Jun. 14, 2016 - Omega presents the HHC200 series of portable environmental meters for temperature, pressure, RPM/light intensity, air flow, humidity, dew point, and wet bulb measurement.
Jun. 13, 2016 - B&K Precision describes its model 891 300 kHz bench LCR meter as a “compact, value-priced” LCR meter that can measure inductance, capacitance, and resistance with 0.05-per-cent best impedance accuracy over a fully adjustable test frequency range of 20 Hz to 300 kHz.
Jun. 10, 2016 - Now available from MicroPower Direct, the MPL-05SEUP series is a family of ultra-miniature, 5W AC/DC power supplies.
Jun. 6, 2016 - Part of its Open Core Engineering (OCE) framework for PLC automation, Rexroth’s Open Core Interface technology promises to provide a “new degree of freedom” for mechanical engineering and machine programming.
Jun. 6, 2016 - Wago’s DIN-rail mount charging module promises to be a convenient source of portable power for engineers on the go.
Jun. 2, 2016 - Power management company Eaton has launched its OEM Line Isolation (OLI) switch, a device allowing electrical equipment operators and maintenance personnel access to control panels without exposure to line side voltage, it says.
Jun. 2, 2016 - Encoder Products Company (EPC), a worldwide manufacturer of rotary encoders, has introduced the model 30M, a low-profile 30 mm diameter magnetic encoder module.
Jun. 2, 2016 - Electromate has added the SCN6 series actuators from Dyadic Systems to its range of 24V electric linear actuators from Dyadic Systems.
Jun. 2, 2016 - Smart Vision Lights, a designer and manufacturer of LED lights for industrial applications, is now offering its camera-to-light (CTL) Grey Series of cables for cameras made by Baumer and other OEMs.
Jun. 2, 2016 - Mitutoyo Canada has introduced the Quick Vision Active series to its line-up of vision measurement systems, describing it as an “easy-to-operate, space saving model with advanced functionality to meet diverse needs.”
Jun. 2, 2016 - Fluke has launched what it says is the first test tool to integrate a full-featured true RMS (TRMS) digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera in one device to speed troubleshooting.
Jun. 2, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s Rhino line of power products now includes encapsulated DC to DC converters as well as additional plastic slim line models.
Jun. 21, 2016 - Mitutoyo Canada will be hosting a series of complimentary workshops throughout 2016, that cover a range of metrology related topics.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Skills Canada National Competition, the “only national multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country.” Over the course of two days, competitors from provinces and territories across Canada were tested and evaluated based on industry standards. The organization says more than 200 medals were awarded to champions in six skilled trade or technology sectors.
Jun. 7, 2016 - North American chemical companies are facing workforce turnover issues, which unresolved, could result in more unplanned operations disruptions, more hiring and training costs and more efforts to maintain safety, according to a new survey by Accenture and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). 
May 24, 2016 - Millennials — they were born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, and they are admittedly different from previous generations as employees, consumers and innovators. Today, they are an active part of the North American workforce. In fact, the Pew Research Center says they currently make up nearly 1 in 3 workers, and there are more to come.
May 10, 2016 - Nova Scotia secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B. The province is providing funding to Skills Canada-Nova Scotia to cover transportation and substitute costs for teachers to accompany them so students are able to attend the competition. The deadline to apply for funding is May 13.
May 10, 2016 - Nova Scotia students from kindergarten to Grades 12 will have a greater opportunity to develop critical skills using new technology to support their learning and to prepare them for new economy jobs.
May 6, 2016 - To celebrate National Robotics Week, Yaskawa Motoman invited student groups to take facility tours and speak with automation professionals at its Dayton, Ohio, headquarters about future job opportunities.
May 6, 2016 - Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., is the latest educational institution to receive a grant from Toyota Motor North America. Announced last week, the automaker says the $1 million grant will directly support education programs for students preparing for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with an emphasis on future educators who will teach in a STEM-focused field.
May 2, 2016 - Congratulations to the three Canadian winners of Stratasys’ 12th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge, a worldwide contest that asks students to redesign an existing product, create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished or design an original work of art or architecture.
Apr. 23, 2016 - The Obama administration says it will distribute $90 million this year in an effort to expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.
Apr. 4, 2016 - “Organizations must provide the right products, technology and education to fill the gap between what the industry wants and what educational institutions can provide,” says Yaskawa Motoman. In an effort to boost workforce development and sustainable economic growth, Yaskawa says it has developed dedicated curricula, programs and hardware and software tools to deliver “real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment.”
