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Message From The Editor

Integration & Collaboration is the key to Success, but as technology is becoming more connected are we becoming more disconnected?

Automation revolves around the need for enhanced integration, and as I have previously mentioned, collaboration among our industry leaders. It cannot be stressed enough that integration and collaboration are driving humanity to greater technological advances. But as our technology becomes more connected, are we as a global community becoming more disconnected? With current concerns about the state of international trade and the impact it could have on the ability to integrate and collaborate among some industrialized nations will developments suffer, or will we see an evolution in the global community's drive to maintain collaborative efforts despite political tensions? Panel Builder & Systems Integrator would love to hear your opinions regarding this. Feel free write Owen Hurst and share your opinions and concerns.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor

Industry Driver

Driving the Industry Forward: Discussing the Success and Future of Phoenix Contact with Executive Board Member and Chief Technology Officer Roland Bent

By Owen Hurst
Panel Builder & Systems Integrator recently had the opportunity to attend Hannover Messe 2018 to see first hand the future products and solutions being offered within the industry and to learn about the advancements and technology direction of Phoenix Contact. Phoenix Contact is an innovative driver of new technology and solutions that were displayed across an impressive booth that showcased not only new products, but perhaps most interestingly the development of complete control solutions that are revolutionizing the industry. Read More

Market Feature

IBM & Rittal partner to provide complete IT infrastructure solutions from banking to mining to government!

Today, organizations, especially the midsize ones, often find themselves in a quandary. They need to continually increase IT capacity to support new technologies like cloud, analytics, mobility, and social while improving availability, supporting application growth and meeting new customer and business demands at the same time, they must contain operating and capital costs. Something's got to give. For many organizations, data centers are the engines that drive the growth of the enterprise. Typically, CIOs have met the demands of a growing business by expanding IT capacity with new equipment. But with power densities growing 20 times the past decade alone, this strategy is creating unsustainable power and cooling requirements in existing data centers. Read More

Product Development

Digital Twins: Creating Smarter Products On Time and On Budget

To keep pace in the machine design industry, companies require a delicate balance of innovation and an ability to get their products to market on time and on budget. Typically, issues with new designs will become apparent during commissioning, once physical prototypes shed light on oversights and errors. In fact, design issues found during commissioning are often acknowledged as simply the cost of doing business, given that new designs are crucial to the success of many. In the machine design industry, however, some companies are investing more resources in up-front design, drastically reducing the amount of issues they'll encounter in the later stages of development. Read More


Changing Scene

  • Rittal and 3 Phase Power Systems Partner to Offer Western Canada Enhanced Power Distribution Solutions!
    Rittal Systems Ltd. is delighted to announce our latest Rittal Power Distribution Certified Systems Integrator, 3 Phase Power Systems, Western Canada's industrial power conversion experts. Rittal's Certified System Integrators demonstrate exceptional knowledge and experience in specifying and configuring Rittal enclosure, climate control and power distribution systems....

  • True North Automation Becomes True North Solutions
    True North Automation Inc., a leading North American engineering firm announced a name change to True North Solutions with the launch of its new brand and visual identity. With headquarters in Calgary, Alberta and Denver, Colorado, True North Solutions provides a wide range of fully customized, vendor-neutral industrial engineering solutions to clients around the world....

  • Siemens to Establish Global Cybersecurity Centre in Fredericton
    Multinational technology company Siemens has chosen to establish a cybersecurity centre in Fredericton. The venture is expected to create up to 30 highly skilled jobs in the province by 2020 with another 30 jobs in Phase 2, and will also support training, education and research and development. The new positions are expected to be in engineering, cyber analysis and consulting...

  • Mouser Electronics Opens Canada Location in Kitchener-Waterloo
    Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, today announces the May 2018 opening of its Canadian Customer Service Center, located in Kitchener-Waterloo in the Ontario technology corridor. This new customer service center will support local electronic design engineers, buyers and hardware innovators, helping them to locate the newest products for their designs...

  • Reko Celebrates Grand Opening of New Automation & Innovation Facility in Ontario
    On June 4, Reko International Group Inc. celebrated the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the design, development, and build of innovative industrial automation solutions. Reko Automation, will now operate out of their newly constructed 48,600 sq.ft. facility in Lakeshore, Ontario. Reko Automation now has the infrastructure in place to deliver large scale, turn-key automation projects and Industry 4.0 solutions...

