safety-compliance-workshop Technology Handbooks Canadian ElectronicsDPN MagazineSoftware Directory
Mar. 5, 2015 – Manufacturing AUTOMATION was there last night as Festo Canada celebrated its 40th anniversary with a media event with executive presentations and a demonstration of its various flying bionic robots.
Mar. 4, 2015 - Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote various U.S. executives to posts in Japan.
Mar. 4, 2015 - Ontario is partnering with Howa Canada to establish a new auto parts plant in Alliston, Ont.,  creating 40 new jobs in the process.
Mar. 4, 2015 - Wago has appointed Ron Bin to the role of field application engineer for Ontario, where he will facilitate the transfer of technical application information to customers and distributors in the region.
Mar. 4, 2015 - After 37 years at Motion Industries — a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts — chair Bill Stevens announced his plans to retire this month. Tim Breen, president and CEO, will succeed Stevens in leading the business.
Mar. 3, 2015 - A monthly gauge of the Canadian manufacturing industry indicates the sector fell to 48.7 last month, coming in at its lowest level since the monthly survey began more than four years ago.
Mar. 2, 2015 - Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology), and Jay Aspin, MP Nipissing - Timiskaming, today announced an investment in the Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) organization through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
Mar. 2, 2015 - Harting Canada continues to experience double digit annual revenue growth, a trend which shows no sign of abating, said Jon DeSouza, president and CEO of Harting Canada and Harting North America.
Mar. 2, 2015 - A new $5.96-million rolling mill has been put into service at Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Materials facility in Hamilton, Ont., promising significant benefits to both the pipeline and automotive manufacturing industries.
Mar. 2, 2015 - Saputo Inc. announced today its Australian subsidiary, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd. (WCB), is set to acquire the everyday cheese business of Lion-Dairy & Drinks Pty Ltd. based in Victoria, Australia.
Feb. 26, 2015 - Ford Motor Company announced today it will add 400 new jobs at its Oakville Assembly plant outside of Toronto, Ont., where production of the new 2015 Ford Edge is scheduled to launch.
Feb. 24, 2015 - The Ford GT, the automaker’s hot new high-performance supercar, will be built in Ontario in a partnership with Markham, Ont.,-based Multimatic, which produces auto parts and components.
Mar. 3, 2015 - B&R Automation says its new line of swing arm systems with IP65-rated multi-touch widescreen panels are available in sizes ranging from 18.5 to 24 in. with either HD Ready or Full HD resolution. The panels are connected using standard cables that run through the swing arm shaft, even after mounting. Displays from the automation panel series are available in nine different swing arm models and can be equipped with additional switching elements as needed. Individual access rights can be assigned to anyone from service engineers to system operators thanks to an integrated RFID reader. Additionally, the systems can be equipped with buttons, selector switches, key switches and an integrated E-stop button.
Mar. 3, 2015 - Axiomtek describes its 15.6-in. GOT5153W-834 WXGA TFT LCD fanless touch panel computer as an all-in-one industrial touch panel PC with a stylish and slim design that allows for easy installation in a space-constrained environment. Offering an Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processor, the GOT5153W-834 has the IPX1-compliant chassis and IP65-rated spill and dust resistant front panel to operate in harsh environments. The panel computer has five membrane switches on its front panel, promising to provide end-users with enhanced convenience for control of the system’s LCD on/off function, brightness, volume setting and more. According to the company, the system is ideal for a variety of application including human-machine interface, digital signage, controls and IoT-related applications.
Mar. 3, 2015 - Arbor has added to its industrial PC lineup with its new widescreen Aslan series designed for Industry 4.0 smart factory applications. Each model in the new cable-less line comes with an Intel J1900 Celeron Processor Quad-Core CPU, fanless cooling system, a widescreen LCD touch display with LED backlight, and an array of I/O connections. Equipped with three Gigabit LAN ports, the series has the ability to connect facilities, collect data streams, and control the production process in accordance with current and Industry 4.0 application requirements, noted the company, adding that “by taking advantage of this triple configuration, factory automation projects will see accelerated time to market, increased efficiency, cost reductions, as well as higher overall system quality.” Users can choose between three models with displays of 15.6 in. (W715C), 18.5 in. (W719C) and 21.5 in. (W722C).
