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Message From The Editor

The summer is nearly half over already and it has been a hot one outside and for the automation and control industry. See below how things are heating up with Harting Canada's double digit growth as well as the celebrating of 35 successful years of Phoenix Contact in Canada. And for those looking to cool off be sure to have a close look at Rittal's Summer Cooling Promo before it ends! So, enjoy the heat outside but be sure to keep an eye on our newsletter to know who is heating it up and who is cooling it down.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor


Canadian Success

HARTING Canada Success Story Continues with Double Digit Growth

HARTING Canada is enjoying another record year in sales and market penetration and diversification by leveraging a comprehensive customer strategy and introducing new products catering to the major trends in industry. At the company's annual Canadian media day in Toronto, the HARTING team for Canada attributed the company's double digit revenue growth to a strong coast-to-coast sales network, bolstered by the recent addition of Peter Hanna as territory sales manager for Ontario. It also reflects a commitment to providing unrivalled after-sales engineering support. Read More


Rockwell Automation: Protect Yourself With Good Cyber Hygiene Practices

Global cyber attacks — like WannaCry and Petya — affected thousands of targets and networks around the world. Even if you escaped these, attacks targeting an industry, company or country can cause as much damage, whether the goal is to disrupt operations, gain attention or ransom data. In just the last few years I've seen substantial maturing around how food and beverage companies manage cyber risk within their industrial environment. We're beginning to see companies not just think about cybersecurity from the perspective of defense in depth. Read More

Summer Promo

Last Chance to avail of Rittal's Summer Cooling Promo

As it heats up, Rittal explains how you can keep those enclosures cool and decrease energy costs while enhancing efficiency! Our CSA-approved Blue e+ range of air conditioners offer up to 75% energy savings, multi-voltage capability, touch-screen interface and more. Our top-notch roof-mounted fans are NEMA 12 out of the box, and NEMA 3R/4/4X with the rain hood! Extend the life of your sensitive equipment, save costs, reduce downtime and maximise your ROI! Read More

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

Changing Scene

  • Mersen Knowledge Center: Mersen's New E-Learning Experience
    Mersen Knowledge Center - Electrical Power is Mersen Electrical Power North America's new official online self-registering E-learning portal for electrical distributors, engineers, and end users. Visitors to the portal will find a broad library of 22 different training modules in video presentation format to choose from...

  • Endress+Hauser Canada partners with Westburne in ON & SK
    Endress+Hauser, a global leader in process measurement and instrumentation, has concluded an agreement with Westburne that makes the electrical distributor its latest Authorized Channel Partner. The agreement, which leverages the strategic relationship between Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd., is a major development in the process automation sector in Canada."..

  • Phoenix Contact: Free Simulation of Wireless Networks
    Infrastructure systems for power distribution or for water supply and disposal often include remote stations that are distributed over a large area. The sensor values change relatively slowly and sometimes have to be transmitted over several kilometers to a control center. To avoid the effort and expense of cable installation...

  • Proax Technologies Awarded One of Four Omron Automation FY17 Distributor of the Year Awards
    Industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced the 2017 fiscal year's winners of the prestigious Distributor of the Year award at its FY18 Sales Conference during the week of May 21st. Over 650 persons representing Omron and its channel partners participated in the event, which included new technology...

  • More than 80% of Siemens Canada Employees also Shareholders
    More than 80 per cent of eligiblei Siemens Canada employees are now Siemens shareholders as the company recently distributed a total of €400 million from a profit sharing pool to eligible employees in 102 countries, primarily in the form of Siemens AG shares. In total, approximately 300,000 of the company's 377,000 employees worldwide...

  • Andrew Thurlow, Westburne, Promoted to National Automation Manager
    Westburne is pleased to announce that Andrew Thurlow has been promoted to the newly created position of National Automation Manager reporting to Dave Syer, Vice President, Westburne. The National Automation Manager is responsible for increasing market share, sales volume and gross margin dollars associated with the products...

