Nov. 30, 2016 - Phoenix Contact says its PLUGTRAB SEC (safe energy control) type 3 surge protection replaces the previous versions of PLUGTRAB PT 2/PE.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Global Specialties has introduced a 90W DC power supply to its line of educational and industrial test instruments.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Saelig has introduced the PSU-series of single output programmable switching DC power supplies that can provide up to 200A current and cover a power range up to 1520W.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Posital’s IXARC high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen communications interface option, in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Stober Drives has introduced its PS two-speed gearbox, which it says has the ability to generate both high speed and high torque, and is ideal for lathes or machining centres.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Festo describes its DFPD quarter-turn actuator series as modular and built for “maximum” flexibility for a variety of applications and operating conditions in process automation.
Nov. 30, 2016 - ACS Motion Control has developed a laser control module which it says will enable direct control of the laser source to deliver “precise laser micro-machining and increased throughput.”
Nov. 30, 2016 - Available immediately, the MicroPower Direct MPV5080LS series is a family of 15W DC/DC converters specifically designed to meet the needs of utility scale photovoltaic (PV) applications.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Behringer Saws says its HBE Dynamic horizontal bandsaw features an “array of leading-edge features designed to improve performance and precision while maximizing user convenience and safety.”
Nov. 28, 2016 - Carlo Gavazzi says its RK series of two-pole solid state relays gives the option of having the two poles controlled independently or simultaneously.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Aiming to increase safety technology in motion control applications, the Beckhoff Automation EL72x1-9014 EtherCAT servo terminals implement STO (Safe Torque Off) functionality.
Nov. 24, 2016 - Schneider Electric has introduced its line of APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS battery backup solutions designed to deliver reliable and secure power protection for wireless networks, computers and other home and business electronics to help customers stay connected and productive.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Eplan has launched a new version of its Eplan Education software, based on the latest release of its platform 2.6 suite of engineering software products.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Last week at Automation Fair 2016, Rockwell Automation announced a $12-million, four-year commitment to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-for-profit organization that works to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
Nov. 16, 2016 - In an effort to help break down stereotypes and encourage more women to pursue a career in manufacturing, Skill Scout is running a new digital video campaign that highlights female leaders in the industry.
Nov. 15, 2016 - It goes without saying that every manufacturer wants to ensure they are producing a quality product. Standards and specifications from various organizations provide a guideline from which manufacturers can measure different areas of quality, while also providing the end-user with the reassurance they are purchasing a trustworthy, long-lasting product. Within the wire processing industry, there are many standards that manufacturers may choose or be required to adhere to. These standards and specifications are constantly evolving and increasing in detail, especially as monitoring technology improves.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Much has been written recently about the skills gap issue in manufacturing. Despite this spotlight on the issue, and some grassroots initiatives to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in public schools, little meaningful impact has been achieved.
Nov. 1, 2016 - The adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has manufacturers buzzing over improved connectivity and information sharing. But when a network issue arises, the last thing you want is to have your information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) departments confused about where the responsibility lies to fix the problem.
Oct. 28, 2016 - The inaugural NextGen Networking Fair, a new event from PMMI, a trade association for packaging and processing technologies, promises to offer a “one-of-a-kind” matchmaking opportunity for Pack Expo International and co-located Pharma Expo 2016 exhibitors and attendees to connect with students from packaging, processing, materials, package design and mechatronics programs.
Oct. 28, 2016 - American Crane & Equipment Corp., a manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoists, celebrated Manufacturing Day by inviting Grade 9 and 10 students from two local school districts (Reading and Boyertown) to tour its plant and participate in a presentation highlighting careers in manufacturing.
Oct. 28 2016 - The Northern Alberta Institute for Technology (NAIT) will receive $34.9 million for a new Productivity and Innovation Centre under the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).
Oct. 28, 2016 - More than 200 students and community members came out to learn more about modern manufacturing and automation at Balluff’s second annual Manufacturing Day event in Florence, Ky., on October 7.
