Panel Builder & System Integrator
Equipment and Solutions for Control and Automation
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Message From The Editor

It is an exciting time to be a panel builder and system integrator in Canada. Recent statistics have shown that Canada is in a prime position to see substantial automation advancement in coming years that will see the need for your skills significantly increase. And to see just how we sit within the global market and within our borders Kerrwil Publications Limited has just released its annual Navigator Report on Panel Building & Systems Integration, as well as an analysis of the overall automation and control market within Canada. Order your report below or email me for a preview of the report and further details on its content.

Owen Hurst
Managing Editor


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The 2018 Navigator Report on Panel Building & Systems Integration is Now Available

The Navigator Industry Report is now in its second year of publishing. This proprietary research report focuses specifically on the Canadian Panel Building and Systems Integration market as well as the broader automation and control market trends within Canada. Since its initial launch last year Navigator has continued to research and survey companies specifically focused on panel building and system integration and firms that operated panel shops or employed system integrators. However, our research was extended to further define the market through the inclusion of information on industry forecasts, component manufacturing, distribution and the end-user market. This report provides insightful information for Component Manufacturers, Suppliers, Distributors, Panel Builders, Systems Integrators, Machine Builders, End-Users and any others working in the automation & Control Industry. Order your report HERE

IMTS 2018 Success

After IMTS, Together Success Continues

At IMTS 2018, a simple invitation hung over Mazak's booth: "Discover what we can do together." And now that another fantastic show has unfolded at Chicago's McCormick Place, we're excited to talk about what we'll discover together next. As with every IMTS, we demonstrated our latest models designed to serve a wide range of markets, such as the QTU-350 MY HP and its new high-performance (HP) spindle configuration, as well as machines sporting new automation options, such as the VARIAXIS i-700 with MPP or the VARIAXIS i-300 AWC. But the stars of the show were clad in gray: Mazak's HYBRID Multi-Tasking Series showed off the latest in additive and joining technologies Read More


New ISA/IEC Standard Specifies Cybersecurity Capabilities for Control System Components

The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, developed by the ISA99 committee as American National Standards and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). Read More

Navigator Study

Changing Scene

  • Graybar Canada to Open New Branch in Vaughan, Ontario!
    Graybar Canada is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Vaughan, Ontario, beginning this fall. Located near Highway 427 and 407, the new 90,000 sq./ft facility will be a consolidation of the existing Markham and Mississauga branches...

  • Algonquin College Becomes Siemens PLM Software Academic Program Partner
    Algonquin College has announced it will receive a software grant from Siemens PLM Software. The software gives Algonquin students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries...

  • PROAX Automation Exhibition Overview
    Our first Automation Exhibition took place on September 21st at our newly renovated facility in Oakville. With over 300 attendees, we are proud to say it was a big success!Our Proax staff did an amazing job and our customers saw first hand our expertise in Industrial Automation, Motion Control, Machine Safety and Robotics...

  • Centre for Healthcare Engineering Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation
    High atop the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a group of 100 engineering graduate students, faculty members, research scientists, and alumni gathered on October 1 to mark a decade of progress toward the goal of smarter health-care delivery.

  • Spartan Controls Named Emerson Representative for Yarway Steam Trap Products in Western Canada
    Emerson has named Spartan Controls as the representative for Yarway Steam Traps in Western Canada, a product brand acquired from the Valves & Controls business unit of Pentair. In addition to the well-known Emerson brands that Spartan currently represents...

