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In this issue Rockwell Automation gives you a close look at the 'New Security Norm in OT' and Kymera Systems discusses cyber threats introduced by IIoT. And be sure to look at the fascinating history and growth of Phoenix Contact, beginning nearly a hundred years ago. And in the second half of our newsletter Littlefuse presents an arc-flash video demonstration and Harting discusses ethernet channel characterisation. Panel Builder & Systems Integrator also recently attended IMTS 2018 and Hannover Messe USA held in Chicago. The show was a big success with over 120 Canadian companies exhibiting. Check out the record breaking number in the release below.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor



The New Security Norm in OT

By Steve Ludwig, Rockwell Automation
The growing use of widely available technologies in industrial control systems (ICS) and the growth of more connected, information-enabled enterprises inherently increases security risks, and with it the responsibilities of control system providers and users alike. Historically, industrial control systems used proprietary technologies, and were generally segregated from the information systems at most companies. The systems were largely incompatible and the commercial technologies that were used in office spaces simply didn't fit the requirements of control systems. Read More

Navigator Study

Peers & Profiles

The History of Our Success - Phoenix Contact

By Phoenix Contact
Every story has a beginning. Welcome to the world of innovations and progress. Over 90 years of technological history, shaped by people with ideas, drive, and enthusiam - both in Blomberg and Bad Pyrmont, in Germany and around the world. Read the fascinating history of Phoenix Contact and learn how a small company in Germany has grown to be one of the leading industry manufacturers, which this year celebrates 35 years of operations within Canada. Read More

Cyber Threats

How IIoT Brings More Cyberattacks to the Manufacturing Industry

By Kymera Systems
With an IIoT network that covers the entire enterprise and has dozens of machines connected to a centralized system, you can see why it's so tempting for cybercriminals to attempt access on your network. On the other hand, it also shows where your weaknesses are and what you can do to protect it. During recent years, healthcare, financial service, and retail industries were more "interesting" to cyber attackers than the manufacturing industry. As business disruption and intellectual property theft emerge, more and more manufacturers are becoming victims of cybercrime. Read More

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International News

Industry Survey

Business Models Affected by Industry 4.0 and IoT/IIoT in Canada

The affects of industry 4.0 and IoT/IIoT are growing near daily, and Panel Builder & Systems Integrator surveyed the market to see just how much affect this is having on Canadian business models. Have a look at the chart to see how companie are handling the new changes and trends within the industry. Read More

Video Demonstration

Watch the Littlefuse PGR-8800 Arc-Flash Relay Demonstration Video

Littlefuse discusses how an arc flash works and provides a demonstration in this video of their PGR-8800. Arc-flash events are dangerous and potentially fatal to personnel. Arcing and arc-flashes occur when electricity flows across what is normally an insulating medium, producing intense, luminous discharges of electrical energy. Arc-flash detection technology allows circuit-protection devices to operate rapidly to reduce the energy of an arc flash, where most current-detection devices would respond slowly or potentially not at all. Read More

Research Report

Navigator 2018: Panel Building and Systems Integration Industry Report

The Navigator Industry Report is now in its second year of production. This year the Navigator report on Panel Building and Systems Integration delves significantly deeper into the automation and control industry within Canada to provide valuable insights into industry segments, distribution of services and suppliers, manufacturer considerations and product trends and sales numbers. Volume 2 of Navigator's research study Panel Building and Systems Integration illustrates the Canadian control and automation market through in-depth research and direct surveying of Panel Builders and Systems Integrators from across Canada. The report provides various charts and figures and provides cross-reference of multiple data points. Report Available Oct. 1, 2018. Follow the link to pre-order your copy. Read More


Harting: 40 Gb/s Backplane Ethernet Channel Characterization

The design of 40 Gb/s (Gb/s = Gigabit per second) backplanes requires the selection of suitable connectors and PCB base materials. To ensure the performance of the backplane, it is crucial to define design rules based on channel simulations. At the same time, it is important to find the balance between costs and performance. Measurements validate whether the backplane is within the interconnect characteristics limits. Following comprehensive Signal Integrity (SI) simulations performed by HARTING and the

PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group), HARTING was found to have the capabilities to design, simulate, manufacture and test 40 Gb/s backplanes. Read More

