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Aug. 4, 2015 - IDEC has released the EU2B family of safety devices including pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches and ammeters.
Aug. 4, 2015 - Banner Engineering says its TL70 wireless tower light provides reliable remote monitoring and visual status indication for remote applications, general and machine status, mobile call for parts, mobile work stations, threshold sensing and other applications.
Aug. 4, 2015 - Beckhoff Automation has introduced the CX8091 as a member of the CX8000 line, which it says currently includes the smallest embedded PCs available from the company.
Jul. 28, 2015 - The Schleuniger ACO 07 crimp force monitor, designed for use with semi-automatic benchtop crimping presses, is boasting several enhanced features and crimp force monitoring capabilities.
Jul. 28, 2015 - The Amacoil-Uhing model RS drive nut promises smooth backlash-free linear motion in machine design. “Unlike a screw, the RS drive nut runs on a smooth shaft without threads,” says company representatives, adding that this eliminates the potential for clogged threads and jamming. The RS linear drive operates on the rolling ring linear motion principle. The inner race of each rolling ring bearing inside the nut is specially machined, while each bearing is installed under pressure and contacts the shaft at a single point. The nuts can be used in material handling machines, winding equipment, test and measurement devices, parts transfer systems, packaging machines and other production, converting and finishing equipment, according to Amacoil. Available in ten sizes to help meet varying payload and linear speed requirements, the RS drive nut is suitable for vertical or horizontal travel. Each of the ten sizes is available in five different linear pitch settings. Shaft rotational speeds may be up to 10,000 rpm depending on the size of the drive.
Jul. 28, 2015 - The SAIBO SB-LGB linear roller block and rail systems from LM76 are available in three sizes to meet load requirements up to 1200 N. (270 lbs).
Jul. 21, 2015 - AutomationDirect says its line of Stego enclosure heaters are touch-safe, positive temperature coefficient (PTC) convection and fan heaters are used to “prevent the formation of condensation and provide evenly distributed interior air temperature in enclosures.”
Jul. 21, 2015 - In an effort to “simplify and improve its JB platform enclosure,” Rittal is now including a zinc-plated mounting panel with all junction box enclosures.
Jul. 14, 2015 - The speed and efficiency of industrial control and machinery automation projects claim to be enhanced significantly with the new release of ABB’s integrated development toolsuite.
Jul. 7, 2015 - Graco Advanced Fluid Dispense (AFD) says its Therm-O-Flow Bulk Hot Melt System is an ideal fit for moisture block coating applications in the cable industry.
Jul. 7, 2015 - The new CBM circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact claim to protect against overload and short-circuit currents in 24vDC circuits.
Jul. 7, 2015 - Omron Automation and Safety has expanded its family of safety controllers with a stand-alone version of the NX-series safety controllers that uses safety over EtherNet/IP for a “powerful, modular and easily commissioned safety controller that can be efficiently adapted to a wide range of safety applications,” it says. The expandable design promises a highly scalable solution, making it ideal for compact systems with just a few I/Os, as well as for larger applications that require up to 256 I/O points, notes Omron. According to the company, the unit’s inputs support direct connectivity to any kind of safety device: safety light curtains, scanners, interlocking devices, non-contact sensors, electromechanical switches, safety mats, safety bumpers, enabling switches and more. The system is configured with Sysmac Studio software using a special stand-alone safety version, or the full suite of automation software.
Jul. 28, 2015 - Congratulations to Avery Bird and Theodor Willert, the winning students from the Skills Canada 2015 Mechatronics challenge. In this video, we chat with them to find out how winning the competition will help them represent Canada at the World Skills 2017 event in Abu Dhabi.
Jul. 2, 2015 - Two governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which they say will pave the way towards retooling the federal-provincial job training deal to better align training with jobs sooner.
Jun. 25, 2015 - A new program from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Feds hopes to better equip youth with skills for advanced manufacturing careers.
Jun. 23, 2015 - All precision and CNC machining competitors at the 2015 National Skills Canada Competition (SCNC) have received a KBC Tools and Machinery gift certificate as a reward for the “hard work and creativity demonstrated” at this year competition said Paula Bass, KBC president.