  • GE Healthcare FlexFactory Helps XPH Scale Up Industrialization of TCR T-Cell Immunotherapy Drugs
    GE Healthcare will provide Xiangxue Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. with a FlexFactory for cell therapy, a semi-automated end-to-end manufacturing platform, to help scale up, digitize and accelerate manufacturing processes for their cell therapy clinical trials and future commercialization. This project marks the first-ever application of FlexFactory for cell immunotherapy drugs based on high-affinity and high-specificity T cell receptors (TCR)...

  • Spartan Controls Announces Contribution Agreement with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Spartan Controls is pleased to announce we have renewed our partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), with a $4. 3M contribution agreement. NAIT, known for hands-on, technology-based learning, is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology, the environment, business, health and trades....


International News

Webinar Recording

Rittal Webinar Recording: Enclosure Specification Best Practices for Lower Costs and Greater Utility

Not all enclosures are created equal. Rittal understands that it can be overwhelming to sift through the information to make the right purchasing recommendations and decisions. The webinar was presented by Training Supervisor Steve Sullivan of Rittal and detailed the differences between truly modular and unibody welded enclosures and addressed the considerations that should be made when specifying an enclosure in order to achieve better utility and lower overall cost of ownership. The webinar is of interest to anyone who has any involvement in specifying industrial enclosures. Read More


Rockwell Automation on the Move

At Rockwell Automation on the Move, we offer a variety of 90-minute labs where participants work hands on with Rockwell Automation products. Topics included Control System Design, Information & Visualization Software, Networks & Security, Power, Motion & Motor Control, Process Solutions, and Safety. Read More

New Catalogue

New 2018 Phoenix Contact Catalog

Industry Input Poll

Insights for Your Industry

In this edition of our Industry Input Poll we are considering the future of the System Integration market over the next five years. We would love your insight on what you feel the system integration market within Canada will look like in five years. Follow the link to provide your predictions for this industry. Responses will be published in an upcoming article.

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Industry Input Poll Results

Results from Last Issue

In our last poll we asked your opinion on whether Canada was currently positioned to become a leader in Control and Automation infrastructure in the coming years? The question was an interesting one that can certainly be considered from multiple angles, and which appears to have divided our diverse audience. Those who believe we are not currently positioned to become a leader in automation and control infrastructure edged out those believing we are well positioned by just 2%. The responses show a divide not only in opinions for the future but also on the current state of Canadian infrastructure. Coming polls will attempt to breakdown this opinion by industry sector to gain a picture of those industries that are on track and those which are lagging behind. Read More

Product News

Bender Inc. Announces Newest Advancement in NGRM Technology

Bender Inc., part of the Bender Group, the global leader in ground-fault protection, is proud to announce the release of its most advanced Neutral Grounding Resistor (NGR) Monitor, the NGRM700. This protective relay offers industry-leading protection providing additional safety on high-resistance-grounded transformers and generators.It exceeds regulatory requirements and exceeds the limitations of other devices on the market by detecting open and shorted resistors in both active and passive monitoring. Read More

Balluff Introduces Non-Contact RFID Safety Guard Locking Switch

Balluff continues the expansion of its safety product line with the release of its new non-contact, RFID safety guard locking switch. The safety guard locking switch combines non-contact, coded-transponder safety technology with a mechanical solenoid locking function to create a unique, high-capability solution to meet the highest levels of safety required by international standards. Read More

Festo's easy-to-clean MPA-C valve terminal sets the standard in food production

Today's stringent food safety rules require production systems that are easily and thoroughly cleanable to a very high standard, yet extremely reliable. That's the key deliverable of Festo's MPA-C valve terminal, the centerpiece of its Clean Design series of products for hygienically critical food production systems that get frequent, rigorous cleaning, often with corrosive agents. With Its IP69K and CRC4 class rating the MPA-C doesn't have to be housed in a control cabinet, instead it can be located near the food handling area of the machine. Read More

PILZ PSS67 PLC: The world's first PLC controller for safety and automation with protection type IP67 - Automation outside the control cabinet

With PSS67 PLC, the automation company Pilz is launching the first safe PLC controller with protection type IP67. PSS67 PLC can be installed outside the control cabinet, directly on the machine. This means that users can save space, reduce their wiring work and enjoy greater flexibility when implementing decentralised control architectures. Read More

Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Triconex Tricon CX v11.3 Controller Enables Profitable Safety for High-Hazard Industries

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has released Tricon CX version 11.3, the most powerful version of its EcoStruxure Triconex safety instrumented system. Tricon CX version 11.3 continues the company's heritage of embedding the industry's strongest cybersecurity features within its flagship process safety system. Read More

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