Panel Builder & System Integrator
Equipment and Solutions for Control and Automation
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This month Panel Builder & Systems Integrator is ramping up its focus on the coming Navigator 2018 Panel Building and System Integrating research report due out on October 1. Currently we are conducting research and reaching out to the industry through various surveys in order to gain true insight into the current state of the automation and control industry within Canada. Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey for your chance to win one of five Phoenix Contact tool kits. Take the short survey HERE

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor


Carlo Gavazzi Awards Manufacturers Automation Inc. the "Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2018"

By Manufacturers Automation Inc.
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 (right), Sales Manager at Manufacturers Automation Inc., is Wes Otten, Area Sales Manager for Carlo Gavazzi (Cdn), pictured on the left. Manufacturers Automation Inc. is an electronic and electrical distributor covering the North American industrial marketplace for the past 36 years. The firm slogan's is "Can We Help You." Read More

Customer Service

Exceptional Customer Service Drives Project Success - JMP Solutions

By JMP Soultions
Large industrial automation capital expense projects are complex and can expand outside of the four walls of a facility and across an enterprise. Justifying these projects, defining success metrics, and executing large projects can be riddled with pressure and fear of being late and over budget. This is especially difficult if your System Integrator is not helping you define desired business outcomes and what "success" really means to you and your company. How is your System Integrator (including the hardware manufacturers who provide services) measuring their project and customer success? Read More

International Headline

Bedrock Automation Enables Comparison and Calculation of Industrial Control System Lifecycle Costs

By Robert Bergman
Bedrock Automation, maker of the Bedrock® Open Secure Automation (OSA) system, has announced the availability of the fifth in its series of white papers supporting implementation of Open Secure Automation (OSA). The new whitepaper, Chapter Five: Industrial Control Systems Life Cycle Cost Analysis - Quantitative Evaluation, delineates 450 different factors that impact costs across the following six phases of the industrial control system (ICS) life cycle: engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance, system, and cyber security. Read More


Changing Scene

  • Honeywell Integrates Aesolutions' Software to Provide Industry-First Process Safety Management and Risk Reduction Solution
    Honeywell Process Solutions today announced that it launched Process Safety Suite, which centralizes and synchronizes disparate process safety data to eliminate errors and inconsistencies, and thereby creates a complete, real-time view of safety risk for all levels of an organization...

  • Rockwell Automation TechED Event Showcases Leading IIoT Applications Across Industries
    The Rockwell Automation 2018 TechED North America technical education and user conference concluded with over 2,300 attendees participating in a unique five-day learning and networking experience. Designed for end users, systems integrators, distributors, partners and machine builders, TechED created an opportunity for participants to learn from industry experts and hear how their peers are solving manufacturing and production challenges...

  • Experts to Meet at the 6th EPLAN EEC Forum
    Both national and international customers as well as (potential) customers of EPLAN are invited to come discuss automated engineering, whether executives or users of the software. How do I implement an integrated and automated process, from order processing to engineering to manufacturing? Experts will be providing answers to this question and many others during the two-and-a-half-day event, which has become a "must attend" for many clients over the past five years...

  • Proax Technologies Proud to be the 1st SMS Elite Distributor in Canada
    Proax is pleased to announce that we've become Canada's first and only SMC Elite Distributor. This is an exclusive status with only 10 Elite Distributors in North America. SMC has established requirements for its distributors and the Elite level is at the top. It requires an extensive investment by the distributor in training, technical personnel, value added services and inventory along with meeting the targeted sales volume...

  • Interoperability, Cybersecurity Goals Drive Cooperation Between ISA and The Open Group
    The International Society of Automation and The Open Group have agreed to a liaison Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperation in advancing and harmonizing the development of a multivendor, interoperable, secure control architecture for application across the process industries. Activities will include sharing of best practices, document review and joint forums...

  • Canadian Manufacturing Statistics
    Canadian manufacturers recorded robust rises in output, new orders and employment during July, thereby signalling another marked improvement in overall business conditions across the sector. However, the latest survey also signalled a steep and accelerated rise in prices charged by manufacturing firms, which was widely linked to the impact of U.S. trade tariffs on steel and aluminium...

  • Annual EcoStruxure Foxboro User Group Conference to Focus on Digitization and Profitability
    Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, will hold its annual EcoStruxure™ Foxboro user group conference on August 6-9 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Hundreds of Schneider Electric customers, industrial automation experts, industry partners, technology experts and executives will come together to address critical industry challenges and discuss the future of process automation, including the impact of digitization in the age of IIoT...

  • Hazardous Location Certification
    Industries whose productivity requires significant amounts of work in Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) - such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Pharmaceuticals - can rise and fall with economic and political pressures. However, one aspect of HazLoc industries that remains of critical importance is safety...

  • Essential Guide to Safety Evaluation in the U.S. and Canada
    We often take for granted the intricate mechanisms that are at work to ensure electricity is readily available to power our everyday lives. The evolving global landscape for electrical distribution and use has created a need for energy storage systems (ESS), making them among the fastest growing electrical power system products. ESS technology continues to evolve rapidly, creating new opportunities to increase the resiliency and affordability of vital energy supplies.

