• Q&A With HELU: Robotic Dress Packs

    Q&A With HELU: Robotic Dress Packs

    Robots are an integral part of the manufacturing industry worldwide to the extent that they are indispensable. In production, robots and cobots frequently encounter each other, working and interacting side by side with humans, but also performing tasks independently. Read More…


Changing Scene

  • For a Multiplied Value Unified

    For a Multiplied Value Unified

    During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’. It is with great excitement that Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. Read More…

  • Sonepar Acquires Aztec Electrical Supply Inc.

    Sonepar Acquires Aztec Electrical Supply Inc.

    Sonepar has announced that its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Sonepar Canada, Inc. has acquired Aztec Electrical Supply Inc.. With a strong presence in the province of Ontario, the acquisition of Aztec will strengthen Sonepar’s ability to grow their industrial business model across the Greater Toronto Area. Read More…


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EY Canada Acquires Sustainability Consulting Firm, AFARA

EY Canada is pleased to welcome AFARA and its team of multidisciplinary consultants to the firm to deepen existing resources and expertise in sustainability, and environment, social and governance (ESG) services.

“Businesses around the world are now embracing societal change and sustainable development as road maps to long-term success — and we are excited to play a role in that journey,” says Kent Kaufield, Chief Sustainability Officer and ESG Markets Leader at EY Canada. “At the end of the day, sustainability is everybody’s business. With AFARA, we look forward to helping clients build resilient, sustainable companies and economies, while furthering the energy transition.”

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Honeywell Appoints Robin Watson To Board Of Directors

Honeywell has recently announced that its board of directors has elected Robin Watson, 55, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of John Wood Group PLC, to its board of directors as an independent director.

Watson was appointed CEO of Wood in 2016 after serving as both chief operating officer and an executive member of the Wood Group Board of Directors since 2013. During his tenure as CEO, Watson led the transformation of Wood from an oil field services company to an integrated engineering and consultancy company, spanning a variety of growing end markets in energy and the built environment, with a focus on sustainable technologies. 

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Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

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JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Latest Articles

  • Robotics and Automation in 2022 – Can They be a Useful Hedge to Recession?

    Robotics and Automation in 2022 – Can They be a Useful Hedge to Recession?

    Robotics and automation have significantly revolutionized how people work and live across a number of industries. With the increasing likelihood of a global economic recession in 2023, many industries are struggling with increasing manufacturing costs, such as labor and raw material costs, and maintaining their profit margins. The robotics and automation sector provides solutions to mitigate the issue by reducing operational costs and increasing production efficiency. Read More…

  • NOARK Electric – Delivering High Quality Low-Voltage Components for More Than 10 Years

    NOARK Electric – Delivering High Quality Low-Voltage Components for More Than 10 Years

    Manufacturers today are focused more than ever on finding reliable sources of high quality products in our suddenly fractured global supply chains. NOARK Electric is focused on ensuring that its customers continue to receive high quality products, delivered on-time, and with reasonable production lead-times. Read More…


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Brady Product Spotlight: Grip, Grab and Identify

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SmartBag Grouping is Live at YVR

Brock Solutions is happy to announce that SmartBag Grouping has successfully gone live at Vancouver International Airport. SmartBag Grouping provides YVR a tool for managing their Manual Early Bag Storage. The tool uses real-time data and allows users to create groups for baggage based on criteria such as time, flight, and airline. Critical information is delivered to baggage handlers in the field when they need it, on their handheld device, or on an information display.

Baggage is handled more efficiently during loading, and tracking information can be shared with other authorized SmartSuite users. 

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Just Like Before, Only Better! An International Application by WAGO

High-rise buildings in France, tunnels in Switzerland, prestressed concrete ceilings in Germany – one source of their stability is wire products from Kehl in Baden-Württemberg. Badische Drahtwerke GmbH (BDW) supplies reinforcing steel mesh, reinforcement cages, lattice girders and many other rebar and reinforcement products to the region and neighboring countries.

When the machines used to produce lattice girders had to undergo a safety update, the engineers took advantage of the communication capabilities of an intelligent power supply from WAGO to improve process efficiency.

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RFID in Explosion-Hazardous Areas: Three Examples from the Field by Pepperl+Fuchs

RFID: Noncontact identification based on radio waves is considered a versatile technology and one of the keys to production environments based on the Industry 4.0 principle. The range of applications is by no means limited to discrete manufacturing—RFID is also becoming increasingly popular in process plants due to the ever more extensive requirements for marking product and work equipment.

However, explosion protection requirements often have to be taken into account, because wherever flammable gases, vapors or dusts are generated, electrical equipment poses a significant safety risk. 

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KUKA Brings the Future of Cobot Automation to IMTS

Debuting what it terms Sensitive Cobotics, KUKA Robotics will show IMTS attendees the future of automation in the form of its new LBR iisy cobot. As ready-to-use automation, the LBR iisy quickly and easily integrates into any manufacturing application from pre-defined production processes to open, unstructured work environments with unpredictable conditions from one job to the next.

For show attendees in the automotive, e-mobility, aerospace, electronics and related industries, the company will demonstrate advanced automated friction stir welding (FSW), a process that fulfills the growing need for fast, clean, reliable and cost-effective joining for non-ferrous metals and mixed metal combinations…

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Controlling Dangerous Bacteria in Food & Beverage Processing Operations

Portable food processing, packaging, and conveyance equipment, allow companies the fl exibility to adjust food processing lines to maximize process efficiency and throughput.

The key to portability is the ability to delivery power to delivery flexible electrical power through portable electrical cord and NEMA locking plugs or Pin & Sleeve, connectors, and receptacles. All these connections are susceptible to air and water borne bacteria that collect on their surfaces, supporting dangerous bacterial growth.

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Product News

  • Schneider Electric: New ArcBlok Arc Flash Mitigation Tool

    Schneider Electric: New ArcBlok Arc Flash Mitigation Tool

    Earlier this fall Panel Builder & Systems Integrator had the opportunity to attend Schneider Electric’s North America Innovation Summit. The event brought together Schneider employees and a broad range of electrical and automation clients from numerous countries, including a strong presence from Canada. A core focus of the event was showcasing new products that are being developed around this concept. One such product was ArcBlok, a new arc flash mitigation tool. Read More…

  • Rockwell Automation: Improved Micro800 Controllers and Design Software

    Rockwell Automation: Improved Micro800 Controllers and Design Software

    Machine builders can save engineering time and costs with the enhanced Allen-Bradley Micro850 and Micro870 2080-Lx0E controllers using the latest Connected Components Workbench software from Rockwell Automation. Read More…


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