Oct. 24, 2016 - Registration is now open for all courses in Bosch Rexroth’s training program, specifically designed for industrial hydraulic and mobile hydraulic users, designers and engineers, it says.
Oct. 3, 2016 - The New Brunswick and federal governments are investing a total of $15.89 million at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Saint John campus for a new trade education facility. The funding is being provided though the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
Dec. 1, 2016 - Police say a fire has engulfed a factory manufacturing explosives in southern India and 15 workers are feared dead and another three injured.
Nov. 24, 2016 - Auto parts manufacturer Linergy Manufacturing, carrying on business as LPP Manufacturing, pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured while handling machinery that was still connected to power.
Nov. 24, 2016 - The death toll from the collapse of scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China rose to 74, state media said Thursday, in the country’s worst work-safety accident in over two years.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Rittal Systems has introduces the ChillZone app, an energy savings estimator for the Blue e+ line of industrial enclosure cooling solutions.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Bonduelle Canada, owner and operator of a vegetable processing facility in southwestern Ontario, pleaded guilty and was fined $80,000 after a worker was critically injured while cleaning a conveyor belt.
Nov. 15, 2016 - VSP Optics Group provides ophthalmic technology, lens products and lab services that aim to strengthen patient experience and promote practice growth. Its portfolio of customized lens products claim to be the fastest growing lens brand in the optical industry, and in the midst of its tremendous growth, the company reached out to Wynright’s engineering and software controls team to turn its manufacturing objectives into reality.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Lighting retrofits in industrial environments are known to be short-payback energy management solutions due to significant energy savings and incentives. In the case described below, however, the cost of a massive energy waste prior to retrofit was actually immaterial when non-energy benefits were considered.
Nov. 10, 2016 - Last month, I joined a select group of Canadian trade journalists and attended my first ever Festo International Press Conference where we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the new $70 million distribution and manufacturing centre in Mason, Ohio.
Nov. 8, 2016 - Seaweed’s natural nutritional and healing powers have been known for millennia — the Romans applied marine plants to help heal wounds and rashes, while the Japanese made it a staple of their diet. And today, processed seaweed is a key ingredient in everything from human nutritional supplements to animal feed.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Moosehead Breweries has received the Safety Star Award for “demonstrating safety leadership and outstanding achievements in occupational health and safety” at the WorkSafeNB 2016 Health and Safety Conference in Moncton.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Dialight has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, making it the first LED lighting supplier in the Encompass Product Referencing Program.
Nov. 7, 2016 - TSP Canada Towers, a company that manufactures wind turbines and towers, pleaded guilty and was fined $75,000 after a worker was critically injured when a one-ton structural steel ring fell from a storage rack.
Dec. 2, 2016 - Industrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things (IoT) application toolset provider Opto 22 announces that it has joined the Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program.
Dec. 1, 2016 - In 2000, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan coined a term to describe the growth of integrating machines used in industrial settings with Internet-connected sensors and software that collect and examine data from machines and then apply it to operations to improve efficiencies — the Industrial Internet.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Until recently, an OEM which might have preferred using connectors to wire a UL 508-certified cabinet for the cost- and time-savings they offer over hardwiring also knew it probably wasn’t worth the effort. There wasn’t an absolute prohibition on their use, but the OEM was burdened with proving their safety. Obtaining that certification with connectors meant the OEM would have to submit to a lot of end-product testing. Its UL field representative would conduct a thorough safety investigation of the connector application, including the overall electrical transmission path. That added an uncertain amount of cost and time to getting a new machine to market. Most OEMs opted instead to take the path of least resistance — hardwiring all connections.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Almost 60 years ago, the Unimate robot kicked off an automation revolution that transformed the productivity and cost-effectiveness of manufacturing. Today, automation is expanding once again with a new model. With Industry 4.0, machines talk to machines and operations run as much on information and communications as they do on equipment and people.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an industry trade group.