Jun. 17, 2015 - A North Island College, B.C., employee’s love for his son has lead to an invention that will soon allow all grade school kids in the Comox Valley access to Lego robotics online all year long. Two years ago, Albert Balbon’s son came home from his Grade 5 class excited about being able to experiment a travelling kit of Lego robots.
Jun. 16, 2015 - For two days in May at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) at Prairieland Park, Sask., the best and brightest students and apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged.
Jun. 14, 2015 - Wago has announces a free three-day Customer I/O training program, with 2015 dates including March 17-19, May 5-7, July 28-30, September 22-24 and November 3-5.
May 26, 2015 - Dr. Lesley Shannon for the British Columbia/Yukon region and Dr. Eve Langelier for the Quebec region have been announced as new Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering during the Creating Connections 4.0 conference at Simon Fraser University (SFU).
Apr. 27, 2015 - Stratasys, a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has selected winners for the 11th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
Apr. 27, 2015 - The members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 have been officially announced! Congratulations! The 29-member team represents the country’s best youth in skilled trades and technologies competing in Brazil this August at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.
Apr. 23, 2015 - Seneca College, with the support of the Ontario government and Siemens Canada, says it is creating the first Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre (MSDC) in the province.
Apr. 22, 2015 - The Government of Canada’s budget announced an additional investment of $56.4 million over four years, starting in 2016-17, to support industrial research internships for graduate students through the Mitacs Accelerate program.
Jul. 21, 2015 - Blanco Canada is celebrating its 20th anniversary since opening its manufacturing facility and operations.
Jul. 3, 2015 - FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) marked its 90th anniversary last month at a special celebration on the banks of the Detroit River and steps from its Canadian headquarters.
Jul. 3, 2015 - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has received two J.D. Power and Associates Plant Quality awards, gold and silver, in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
Jun. 23, 2015 - Downtime, both planned and unplanned, can have pronounced impact on packing line efficiency and throughput.
Jun. 16, 2015 - As overseas labour costs continue to rise — and long supply chains grow more expensive — the once-popular trend of offshoring is on its way out in many sectors. Rather than searching for the cheapest labour to manufacture their goods, companies are finding that true financial value lies in better servicing local markets. For many, this means bringing manufacturing operations back to the home of their prime customer base — North America.
May 23, 2015 - W&H Systems Inc., a full-service integrator of material handling systems, announces the opening of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s highly automated warehouse in Union City, Calif. 
Apr. 27, 2015 - In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. Just this month, Toyota moved its Canadian production of the Corolla to a new plant in Guanajuato, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories.
Apr. 20, 2015 - Magna International has confirmed its Canadian plants are not included in its decision to sell its interiors operations to Spanish auto parts manufacturer Grupo Antolin for about $525 million.
Mar. 13, 2015 - The bottling facilities of Nestlé Waters Canada, a beverage manufacturer and distributor, have achieved Excellence in Manufacturing standing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA).
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.
Jul. 27, 2015 - Nut welding is required in many high volume manufacturing industries to attach a fastener to a part so that an assembly can be completed.
Jul. 14, 2015 - GE Intelligent Platforms Software has announced a new production optimization project to connect all of BP’s oil wells globally to the Industrial Internet.
Jun. 30, 2015 - Rack and pinions are linear actuators that play a critical role in a wide range of linear motion control applications.
Jan. 6, 2015 - Roxul has announced a new strategic direction for the North American Industrial, Marine & Offshore business.
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.
Jun. 26, 2015 - From prototyping to complete automation solutions, Armo-Tool Ltd. (Armo Tool) complements a company’s development team with its generations of tool making tradecraft. For more than 40 years, Armo Tool has been building long-term relationships with manufacturing companies throughout North America by helping these companies bring new products to market, improve production processes, and repurpose their machinery and equipment. Clients rely on Armo Tool to solve their machining, tool and automation problems, and help them get innovative ideas to market.
Jun. 25, 2015 - Big Bang ERP, a Montreal, Que.-based consulting firm, says it has partnered with Plex Systems to help deploy the Plex Manufacturing Cloud for Canadian manufacturers.
May 26, 2015 - Today, companies are continuously looking for ways to introduce order-processing technologies designed to improve inefficiencies.