  • Calvin Wallace Named New Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation Ltd. in Canada
    Beckhoff Automation is pleased to announce the promotion of Calvin Wallace to the managing director position of Beckhoff Canada (Beckhoff Automation Ltd.). Wallace takes over the leadership role previously held by Joe Ottenhof, who is retiring, but will remain with the company on the board of directors.

ALT Aztec Electrical Supply has just launched its new FACTORY AUTOMATION HANDBOOK. It's Canada's first fully e-commerce enabled functional catalogue and allows easy ordering, easy referencing and searching on any computer, tablet or mobile device. Read More

International News

  • ABB to Acquire AB Rotech to Expand Automotive Welding Solutions
    The expertise of AB Rotech's engineering team covers the entire robotics welding lifecycle, from design and commissioning to electrical engineering and customer service. The parties agreed to not disclose the value of the acquisition. The acquisition is subject to regulatory clearance and is expected to close later this year...

  • Balluff Recognized with International Awards
    "Highest Reputation" - this was the accolade bestowed on automation specialist Balluff by Focus-Money in a Germany-wide study in the category "Electronic component production". In this category Balluff received the highest possible rating of 100 points, making it the top competitor. "High product quality alone is not sufficient today in the industrial B2B arena to be successful as a company...

  • On the Way to Industry 4.0 with 5G—Pepperl+Fuchs is Founding Member of 5G-ACIA
    In a world of connected plants and machines that communicate with each other, fast data connections are needed to make such scenarios possible in the first place. The coming 5G mobile communication generation is of critical importance, because present communications standards cannot fulfill the requirements of industrial applications...




5G and IoT

5G Will Unlock the True Potential of IoT Devices

By Will Mapp
The Internet of Thing (IoT) is changing the world beyond recognition, both in the industrial sector and our private lives. And the number of internet-connected devices is set to almost double from 2018 to 2020. This exponential rise in IoT devices is believed to happen in large part because of the arrival of 5G in 2019. One of the distinct ways how 5G will impact IoT devices is the connection speed between them and the internet. Read More

Intergator Program

JAE Automation and McRae Integration Join Rockwell Automation's Machine Safety System Integrator Program

By Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automaton has added five new members to its Machine Safety System Integrator program. Created in 2014, the program helps industrial companies identify system integrators with current safety standards expertise and a proven track record in designing safety systems. "Our Machine Safety System Integrator program now includes 42 system integrators located around the world and specializing in a variety of machine types," said Lee Lane, vice president, safety, sensing and connectivity, Rockwell Automation. Read More

Don't lose your cool this summer

Take Advantage of Rittal's Summer Promo

By Rittal
Rittal is the only manufacturer to have its entire range of enclosure Air Conditioners tested and have their cooling performance TÜV certified. Rittal cooling units are guaranteed to provide the cooling output you paid for with verified cooling outputs up to 10% higher. Follow the link to get your special promotional pricing! Read More

Product News

Balluff Web Server on IO-Link Master Simplifies Device Integration

Balluff's industry-leading IO-Link master portfolio gets a power boost with enhanced built-in web server functionality that makes it simple to integrate IO-Link devices. The feature-rich web server not only supports IP address configuration and network monitoring but has the ability to configure, parameterize and monitor IO-Link devices, and provide diagnostics information. Read More

Phoenix Contact: Achieve SIL 3 with QUINT POWER

Phoenix Contact is expanding the limits of safety and availability! QUINT POWER now provides IEC 61508 SIL-certified power supply solutions to fulfill critical safety requirements. The strict safety requirements of these solutions are associated with a low probability that a system will fail to preform properly. We have designed a fully loaded QUINT POWER solution to meet rigorous SIL 3 safety regulations. Read More

Turck: New Ultrasonic Sensor

Turck has expanded its ultrasonic sensor series with the RU50-Eco for price-conscious OEM projects. Because of the latest sonic transducer technology, a new ultrasonic sensor was developed, which does not make quality compromises despite its price. The devices are in a plastic threaded housing made of highly durable liquid crystal polymer (LCP); the translucent end cap with an M12 Connector is made of Ultem plastic. Both plastics have proven resilient over long periods of use in other Turck products. Read More

Omron Automation Compact NX1 Series Controller with OPC UA & SQL for IIOT applications

Industry-leading industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced the release of its latest NX1 series machine automation controller. This compact device builds upon previous iterations by integrating machine control with information utilization, quality management and safety. The NX1 enables smart factories at all levels by providing the link between compact machines and the Industrial Internet of Things. Read More

UL 1449 Listed Surge Protection from Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact's new VAL-US surge protection is Listed to UL 1449 and is available with up to 80 kA surge capacity. This line was developed specifically to conform to North American-centric voltage values and includes a wide variety of U.S.-based circuit configurations. The VAL-US provides a UL Listed alternative to traditional hardwired SPDs, allowing for fewer installation steps and easy integration into virtually any system. Read More

PILZ Expansion Modules for the Configurable Control Systems PNOZmulti 2

Depending on the requirement, various expansion modules can be docked onto the base unit of PNOZmulti 2: For example I/O modules, motion monitoring modules and link modules. Large plant and machinery can be implemented by using link modules to connect decentralised modules PDP67. The motion monitoring modules ensure safe monitoring of your drives. So you can simply adapt the system to suit your application. Read More

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