a dynamic market environment marked by increasing competition and consolidation in the rail industry. The move is part of the 'Power Up' transformation program in ABB's Power Grids division...

  • Educational Engineering Event on Innovative Water Solutions Held at Hockey Hall of Fame
    Watts, in partnership with ATS Spec, recently welcomed 100 specifying engineers and facility managers to an engineering event at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. In keeping with the theme for the evening, "Your Connection to Innovative Water Solutions," attendees were provided an overview of the depth and breadth of the Watts line of flow control...

  • WAGO Has A New North American Distribution Channel Manager
    WAGO has named John Bukowski as its new Distribution Channel Manager of North America. He has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Technology and Automated Manufacturing from the ITT Technical Institute. Professionally, he brings a wealth of experience to WAGO having worked in technical sales for over 30 years...

  • Stora Enso Forwards Cloud-based Intelligent Packaging Solutions Enabled by Microsoft
    Intelligent Packaging by Stora Enso utilizes Microsoft Azure, the leading cloud platform for business digitalization. The global and scalable cloud platform from Microsoft enables reliable and secure data collection and analytics for clients investing in innovative intelligent packaging solutions...

  • Digital Oilfield Operations Improve with Intelligent Artificial Lift System
    Oil and Gas producers have been feeling the pressure in this down market to get the most from their existing assets and wellheads, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Fortunately, new technologies and capabilities that have been made available through digital oilfield innovation provide the means to effectively squeeze every bit of value from assets...

  • Rockwell Automation Position Boosted by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board increased its stake in shares of Rockwell Automation, Inc. by 0.5% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission…

  • Falco Announces Agreement to Purchase Mining Fleet for Horne 5 Project
    Falco selected Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, Val d'Or, Québec, ("Sandvik") as its supplier of choice for the mining fleet. Sandvik will be providing a complete automation solution that will increase efficiencies during production operations...

  • SignalFire Announces Product Partnerships in Eastern and Western Canada
    SignalFire Wireless Telemetry expanded its customer reach and support throughout Canada by adding 2 new channel partners to represent its wireless telemetry solutions. These automation and instrumentation solution providers will increase responsiveness to channel end users by offering local application engineering and product availability...

RiLine Compact- The smart Power Distribution system
Rittal Power distribution designed for confined spaces Rittal is the leading supplier of reliable power distribution and backup systems for control gear.

The new RiLine Compact is the tested system solution for compact power distribution in enclosures and small control cabinets. Read More

Market Feature

How the IIoT is Delivering on the Promise of Asset Performance Management Part 1

By John Boville
If you had researched the Industrial Internet of Things online in the mid-1990s, there might have been a handful of results. But if you searched on terms like asset performance management, predictive maintenance, and computerized maintenance management, you would have found thousands of entries. While such maintenance automation is finally gaining a foothold in industry, realizing its full potential has been hampered by limited access to the contextual data related to things like system wear and performance degradation. Read More

White Paper

Why Industrial Manufacturing Needs IoT

By Telenor Connexion
IoT for Industrial Manufacturing, sometimes called the Industrial IoT (IIoT), offers manufacturers the opportunity to radically redefine their operations and even their entire businesses. The capabilities of IoT enable manufacturers to gain greater visibility and insights into their operations through the efficient utilisation of data and the tighter integration of disparate systems. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Innovative Automation: Growing Locally and Globally

By Owen Hurst
Automation companies are drivers on innovation, and have penetrated near every industry and geographic region across Canada, be it big cities or small towns. And they continue to grow in terms of the technological advancements they drive and the within the communities they support. In Barrie, Ontario Innovative Automation represents this perfectly. Read More

Looking Back

The Rise of System Integration

By Owen Hurst
System Integration has a strong foothold and is a key driver of advanced technology that is increasingly focused on cost saving coupled with higher production rates. However, the evolution of system integration was slow, and does not necessarily meet the exact standards we think of today when we hear the term or consider the type of work system integrators do. Read More

Industry Input

Panel Builder & Systems Integrator Wants your Input on Valuable Industry Related Question

Survey results in the next issue along with a new question

With the growing need for control and automation components Panel Builder & Systems Integrator wants to know where you most commonly source your products?

1) Brick and Mortar Full-Line Electrical Distributor?
2) Online Full-Line Electrical Distributor?
3) Brick and Mortar Control and Automatio Distributor?
4) Online Control and Automation Distributor?
5) Direct from Supplier?

Industry Distribution

Geographic Distribution of Panel Building Operations

Panel building operations are present in all regions of Canada. However, Ontario has the largest number at 50% which is largely driven by the high number of general and automatoive manufacturing within the province. Western Canada follows with 23% which is primarily focused within the Oil & Gas industry and Renewable Energy sector. Read More

Product News

Rittal Network/Server Enclosures

Rittal's Network/server enclosure TS IT are pre-configured with standard accessories. RAL 9005 (Black). Enclosures are complete with depth variable 482.6mm (19") profile rails, casters, cable management, PDU brackets and locking front and rear vented doors. Read More

Phoenix Contact EMM 3-24DC/500AC-160-EXM-IFS - 2908603

Electronic motor and machine management for operation with external current transformers (160 A) - precise energy measurement, real power measurement, current and voltage measurement of motors, machines or other 3-phase loads. Freely parameterizable switching and signaling thresholds. Read More

Wonderware Recipe Manager Plus Software Simplifies Recipe Deployment, Optimisation and Execution in Batch Manufacturing

Schneider Electric has released an updated version of its market-leading Wonderware® Recipe Manager Plus software. Designed specifically for food and beverage and any other batch manufacturer, the new software will speed up and optimise how new recipes and recipe variations are adopted and how new products are brought to market. Read More

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