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Looking Ahead

Penetration of the control and automation markets are ever expanding, and will continue to evolve at a blistering pace, as identified by the Market and Strategic Product Initiatives identified below by Aurora. Further, with an eye to the future collaboration with associations provide multiple avenues for expansion and benefits which can be seen in the new whitepaper by the CSIA. Looking ahead also means monitoring the industry beyond our borders, for awareness and to be sure that new industry trends don't pass you by, take a look at the article 'Predicting the Future" that looks ahead at the control and automation markets in the UK.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

  • EnerQuest Services Inc. joins Rittal's prestigious list of Certified System Integrators
    Rittal, a leader in the design and supply of technically sophisticated enclosure, climate control and power distribution solutions, is pleased to welcome EnerQuest, a company that excels in customized power distribution and electrical solutions, as a Rittal Certified System Integrator...

  • Spartan Controls Becomes Exclusive Representative of Ambyint in Western Canada
    Spartan Controls Ltd. is pleased to announce it is now the exclusive representative of Ambyint in Western Canada. Spartan will sell, supply, and service Ambyint's industry-leading artificial lift and production optimization solutions to help customers deliver best-in-class efficiency improvements throughout the entire lifecycle of a well...

  • Emerson Completes Acquisition of ProSys, Inc.
    Emerson has announced it has acquired ProSys Inc., a global supplier of software and services that increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining industries. By building intuitive processes for plant operators, these solutions make everything from everyday operations to responding during abnormal situations easier...

  • Recertification of CMSEÂ - Certified Machinery Safety Expert Qualification
    Pilz and TÜV Nord have been setting an international standard for machine safety qualification since 2013 with their CMSE - Certified Machinery Safety Expert programme. CMSEs can pursue recertification to advance their knowledge base, remain up to date with the latest developments in the field of machine safety and retain their certification...

  • Festo and Humber College Launch 5 Year Workforce Development Training Program
    Humber College and Festo Didactic, Inc. are entering into a five-year partnership agreement designed to address the skills gap between industry needs and educational programming. Students and employees of advanced manufacturing companies will benefit from this partnership by receiving hands-on training to learn the Industry 4.0 skills necessary to succeed in an evolving economy...

  • JMP's Automation Division: Customer Growth is Driving Expansion
    Manufacturers across North America continue to adopt robotics and automation at a record pace across multiple industries and applications. "Our customers in the prepared foods, consumer products, oil and gas, and machining market segments are looking to apply robotics, but are often new to robotic applications," said Nelson Leite, Director of Sales and Marketing for JMP's Automation Division...

  • Industry-led Initiative to Simplify Device Integration Now Supports ISA100 Wireless
    The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute announced today that FDI technology, an industry initiative to facilitate integration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) function blocks into a wide variety of systems, now supports ISA100 Wireless. ISA100 Wireless developers now have a well-defined platform to develop packages and Device Descriptions (DD) that help ISA100 Wireless devices interoperate efficiently with host systems...

Industry News

  • ABB Takes a Smart View of the Future
    At its 2018 Pre-Light + Building media event in Frankfurt, ABB showcased its range of connected smarter building and e-mobility solutions that will transform the way we all live, work and play now and in the future, to over 100 participants from 10 countries...

  • Rockwell Automation Named a 2018 World's Most Ethical Company for the Tenth Year
    Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies. This is the tenth year that the Ethisphere Institute has named Rockwell Automation to the distinguished list of 135 global companies that influence and drive positive change and improve ethical leadership and corporate behavior...

  • Spartan Controls Expands Fire & Security Portfolio with Osprey Intelligent Visual Monitoring Solutions
    Spartan Controls Ltd. has announced it is now the exclusive representative of Osprey Informatics in Western Canada. Spartan will sell, supply, and service Osprey's intelligent visual monitoring solutions designed to manage costs, and mitigate safety, environmental and security risks at industrial operations...

  • Aurora Provides Update on Market and Strategic Product Initiatives: Alignment with Industry 4.0
    Aurora has aligned its Veritas(TM) visualization, operations and administration system with the emerging Industry 4.0 initiatives in the PV industry. "Industry 4.0" refers to "smart factories" that will ultimately incorporate sensors at every stage of the manufacturing process, cloud computing and cognitive computing for fine-grained process and quality control...

  • Worldwide User Organization Founded for Open IoT Platform MindSphere
    Industry is advancing in giant strides towards digitalization and the utilization of IoT functions and applications. With MindSphere, Siemens has developed a cloud-based open IoT operating system with high performance capability to meet this growing demand...

  • ISA Publishes New Book Examining the Rapidly Growing Demand for Specialists Trained in Mission Critical Operations
    The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced it has published a new book that highlights the increasing industry importance of and growing career opportunities in mission-critical operations fields…

  • Connectivity Modernizes Grid Communication in North America
    Frost & Sullivan's new analysis, North American Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure, Forecast to 2023, provides an assessment of disruptive trends and technologies, market share, and competitive analysis of key players such as ABB, Siemens, Landis & Gyr, Elster, and Itron. The research finds that the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent from 2016 to 2023, reaching an estimated $1 billion by 2023 in North America...