B&R Automation

Wireless Transmission of Safety Data

The openSAFETY safety bus protocol can now be transmitted via UDP using the black channel principle. This facilitates the use of wireless transmission technologies for safety communication. openSAFETY can be configured flexibly, making it particularly well suited for wireless data transmission. One application of wireless transmission for safety data is to communicate between fixed base stations and moving system components. This principle is used in warehouse logistics and baggage transport systems, for example. The user can configure openSAFETY with latencies of up to 2.5 seconds. Read More

Product News

19" Marshalling Panels for Efficient Fiber-Optic Transmission from Phoenix Contact

The modular design enables a variety of applications, for example in power distribution and process technology. In a 19" module carrier across 3 rack units, the marshalling panel features space for pre-assembled module inserts with 6x LC duplex connections on 1x Q-ODC-12 unit. You can thus realize or subsequently extend flexible solutions with up to 72 LC duplex connections. For applications requiring fewer connections, pre-assembled 19" patch bays are available with 12x LC duplex connections and 2x Q-ODC-12 units across 1 rack unit. Read More

New Balluff Flow Switches Warn Users of Reduction in Flow

The newest flow switches from Balluff alert users to potential failures due to a reduction in necessary fluid flow. The recently released BFF series of flow sensors, which are available in both thread-in and inline versions, provide a switching output that is activated when the flow falls below a user-defined rate. This makes it possible to notify users of system problems such as the failure of a pumping system, a clogged filter or leaks before they cause critical issues or system shutdowns. The completely solid-state calorimetric sensing technology measures temperature differential on each side of the sensing probe and has no moving parts. Read More

POSITAL Incremental Encoders with Space-Saving Angled Cable Entry

Position and motion sensor specialist POSITAL has announced that its popular IXARC incremental encoders will be available with a special housing that features a cable entry angled at 45° to the device's axis. This compact design combines features of both axial and radial cable entries in a single unit, providing the installer with more flexibility when laying out the connection cable - a real plus in tight spaces! The new encoder models share the advantages of other IXARC incremental encoders. The core magnetic measurement technology is rugged and accurate, with excellent dynamic response. Read More

Schneider Electric Releases New Power Quality Meter, the PowerLogic ION9000

The PowerLogic ION9000 meter is the latest generation of advanced power quality meters to build on the legendary success of the ION7650. It offers the industry's most advanced capabilities with five core innovations, for those who demand the highest performance from their power networks. Smart power event analysis automatically correlates related trends, events, and waveforms based on time and type of incident, saving time and providing vital insight with pre- and post-incident data. Read More

Festo Motion Control Package: Making Motion Control Setup and Integration, Quick and Easy

The Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP) gives machine and system designers the best of two worlds: a complete, optimized motion control kit for running a Festo handling system - and easy integration and setup of that robot through the user's PLC, whatever the brand. The FMCP can coordinate motion of up to six axes for pick and place and other precision Cartesian robotic applications. Available as a pre-wired and ready-to-install control solution, it provides the kinematics for H-portal, T-portal, 2D, and 3D Festo standard gantry systems. At the PLC, OEMs configure Cartesian motion applications using the FCMP's software function blocks - with no specialized programming knowledge required. Read More

Eaton Smartwire-DT On-Machine

Eaton's SmartWire-DT is the intelligent machine wiring solution that reduces panel and machine wiring complexity by consolidating complex circuit wiring into a single cable. When assembling your machine, connecting components over SmartWire-DT is fast and simple both inside and outside the control cabinet. Once the machine is built, SmartWire-DT streamlines testing and reduces installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting to save you time and money. Smartwire dramatically reduces wiring time, allowing installer to duplicate panels seven to ten times faster Read More

The New Base/Plinth System VX

Rittal's new base/plinth system, the VX, is now available, with the following advantages:
More efficiency: The VX base/plinth system combines all the best Rittal base/plinth functions into one variable, modular system.
Optimum compatibility: All components are backward-compatible with enclosure systems TS, TS IT, SE, CM, TP, PC, IW and TE 8000.
Additional space gain: Intelligent installation components create better space utilization, plus labor and time savings.
Please note: The Flex-Block system as well as the legacy TS8 plinth/ base system (metallic version), will be offered by Rittal Systems Ltd. until stocks last. Read More

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