Nov. 24, 2016 - “The machine vision industry in Germany and Europe has been reporting high growth numbers for years. In Germany alone, the turnover has more than doubled within 10 years and an end to the boom is not in sight. In Germany, the sector will achieve a new record turnover of at least 2.2 billion euros this year. The European machine vision industry will record an 8-per-cent increase in turnover in 2016,” said Dr. Olaf Munkelt, chairman of the board of VDMA Machine Vision at the press conference of Vision, a trade show for machine vision worldwide. According to current surveys, the industrial association predicts a further dynamic development of the European machine vision industry also in 2017.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Honeywell and Sparks Dynamics want to help industrial customers leverage the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and make their operations safer, more efficient and more reliable.
Nov. 17, 2016 - SAP and Stratasys are establishing a global network of 3D printing co-innovation labs in an effort to help educate and enable customers, employees and partners on the adoption of additive manufacturing.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology powerhouse Siemens are working together to develop a software solution to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Stratasys and Siemens today announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions, which they say will help the two companies “fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping it to become a universally recognized production practice.”
Nov. 16, 2016 - Ocean Data Systems (ODS), a developer of software and reporting solutions and corporate dashboards for the automation industry, has announced that WIN-911 has joined the Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is now recommending Dream Report as its solution for custom reports and dashboards.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Koch Equity Development (KED), the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, has announced it will invest more than $2 billion in Infor, an enterprise software provider for the manufacturing industry.
Dec. 2, 2016 - Digital innovation across applications and platforms is pushing organizations to relearn how they interact with their workforce, customers and partners. Jeff Gilchrist, general manager of Avanade Canada shares his top three predictions that will be key for Canadian organizations in 2017: augmented reality; design thinking; and digital ethics.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Over the past few years at Ply Gem Canada, we have had iterations of problem solving models used on our production shop floor.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Collaborative robots are poised to take off in the next few years, says WSPS consultant Robert Vomiero. With built-in safety limits, sensors and other safety functionality, “cobots” offer exciting benefits — they’re able to work more closely with humans, can be cheaper and easier to integrate and maintain, and promise better cycle time and productivity.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Across the globe, manufacturers are looking to innovation to provide a key competitive advantage over their rivals, and in many cases, as the answer to their very survival. But innovation is such a broad term that many are struggling to implement the concept, simply because they don’t know where to focus their innovation activities.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Alpha. Bravo. Charlie. Delta. Echo.
Nov. 15, 2016 - A food manufacturing client required my assistance regarding a “perceived” machine safeguarding issue. “Perceived” is used because up to the point of my involvement, the issue was considered adequately mitigated by the employer. The issue surrounded an already provided access door on a piece of packaging equipment. The door itself was a ubiquitous metal framed clear plastic interlocked door. The minimum starting distance off the floor and overall height of the door complied with CSA Z432 requirements. The provided safety interlock and safety relay was installed and operated as required. So the question remained — what would the “perceived” safety concern be?
Nov. 7, 2016 - Many moons ago when I was just getting started on my Lean journey, I visited a large automotive supplier to benchmark pull systems. My own factory had started a pilot Kanban between two work centres and I was hoping to gain some insight from a more experienced source. To my disappointment, when I was escorted into the factory, the aisles were crowded with pallets of kitted orders.
Nov. 4, 2016 - Nothing gives you a taste of an industry more than a tradeshow. A show, regardless of its size, is an opportunity to take in the state of a given industry firsthand, learn about the latest technologies and network with like minds. Last month, Manufacturing AUTOMATION publisher Klaus Pirker and I spent four jam-packed days at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Ill., and there was certainly no shortage of people to chat with and demos to check out.
Nov. 1, 2016 - I have many conversations with business owners and marketers within manufacturing organizations who know their companies need new websites. “It’s old. It’s outdated. It’s ugly.” And ultimately what matters is that it’s not producing business opportunities.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. In preparation for this commemorative issue, we came across a number of businesses who are also celebrating a special birthday in 2016 — some of who shared their secret to success with us. Whether you have achieved the 10, 50 or 150 year-mark, we wish you congratulations and many more years of service.