May 20, 2015 - Peter worked long, frustrating hours trying to keep production moving. He moved from crisis to crisis trying to hunt down materials that were supposed to be in inventory, changing the production schedule on the fly to adapt to the latest obstacle. Peter wasn’t bad at his job, he just didn’t have the information he needed to do his job properly.
Apr. 13, 2015 - Siemens Canada said its product lifecycle management (PLM) software grant will give students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., the opportunity to use the same technology in its design and manufacturing research programs that businesses around the world employ to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.
Mar. 27, 2015 - Downward pressure on the loonie and steep drops in oil prices are creating export-friendly market conditions. Canadian manufacturers and exporters will undoubtedly look to convert these export opportunities into stable, recurring, long-term business.
Mar. 9, 2015 - Siemens and Western University have announced an academic partnership which they say will give students the opportunity to use the same technology in its Faculty of Engineering classrooms that businesses around the world employ to design today’s sophisticated products.
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.  
Jul. 10, 2015 - Small and mighty is how I would describe Thailand after visiting its strong machinery sector earlier this year.
Jun. 30, 2015 - The future of manufacturing is application dependent and two examples of this come to mind. One is the understanding of black holes, and the other is regarding Google’s internal organization.
Jun. 30, 2015 - Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) is a 20-year-old supplier of turnkey industrial automation systems for the aerospace industry.
Jun. 25, 2015 - This thought has been on my mind quite a bit lately, perhaps it’s because I just visited a 90-year-old friend in his new retirement home.
Jun. 23, 2015 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION June  2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on lean manufacturing, machine safety, education and a cover story of our annual editorial advisory board roundtable. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Jun. 18, 2015 - As I write this editorial, I am restlessly sitting on a Boeing 777 from Thailand to Toronto for what feels like an eternity of flying. It will take me about a combined 24 hours of travelling to get home after a hectic four-day press junket in Bangkok. Organized by the Thailand Board of Investment, the press tour brought together five North American journalists (myself included) to visit a handful of manufacturers and institutes in the area. We also attended Intermach and Subcon Thailand, the largest industrial machinery and subcontracting exhibition in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Jun. 16, 2015 - My reading list includes more than physics books. I do read “guy” stories, and in recent columns, I have talked about my Saturday forays into the movie theatre to see a “no-content” movie. It helps relieve and empty the stuff running around my head.
Jun. 15, 2015 - While the Internet of Things, big data and the cloud may be the buzzwords du jour — manufacturing industry participants should be aware of these other trends as they will affect many aspects of industrial automation going forward.
Jun. 12, 2015 - One of the big challenges that control systems designers and safety engineers face is the relationship between machinery risk and control system reliability. Machinery safety standards began introducing the idea of control reliability, more often called functional safety, back in the early 1990s. The earliest standards used a prescriptive approach, introducing circuit architectures with names like single channel, single-channel monitored, and control reliable. In the mid-1990s, CEN in the European Union brought in some similar, but slightly different, architectures which were called out as “Category B” and “Categories 1 through 4.” Unfortunately, while this was an important advancement, it also introduced a lot of confusion for designers.
Jun. 12, 2015 - We all know how the growth of technology has hugely impacted the 21st century, but how important is it to consider the fast pace of this advancement? On one of the first sunny days this spring, Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s editorial advisory board gathered for its yearly roundtable to discuss the outlook of the sector as a whole, fuelled by the spread of technology, the new age of workers and increased collaboration between industry members. Thanks to this “snowball effect,” the face of manufacturing will continue to evolve faster and faster with both positive and troubling repercussions, say our members.
May 20, 2015 - We live in a precarious time. As some get richer, many others drift towards unsustainability, and our middle class is shrinking. When people slide into unsustainability, it often becomes the responsibility of government to meet their needs. Many people in the middle class don’t even realize it, but they too have slid into positions of unsustainability, where they can’t accomplish the critical things on their list without some form of government aid; things like subsidies for their children’s tuition, relief from debt, extra allowances or benefits just to make ends meet every month.
May 20, 2015 - In March I attended my very first Automate show, and what a show it was! There were dozens of robot demos and various machine vision and safety set-ups. According to Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (one of the event sponsors), this year’s tradeshow was 80 per cent larger in terms of floor space and attendance was up 50 per cent from 2013.

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