  • Six Companies Join the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork Program
    Industrial companies that want to implement smart manufacturing or other initiatives often need to work with multiple vendors. To help simplify this process and connect companies with the right solutions, Rockwell Automation has added six new companies to its PartnerNetwork program. One existing member has also expanded to serve the EMEA region...

  • Carlo Gavazzi Awards Manufacturers Automation Inc. the "Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2018"
    For the third year in a row, Manufacturers Automation Inc. has been awarded the "Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2018." Presenting the award to Brent Raynor (left), Sales Manager at Manufacturers Automation Inc., is Wes Otten, Area Sales Manager for Carlo Gavazzi (Cdn), pictured on the right...

  • RITTAL is Proud to be One of the Top Ten Best Workplaces in Manufacturing in Canada Again!
    Right on the heels of being recognized as one of this year's Best Workplaces™ in Canada, Rittal Systems Ltd. is proud to announce that we have been named on the 2018 list of the Best Workplaces™ Manufacturingfor the second year in a row. Rittal has received this honour after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work...

  • Detour Gold Provides Operational Improvement Strategy for Mines
    The operating systems associated with the key value drivers for the mine operation remain an ongoing critical area of assessment. Some of the systems mapping and its assessment was completed recently. This will encompass increased training for, and improvements to, the current systems, and streamlining to a more fully integrated mine-wide operational system...


Industry News

  • Emerson Completes Aventics Acquisition
    Emerson has announced it has completed the purchase of Aventics, a global leader in smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. The acquisition will significantly expand the company's reach in the growing $13 billion fluid automation market and solidify Emerson's automation technology presence in Europe...

  • JMP Receives Three Sales Leadership and Growth Awards
    JMP Solutions, a leading independent robotic systems integrator, today announced it is the recipient of three prestigious awards at the FANUC America Authorized Systems Integrator Conference and Awards Gala in Clearwater, Florida. JMP's Automation & Robotics Division received three awards: The Growth Award was presented for outstanding growth of robot sales...

  • The FRABA Group Marks its 100th Anniversary
    FRABA is 100 years old this year! The company traces its history back to 1918, when the "Franz Baumgartner elektrische Apparate GmbH" was founded in Cologne, Germany. This enterprise specialized in building mechanical relays and controls for industry and grew into a successful mid-size enterprise. The founder, Mr. Baumgartner, re-built the company after 1945...

Peers & Profiles

History of Harting: After Six Decades, Wilhelm Harting's Invention Keeps Getting Better

Few industrial innovations have weathered the years as well as heavy duty connectors. What was revolutionary in 1950 is an indispensable part of machine and plant design today. Legacy models continue to serve users remarkably well while the newest ones deliver important additional benefits. The rectangular connector made its debut almost 65 years ago, reflecting a growing trend in machine design at the time and starting one of its own. Machines were becoming increasingly complex. No longer was machine control just a matter of plugging a power cord into an electrical outlet. Read More

Canadian Footprint

Phoenix Contact Celebrates it's 35th Year in Canada

This year Phoenix Contact celebrated its 35th anniversary with staff, customers and distinguished channel partners. Since their founding in 1983 in Mississauga they have developed a reputation for quality products and solutions and a customer support structure that has driven their success and expansion across the country, along with the building of a new facility in Milton. Kevin McKenna, General Manager of Phoenix Contact Canada, is a big part of the success, although he humbly attributes much of this to his devoted and continually growing staff. Read More

Advanced Solutions

Linear & Rittal: Blazing a Trail through the Automation Industry

Linear Transfer Automation, Inc. has been the backbone of the metal-forming & stamping automation industry landscape for a long time, eliminating a lot of heavy lifting and repetitive tasks and adding increased productivity and flexibility to manual and aging processes in the metal-forming / stamping industry. Linear's automation products range from high speed material feeding systems, through stamping processes with transfer systems and end-of line stacking systems. Linear's goal is simply to be the leading transfer automation manufacturer in the world committed to the highest quality. Read More