Oct. 17, 2016 - A look at our magazine’s transformation through the decades.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION started publication 30 years ago, through some 20 Moore’s Law technology cycles. With accelerating technology and continuing profusion of smarter sensors, instruments and systems, the industrial automation business continues to be stable and solid.
Nov. 30, 2016 - Electric car maker Lucid Motors said Tuesday it will build a manufacturing plant in Arizona that will begin production in 2018 as it looks to compete in the fast-growing market for luxury electric vehicles.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Last week, Honda celebrated the global start of mass production for the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in East Liberty, Ohio. Slated to go on sale at dealerships across North America this winter, the redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V is the fifth generation of the five-passenger compact SUV.
Nov. 28, 2016 - The largest aircraft ever made by Bombardier is about to carry passengers after being delivered to Air Baltic.
Nov. 22, 2016 - Volkswagen hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a shift in focus to more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.
Nov. 18, 2016 - Automaker Volkswagen said Friday it will shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs as it tries to recover from its diesel emissions scandal and invests more in electric-powered vehicles and digital services.
Nov. 18, 2016 - The biggest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels is cutting a quarter of its jobs worldwide and will reduce production at its only North American plant.
Nov. 11, 2016 - IPL, a North American manufacturer of injected moulded plastic products, has acquired Encore Industries, a producer of rigid plastic packaging products, for US$35 million.
Nov. 10, 2016 - Bombardier says massive cost-cutting, mainly from two painful rounds of job reductions, has put the embattled company on the runway to generate stronger profits and achieve its five-year turnaround plan.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Unionized workers at Ford’s Canadian operations have accepted a new contract with the automaker.
Nov. 1, 2016 - The three biggest North American automakers have committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in their Canadian operations, a move that will revitalize the auto sector, Unifor said Tuesday.
Nov. 1, 2016 - CSi Packaging, an advanced manufacturing firm based in the Netherlands, plans to invest US$260,000 in its new Henrico County, Va., sales and service office.
Nov. 1, 2016 - The union representing 6,700 autoworkers at Ford in Canada said it has reached a tentative agreement and secured a $700-million product investment from the automaker after a tense round of talks that went past the midnight deadline.
Dec. 2, 2016 - A Finnish supplier of pulp and paper web monitoring and web inspection system solutions is investing strongly in its North American operations with the establishment of new company in the United States. Wesley Sweeny has been appointed vice-president of operations for the North American business of Procemex Inc.
Dec. 2, 2016 - The Mondelez cookie and cracker plant in Montreal, Que., will close by the end of 2017, resulting in the disappearance of 454 jobs.
Dec. 2, 2016 - Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. is looking to raise $5 million to fund an expansion that will increase its production capacity by 50 per cent.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Ontario sawmill Lavern Heideman & Sons is receiving $4 million over five years from the provincial government to help bring its facility up-to-date.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Within the next five years, BASF plans to invest globally more than €200 million (roughly CAD$284 million) in its plastic additives business, approximately half of which in Asia, focusing on capacity expansions and operational excellence.
Nov. 21, 2016 - Super Décapant/Remover (SD) is receiving a $200,000 loan from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) to help modernize its manufacturing equipment and expand the plant’s storage area.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Gay Lea Foods has announced a $140-million investment over four years to establish what it says will be an innovative nutrition and nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients hub in Canada.
Nov. 3, 2016 - Kruger says its No. 10 Paper Machine (PM10) rebuild project — a large-scale project that represents 500,000 person-hours of work over 20 months — at its Trois-Rivières mill, Ont., is proceeding “on time and on budget.”
Oct. 28, 2016 - Norbord and Louisiana-Pacific have agreed to exchange ownership of two wood panel mills in Quebec. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Oct. 27, 2016 - Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has announced it will close manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Illinois by early 2018, affecting about 580 workers.
Oct. 20, 2016 - Springdale, N.L., has been selected as the home of a new Superior Glove plant.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Arcam AB’s powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C has begun building its second powder plant in Saint-Eustache, Que.

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