Market Feature

Phoenix Contact: Easy, Flexible Marking for Decentralized Manufacturing

Clear and consistent marking is becoming increasingly important across all industries - and more and more businesses are opted to implement this. Because manufacturing is becoming increasing decentralized, marking systems must be able to move with it. Phoenix Contact's new portable, hand-held marking devices optimize labeling on-site. Marking all terminal blocks, leads, devices, and systems is especially useful in ensuring quick and efficient installation of control cabinets, machines, and other equipment. Professional labeling is also important in terms of maintenance and repairs in that it helps to significantly reduce machine and system downtimes when faults occur. Read More

White Paper

CSIA: Proven Better Performance

CSIA Certified Integrators have the right tools to run their businesses at the highest level, when they are certified in the CSIA's Best Practices. Well-run, professional control system integration companies benefit clients and automation vendors, impacting every manufacturing industry. The white paper demonstrates this by linking business performance data to CSIA Certification. Read More

Around the World

Predicting the Future

In November, the UK Government announced that 2018 would be the Year of Engineering. This coupled with the launch of the Government's Industrial Strategy and Made Smarter Review has signalled a major vote of confidence in the sector as it pledges to help make the UK a world leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by 2030. With Industrial Digital Technology's playing such a significant role in the transformation of the sector, what should manufacturers be investing in? Read More

Industry Input Poll

Help to direct the avenues of your industry news outlet

Poll results in the next issue along with a new question

What most influences your product purchases?

1) Manufacturer New Product Releases
2) Application articles demonstrating new product effectiveness
3) Specific Manufacturer
4) Previous Product Purchases

Industry Input Poll Results

Results from Last Issue

Our last poll question followed up on the previous one regarding how you most prefer your industry news. In that poll 38% of respondents identified that they preferred Digital media. Our most recent poll asked which digital media platform you most preferred. Overwhelmingly, Webinars won out as the platform of the day, which is not shocking in a world that is becoming more visual. Video Blogs and Digital Newsletters tied for the second most preferred digital media platforms with 20% each, followed closely by websites with 17%. Clearly in a digitally enhanced world the live interaction provided through webinars is changing the way we distribute and gather information. Read More

Product News

Moxa Introduces Protocol Gateways to Connect Modbus Devices to PROFINET or PROFIBUS Networks Effortlessly

Manufacturers Automation Inc announced that Moxa has launched the world's first rack-mounted Layer 2/Layer 3 managed switches, PT-G7828/G7728, that comply with IEC 61850-3 Edition 2 Class 2 and IEEE 1613 Class 2. The switches' 28 ports all support full Gigabit hardware time-stamping as defined in IEEE 1588v2. Read More

New Translucent PUN-H Tubing from Festo

Festo has introduced a translucent version of the company's PUN-H tubing, which provides a tough, long-lasting solution for standard applications involving compressed air, vacuum and many uses of water. The new translucent version makes it easy to detect build-ups of particles, moisture or oil in the tubing that could lead to potential faults or hazards. Read More

HARTING Moves Surge Protection into its Best-selling Industrial Connector Series

HARTING's new Han-Modular Surge Protection Modules make it possible to move surge protection into its most widely used industrial connector series, a space-saving idea that simplifies wiring arrangements. Proper surge protection for Instrumental and Control (I&C) signals usually requires separate, external solutions that add to material and labour costs. Read More

Heavy Duty Encoders for the Most Severe Environmental Conditions

POSITAL's heavy-duty IXARC incremental and absolute rotary encoders are built to stand up to extreme environmental conditions. Based on a housing design with a 25-year track record of surviving the toughest conditions, these devices are suitable for marine vessels, off-shore facilities, mines, cranes, wind turbines and other challenging locations. Read More

Festo Piezo Valves Provide High Precision, Low Energy Flow Control Solutions

With their many advantages, digitally controlled, high-precision piezo valves like Festo Canada's new VEAA and VEAB make a strong case to replace conventional solenoid valves in a wide range of industrial applications involving flow and pressure control. Piezo valves use very little energy, generating virtually no heat, which helps qualify them as intrinsically safe for use in volatile or explosive environments. Read More

Pilz Expands Remote I/O System PSSuniversal 2

Pilz expands its remote I/O system PSSuniversal 2 by a head module with EtherNet/IP interface. This means that PSSuniversal 2 offers the necessary openness for smooth communication in various control environments on an Ethernet basis. In the remote I/O system PSSuniversal 2 there is already a head module available with PROFINET PROFIsafe interface, in addition to the new EtherNet/IP head module with CIP safety. Read More

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