Panel Builder System Integrator

The world of manufacturing has never been as dynamic as it is today. Automation powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Edge Computing (Edge) and Augmented Reality (AR) is driving a new chapter in the industrial revolution. The journey and progression of industrial machines from steam engines to control devices androbots are exciting and at the same time a bit concerning.

Today, it is not merely about operational automation anymore. Instead, it is more about how capabilities such as awareness of the self, intelligence, and predictive prowess can shape the future of industrial automation. As automation of today is gradually becoming unable to meet future requirements, there is a dire need to reimagine the automation solutions.

A recent Frost & Sullivan series of four white papers, The Future of Automation, including A Primer and the three technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing, and Augmented Reality, provides an insightful perspective on the impact of these technologies on the automation solutions of future factories. The white paper series delves into the key aspects that are driving the market currently and some of the challenges that are restraining faster adoption of these technologies in the field of industrial automation. Finally, the paper is designed to give a utopian vision of advanced industrial control systems.

"Innovation has played out, but fundamental designs have not witnessed a major overhaul. However, the automation of yesteryear is slowly becoming untenable for realising future needs. This requires reimagining automation across all facets, starting from design, engineering, deployment, and operation," says Karthik Sundaram, Industrial IoT Programme Manager at Frost & Sullivan. "Envisioning the future of factories must first begin with a vision for the future of automation, an approach that has been relatively less explored in the industry today."

In particular, the three trends of AI, Edge, and AR have been identified as factors that can strongly influence automation in the following ways:

1. Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform human-centred engineering models into automated systems, facilitating continuous operational learning and resulting in productivity gains that can exceed existing human-led approaches.

2. Edge computing can help expand PLC functionalities with additional computing power and personalised operational needs without sweeping changes to production architecture.

3. Augmented reality will be the HMI of the future, enabling operators with high transparency and superior insights into controllers, machines, and production processes.
The Future of Automation – A Primer

The subsequent portion of this white paper series outlines how the future of automation can be redesigned using the three technology themes mentioned above driving a new chapter in the industrial revolution.
Artificial Intelligence on the Shop Floor

This document envisions how AI will be a critical technology in shaping the future of intelligent automation and its impact on manufacturing. The document further throws light on what AI has thus far been able to achieve and what more can be reached in the context of industrial automation.

Augmented Reality in the Future of Automation

This part of the white paper series intends to show the value of augmenting digital scenarios on the shop floor. The document demonstrates how augmented reality is emerging to become the next big thing in the context of industrial automation and how AR can seamlessly connect experts from machine and plant manufacturers with their colleagues from service and maintenance.

Moving to the Edge

This white paper evaluates the potential benefits of bringing shop-floor automation closer to the cloud and helps explain some of the key benefits and applications of Edge Computing from an industrial standpoint. It enlightens some of the opportunities from the Edge for industrial organisations, analyses the state of their readiness to adopt the technology on a larger scale, and exposes the barriers that hinder the progress.

"With the convergence of advanced technologies, industrial automation is expected to go through a phase of explosive growth in the coming years. Emerging technology paradigms such as AI, Edge, and AR are poised to drive the evolution of control process automation from the early days of control switches and relays to advanced control systems," Sundaram concludes.

For further insights into the value of, and vision for, The Future of Automation, download a complimentary copy of the white paper series here.

This white paper series was produced in collaboration with Siemens AG

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Intertec Instrumentation is launching a range of tough field enclosures for housing remote I/O and ...
nVent Electric plc recently announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Eldon, a privately held ...
Canada continues to be an excellent performer for HARTING, recording double digit revenue growth on ...
  For the past number of months Proax Technologies Ltd. has been in discussions with ...
  Phoenix Contact Canada is pleased to announce that Roger Hallett has accepted the ...
  Machine designers are required to design safety into more industrial systems than ever. ...
Pilz Canada officially opened their Canadian Facility surrounded by Industry Partners, colleagues ...
Allied Electronics & Automation has announced the addition of the new TM Series of ...
Cybertech Automation is proud to announce the expansion of services into Texas, Pennsylvania and ...
Eclipse Automation recently announced the acquisition of D&D Automation, located in Stratford, ...

One of Canada’s largest wastewater treatment plants at Annacis Island provides secondary treatment to approximately 175 billion litres of wastewater every year for over 1 million residents in 14 municipalities. After almost 20 years in operation, the variable frequency drives supporting the critical pumping systems for the primary treatment and secondary treatment facilities had to be replaced to ensure that the plant’s high operational availability and reliability will not be compromised in serving the plant, the surrounding municipalities and the environment. Metro Vancouver Regional District chose to deploy Rittal’s enclosure and power distribution solutions with E-plan software to efficiently support vital infrastructure improvements by reducing equipment replacement times and thereby minimizing risk to plant operations.