Apr. 4, 2016 - Wynright Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company, announced it and its sister company Jervis B. Webb have received a contract to provide automated warehouse technology for a technical education program at Lansing Community College (LCC) in Lansing, Mich.
Jun. 10, 2016 - Ontario’s climate change action plan, which will provide billions of dollars in subsidies and incentives to businesses and homeowners, was greeted with cautious optimism Wednesday by environmentalists and businesses.
Jun. 10, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says Ashley Furniture, a retailer of home furnishings, has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at its plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, Wisc., and in Ecru and Ripley, Miss.
Jun. 10, 2016 - The recent installation of a 500kW, solid-oxide fuel cell system at Legrand’s North American headquarters in West Hartford, Conn., promises to provide “cleaner and more efficient power” to the facility.
Jun. 10, 2016 - The Baldor Electric Company gearbox manufacturing plant in Belton, S.C., is celebrating a milestone achievement. This month, the company announced it recently completed 18 years without a lost time accident, and employees have worked one year without any recordable accidents.
Jun. 3, 2016 - In the beer business, it’s tough to be the little guy. Fighting for market share against huge companies with much larger budgets and much deeper pockets is an uphill battle.
May 26, 2016 - A meat processing plant in Ajax, Ont., has pleaded guilty and fined $82,500 for two separate incidents in which workers suffered hand injuries.
May 26, 2016 - Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is congratulating 16 organizations for winning the 2016 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards for advancing energy efficiency. The awards recognize organizations that have “demonstrated excellence in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products and technology available on the market.”
May 25, 2016 - The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant in Boone County, Ill., wants to make caring for the environment “cool.”
May 24, 2016 - Unlike other industries, the manufacturing and production industry is no novice when it comes to project management. Lean, Kaizen, Six Sigma and many other methods have already contributed enormously to eliminating wastes, streamlining processes and optimizing production cycles in manufacturing.
May 10, 2016 - Monterra Lumber Mills Ltd., a remanufacturer of softwood lumber, pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 in the death of a delivery driver who was killed while lumber was being unloaded from the truck he had been driving.
May 4, 2016 - Cargill Limited, operating as Cargill Value Added Meats, pleaded guilty and has been fined $65,000 after a worker suffered the loss of fingers to exhaust fan blades.
May 2, 2016 - The 2015 annual report from the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) shows a “year of stability and growth” as on-the-job injuries resulting in lost time declined 2.07 per cent in 2015 to their lowest level in more than two decades.
Jun. 21, 2016 - Camera manufacturer Allied Vision is planning to expand its Ahrensburg office in Germany, a result of the rising number of employees in R&D and product management, it says. 
Jun. 14, 2016 - A legacy built from years of service, excellence and reliability is an asset to any company, but leveraging the long-standing relationships with partners and loyal customers built from that legacy can be the key to success in the manufacturing industry. However, when it comes to technology, an over-reliance on the past can be the quickest way to derail the future. Running a business on the stamina of an outdated, aging technology infrastructure is possible, but running a modern, successful business requires a modern IT strategy. 
Jun. 10, 2016 - When it comes to IT resources, manufacturing departments are frequently treated like little brothers — getting hand-me-downs of computers, monitors, etc., when engineering, sales and other departments upgrade. That’s shortsighted considering how real-time insights into manufacturing operations can give organizations the agility to make decisions that contribute to profitability, customer loyalty, and business growth.
Jun. 7, 2016 - Genius Solutions says the launch of its newest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution — Genius Manufacturing ERP V8 — has been an international success, accounting for an 30-per-cent increase in sales of the solution in the North American market.
Jun. 7, 2016 - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America has launched its new Integrated Solutions strategic business unit, dedicated to Smart Factory systems for advanced manufacturing.
Jun. 6, 2016 - Dylan’s Candy Bar has teamed up with Magic Candy Factory to produce 3D printed candy in their stores.
Jun. 6, 2016 - It is expected by software analysts that the global SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of better than 14 per cent in the last four years. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have been increasingly adopting Cloud-based ERP, a key factor being the reduction of their total cost of ownership due to a low initial investment and faster deployment. Cloud-based ERP software helps SMEs manage their business operations in an affordable pay-per-use model without having to invest in traditional on-premise software.
Jun. 2, 2016 - A new global collaboration between IBM and Cisco, announced today, aims to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insight at the edge of the network. The parties say that now, businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations will be able to tap the combined power of IBM’s Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco’s edge analytics capabilities to “more deeply understand and act on critical data on the network edge.”
