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Spring is Coming!

Spring is coming and with it comes trade shows and the new technology and advances that will be unveiled at them. It is now less than a month away from Hannover Messe 2018 and the theme for this year is 'Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate.' Have a look at some of the key features and directions being taken by participating companies. Panel Builder & Systems Integrator will be there so be sure to follow us on twitter for daily live updates (@PanelbuilderCA). And have a look at the forecast for the SCADA market over the next five years by Will Mapp and check out Kevin Dufresne's discussion on Nivek Automatisation, a unique automation company in Quebec. And don't forget to give your response to the Industry Input Poll to contribute to research on the growth of the Canadian control and automation market.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

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

Changing Scene

  • Doug LoFranco named President and Chief Executive Officer of AIS Technologies Group
    Active Industrial Solutions and Radix Inc. are proud to announce and welcome Doug LoFranco as President & Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.Doug will lead the AIS Technologies Group, which comprises Radix Inc. and the Active Industrial Solutions companies: Automation, Gauge & Fixture, and Specialty Machining divisions.Doug has extensive executive management experience in the industrial automation space, most recently as President of M&R Automation Canada Inc...

  • Rittal Systems Ltd. Wins the 2017 E.B. Horsman & Son Supplier of the Year Award
    Each year E.B. Horsman & Son monitors the sales and operations of each of their 600+ supplier partners. They solicit feedback from their branch network on the effectiveness of the teamwork with their supplier partners, analyze key operational metrics and the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, and discuss strategic sales accomplishments...

  • Schneider Electric, Danfoss and Somfy Join Forces to Create a Connectivity Ecosystem
    Schneider Electric, Danfoss and Somfy announced today that they are partnering to create a Connectivity Ecosystem that aims to accelerate the adoption of connectivity in residential, mid-size building and hotel markets. Committed to openness and interoperability, the three companies combine 300 years of innovation and expertise with the largest global network of trusted installers in the industry...

  • 2018 CSIA Executive Conference
    The annual CSIA Executive Conference is the highlight of the professional year, when over 500 system integrators and industry partners meet to network, hear outstanding speakers, share best practices, and learn about new products and services. In addition to strong educational programming, the Partner Industry Expo and Reception will showcase the latest products and services from industry supplier, manufacturer and service provider members...

  • ABB Improves Efficiency of HVAC by Up to 30% with New Automation Solution
    Committed to continuous innovation in the smarter building sector, ABB is broadening its reach into KNX-automated HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) with its new ClimaECO offering. Combining newly-developed products with ABB i-bus KNX system, the new ClimaECO offering presents a holistic solution for HVAC applications in modern buildings, from central HVAC down to individual room temperature control...

  • Food Island Partnership Hosts Atlantic Canada's First Food Automation Conference
    Over 100 of Prince Edward Island's food industry networked with global technology leaders and local success stories about the latest developments in food automation and transforming food waste into increased value at Food Automation Atlantic. Food Automation Atlantic is Atlantic Canada's first food automation conference that took place on March 21st, 2018 at the Rodd Charlottetown...

  • OPG to Develop Renewable Energy Microgrid at Gull Bay FN
    Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA) / Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are co-developing a microgrid that will use solar, battery storage and grid technology to help reduce diesel use at KZA. The microgrid will integrate renewable solar generation, battery storage and micro grid control technology with diesel generators that currently supply the community's entire energy needs...


Looking Forward to Hannover Messe 2018

  • Integrated Energy: Connecting Energy Systems & Industrial Processes
    The Integrated Energy Plaza at the HANNOVER MESSE's Energy show brings together all the key players in the integrated energy business. Energy producers, power grid operators, operators of energy storage systems, stakeholders from the sustainable mobility sector, movers and shakers of digitization - they will all be there. Together, they will explore and showcase the options and opportunities for digitally integrating all of these sectors of the energy industry...

  • Industrial Supply: Smart suppliers - The Key to Greater Efficiency and Sustainability
    Digital process chains that reduce development times, closed loops that boost efficiency and sustainability: HANNOVER MESSE 2018 will demonstrate the role of digitization and integration in creating new and improved supply solutions. In terms of content "Industrial Supply" in Hall 5 is the ideal complement to "Digital Factory" in Hall 6. In both cases the spotlight will be on collaboration between IT companies and manufacturing enterprises - for example, in the area of artificial intelligence and the creation of industrial IT platforms.

  • Industrial Security: Solutions for the Prevention of Cyber Attacks and Downtimes
    Hannover. Integration is the watchword - at a technological level and between enterprises and sectors. However, it is essential to bear in mind the attendant risks and challenges. Integration presupposes a dependable digital infrastructure. IT security will thus play a prominent role at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 and augment the trade show's keynote theme "Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate" .

  • HARTING Relies on "Partnering" at Hannover Messe 2018
    HARTING will emphasis this year's HANNOVER MESSE motto of "Integrated Industry - Connect & Collaborate". In conjunction with partners from the MICA.Network and Swiss automobile manufacturer Rinspeed, HARTING will show how partnerships can create added values for the customer. Currently, 24 partner companies cooperate in the MICA.Network and present some 29 use cases on the basis of MICA (on the website for various applications in the area of Industry 4.0.