  • Rittal’s Automation Handbook Now Available
    Fully Automating Enclosure Manufacturing! Deliver a Better ROI, Improve your Bottom Line. Rittal Automation Systems offers comprehensive solutions for panel building and switchgear engineering. Alongside efficiency gains from using assembly-friendly enclosure systems, accessories and intelligent software solutions, there is a growing focus on the automation of manual tasks. Improving delivery time and reducing labour costs are the beginning of your increased ROI with Rittal. With automated CNC reliability directly from CAD or DXF drawings, every hole and cutout is precisely placed, with no manual steps in between. Automated machining allows parts to be drilled, tapped and milled on a variety of materials, including steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, fiberglass. Enclosures and component parts, like mounting plates, doors or gland plates can be machined with confidence. You'll find more information in the Rittal Automation Systems Handbook. Download it today

  • Emerson Certifies Laurentide Controls to Deliver Highest Level of Customer Support
    Emerson awarded Laurentide Controls today with the status of Emerson Impact Partner, representing the company's highest level of customer support. Laurentide Controls and associated Emerson Impact Partner Network companies will operate as locally-accessible, singular points of contact for leveraging the full breadth of Emerson integrated solutions and expertise...

  • Autopro Automation Welcomes New Staff Members to the Calgary Team
    Autopro is very pleased to welcome new faces to our Calgary office. We are looking forward to their contributions to the Autopro team.

  • Hatch and Red Leaf Form Strategic Technical Alliance
    Hatch and Red Leaf have announced the formation of a strategic technical alliance. Under this alliance, Hatch will be the exclusive provider of certain engineering services for oil shale projects using Red Leaf's proprietary EcoShale® oil shale technology. Hatch will provide engineering for all process design packages, technical services and support through startup and performance testing.

  • Omron Automation Americas Announces FY17 Distributor of the Year Award Winners Including Proax Technologies in Canada
    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 presentations, product training, business planning and team building activities.

  • KUKA Canada Inc. to Help Advance Robotic Technology Expertise at Humber
    Humber College and KUKA Canada Inc. are entering into a five-year partnership agreement focused on bringing the latest robotics technology to Humber and working together on robotics systems integration applications. KUKA Canada Inc. will make significant investments in robotic equipment, advanced software and contribute to curriculum development for Humber, with financial contributions each year for five years.

  • Emerson Acquires HTE Engineering Services
    Emerson today announced it has acquired Ireland-based HTE Engineering Services Ltd., which will join the Assembly Technologies business within Emerson's Automation Solutions platform. "HTE builds upon and strengthens Emerson's capabilities and solutions for plastic joining with a unique technology to serve our customers in discrete end markets,"...


Industry News

  • Belden and Claroty Announce Strategic Partnership
    Today, Belden, a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, and its Tripwire brand announced a strategic partnership with Claroty, a leader in cybersecurity for industrial control networks. This partnership will provide integrated top-floor to shop-floor cybersecurity solutions that address all aspects of an industrial cybersecurity strategy, providing complete visibility to all assets so that protective countermeasures can be implemented to ensure the reliability and integrity of the industrial process.

  • ISA Announces Recipients of 2018 Author Awards
    The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the recipients of its 2018 author awards presented annually by ISA's Publications Department…

  • An Innovative Energy Distribution System Incorporates Reliable Johnson Controls Battery Storage
    Johnson Controls Distributed Energy Storage (DES) was recently invited by Bosch to provide battery storage for an innovative new electrical power distribution system. The Bosch Direct Current Building Scale Microgrid Platform (DCBMP) makes commercial and industrial facilities more efficient, reliable and resilient by intelligently connecting on-site renewable energy resources to municipal electrical loads.


The New Version: EPLAN Smart Wiring 2.8

The new version of EPLAN Smart Wiring improves the process of wiring control cabinets even more. One key new feature - with an emphasis on increased collaborative engineering - is the possibility of dividing a project into subprojects. Normally several people are involved when working on larger control cabinet line ups. In order to split the project into separate jobs, subprojects can now be filtered - for instance the view of just one cabinet amongst five adjoining ones or a particular mounting plate. Read More

Industrial Safety

Emerson Launches New Location Awareness System to Protect Employees, Enhance Industrial Safety

