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In this issue we consider several advances being made in the automation industry that are sure to help drive your business. Rittal and Linear Transfer discuss Model Solutions for the Automation Industry, Rockwell Automation presents an article on Digital Representations and Making the Most of Electrical Control Upgrades, Phoenix Contact details the Advantages of Push-Connections, and Kymera Systems looks at the Future of SCADA. And for those who have not yet completed our Product Purchasing Survey please take two minutes to complete the brief questionnaire, your contribution will help define the Canadian market.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor



Model Solutions for the Automation Industry

By Rittal
In order to provide world-class service to their international clients, including 5 of the global top 10 automotive OEMs, global appliance and HVAC manufacturers, Linear has established service and support center in all regions where their equipment is installed. When it came to selecting Enclosures, Consoles, Junction boxes, Air conditioning systems to house their critical equipment, it was very clear to Linear after extensive market studies, that Rittal was the only truly global company with high quality, consistent and readily available products and solutions. Read More


Potential Distribution with Push-in Connection: Space-saving and Time-saving Supply and Distribution

By Phoenix Contact
As automation becomes increasingly common, the number of sensors and actuators is also increasing - making potential distribution or collection more complex as a result. Assembly times can now be shortened considerably, thanks to the new concept of the PTFIX compact distribution blocks with push-in technology. Available in different numbers of positions and mounting types, the distribution blocks can be used straight away and extended as required. Providing electrical energy and distributing it to consumers - this is the basic requirement for the electrical connection technology. Read More

Digital Transformation

Digital Representations Deliver Bottom-Line Results

By Rockwell Automation
The two foundations of a digital transformation — the digital twin and the digital thread — offer new ways to trial practices, processes, and product concepts in a virtual environment. These digital experiments allow companies to test safely, quickly, and without costly rework and revisions — helping to enable development and implementations of new workflows and product configurations that are immediately viable. The digital twin virtually mimics a company's machines, controls, processes, workflows and systems. The digital thread offers a detailed, virtual perspective of information flows — production performance data (e.g., speed, downtime), product specification data (e.g., quality parameters, system rejects), supply-chain data (e.g., inventory levels, late deliveries, quality), etc. Read More


Changing Scene

  • JMP Engineering is now JMP Solutions
    JMP Engineering has announced that it will now be called JMP Solutions. The company, a leading industrial technology partner to the Fortune 1000, has expanded its services and coverage area to meet the needs of customers. "Demand for industrial automation has been rapidly increasing across North America and customers are looking to take advantage of even more of what technology has to offer...

  • Pilz Provides an Orientation for Machinery Safety
    Validation of robot applications to ISO/TS 15066, safe programming to EN ISO 13849 or risk evaluation and analysis to IEC 62061. Anyone who deals with functional safety can easily get entangled in the standards and directives. With its Safety Compendium Pilz is giving design engineers, manufacturers and operators a reliable orientation for the most important machinery safety directives...

  • Schneider Electric Brings Big Data and IoT to Data Centres with EcoStruxure IT
    Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced EcoStruxure IT, the first "Data Centre Management as a Service" architecture. EcoStruxure IT revolutionizes data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) by delivering a cloud-based architecture purpose-built for hybrid IT and data centre environments. The vendor-agnostic architecture delivers a new standard for proactive insights on critical assets...

  • New Application Content Speeds Up and Future-Proofs Machine Designs
    Rockwell Automation continues to release new application content to help OEMs and process skid manufacturers create state-of-the-art machine designs faster and at a lower cost. The latest content includes device objects and two machine builder code libraries, one for converting, print and web (CPW) machines and one for process skids. This new release complements the already available content for packaging applications...

  • Bruce Power Selects ATS for Innovative Automated Reactor Component Removal Solution
    ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TSX: ATA) ("ATS" or the "Company") an industry-leading automation solutions provider, today announced the receipt of new enterprise Order Bookings from Bruce Power valued at approximately CAD $60 million. ATS was selected by Bruce Power to design and deliver innovative automated reactor component removal tools for their Major Component Replacement (MCR) project...

  • Reliable Controls Partners with St. Lawrence College
    Reliable Controls is pleased to announce a partnership with St. Lawrence College. Students in the college's Energy Systems Engineering Technology program will be learning on Reliable Controls cutting-edge equipment for the next ten years…

  • Transport and Positioning Perfected: Linear Motor-Driven Transfer Systems from Rexroth
    For the highly dynamic transport and exact positioning of materials and workpieces, linear motor-driven transfer systems are the first choice. Bosch Rexroth is enriching this market segment with two innovative solutions at once, and can therefore meet the specific requirements of series and special machine manufacturers alike. Customers looking for a quickly applicable system for short-cycle applications will find the perfect execution in ActiveMover...

  • Fonds de solidarité FTQ Invests $5 Million in Granby-Based Belt-Tech Products
    The Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ - Estrie today announced a $5 million investment in Belt-Tech Products Inc., a Granby-based manufacturer of seat belt webbing for the automotive, industrial and aviation markets. The funds will be used to purchase equipment, increase working capital to support expanding operations, automate its plant and improve productivity by making the innovation shift to industry 4.0...

  • Emerging Technologies in Medical Device Connectivity Will Skyrocket the Healthcare Market
    The wide adoption of electronic medical/health record (EMR/EHR) solutions in hospitals is making a strong case for interoperability among medical devices, and could well take the $232.5 million globalmedical device connectivity (MDC) market past the billion-dollar mark by 2022. To make optimal use of EMR/EHR and lower their dependence on manual monitoring, hospitals are developing connectivity strategies based on early warning scores, automated electronic charting...