PB 25 Phoenix ControlCabinet 400

Phoenix Contact will provide you with support as your reliable partner in the optimization of your processes in control cabinet manufacturing.

Phoenix Contact provides you with holistic solutions in a cooperative partnership, based on their products, services, and experience. Digital data is used consistently, processes optimized, and time saved. The PROJECT complete planning and marking software supports your entire control cabinet manufacturing process. The program provides you with an intuitive user interface that enables you to individually plan, automatically check, and order terminal strips.

Thanks to optimized interfaces, you can easily integrate data from common CAE systems. This enables you to save significant amounts of time in the overall engineering process. Read More


 Like many cyclical industries, mining is reviving, driven by steady global economic growth and an increasing demand for materials to support new technologies like electric vehicles, renewable energy and mobile devices. Despite the optimism, the industry still faces major operational challenges including process efficiencies, cost control, worker health and safety, and skills gaps. To address these challenges, Rockwell Automation introduced The Connected Mine, leveraging the latest enabling and digital technologies.

Utilizing advanced analytics, The Connected Mine helps mining companies collect and aggregate data to gain end-to-end visibility into their operations and make informed business decisions to improve mining operations.

Read More

PB 25 Rittal MarineWaves 400For almost a half a century Canal Marine & Industrial of St Catharines, Ontario has provided electrical design, engineering and services around the clock to the merchant marine, naval and coastguard fleets in Canada and the rest of the World. In recent years, Canal has become a leader in the design and supply of marine hybrid power and propulsion systems. These systems utilize alternative methods for supporting propulsion and the vessel’s electrical power plant, so that fuel consumption and emissions are reduced.

Great Lakes Towing of Cleveland, Ohio (popularly called “The Towing Company”) operates the largest and most experienced U.S.-flag tugboat fleet. The Towing Company is a significant marine operations link in North America’s U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway marine transportation network, the fourth seacoast of the United States, an operating area that extends over 8,300 miles of shoreline, encompassing a water surface area of roughly 100,000 square miles. Read More

HARTING Electronics: Circular Connectors – A Round Thing

Circular Connectors 400

Jonas Diekmann, Technical Editor at HARTING Electronics

The metric system of units was introduced for the first time in 1793 during the French Revolution and is used even today in almost all countries worldwide. The metric round plug connectors are also based on this system of units and are a known standard in raw industrial applications. In various diameters and codes, they are a reliable connection for the three lifelines of industrial applications. Data, signals and performance are essential for drive, control and communication. The typical round appearance with the thread for screwing in is a success story up to the present. But classics often also still reveal unexpected potential. With its new PushPull Locking and Com-Lock HARTING is making two round guild models ready for the future.

Metric round plug connectors are some of the most widespread interfaces worldwide, when it comes to cabling for machines, industrial plant and devices under demanding conditions of use.

Read More

Rockwell SleemanTen years ago, tourists looking for a taste of the local life in Southern Canada may have asked for one of the region’s best wines. Today, it’s all about craft beer.

From entrepreneurial newcomers to large-scale producers, brewers in Canada are cashing in on the thirst for craft beer. The number of microbreweries – ­producing less than 25,000 cases of 24 – has more than doubled in the last seven years.

The explosion in craft beer popularity had one company – Sleeman Breweries – bursting at its production seams. The third-largest brewer in Canada, Sleeman brews and distributes popular beers from lagers to pale ales.

 Read More

 

Product News

  • Prev
With Balluff’s new online Machine Vision configurator tool, users can confidently and ...
Endress+Hauser’s new ITHERM TrustSens thermometer features the world’s first RTD sensor ...
Endress+Hauser’s new ITHERM TrustSens thermometer features the world’s first RTD sensor ...
One of the core requirements of flexible production is the ability to quickly install machines and ...
For human beings and robots to be able to work harmoniously in communal machining areas without any ...
Power Machine Tray Cable is available in sizes from 18 AWG to 8 AWG with 3 to 25 unshielded ...
When it comes to transporting heavy or fragile goods and applications that involve manual ...
Due to the non-expandable switching function, the PSR-MC31 safety relay module is suitable for all ...
Balluff’s newest  inductive coupler systems transmit high-level electrical power (up to ...
Benefit from all the options offered by IO-Link: the point-to-point connection enables you to ...
Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2019 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil