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    Juliano Matias
Post by On 31 May 2012 In CPCA Corner

Wireless is nothing new; for more than three decades it has been part of our daily lives. From cell phones to garage door openers we know the existence and reliability of (or lack thereof) these systems. As with any technology that advances in the commercial level, it usually takes years to get the new technology into industry, where the requirements are generally very different than for commercial grade products.

The environment where the industrial equipment resides can be very harsh for a standard commercial product. Variables like vibration, shock, humidity, temperature and EMI play a major factor when designers write the specification of a product. Industrial products also need to fulfill specific certifications that will allow the product to be installed in a certain application, i.e. CSA Class1Div2 for Hazardous Environment where the module’s body temperature or any spark due to a connector or an electromechanical relay can ignite an explosion in a hazardous atmosphere. There are numerous types of standards in several industries, i.e. Nuclear, Mining, Transportation, Ship Building, etc.

    Doug McDaniel
Post by On 31 January 2012 In CPCA Corner

One of the founding core values of the CPCA is to give something back to the communities in which we work, by:

  • Establishing an academic liaison between the Canadian Process Control Industry and academic institutions to provide students of engineering & technology as well as faculty members with greater knowledge of the role and contribution that process control plays in our industrial infrastructure.
  • Promoting continued growth and development of the science and technology of instrumentation and automation technology by encouraging, promoting and supporting students and academic institutions.
    Kevin Martyn
Post by On 31 October 2011 In CPCA Corner

As most of you are aware, it is a legal requirement in Canada, to have industrial instrumentation approved for electrical safety per the Canadian Electrical Coded (CEC), particularly if it is going into a hazardous area with the potential for combustible gasses. In Canada, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) approves certification bodies that can provide this approval.

Many years ago, before free trade, we had a near monopoly in Canada: CSA – Canadian Standards Association. This had the advantage of having a common mark out there that was easy to recognize, but there was no competition to encourage improved customer service; providing more options for the manufacturer.

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