Feb. 24, 2015 - Mouser Electronics has introduced its Motor Control Application site, which aims to provide developers with the resources to learn about the latest advances in motor control and the company’s newest components. The Applications section segments motor control into five main subsections: permanent magnet synchronous motors, brushless DC motors, stepper motors, AC induction motors, and low voltage DC motors. These subsections describe the use and operation of each motor. Functional block diagrams are provided with explanations of each block, along with a parts list of products available for same-day shipping. The site also has sections for articles, featured products, and other resources.
Feb. 20, 2015 - Belden’s new EESX20 and EESX30 Hirschmann embedded Ethernet switches promise to allow automation devices to be quickly and reliably equipped with Gigabit switch technology. According to the company, the new switches eliminate the need to worry about challenging switch technology, as well as reduce time to market and the length of the overall development process, allowing manufacturers to focus the recaptured time on core capabilities. Both models can be mounted on the main circuit board of automation devices with an Ethernet interface. “Because all functions can be updated with a simple software update, our Embedded Ethernet Switches offer maximum flexibility and security for the future,” adds Rolf-Dieter Sommer, product manager at Hirschmann. EESX20 features eight Ethernet ports, while EESX30 offers two additional Gigabit uplinks.
Feb. 20, 2015 - Banner Engineering says its Q4X laser distance sensor detects distance changes as small as 1 mm and covers a 25-300 mm range across multiple target colours, materials and surfaces. According to the company, it easily detects objects regardless of target surface reflectivity, including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multicolour packaging and targets of all colours. Additionally, it promises to provide superior resistance to ambient light interference. Boasting a simplified user experience, the Q4X provides a clear distance readout from the highly visible, angled four-digit display that is easily viewed from multiple vantage points. Its IP69K rated housing makes it suitable for use in wet and high-pressure washdown environments in automotive, robotic, packaging and other automated assembly processes.
Feb. 8, 2015 - With the combination of IEC 61131-3 functions and secure OPC UA communication, Beckhoff Automation’s SOA (service oriented architecture) PLC promises more efficient, data-consistent, secure, and standardized communication for the implementation of smart factories.
Feb. 8, 2015 - Wieland Electric has developed a robust encryption feature for its samosPro family of programmable safety controllers, providing machine design engineers a means to prevent unauthorized tampering with the intellectual property in their safety software programs, it says.
Feb. 8, 2015 - The updated Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk ProductionCentre manufacturing execution system (MES) software claims to improve application performance and scalability, speed deployment, and support mobile and cloud infrastructures.
Feb. 8, 2015 - MC Machinery Systems, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., says its new software solution provides production monitoring, support and transparency to the laser-cutting process.
Feb 8. 2015 - Yokogawa has developed an enhanced version of the GA10 data-logging software for the Smartdac+ data acquisition and control system.
Feb. 2, 2015 - Dispense Works — a full service designer, manufacturer and developer of robotic dispensing solutions — has debuted its RD 2500 large format dispensing table.
Feb. 27, 2015 - “With how the worldwide manufacturing industry is changing, you see more and more technology from the IT world coming into manufacturing: the Internet of Things, new tools and new processes,” says Robert Hardt, president and CEO of Siemens Canada. “Young people will face a totally different set of requirements in the near future. We need to make sure, as companies and as a society, that both secondary and post-secondary schools start to adapt to these systems.”
Feb. 17, 2015 - Last week, Siemens Canada signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Seneca College and Sheridan College, highlighting the Mechatronics programs and strengthening the cooperation between Siemens and the two Ontario institutions.
Feb. 2, 2015 - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters British Columbia, Canada Makes, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design have announced a partnership on additive manufacturing, which they say will allow for a convergence of academia and industry. The agreement will also provide leadership at the forefront of material exploration and digital making in Canada and British Columbia, they added.
Jan. 22, 2015 - Following a successful inaugural year that saw five students across North America receive financial support and on-site learning experience, Intertek has renewed its scholarship and internship program for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
Jan. 19, 2015 - Mohawk College officially opened its Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre last Friday, the first of its kind in Ontario to serve as a test lab for advanced manufacturers and a living lab for students, it says.
