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When is the best time for downtime? For most, the answer is, “No time is a good time.” The real question becomes, how long can your aging DCS limp along before an upgrade is unavoidable?Today’s pulp and paper mills operate under constant pressure to reduce production costs and increase yields. “If it isn’t broken (yet), don’t fix it,” is a risky approach and with any legacy system, and especially a DCS that has seen more productive days.

 

 

 

 

The frost is in the air, you can see your breath as you step out onto Michigan Avenue and see the glowing holiday decorations. Yet, surrounded by the allure of the fall colors in Chicago, one thing remains top of mind for professionals in the automation industry - Automation Fair.

 

 

Plant managers and technicians have their hands full – not only are they responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations are status quo, they are also tasked with helping to increase production and revenue. So when problems come up, as they inevitably do, there’s nothing like knowing you’ve got back-up at the ready, 24-7.

 

 

 

EPLAN, PILZ, Rittal and WAGO, four companies in automation and advanced manufacturing, based in Canada with their headquarters in Germany, are hosting Canada’s inaugural German Technology Days. Each company will share their latest industry-leading, energy-efficient solutions, and introduce you to some of the most innovative technology in the industry!

 

 

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to know when the devices in your home are on their last legs, so you could fix or replace them before they break? Just imagine how much better life would be. No more air conditioner breakdowns in the dog days of summer. No more unusable dishwashers on busy weeknights. No more computer crashes before you can back up your family photos and personal files.

 

 

 

As a company that regularly conducts thorough machine safety risk assessments, we’re passionate about making sure our customers are fully aware of the regulations and best practices that are essential for keeping their teams safe. That’s why we decided to create a post around the most common safety violations we find during our assessments.

 

 

 

If not properly safeguarded, machine shop equipment is capable of seriously injuring an operator. Lathes, band saws and other simple machines can cut or even sever a finger or a limb. Due to the major potential for harm, it’s essential for manufacturers to comply with all mandated safety standards for the types of machines they employ.

 

 

 

You’ve been through it before. Just days away from a scheduled plant or platform launch and you’re scrambling to connect OEM skids and at risk of missing your launch deadline. Almost every oil and gas company has experienced the chaos that comes with trying to finish a start-up in its final days. The good news - this doesn’t have to be your status quo.

 

 

 

Installation without a control cabinet makes sense anywhere where equipment or drives have to be supplied with energy, or signals have to be transmitted and processed, over long distances. It is particularly suited to large machines and systems and can be used anywhere where cabling from the central control cabinet to the field can sensibly be replaced with power bus solutions and fieldbus communication.

 

 

 

The scenario: A high-speed printing company had partially completed an upgrade to their equipment. The printing machine used two alternating print heads to produce units at a rate of more than 11/s. Due to the nature of the product, speed, accuracy, and repeatability were extremely important. The process needed to be consistent as any defect would impact production further down the line.

 

 

 

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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.


ABB Canada appoints Eric Deschenes as Country Managing Director and Head of Electrification business

Eric DeschenesABB Canada has appointed Eric Deschenes as Country Managing Director and Head of the Electrification business, effective January 1, 2020.

Prior to joining ABB in 2017 as Executive Vice President of the Electrification business, Deschenes was most recently North American Vice President of Mining, Minerals & Metals Segment at Schneider Electric. Having spent 15 years at Schneider Electric, he held several executive-level positions, including Vice President End User Sales and Infrastructure (energy) and Director Offer Marketing & Business Development (industry).

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Working Together for Cybersecurity – Digging Deeper with Mike Hutchings, Vice President, Rockwell Automation Canada

CybersecurityBy Owen Hurst

The rise of connectivity and connected devices has been a major focus and the driving factor behind advancing automation and control products and solutions. And while connectivity is a shining star in terms of creating efficiencies and growth, we are all aware of the darker side of connecting devices, namely the threat posed by nefarious individuals.

 

 

 

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Strategies for boosting the flexibility of packaging lines and managing SKU proliferation

Omron Packaging LinesConsumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers are under increasing pressure to add more product variety – more sizes, more flavors, more combo options, you name it. To retain the loyalty of customers, it’s essential for CPG companies to remain highly adaptable to the whims of the market while successfully managing the complexity of SKU proliferation.

To successfully compete in this environment, food and beverage manufacturers and other CPG companies are embracing flexible packaging strategies. Industrial flexible manufacturing can mean many things, but the overarching goal is to respond effectively to changing consumer needs and manage multiple related product types.

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