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Where Will IoT Take us?

With the first month of 2018 nearly over the time seems to be flying as the automation and control industry continues to make leaps and bounds and look toward the future. Security and Energy Efficiency seem to be the talk of the day, particularly when we consider how to protect control systems from cyber attacks and how the Internet of Things will continue to affect the industry. In this regard we present an interesting approach to protecting connected devices by CSA Group, and Kymera Systems speaks about industries that are likely to be affected by IIoT. Rittal also presents a new IoT interface that is providing Climate Control Solutions that provide better security, monitoring and energy savings. Enjoy!

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

  • HARTING Technology Group Accepted into UL Client Test Data Program
    UL, "Underwriters Laboratories", one of the world's leading safety certification organizations, has granted the HARTING Technology Group the approval and license for the Client Test Data program. Under this program, HARTING is able to conduct testing in its own test laboratory and submit the data to UL in order to streamline the process for UL certification...

  • Omron Automation Appointment to Support the Infrastructure Market in Canada
    Omron Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Barnes to the position ofAccount Manager, Infrastructure. Reporting directly to Mike Joy, Robotics Sales Manager, Canada, Chris will be responsible for Omron's strategic and tactical actions to increase sales within infrastructure...

  • ISA Appoints Brian Curtis as its 2018 Society President
    The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that Brian Curtis, I. Eng., LCGI, is its 2018 Society President. In his role as Society President, Curtis will lead the ISA Board of Directors, which is responsible for governing, setting policy, and establishing the strategic direction of the organization...

  • ABB Nominates New Board Members
    At the coming annual general meeting on March 29, 2018, all ABB Board of Directors members will stand for reelection, with the exceptions of Ying Yeh and Louis R. Hughes, who have decided not to seek another term. Additionally, following a careful selection process, the Board of Directors has nominated three new candidates for seats on the board...

  • Maxar Technologies Appoints Mike Greenley as Group President of MDA
    Maxar Technologies Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mike Greenley to serve as Group President of MDA, a Maxar Technologies company with internationally recognized leadership in space robotics, satellite antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence solutions, and defense and maritime systems...

  • Canvass Partners with True North Automation to Deliver Industrial Automation
    Canvass Analytics, a provider of AI-enabled predictive analytics for the Industrial Internet of Things, and True North Automation have announced a new partnership which will enable industrial companies to achieve predictive Industrial Automation in the manufacturing plant environment...

  • JMP Engineering Acquires Robust Controls
    Over the last 30 years, JMP Engineering has experienced significant growth across North America. To further support their growth strategies, JMP would like to announce that as of January 19, 2018, they have acquired Robust Controls to better serve and support their growing customer base...

RiLine Compact- Rittal's smart power distribution system
Rittal Rittal, the leading supplier of reliable power distribution and backup systems, introduces the new RiLine Compact system for compact power distribution in enclosures and small control cabinets. Read More

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Industry News

  • Emerson Named 'Industrial IoT Company of the Year'
    Emerson, a global automation technology and software company, has been named the "Industrial IoT Company of the Year" by IoT Breakthrough. The award recognizes Emerson's extensive innovation and leadership in driving Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and strategies for customers in manufacturing industries, including oil and gas, food and beverage, chemical, life sciences, power, water, wastewater and others...

  • Schneider Electric Identifies Software Bug that was Exploited in Watershed Hack
    Schneider Electric has disclosed that hackers exploited a flaw in its software in a watershed hack discovered last month that halted plant operations at an industrial facility…

  • Ontario Commits $200 Million for Large Manufacturing Retrofits
    Through the Green Ontario Fund and Ontario Centres of Excellence, the province will make funding available to large emitters and other industrial, commercial and institutional facilities with projects to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in buildings and the production of goods...

  • Government of Canada Funds Smart Grid Expansion to Fight Climate Change
    Natural Resources Canada has announced a $100-million call for proposals to fund more smart grid systems. By increasing the hosting capacity of renewable energy, increasing resiliency and improving energy efficiency and conservation, smart grids are a key enabler for greenhouse gas mitigation. These systems will build a foundation for the next generation of innovative technologies and systems...

  • AGI Announces Additions to Applied Technology and Fertilizer Platforms
    Ag Growth International Inc. has announced that it recently acquired CMC Industrial Electronics and Junge Control Inc. Combined sales and adjusted EBITDA for the two entities in their most recently completed fiscal years were approximately $15 million and $4 million, respectively...

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

Market Feature

Rittal Offers New IoT Interface for Climate Control Solutions

Industry 4.0 scenarios such as Predictive Maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communication. For this to happen, IoT-compatible devices equipped with the necessary communication options are required. With its new IoT interface, Rittal is now laying the foundation for the optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industry 4.0 applications. This makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible, as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems. Read More


Protecting Connected Devices Against Cyber Attack

By CSA Group
The rise of cyber related attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) infrastructure has made it increasingly vital to have cybersecurity protocols in place to support functional safety and safety-related solutions in commercial or residential buildings and industrial processes. Read More


6 Industries Heading Towards IIoT Disruption

By Kymera Systems
It is generally believed that by 2030, the IIoT industry could witness a staggering increase of around $7 trillion in its revenue. Various global superpowers are developing national strategies for such technological advancements in diverse industries. There are several such businesses that are believed to be at the verge of a large-scale IIoT disruption. Read More

Industry Input Survey

What Digital Media Platform Do You Most Prefer?

Survey results in the next issue along with a new question

Last edition we asked how you prefer to get your industry news, and unsurprisingly the majority of respondents identified Digital Media as their primary source for industry news. To better develop our delivery of industry news we would like to take this a step further by asking what digital media platform you prefer?

1) Website
2) Digital Newsletter
3) Webinar
4) Video blog

Industry Input Survey Results

Results from Last Issue

Our previous survey asked our audience how they get their industry news and we received a substantial number of replies that clearly identified that Digital Media is the primary outlet of the day, having largely eliminated the need for traditional media avenues. Digital media was identified by 38% of respondents to be the platform of choice, followed by Social Media and other digital media directly produced by Manufacturers and Distributors. Print received the lowest ranking with only 18%, a fact that should not be surprising with speed and flexibility in reporting available to digital platforms. Digital media now offers up-to-date news as it happens and can provide a far more interactive experience and reach a wider audience. In order to serve you better we hope you will continue to answer our Industry Input Surveys and share our newsletter with your colleagues within the industry, make sure everyone has the opportunity to direct the course of your media outlet (send colleagues to subscribe here. Read More

Product News

POSITAL's New Open Source Interfaces for Motor Feedback Kit Encoders

Rotary encoder specialist POSITAL has expanded its interface offerings for its magnetic Kit Encoders, launched with great success last year, with support for the non-proprietary open-source BiSS Line communication protocol. This enables the practical implementation of single-cable technology, which is becoming increasingly popular with motor and robot manufacturers. POSITAL's easy-to-install motor feedback kits, which feature 17-bit electronic resolution, bridge the gap between simple resolvers and more complex and expensive optical encoders for servomotors, robot joints and other applications where absolute rotary position feedback is required. Read More

Rittal Expands Blue e+ Cooling Range to Meet Market Demand

Rittal is now expanding its range of cooling units with the addition of a device with an output class of 1.6 kW. Besides being 75 percent more energy-efficient than previous cooling solutions on average, the units also excel in terms of connectivity, safety and handling. The new FTTA approval also makes the UL certification process much easier. To date, the Blue e+ cooling unit series from Rittal has offered an output range of 2 to 6 kW. But from the first quarter of 2018, the company will launch compact units in a lower output class – at 1.6 kW. Read More

Siemens Desigo Building Automation System

Desigo provides a single intuitive platform can be used to easily control, regulate, and optimize heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and shading, energy management, fire safety, and security systems, including access control, video surveillance, and intrusion protection. People's lifestyles are changing, their ways of working are changing and, therefore, demands are changing as well. Building designs need to be adapted. Only a highly flexible and scalable building automation system can satisfy these continually changing requirements. Read More

New SolaHD Automation Transformers from Emerson

Emerson has introduced a new SolaHD™ encapsulated transformer that will help industrial automation professionals lower Total Cost of Ownership through simplified installation, reduced maintenance requirements, and decreased cabling needs. Developed to provide the capacity required for larger loads in a single floor-mounted unit, the new transformers comply with the latest NEC requirements for harsh and hazardous industrial locations, making them ideal for service in petrochemical facilities, wastewater treatment centers, and power generation plants. Read More

Allen-Bradley Scalable Graphic Terminals Help Increase Productivity in Smaller Applications

The PanelView 5310 graphic terminals deliver the same usability benefits and enhanced integration with Logix 5000 controllers as the PanelView 5500 terminals. But the new terminals are specifically designed for applications of up to 50 HMI screens. The terminals are available in 7-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch display sizes. A 6-inch display option will be available in 2018. Read More

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