Jan. 13, 2015 - The government has launched an initiative that provides apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade program with access to loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. Through the Canada Apprentice Loan program, the loan remains interest-free until after the recipient completes or leaves their apprenticeship training program, for up to a maximum of six years.
Our 16th annual listing of automation education and training options in Canada.
Jan. 6, 2015 - A report by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) suggests that with 91 per cent of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data.
Nov. 25, 2014 - Four manufacturing organizations say they have banded together for a new “by industry, for industry” learning program to actively hire and train unemployed/underemployed youth to help address a “critical” shortage of CNC machinists.
Nov. 19, 2014 - Ontario says it is investing $4.2 million to help build the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, a permanent, high-tech facility that will provide hands-on applied learning and innovative business solutions.
Nov. 4, 2014 - Skills Canada launched its 10th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week today, which it says aims to create awareness for students and educators of the “incredible career opportunities” available in skilled trades and technologies across Canada.
Oct. 7, 2014 - A $1,050,000 gift from Dow Canada will support student success and campus expansion at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Dow’s investment includes $800,000 for NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technologies, and $250,000 to sponsor a biennial seminar at NAIT showcasing the field of power engineering.
Feb. 27, 2015 - PC-based control systems for industrial applications have been around in various forms for as long as PCs themselves. In fact, PCs have been relied upon for machine control just about as long as PLCs have. In certain circles, however, there continues to be a misunderstanding about the reliability and capability of an Industrial PC (IPC) for “real” machine control applications.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Our January/February issue staple is back — Manufacturing AUTOMATION has compiled the top trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should watch out for in the upcoming year, as predicted by a handful of industry experts. While last year’s responses centred on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and the Internet of Things, this year’s experts offer a more diverse mix of predictions. Most noted are sensors, smart and connected networks, and mobile technology as major trends of the year. As Kevin Prouty of Aberdeen Group told us (the second expert listed), he believes 2015 is about “consolidating the gains in automation and information systems, and pushing the boundaries in other areas.” That said, is your business ready to take on the New Year?
Feb. 23, 2015 - Fifteen years from now, there will be a collaborative robot in every single manufacturing environment in the world. For sure. That prediction comes from Jim Lawton, chief marketing officer of Rethink Robotics, a Boston, Mass.-based robotics company.
Feb. 10, 2015 - Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, Ont., has achieved a milestone in its operations — the completion of the 1,000th blade produced at the factory.
Jan. 16, 2015 - Based on its analysis of the human machine interface market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized GE’s Intelligent Platforms business with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award, saying the company’s foresight in using real-time operational intelligence (RtOI) to evolve plant floor processes has enhanced customer value.
Dec. 9, 2014 - Cascades has acquired and installed two new printing presses in its Quebec plants, Norampac – Vaudreuil and Norampac – Drummondville, which specialize in manufacturing corrugated packaging products.
Nov. 5, 2014 - A new national award from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) recognizes “organizations that exceed traditional health and safety practices by the shared value created to have an impact on a broader community dimension beyond their workplaces.”
Oct. 9, 2014 - Increasingly individualized products and more intelligent, networked components are transforming the world of production, and Festo is embracing the changes. That was the message from Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board of Festo AG, during Festo’s recent International Press Conference at its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany.
Oct. 7, 2014 - While at Festo's recent International Press Conference in Germany, Manufacturing AUTOMATION sat down for an interview with Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board, to discuss recent investments the company has made, the economy and which markets he's seeing growth in.
Oct. 7, 2014 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently attended Festo's International Press Conference at the company's headquarters in Esslingen, Germany. During the conference, Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board of Festo AG & Co. KG, discussed Industry 4.0 and Festo's view of future production.
Sept. 18, 2014 - Marcos Aranha, process engineer with Yaskawa America Inc., demonstrates four technologies in the Yaskawa Motoman booth at IMTS 2014 in Chicago.
Jan. 6, 2015 - Roxul has announced a new strategic direction for the North American Industrial, Marine & Offshore business. Effective January 1, 2015, the Roxul Industrial & Marine team will integrate into a global platform with Rockwool Technical Insulation (RTI), and the North American Industrial, Marine & Offshore division will be known as Roxul Technical Insulation.
Dec. 5, 2014 - Lightweight metals player Alcoa says its new Micromill aluminum technology will give the lightweight metal a better chance to replace steel in car doors and fenders.