Software Reduces Design Time for Standalone Machines

Machine builders can now get standalone machines to market faster using a newly updated design and configuration software. The latest release of the Connected Components Workbench software from Rockwell Automation will be more familiar to Logix users and includes new features to help reduce programming time. It provides controller programming, device configuration and human-machine interface editing for Rockwell Automation hardware. A new instruction toolbar organizes programming elements into tabs. This allows designers to easily search, drag and drop instructions into the ladder logic editor. Read More

Survey Says

Control System Engineer Average Annual Pay by Experience

In this edition we examine national survey results regarding annual pay rates for Control System Engineers based on their years of experience within the field. As should be expected there is a visible increase in annual pay rates based on experience. The beginning average annual salary is $63,000 with substantial increases in pay over the first 10 years, and moderate increase to an average of $100,000 for those reaching 20+ years of experience. Read More

Product News

Beckhoff Introduces TwinCAT 3 Building Automation

Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new TwinCAT 3 Building Automation software platform to modernize intelligent building systems. TwinCAT 3 Building Automation meshes with existing TwinCAT 3 modules for HMI and IoT, along with Analytics and Scope, and bundles all important functions for building automation into one universal tool. Handling the engineering and control of all building systems on a single software platform uncovers significant benefits, such as simple IoT communication, cloud-based analysis of building data and the rapid creation of individualized operator interfaces. Read More

HARTING's Han-Modular Cat7A Module Brings Ultra-High Speed Ethernet to the Connector

HARTING is raising the speed limit in industrial connectivity with the launch of the Han-Modular®Gigabit Cat7A data transmission module for the world's most comprehensive modular connector system. Incorporating the Gigabit Cat7A module into a Han-Modular® connector as part of a Cat7 network unlocks the potential of ultra high speed Ethernet, making possible higher speeds over greater distances - for example, 10 Gbit/s up to 100 meters at an operating frequency up to 1,000 MHz. This next generation Gigabit Cat7A module connects at data rates of 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 40,000 mbit/s. Read More

Brighter, More Flexible Tower Light Now Available from Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation introduces the Allen-Bradley ControlTower 856T 70 mm Tower Light system. This new system incorporates brighter LED illumination and a broad offering of visual and sound technologies all in a 70 mm diameter housing. The ControlTower 856T is capable of accommodating up to seven modules in the same stack, offering users the ability to monitor more machine and process conditions in a single device. This new modular design allows the ControlTower 856T system to meet the widest range of signaling applications with a reduced number of components. Read More

Plug-and-Play Balluff Safety Light Curtains Adds Safety with Ease

A new family of safety light curtains with IO-Link connectivity is now available for increased safety with easy installation.These devices can be easily and inexpensively connected directly to the Balluff Safety Over IO-Link module, allowing integrators to implement a complete safety and automation sensing and network solution. Users can choose from finger, hand or body detection versions, covering protective heights from 150mm (6 inches) to 1800 mm (71 inches). These safety light curtains have a compact, robust housing and meet the highest levels of safety required by EN ISO 13849 (PLe) and IEC/EN 61508/62061 (SIL 3). Read More

PILZ: Manually operated control devices PITjog

Manual control units are used when work is being carried out in a plant or machine's danger zone. Use manually operated control devices, for example, to control machine functions by hand while the safety gate is opened. Read More

Bender: New PEM353 for practical, accurate power quality and energy data monitoring

The new LINETRAXX PEM353 addresses applications in low-voltage main distribution boards (LVMD), data centres and building installations. As a modern display instrument for electrical quantities, it is equally suitable for monitoring power quality and energy data. With its standardised enclosure (DIN 96 x 96 mm), it is intended for front panel installation. The compact size of just 7 mm facilitates almost seamless integration. In the context of energy data monitoring, the PEM353 provides the measurement quantities for real energy, and does so with outstanding accuracy (class 0.5 S). Read More

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