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Message From The Editor

Mixing it Up: SCADA, Ritall Canada's President and Trade Fair talk

Next month Automation and Control experts from around the world will converge on the city of Hanover for the Hanover Messe Trade Fair, and Panel Builder & Systems Integrator will be there. Get some early insight into the event by attending Festo's Online Press Conference on March 27. Also have a look at the feature profile of Tim Rourke, President of Rittal Canada, as he grants us insight into his rise within the industry and how Rittal stays ahead of technology and industry demand. And be sure to read Will Mapp's article for Kymera Systems on the next generation of SCADA systems.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

  • Bunzl Canada Partners with IoT Developer Visionstate
    Bunzl Canada has announced its exclusive agreement with Visionstate Inc. to distribute its IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNEXT. This is the second next-generation technology partnership announcement in recent months by Bunzl, following on its introduction of an exclusive electrostatic disinfecting technology...

  • Emerson's Plantweb Digital Ecosystem Expands to Improve Enterprise-Wide Visibility into Plant Health
    Emerson has announced Plantweb Optics, a new mobile-ready collaboration software platform that provides an unprecedented view of plant reliability and operational performance. Connecting technicians, engineers and plant management through Plantweb Optics transforms decades-old work processes...

  • Valmet's New Innovative Online Solution Improves Lime Mud Moisture Measurement
    Valmet has developed an innovative online solution for measuring lime mud moisture - Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement. It can be used to monitor lime mud filter performance on the conveyor belt to improve lime mud quality. The new solution is also applicable as a feedforward measurement for lime kiln power control...

  • Nestlé Canada Announces $51.5 Million Expansion Investment in London Ice Cream Factory
    Nestlé Canada has shared expansion plans for its $51.5 million investment to increase production capabilities at its London ice cream factory on Wilton Grove Road. The factory, which supplies all of Canada with brands like Hӓagen-Dazs, Parlour and Drumstick, has seen increased growth within the category, which has resulted in greater production demands...

  • 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...

  • EY Canada announces new Global Centre of Excellence in Halifax
    EY Canada has launched the first Canada-based EY Global Centre of Excellence for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Service in Halifax. The Centre will offer world-class customizable digital services to companies across the country…

6 FAQs about HARTING Connectors on UL 508A Panels
Harting Using connectors on UL 508A cabinets used to be a huge hassle for the panel-builder. As a result, they often chose the older hardwiring solution in the past. Now, HARTING, in partnership with UL, has made it possible to easily connectorize UL 508A panels with existing HARTING products. The following six FAQs explain this new standard and the benefits it offers. Read More

Industry News

  • Ontario Supporting Advanced Manufacturing in Barrie
    Ontario is partnering with Innovative Automation help the company create 29 new jobs and retain 102 existing positions in Barrie. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, made the announcement today at Innovative Automation on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business...

  • Schneider Electric Canada Provides Stronger Support for Customers with Leading Edge Sales
    Schneider Electric Canada, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has signed Leading Edge Sales LES, a sales representative based in Calgary, to identify, develop and secure opportunities for the protection, control, and automation of power systems in Western Canada...

  • Endress+Hauser Recognized with Global Market Leadership Award
    Endress + Hauser was recognized during Frost & Sullivan's awards gala in California. "Endress+Hauser's success is tied to a strong customer focus and a high level of innovation," says Dr. Rajender Thusu, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst. The company invests heavily in research and product development in order to meet its customers' requirements in the area of liquid flow measurements...

  • SNC-Lavalin Awarded EPC Contract with NOVA Chemicals
    SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has, in consortium with TechnipFMC, been awarded a lump sum EPC contract to supply NOVA Chemicals with two gas cracking furnaces. This award supports the recently announced third phase of the conversion and expansion of NOVA Chemicals' Corunna cracker, which is expected to increase the unit's current ethylene capacity by more than 50%...

  • Digitization and IIoT-based Technologies Drive Demand for Global Enterprise Asset Management Software Solutions
    Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, Global Enterprise Asset Management Software Market, Forecast to 2022, finds the emergence of digitization and integration of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based technologies will boost demand for EAM software and create a connected environment...