Emerson today announced the launch of Location Awareness, a new offering in its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem that advances industrial safety to protect employees at refineries, chemical plants and oil and gas platforms. By leveraging the secure industrial wireless infrastructure, this personnel location system offers industrial companies an enhanced option to protect their most important asset - workers. Read More


Industrial Automation Vendors Consolidate Their Product Portfolios to Generate New Revenue Streams

By offering third-party-enabled Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based products and solutions, industrial automation vendors have evolved to provide proprietary digital platforms via the Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) business model. The trend of digitalization in end-user industries prompted automation vendors to invest in IIoT technologies across diverse applications, and they are now looking to integrate these technologies to complement conventional automation systems and give end users better control over the systems' functionality. Read More

Automated Modifications

Rittal: Automated Modifications: Deliver a Better ROI, Improve your Bottom Line!

Improving delivery time and reducing labour costs are the beginning of your increased ROI with Rittal. Accuracy is assured. With automated CNC reliability directly from CAD or DXF drawings, every hole and cutout is precisely placed, with no manual steps in between. Automated machining allows parts to be drilled, tapped and milled on a variety of materials, including steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminium, fiberglass and more. Enclosures and component parts, like mounting plates, doors or gland plates can be machined with confidence. Read More

Automation Fair

Rockwell Automation Opens Registration for 2018 Automation Fair

Registration is now open for the 2018 Automation Fair, hosted by Rockwell Automation and members of its global PartnerNetwork program. The 27th annual Automation Fair will be held Nov. 12-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event brings together approximately 10,000 manufacturers and producers from across the globe to learn about the newest innovations in automation and take part in training, industry forums and networking events. Read More

Product News

New generation: Remote I/O system PSSuniversal 2 - Safety and automation right up to the periphery

Pilz is launching a new generation of field level devices with the decentralised I/O system PSSuniversal 2. It consists of the PROFINET communication module and a selection of I/O modules. PSSuniversal 2 provides flexibility, openness and granularity in one system - for safety and automation. Read More

Compact Connector Housings for Single Modular Contact Inserts

The new HEAVYCON EVO M1 plastic housings accommodate a modular contact insert. They are smaller and more cost-effective than a B6 interface. Like all EVO housings, the M1 single-module housings also feature a swivel cable gland with bayonet locking. This reduces warehousing by 70% and increases flexibility. Read More

Omron Introduces New NX-Series Safety Network Controller - World's First to Support Two Industrial Safety Networks

Industry-leading automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently developed a new safety controller featuring both CIP Safety and Safety over EtherCAT. As the maker of the world's first controller supporting both protocols, Omron can now address 40% of the safety network needs of the global market. Read More

Harting Delivers the Design for the Next Generation of Connectors

HARTING is driving the development of the standardisation of the new Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology forward. Now, in a multi-stage selection process, international standardisation committees have decided in favour of the Technology Group's SPE mating face. Read More

Phoenix Contact: Compact Splice Boxes for Future-Proof Data Transmission

With their compact and uniform design, the splice boxes provide ample interior space for the secure connection of fiber optics. They are available in connection versions with 6x ST duplex, 6x SC duplex, 6x E-2000®- (LSH), or 12x LC duplex connections. Read More

Service Robotics Modules for use in Industrial and Non-Industrial Environments from Pilz

Our service robotics modules give you an easy start in robotics. Assemble your individual robot application - exactly according to your requirements: Service robotics modules consists of the manipulator module PRBT, the control module PRCM, the operating module PRTMand ROS modules. Read More

Rittal: Discover the Edge - Preconfigured Data Centre Solutions

Our Preconfigured Data Centre Solutions protect critical business applications: not just in IT scenarios, but also in industrial IT spaces! Our customized solutions offer a simple, quick andcost-effective way to build and deploy small tomedium scale data centres at the network edge. It is the ideal solution. Contact us to book your appointment to learn more about these unique solutions! It could be the best decision you make! Download our Discover the Edge brochure to see which option suits your needs!

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