Jun. 2, 2016 - The Internet of Things (IoT) has already transformed the world of business — offering new opportunities to compete in the market, enabling companies to change business models and creating far greater insight into customer needs.
May 26, 2016 - From robotic parts to aircraft interiors, home decor to medical prosthetics, 3D printing is quickly becoming a manufacturing technology embraced by multiple industries. APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus Group, is just one company that is working to produce bionically optimized metal parts for a range of industries. Its newest creation is what it’s calling the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle.
May 25, 2016 - ST Robotics has announced new distribution agreements with RobotShop and SuperDroid Robots to deliver its ST R Series articulated and cylindrical robot arm systems across Canada and the United States.
May 24, 2016 - Machine vision systems create images by analyzing the reflected light from an object, not by analyzing the object itself. Selecting the correct lighting technique can go along way in dealing with the special issues of a particular application. Many options are available, each with pros and cons. Here are five basic techniques for lighting parts to be inspected.
May 24, 2016 - Industrial operations have been slow and cautious when adopting new technologies, as losing intellectual property to a malicious incursion could be backbreaking. Historically, companies ensured absolute security from unauthorized access by severing all outside connections to the facility or machine network. However, as companies seek to integrate their operations and optimize production efficiency, ignoring high-value connected solutions found within Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts is the fastest way to be overtaken by your competitors. Thus, eliminating unauthorized remote access by implementing cybersecurity becomes paramount.
Mar. 18, 2016 - Many companies aspire to Lean manufacturing and its power to change the way things are done on the shop floor. In principle, Lean is the reduction of waste and the focus of continuous improvement throughout a product or process’s life cycle.
Mar. 18, 2016 - I’m a slow learner, I confess.
Mar. 18, 2016 - I usually wake up to a dozen different market reports in my inbox during any given week. Sometimes they are completely irrelevant and are automatically deleted, and other times I file them away to use as reference material for future articles. Earlier this year, I came across a report that instantly flagged my attention.
Mar. 15, 2016 - Manufacturers in Canada and around the world are facing the prospect of a talent drought as their most experienced workers move toward retirement.
Mar. 15, 2016 - A question I get asked often comes from industrial clientele asking me how they can bring their existing equipment up to existing safety standards. Specifically, they ask about the cost effectiveness and technical requirements of upgrading/replacing/integrating new safety switches forming/part of an interlocked door/access panel/robot guarding perimeter, etc.
Mar. 2, 2016 - While pervasive views of manufacturing in Western economies have been pessimistic for decades, the true picture is more complex. Persistent decline in manufacturing jobs has undeniably occurred, but manufacturing is still a crucial growth engine. Automation is the key to revival not just in manufacturing itself, but as a broader stimulus for innovation. Economist Martin Neil Baily says, “the biggest factor transforming manufacturing has been technology; and technology will largely determine its future.”
Feb. 25, 2016 - Machine and plant engineers must observe functional safety standards, such as ANSI B11.19, EN ISO 13849 and IEC 61508, when they are constructing their equipment. Safety in today’s market has come a long way from the simple, single-function safety relays of the past. Now engineers are left to question what is best for the efficient implementation of the prevailing safety requirements in their process: programmable, network-enabled safety controllers or spatially limited, configurable safety relays?
Feb. 16, 2016 - Machine builders are required to meet certain standards when developing machines for their customers. The goal is to make the workplace safer and increase overall productivity. ISO standard 13489 is one that is currently required for machines being delivered in Europe and is leading the way globally. The standard addresses safety and the reliability of machine control systems and their effects on the risk level to personnel.
Feb. 16, 2016 - There’s a native American legend that explains the struggle that goes on inside each of us and compares it to a fierce and constant battle between two wolves. The legend explains that one wolf is evil and filled with things like anger, jealousy, greed, self-pity and arrogance. The other wolf is good and filled with opposite things, like peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. The story is told to a young boy by an old brave or perhaps his grandfather. The young boy asks the obvious question at the end of the story, “Which wolf will win?”
Feb. 3, 2016 - Just in time for the New Year, Manufacturing AUTOMATION has compiled the top trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should watch out for in the next 12 months, as predicted by a handful of industry experts.
Jan. 26, 2016 - The vision for the factories of the future, where machines “talk” to machines, relies on the availability of an uninterrupted flow of data from the production floor to the back office and back again. While communications and connectivity technology have advanced, the conditions in which the infrastructure must live have not. Excessive noise, vibration, dust and, in some cases, extreme temperatures are simply the norm.  
Jun. 24, 2016 - After months of negotiations, Bombardier Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1-billion investment in the CSeries passenger jet program.
