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Oct. 8, 2015 - Aras has announced general availability of Aras Innovator 11, which introduces visual collaboration using “secure social technology” in the platform, it says.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Rockwell Automation has expanded its portfolio of industrial Ethernet switches with the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5410 industrial distribution switch.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Guyson says it has designed and built a robotic blast system with an extended lance nozzle for precision grit blasting and surface preparation of the inside diameters of industrial gas turbine components in manufacturing and repair operations.
Oct. 5, 2015 - Festo’s pinch valves VZQA with full bore passage claim to be a cost-efficient and energy-efficient alternative to diaphragm and ball valves in process automation applications.
Oct. 2, 2015 - 5ME says its Freedom Digital Interface (FDI) with integral MTConnect adapter allows shops with legacy equipment to monitor machine tool performance using the company’s Freedom eLOG or other MTConnect monitoring software.
Oct. 2, 2015 - Phoenix Contact says it is the only provider in the market with a 6-mm safety relay. The design of the safety module, it says, is made possible through its newly developed relay technology.
Oct. 2, 2015 - AutomationDirect has added IDEM emergency stop control stations to its line of pushbuttons.
Oct. 2, 2015 - Motion Industries, a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, has introduced one of several new knowledge websites:
Sept. 22, 2015 - Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the next-generation SimpleLink SensorTag, a development kit that promises easy and quick integration of sensor data with wireless Cloud connectivity.
Sept. 22, 2015 - AutomationDirect has expanded its line of electrical wire for industrial applications to include striped MTW wire with colour-coded PVC, heat and moisture-resistant insulating jackets.
Sept. 22, 2015 - The Mitutoyo MeasurLink 8.0 promises to add increased performance and functionality to the entire suite of SPC software.
Sept. 22, 2015 - QC Industries’ HydroClean sanitary conveyors are now BISSC certified. BISSC, which stands for Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee, is a distinctive certification recognizing that their conveyors conform to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) qualification for design of bakery equipment.
Oct. 7, 2015 - Though parents and youth say they believe career opportunities in the skilled trades to be limited, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) published a new national report today indicating the opposite is true.
Sept. 29, 2015 - At the annual conference of the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) this week, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and the U.S. Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to announce the harmonization of their respective standards and certifications for front-line manufacturing production workers.
Sept. 28, 2015 - Sheridan College and Hatch have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they say will promote further collaboration between the two organizations, aimed at enhancing educational opportunities for Sheridan students, while also fostering innovation and economic growth.
Sept. 22, 2015 - Festo demonstrated how nature provides inspiration to kick-start innovation and creates the automation technology of the future at this year’s Beakerhead, which partnered with the University of Calgary and the Schulich School of Engineering. Presentations of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network and the BionicOpter took place from September 16 - 20 at the University of Calgary, during Beakernight and various school programs as well as at the Calgary Zoo.
Sept. 14, 2015 - Matrox Imaging will be offering classroom training on Matrox Design Assistant 4 flowchart-based machine vision software at its Montreal, Que., headquarters October 14 - 16.
Sept. 2, 2015 - Stratasys, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, is now accepting entries for the 12th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
Aug. 20, 2015 - The Yves Landry Foundation wants to help your business reach its full potential through a new program called AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellent) Global.
Aug. 19, 2015 - What exactly is Mechatronics? We spoke with Festo Didactic’s Greg James at the Skills Canada National Competition to learn more about this emerging field.
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.
Aug. 25, 2015 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s sister publication Design Product News chats with Gary Stortz, Ontario regional manager at Turck Chartwell, at Hannover Messe 2015 about the new Turck uprox3 sensor series. According to Stortz, the series is designed to provide three times the normal sensing range expected from a normal proximity switch, as well as trilingual (Profinet, Ethernet IP and Modbus TCP) Turck ultra-compact proximity block modules.
Aug. 18, 2015 - Talk about customer service! The Kuka LBR iiwa robot was a sure crowd-pleaser as it served beer and entertained visitors of the Kuka booth at Hannover Messe 2015.
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.
Aug. 18, 2015 - For manufacturers and dealers, quality product support is becoming one of the most important after-market success drivers. With stronger service programs and more products to choose from, customers no longer want just a piece of equipment — they expect a service contract extending throughout the life of their equipment.  
Aug. 14, 2015 - As a human-machine interface in its simplest form, push buttons and signalling devices have proved their worth. Since these vital components are installed in huge numbers, even minor improvements to their design pay dividends in terms of the engineering process and practical application.
Aug 7, 2015 - BioAmber Inc., a sustainable chemicals company that uses sugar instead of petroleum, says it will open the “world’s largest succinic acid plant” in Sarnia, Ont.
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.
Sept. 23, 2015 - The Company: Eddyfi designs and manufactures non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment using eddy currents and electromagnetic techniques for nuclear, power generation, oil and gas industries.
Sep. 4, 2015 - According to a recent market research report by MarketsandMarkets, the manufacturing execution system (MES) market is estimated to reach US$12.6 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 10.85 per cent between 2015 and 2020.
Aug. 28, 2015 - Don’t miss this live Manufacturing AUTOMATION webinar “Conquering Operational Risk — Aligning Operational and Customer-Centric Approaches” with guest presenter Jonathan Gross of Pemeco Consulting, and SYSPRO Canada’s Vice President of Sales David Doyle.
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.
Oct. 2, 2015 - In an era where functional efficacy has never been more vital, facilities are required to deliver on increased demands. The need for eliminating unplanned downtime, catastrophic breakdowns, and unnecessary maintenance costs in production processes has never been higher. The same is true for ensuring safety of personnel and assets.
Oct. 2, 2015 - Have you truly succeeded at Lean?
Oct. 2, 2015 - People fall into one of two categories when it comes to the topic of IT: they have embraced it and are always looking for more ways to get more information from it, or, they are aware of the potential it may have but feel woefully behind and out of date. There’s a third category though, smaller than the first two, but growing steadily. It’s the people that have invested heavily in information systems and have collected mountains of data, but are now wondering what it all means, and if it was worth the effort and cost.
Oct. 2, 2015 - It’s been anything but a slow-news summer for North America.
Oct. 1, 2015 - Like something straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel, many fear that robotics and artificial intelligence will soon take over for humans. Some say that robots will render our jobs obsolete, leaving us to vie for skills and education that many simply won’t be able to obtain. Take a deep breath. Automation isn’t taking our jobs, and here’s why.
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.

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