  • Pilz Highlights for Hanover Messe 2018
    What will the factory of the future look like? For Pilz, the Hannover Messe (23rd to 27th April 2018) stands for innovative automation solutions for the smart factory. Completely new at this year's exhibition, we will be presenting our modular safety gate system with its flexible combination options.

Market Feature

The SCADA Market to Skyrocket from 2017 to 2022

By Will Mapp
With the capability to capture and analyze data from devices in isolated areas, SCADA systems have a unique place in the technological advancement of the 21st century. Entering the 2017-2022 period, the need for integrated and scalable solutions stretches beyond the highly-industrialized economies to developing countries. Thus, smart technologies that help optimize costs become a necessity, especially in highly competitive industries such as utilities. Thanks to their scalability and ease of updating and upgrading, electrical SCADA are amongst the leaders in market expansion. They are estimated to expand at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 7.8%, reaching $3.29 billion by 2022. Read More

Blog Post

Digitalizing the Enterprise: Connect Information From Origin to Action To Results

By Beth Parkinson
Digital transformation is boosting bottom lines across manufacturing, thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. In fact, roughly two-thirds of manufacturers have already increased profitability by applying the IoT to their plants and processes. Companies report similar success increasing profitability by embedding IoT capabilities into their products. Read More


Reaping the Benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)

By CSA Group
The transformative forces that shape the near future of industrialized nations come with several definitions, depending on perspective and focus -the 4th Industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), and Smart Manufacturing to name a few. We no longer talk about disparate assets, we talk about systems of products that are electronically connected, communicate wirelessly and autonomous. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Discussing Nivek Automatisation with President Kevin Dufresne

By Owen Hurst
Nivek Automatisation is a forward-thinking company focused on providing advanced solutions that deliver premium performance and flexibility of use. Working across a variety of industries such as Water Management, Wood Processing, Food, Industrial Process, Manufacturing and Minerals Nivek works to provide optimal service. Located in Saint-Cesaire Quebec Nivek is a growing company that is and will continue to provide control and automation solutions in an industry that show no sign of slowing. Read More

Industry Input Survey

Insights for Your Industry

Survey 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 contol market, each week we ask a new question about the industry and the companies working within it.
How Many Years has your Company been in Operation?

1) 1 to 5
2) 6 to 10
3) 11 to 20
4) More than 20 years

Industry Input Survey Results

Results from Last Issue

As we continue to dig into the Canadian automation and Control market your poll responses provide valuable insight into the state of the industry and its recent growth. Last week we asked how many employees work at your company and thanks to our great readers we received a high number of responses. Interestingly the results show a farily even distrbution of employee size ranging from companies with less than 10 employees to those with over 500. The largest employee range was 100 to 199 with 24% of the employee size distribution. This is quite interesting as it reveals that companies in this range are well established and operate in large geographic areas or within dense metropolitan centres. Also interesting is that small companies with under 100 employees are highly present in the market, and together make up 51% of the total automation and control industry in Canada. Read More

Product News

Phoenix Contact Premium Low Wattage Power Supplies

Phoenix Contact has added compact AC/DC power supplies ranging from 30 to 100 W to the premium QUINT POWER family. With these new low wattage additions, control engineers can select a more precise power supply for their low-power applications, while still getting advanced QUINT POWER features, such as preventative monitoring and power reserve. Read More

New HARTING Slim, EasyCon Connectors Serve Rail Industry's Need for More Flexibility

HARTING, a leading supplier of connectivity solutions for the rail industry, has expanded its rugged Han HPR connector series for harsh environments with more options to help manufacturers of rolling stock assemble the increasingly complex electrical systems of modern equipment. The new Han HPR 22 Slim connector can accommodate up to four 250A contacts, yet its flat profile is ideal for height-restricted spaces like the underside of a rail car and its ultra-slim profile leaves room in wiring pathways for other critical systems. Read More

Weidmuller Klippon Connect Application Range

Weidmuller introduces their Klippon Connect A-Series Application Range modular terminal blocks. Featuring push-in technology, the new A-Series Application Range products are designed specifically for use in recurring control cabinet applications to help increase efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. This range includes terminals for voltage/current transformer wiring, signal wiring, control voltage distribution and power distribution. Read More

EPLAN Platform: New Features for Improved Ergonomics and Faster Project Design

The EPLAN Platform 2.8 user interface is easy to use with comprehensive layout possibilities and customised views for project data. Furthermore, the entire windows for navigators or data dialogues can now be hidden as fly outs at the edge of the main window. This means there is plenty of space available for designers, which makes working on a project much clearer. The fly outs can quickly be opened and closed - as needed - as tabs over the opened project pages. Difficult shifting or temporarily expanding windows is outdated. But that's not all: the Quick Input Box has been expanded Read More

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