Achieving Power System Balance
For the power generation industry, maintaining power system balance as closely as possible to the ideal power factor (PF) of 1.000 using correction capacitors and other technology is critical. Power factor is a measure of how effectively electricity is used, with an equal 1.000 PF benefiting both the customer and utility, and a low or high PF indicating poor electrical power utilization. A low power factor can overload generation units making them work harder for the same amount of power. Read More…
RS Partners With Hammond Manufacturing to Provide Custom Electrical and Electronic Enclosures
RS Group plc offers more than 4,900 fully customizable electrical and electronic enclosures from Hammond Manufacturing, in addition to more than 2,900 supporting products. Enclosures are used to connect and protect two or more electrical and electronic components and devices. They are employed in virtually every commercial and industrial application, and every enclosure gets modified in some way. Read More…
Schneider Electric Appoints Hugo Lafontaine to Lead Its Industry Business in Canada
Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces the appointment of Hugo Lafontaine to the position of Vice President, Industry, Canada. Hugo will lead the company’s automation business in Canada, bringing smart, connected and sustainable digital technology and next-generation solutions to guide the advancement of industries of the future. Read More…
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 was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.
These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.
Innovative Automation Inc.: Canadian Robotic Innovations – The RoboTape Automatic Tape System
Before RoboTape, tape application was a predominantly manual process that was strenuous, inconsistent and repetitive. Innovative Automation solves all these issues with a thoughtfully designed product capable of so much more. RoboTape is a patent-pending product that will change the way your industry handles tape application. Automotive, architectural, industrial, medical and consumer goods are just some of the industries that can benefit from this specialized system.
What’s the Best Way to Guard AS/RS with Safety Light Curtains?
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) are a popular way to make storage space usage more efficient and cut down on manual labor. Although these systems also improve safety by eliminating the need for people to manually access shelving, safeguarding is still required to keep people out of hazardous areas. Safety light curtains are a key element in any AS/RS safety solution. The main challenge in AS/RS safeguarding is that the safety system needs to allow totes to enter the danger zone while keeping people out. Read More…
Rittal, Eplan, Cideon and GEC at Hannover Messe 2023
Industry is under tremendous pressure to change. How is the manufacturing industry progressing toward smart production? How can we move from crisis management to long-term transformation in energy, efficiency and sustainability? How can we speed up the much-needed scaling up of infrastructure? How are companies countering the shortage of skilled workers? Rittal, Eplan, Cideon and German Edge Cloud will discuss these questions with visitors to the Hannover Messe, showing how expertise can be used to create comprehensive solutions in the relevant ecosystems. Read More…
Weidmüller’s u-control 2000: The Automation Controller
Weidmüller’s scalable engineering software, u-control 2000, adapts individually to your requirements. And, the u-control is powerful, compact and fully compatible with Weidmüller’s I/O system u-remote. This article looks at what makes u-control the heart of your automation.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are one of the main components of any automated system. A typical control system has inputs, outputs, controllers (i.e., PLCs), and some type of human interaction with the system, a human machine interface (HMI), for example.
For more information, visit Weidmuller’s Control & Edge page.
The 3 Essentials of Robot Maintenance
Floss daily. Eat more vegetables. Exercise 30 minutes a day. All good advice to ensure a long, healthy life. But most people don’t follow that advice.
The same is true with keeping your robots healthy. Most maintenance crews know the things they should be doing to keep their robots in peak shape, but many don’t consistently do those things.
Ensuring the highest reliability and longest life requires a plan for thorough, regularly scheduled maintenance. But at a minimum, there are three service activities every robot owner should be certain to do.
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing Overview and Considerations for Manufacturers
In this article we take a look at Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing with Alex Solomovich and Michael Henry of CSA Group. Solomovich is a Certifier III with the organization and Henry serves as the Director for Cross Market Services.
In this overview of EMC Testing, Solomovich and Henry provide insight into the types of products that require EMC Testing, best practices for manufacturers, as well as the capabilities and expertise CSA has at their disposal.
Festo Didactic at the Forefront of Developing Canada’s Future Work Force
With Canadian manufacturing suffering from a growing labour shortage, the participation of industry in skills development is emerging as a vital component in hiring and retention. The needs are stark: The Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers Association says almost 40% of its members have jobs they can’t fill. Five years from now, 60% expect to be short-staffed, especially when it comes to skilled trades. Statistics Canada forecasts the country’s labour force growth rate will remain below 0.2% for the rest of the decade, below replacement levels.
This growing shortage is affecting companies of all sizes. Already, some manufacturers acknowledge losing out on contracts because they can’t find the manpower to fulfill them.
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. NOARK Electric is a global manufacturer of low-voltage electrical components for industrial applications, and they specialize in motor controls and circuit protection components for machinery manufacturers and industrial panel builders.
T&M Buyers Guide
Electricians invest a substantial amount of money into the tools they use every day on the job site, so it’s important that they do their research and buy products which are specifically appropriate to their line of work. This buyer’s guide for electrical test and measurement equipment offers a comprehensive look at the important features to consider when choosing a new meter.
New IDEC Safety Commander Improves HMI Tablet Usability for Industrial and Safety Applications
IDEC Corporation has recently developed the new HT4P Safety Commander, building on the success of the HT3P by incorporating end user feature requests for additional networking and operator interface functionality. The HT4P Safety Commander is an ergonomic device enabling users to securely hold and protect a human-machine interface (HMI) tablet, while providing power, networking, and hardwired emergency stop (e-stop) and other operator interface devices. OEMs and automation designers can now provide flexible and safety-rated operator interface options for equipment, robotics, collaborative robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and other manufacturing system applications. Read More…
AutomationDirect: Additional FATH T-Slotted Rail Hardware Components
AutomationDirect has added more FATH hardware components to their selection of T-slotted rail products. These components easily install in SureFrame rails, as well as many other brands, and include roll-in T-slot nuts with spring loaded ball, slide-in T-slot nuts, screw and miter connectors, 1- and 2-slot pivot joints, extended swivel bases, foot consoles, leveling casters, magnetic catches, sensor mounting blocks, protection profiles, profile sliders, roller elements, and much more. Read More…
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