Top 10 Key Features Shaping The Future of Next Generation SCADA Systems

By Will Mapp, Kymer Systems
A while ago we discussed what SCADA is and how it affects the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Today, we want to expand this topic by highlighting the top 10 features that we, at Kymera Systems, believe will shape the next gen SCADA systems. ith the role of SCADA systems changing within the industry, it becomes essential that managers of different levels become familiar with the software's features that will become a necessity for their business. Innovation leaders agree that nextgen SCADA will revamp several areas of the digital manufacturing data flow. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Present and Engaged: Rittal Canada's President Tim Rourke

By Owen Hurst
Recently Panel Builder & Systems Integrator was invited to Rittal Canada's Head office in Mississauga, Canada to have a tour of their operation and a sit down with President Tim Rourke. First and foremost, I must admit that I was thoroughly impressed with Rittal's operation. The facility was extremely well maintained and organized in a manner that clearly provides efficiency between all of the teams whether front of house or back. Read More

Around the World

A World Without Downtime

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Utopias are common in fiction, from Plato's The Republic to The Federation in Star Trek. For manufacturers, a world without unplanned downtime would be the perfect utopia. The question is, is abolishing unplanned downtime a far-fetched dream, or is it closer than we think? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation shares his vision for a downtime free age. Read More

Trade Fairs

Invitation to Festo Online Press Conference: Preview to the Hannover Messe Trade Fair

Sponsored by Festo
The motto of the Hannover Messe 2018 trade fair is "Integrated Industry - Connect and Collaborate". What new chances do we see for Festo and our customers in a digitalised production world? Will we work differently in the smart factory of the future, and what will our workplace then look like? And how will artificial intelligence and robotics support us? Festo will provide answers to these questions at the Online Press Conference, where the new bionic projects will also be introduced for the first time. Read More


Addressing Machine and System Operational Risks in The Safety Lifecycle

In manufacturing, it is not enough to say that the operation of machines and systems is critical to the creation of the end product. "Operation" is only one part of the equation. Efficient production of end products depends on the correct operation of machines and systems in all scenarios. History shows there is a great need for industry to provide evidence of the reliability of automated safety systems to ensure the safety of people, the environment, and corporate assets. IEC 61508 and related standards provide the systematic capability lifecycle approach necessary to achieve functional safety. Read More

Industry Input Poll

Insights for Your Industry

Poll results in the next issue along with a new question

Panel Builder & Systems Integrator is seeking your input on the state of the Canadian automation and control market, each week we ask a new question about the industry and the companies working within it.
How Many Employees Work at Your Company?
1) 1 to 9
2) 10 to 19
3) 20 to 49
4) 50 to 99
5) 100 to 199
6) 200 to 499
7) 500+

Industry Input Poll Results

Results from Last Issue

In the last edition of our industry input poll we asked what factor most affects your client base. Interestingly 3 of our 4 answers had the exact response rate, while complete control system integration received the highest response rate. It is obvious that control and automation factors are changing the client base of companies, but complete control system integration appears to be leading the way over factors such as legacy system upgrades and the effects of IoT/IIoT. Read More

Product News

Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 Software Release Optimizes Productivity and Reduces Design Time

Engineers can more quickly design, build and commission automation systems using the newly enhanced Rockwell Software Studio 5000 integrated development environment. The latest software release includes a new user interface that provides a common, modern look across all Studio 5000 applications, and includes updates to help engineers improve productivity from design to deployment. Read More

Hammond 19" Rack Mount and Stand-Alone Power Distribution Strips

Hammond Electronics has extended its power distribution offering with an additional 12 variants of rack mounting and stand-alone 100 - 240VAC, 50/60Hz 10A power strips, designed for use with IEC power cords. For enhanced safety, two 10A resettable circuit breakers prevents overloading, and both types are available with either a double pole single throw green illuminated on/off switch or as a basic unswitched version with a green power-on indicator light. All are fitted with an IEC320 C14 inlet plug and multiple IEC320 C13 outlet sockets, making them suitable for use anywhere. Read More

New IT LED System Light from Rittal

The new IT LED system light from Rittal is specially designed for use in server and network enclosures ("IT racks"). With a light output of 600 lumens, it meets all standard requirements for IT racks such as the Rittal TS IT and TE 8000. A transparent plastic cover, integrating Fresnel lenses, provides optimal illumination for an enclosure. It focuses the light so that the entire enclosure is illuminated in a targeted way, even at the bottom. The benefit is that the light reaches exactly those places where it is needed - without being scattered into the exterior. Read More

HARTING's Stainless Steel M12 INOX Connector Resists Harshest Conditions

HARTING's new M12 INOX connectors are made of high grade stainless steel to provide superior corrosion resistance in harsh environments, indoor or outdoor. M12 connectivity is standardized and reliable, widely used in industries like transportation, factory automation and robotics. M12 connectors stand up well in most applications, even outdoors, but when the operating environment is especially harsh - for example, extreme salt spray or mist - a stainless steel connector like the IP 65/67-rated M12 INOX is required. Read More

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