Nov. 5, 2014 - KSB Pumps is expanding its presence in Western Canada with a new office and service facility in Edmonton, Alta.
July 25, 2014 - The boards of directors of the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation have approved unifying the two foundations into a new industry organization dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of process automation.
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the Hannover Fair on Monday, announced significant progress in its discussions with the HART Communication Foundation on the potential for merging the two organizations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation.
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the Hannover Fair on Monday, commemorated its 20th anniversary.
A white paper from InduSoft, an Invensys company, describes in depth the benefits multi-touch HMI offers the automation world.
The term "dry wine" has a new meaning at Vincor International's Quebec bottling operation since soap-and-water lubrication have been eliminated from the conveyor line by installing a new conveyor chain and wear track.
To stay competitive with large-scale agricultural producers, today’s small, privately owned farms are turning to automation as a way to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Process automation projects are most often driven by bottom line results, return on investment and an appropriate value position or justification.
AutomationDirect has released a new white paper that explains how businesses benefit from the in-depth information that new PLCs and PACs can provide on processes, machines and manufacturing operations. 
  With the arrival of the latest generation of KSB’s Movitec pumps, KSB Canada has widened its portfolio of small size centrifugal pumps. The 2013 Movitec series feature optimized laser welded hydraulics.
Jan. 26, 2015 - Manufacturing is dramatically different than it was even a decade ago—and it will change even more radically and rapidly in the next few years, with far more emphasis placed on speed and customization.
Dec. 2, 2014 - InspectionXpert has released the InspectionXpert OnDemand for CAD, describing its as a new quality planning and documentation software platform that supports both 3D model-based and 2D print-based formats.
Nov. 27, 2014 - Configure One, a provider of web-based product configurator and CPQ (configure, price, quote) software, has announced a partnership agreement with SolidCAD Solutions, a Toronto, Ont.-based technology solution provider for the manufacturing, plant, visualization, civil and building industries.
Nov. 26, 2014 - Cégep de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Que., announced today that it has selected Genius Manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for hands-on training in its mechanical engineering techniques (manufacturing option) program.
Oct. 24, 2014 - Consumer power has reached an all-time high, and businesses have felt the impact across their supply chains globally.  
Sept. 29, 2014 - The Company: August Electronics is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider headquartered in Calgary, Alta. They have a long-standing track record of customer satisfaction and productivity, as shown by their yearly recognition in Profit magazine’s PROFIT 200 — Canada’s top 200 fastest growing companies. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, August Electronics is committed to a philosophy of continuous quality improvement.
Sept. 29, 2014 - The Company: Privately held and based in Ottawa, Ont., TrueNorth Avionics is an airborne connectivity company that designs, develops and manufactures satellite communication solutions for high-end corporate jets and VIP aircrafts.
Sept. 29, 2014 - Kaizen — translated loosely from the Japanese, it means “good change.” Masaaki Imai, founder of the Japan-based Kaizen Institute, defined kaizen as: "...continuous improvement in the personal life, home life, social life and working life." Even more profoundly, Imai taught that kaizen was a “...state of mind that encourages everyone to consider it unusual when conditions do not continuously evolve.”
Sept. 29, 2014 - The Company: Iggesund Tools is a tooling company with a proud heritage spanning more than 300 years. Today, its core business is the design and production of specialized tooling for the forest products industry. In each of the sectors it serves — debarking, lumber production, chipping technology and chip analysis — Iggesund Tools is recognized as a world leader.
Sept. 26, 2014 - The Company: Hammond Power Solutions (HPS) is the largest manufacturer of dry-type transformers in North America. The company engineers and manufactures a wide range of standard and custom transformers that are exported globally in electrical equipment and systems, and supports solid industries such as oil and gas, mining, steel, waste and water treatment, and wind power generation. Headquartered in Guelph, Ont., HPS has five manufacturing facilities and 11 distribution centres located throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Sept. 26, 2014 - The Company: Every single day, gas, diesel and petrol are used around the world to keep vehicles running. Through a process called “fractionation,” crude, unprocessed oil is separated into these important fuels. An entire facility is needed to carry out the fractionation process. Enerchem International Inc., a leader in the production and distribution of hydrocarbon drilling and fracturing fluids, runs one such facility at Slave Lake in Alberta. To efficiently handle the daunting task of maintaining and controlling this facility, Enerchem uses a flexible HMI, SCADA and MES software platform called Ignition by Inductive Automation.