Jun. 21, 2016 - The maker of Moose Knuckles parkas is ready to fight the Competition Bureau’s claim that its high-end winter coats shouldn't boast the ‘Made in Canada’ label.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Coastal Automotive, an automotive manufacturer from Southeast Michigan, has secured a 300,000-square-foot production space in Holland, Mich., which it says will begin operations next month and create 150 new jobs over the next three years.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Ford says its Ford-brand SUVs are seeing their best sales start in company history in the first half of 2016, prompting it to build nearly 22,000 extra SUVs this summer. The increased demand means the automaker will shorten its traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to just one week.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Bombardier Aerospace and its union have agreed on a plan for cutting 200 positions at the company’s Q400 manufacturing operation in Toronto, Ont., so some work can be outsourced to other countries.
Jun. 20, 2016 - The University of Windsor/FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) marked its 20th anniversary last week with a special celebration attended by dignitaries, employees, senior executives, media and special guest Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, who made a surprise funding announcement.
Jun. 20, 2016 - German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
Jun. 10, 2016 - The Oklahoman announced this week it will close its printing and packaging facility and will outsource the operations to the Tulsa World starting this September. As a result, 130 full-time and part-time employees will be laid off, said Chris Reen, publisher of The Oklahoman and President of The Oklahoman Media Company.
Jun. 10, 2016 - Today, General Motors — along with prime minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne — announced a major expansion to its engineering and software work in Canada, focusing on “innovative” new automotive systems and technologies for the future.
Jun. 6, 2016 - Quebec is welcoming Bell Helicopter Textron Canada’s plan to relocate the assembly of its new Bell 505 five-passenger commercial helicopter to Mirabel, Que. — assembly was originally scheduled to take place in Louisiana.
Jun. 6, 2016 - It's truly a family affair at Sellick Equipment. On April 20, 2016, 97-year-old Walter Sellick, his sons Howard (president) and David (vice president), and grandson Colin (systems manager) celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for Sellick Equipment’s new multi-million dollar, 120,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harrow, Ont.
Jun. 6, 2016 - Quebec has announced it will give $250 million in direct aid toward expanding and diversifying the province’s aerospace industry, while another $260 million will be offered in the form of loans and other financing.
Jun. 24, 2016 - Fortress Paper has announced it is selling its Lebel-sur-Quévillon pulp mill and sawmill assets for $15.36 million to Nexolia Bioenergy Inc., a private company focused on investing in natural resources, renewable energy and other projects.
Jun. 21, 2016 - Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries, says it is investing $245 million between 2016 and 2020 to double AGM production capacity in North America.
Jun. 21, 2016 - McCain Foods (Canada) says it will spend $65 million to add a new production line to meet demand for hash brown patties and other potato products.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Quebec-based Cascades says it will build a US$64-million plant in Oregon to make bathroom tissue and paper hand towels.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valeant Canada will be investing a total of $27.5 million in its Steinbach, Man., and Laval, Que., manufacturing facilities in an effort to expand its manufacturing and export capacity.
Jun. 10, 2016 - Operations are returning to normal in the Wabasca area of northern Alberta, after a wildfire prompted two companies to cut heavy oil production earlier this week.
Jun. 7, 2016 - French’s Food Company says starting early next year, all ketchup it sells in Canada will be bottled in the country.
Jun. 3, 2016 - During the grand opening of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s new Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre, Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre, and Chris Bittle, MP for St. Catharines, announced a Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) investment of up to $5.76 million in the centre to help develop and commercialize horticultural and greenhouse technologies. 
Jun. 2, 2016 - Moosehead Breweries says it is in the early stages of planning a new small-batch brewery to be constructed in Uptown Saint John, N.B.
Jun. 1, 2016 - May 26, 2016, marked the inauguration of two new high-tech component production lines at the GE Oil & Gas plant in Talamona, Italy. A new nozzle production line is the first completely automated line for GE Oil & Gas, and a new additive manufacturing line will use laser technology to 3D print end burners for gas turbine combustion chambers.
Jun. 1, 2016 - Welland, Ont., has been selected as the home of GE Canada’s new multi-modal “Brilliant Factory,” a gas-engine plant that’s being shifted from Wisconsin. The facility will initially manufacture GE Power’s reciprocating engines, components for compression, mechanical drive, and power generation, and manufacture components for GE transportation diesel engines.
May 25, 2016 - Puerto Rico’s governor says pharmaceutical supplier Sartorius is investing $50 million to expand its plant in the U.S. territory and convert it to its main logistical hub for the Americas.

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