6 FAQs about HARTING Connectors on UL 508A Panels
ALT 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

International News

  • Bosch Plans to Sell its Packaging Business
    Bosch has decided to look for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA), more specifically the pharmaceuticals and food units of the Packaging Technology division. The company said that it had not identified any sufficiently relevant synergy effects in terms of business or technology that might offer the division prospects for the future within Bosch and that packaging technology was not part of the group's core business...

  • ABB Completes Acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions
    ABB announced it has completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions (GEIS), GE's global electrification solutions business on June 30, 2018. The transaction was announced on September 25, 2017, and is expected to be accretive to operational EPS in the first year. The $2.6 billion transaction offers substantial value creation potential within ABB, including growth opportunities to be leveraged from coupling ABB's digital offering...

  • Value Chain Integration by Automation Solution Providers Drives Growth
    Technavio analysts forecast the global industrial automation services market to grow at a CAGR of almost 6% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest market research report. The value chain integration by automation solution providers is one of the major trends being witnessed in the global industrial automation services market. The process industries have a large installed base for automation software and hardware...


Make the Most of Your Electrical Control System Upgrade

An aging electrical control system can lead to unplanned downtime and safety risks. When the time comes to replace it, make sure to choose your strategy wisely. Some companies opt to simply replace their legacy system with a newer version of the same technology. While this approach may deliver improved system reliability, shouldn't you get more from such a major infrastructure investment? Especially today as industrial operations become more digitized, replacing one hard-wired solution with another can leave you at a competitive disadvantage as your competitors go digital. Read More


Latest Trends, Growth & Forecasts for the SCADA Market

SCADA, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, is a software application used for process control. It is a control system which consists of several components such as software communication equipment, controller network interfaces, and input/output. As a centralized system, SCADA is an IIoT Software that monitors an entire area, allowing operators to change set points for flow and enable alarm systems in case of various emergency conditions, such as the increase in temperature or change in the rate of flow. Based on its IIoT architecture and IIoT integration system, SCADA can communicate with all adjacent technical equipment through various networks such as RS-485, among others. Read More


Practical Benefits of Modular Industrial Enclosures

Modular freestanding enclosures offer a number of key advantages when compared to traditional unibody enclosures. Many times these attributes are overlooked either out of a false perception of increased enclosure costs, reluctance to change, or a simple lack of awareness to the possible benefits of modular solutions. This white paper seeks to provide a more clear understanding, for designers, integrators and end users alike, of the benefits offered by modular enclosures. Examples will be made to demonstrate the savings that can be realized over the lifespan of an enclosure. Read More

Industry Survey

Panel Builder & Systems Integrator Product Purchasing Survey

Panel Builder & Systems Integrator has begun research into the current state of the Automation and Control Industry in Canada for its 2018 Navigator Research Report due out this fall. With your help we can gain a clear picture of the growth of the industry, as well as trends and directions that dominate the Canadian market. The current survey is only 5 questions and takes an average 2 minutes to complete. Your opinion is highly valued and we look forward to your contribution to providing a comprehensive industry report. Read More

Product News

Three Han-Smart® Modules Usher in the Age of the Intelligent Industrial Connector

In launching the first Han-Smart® modules, HARTING is bringing new, intelligent capabilities to the highly esteemed, customer configurable Han-Modular®connector system. Until now, industrial connectors have been used exclusively as passive devices for carrying power, signal, data transmission and pneumatics - functions they continue to provide. However, with Han-Smart® solutions, connectors can provide added value while beginning to evolve into active devices to serve the needs of future manufacturing. These three modules are just the beginning Read More

New Field Controller Provides Simplified, Cost-Effective Solution for DC Retrofit Applications

The new Allen-Bradley PowerFlex DC field controller from Rockwell Automation enables customers to upgrade their DC motor application to a modern system, without the need for complex external devices. An up-to-date digital networked control system helps customers gather and leverage vital information throughout their enterprise. The DC field controller provides three-phase, four-quadrant (reversing) DC motor or generator field control. The field controller can be used on its own or with a PowerFlex DC digital drive. In stand-alone mode, it provides power to a DC motor field with a fixed reference by using fixed I/O. Read More

Balluff's Magnetic Linear Encoder Solves Issues with Variable Gap Distance

A new magnetic incremental linear encoder system with exceptional ride height provides a much needed solution for applications with variable gap distance. The new BML SF2 system from Balluff provides 12 micrometer system accuracy at gap distances up to 1.0 mm and a maximum working gap distance of 1.8 mm. The accuracy greatly simplifies installation, start-up, and operation. The BML SF2 system is the ideal linear position feedback solution for demanding applications such as cutting and forming machinery, X-Y positioning, and direct feedback on electric drives Read More

B&R's Orange Box, an Industrial IoT solution package

B&R's Orange Box lets users access previously unreadable energy and process data from digitally isolated machinery. The Orange Box is able to read data from the machine without any changes to existing hardware or software. Clearly visualized performance metrics make it easy to identify opportunities for targeted improvement so machinery can be operated more efficiently. As an Industrial IoT solution package, the Orange Box brings smart-factory intelligence to brownfield installations. Read More

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