Sept. 26, 2014 - The Company: Athletica Sport Systems (Sport Systems Unlimited Corp.) specializes in engineering, manufacturing and installing dasher boards and associated products for ice hockey and indoor soccer. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company brings world-class sport solutions under the well-known Crystaplex, Border Patrol and GamePlex brands to customers worldwide, including universities, municipalities and private owners, and is the preferred rink equipment supplier of the NHL. In addition, Athletica has a vastly growing Arena Services division, which accounts for a significant piece of the company’s business, particularly in the winter months during the off season. Athletica’s core manufacturing facility is located in Waterloo, with a sales and distribution facility in Minneapolis, Minn.
Feb. 27, 2015 - Last November, I had the pleasure of visiting Atlanta for a tradeshow (FabTech) we were exhibiting in. It’s been a long time since I had been there, and much had changed. I was impressed with its parks and buildings, its air of confidence, and the friendliness of its people. When it comes right down to it though, great cities are made by the people that live there.
Feb. 23, 2014 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION January/February 2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on emerging trends and technologies, education, machine safety, control systems and much more. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Feb. 23, 2015 - Happy New Year! It’s a real pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION. I come to the publication from the Electrical Business Magazine Group, a sister magazine group at Annex Business Media where I spent four years as the associate editor covering Canada’s electrical and energy markets.
Feb. 4, 2015 - You know that desperate feeling when the battery in your phone dies? How the minutes seem to drag on forever while you wait for the charger to re-connect you to the world?  Imagine living in a time where the availability of energy is erratic and unpredictable. When, for example, flipping the switch doesn’t always turn on the light. In the developed world, this may be a worst case scenario, but the reality is that an energy crisis resulting from a widening gap between demand and supply is entirely possible.
Dec. 15, 2014 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION November/December 2014 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on robotics, innovation, machine safety, automation software and much more. Join editor Alyssa Dalton as she highlights the cover story of collaborative robots, an emerging trend of operator and robot working together. CLICK HERE to access the digital edition.
Dec. 3, 2014 - Growth in the global product lifecycle management (PLM) software market continues to depend strongly on regional economic and industrial trends and is experiencing significant variability. Currently, there is significant business activity across certain global regions, most notably North America, and industrial sectors, most notably upstream oil and gas. While overall growth in the PLM market slowed slightly from 2012 to 2013, some offsetting factors and technology trends will drive growth in the PLM market in the coming years, according to a recent ARC Advisory Group report, Product Lifecycle Management Global Market Research Study.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Almost everything in automation needs sensing and measurement. There’s definitely a bright future here. That’s why I’m focusing this month’s column on future trends in sensitivity and measurement — a fitting topic as we say goodbye to another year and look at what’s ahead.
Nov. 24, 2014 - With all of the continuous improvements being made in process control and automation through more effective alarm management systems, better HMIs and improved control theory and algorithms, we often forget that a control system is only as good as the field measurements and final control elements used to monitor and control the process. Fortunately, the new HMI standards take this into consideration by providing suggestions on how equipment health can be incorporated into tag display information. Similarly, field device manufacturers have agreed on methods to communicate device status for both analog- and fieldbus-based systems.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Finding that fine line between safety and production efficiency is a constantly evolving process. Companies continue to expand their efforts to ensure employee safety and still make gains in their production output.
Nov. 24, 2014 - I reviewed Radica’s Electra back in 2006. The fact that the product is still active says something about the company and the relevance of the product.
Nov. 24, 2014 - Up until the industrial revolution, the typical working man (forgive the political incorrectness for now) was able to easily measure the achievements of his efforts by, for example, how much wood was chopped; how many cows were milked; how many miles of fences mended or rows tilled; how much seed was sown and how much crops were harvested. The payoff for every day’s effort invested was not just the tactile results, but also the pride and satisfaction that went with it.
Oct. 24, 2014 - Nearly every Saturday afternoon, a friend and I go to the movies. We don’t know what movie we will be seeing before we buy the tickets. This gives us a sense of adventure.