May 25, 2016 - LillyWorks says its new Cloud-based software solution with Protected Flow Manufacturing was developed to help manufacturing companies streamline their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) processes. Boasting automatic plan adjustments to ensure all due dates are met, the solution promises to offer advanced GPS-style navigation for smooth production rides, and an intuitive system that streamlines processes with the goal of reducing wait times and maximizing ROI.
May 25, 2016 - Belden says its Magnum 5RX Fixed Configuration security router is designed to help companies meet the demands of harsh industrial settings and applications, “ensuring reliable network performance and reliability while offering best-in-class security.”
Article by John Stamos, product marketing manager at Cognex Corporation.
May 18, 2016 - H.G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors says its LRS-18 spring loaded linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) series is designed for dimension or position measuring applications in factory automation and other industrial applications such as automotive testing, mil/aero test stands, robotic arms, and packaging equipment, where the sensing element cannot be attached to the object being measured.
May 16, 2016 - The Omega OM-SGD series of panel meters with bright colour TFT smart graphics displays are available in three screen sizes, offering an operating power supply voltage range of 4 Vdc to 30 Vdc and two alarm outputs.
May 13, 2016 - Mornsun has extended its portfolio of non-isolated switching regulator DC/DC converters with the K78-1000R3 series.
May 10, 2016 - Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has launched the TLP2768A high-speed photocoupler which promises to offer protection against extreme operating temperatures.
May 10, 2016 - Delta has releases its DRV90L series vertical multi-joint robot, which the company says will improve daily productivity by three times for the electronics, packaging and material industries.
May 10, 2016 - The ABB IRBT 2005 is a flexible, modular medium track motion platform for both robots and transfer applications, designed to accommodate “rapid product changes in applications that require an extended working range and high degrees of speed and accuracy,” says the company.
May 10, 2016 - Fisnar says its new line of desktop soldering robots combines the “easy-to-use robotics that Fisnar is famous for with precision soldering equipment.”
May 10, 2016 - Carlo Gavazzi says it has expanded its ICB series of inductive proximity sensors.
May 10, 2016 - Hoffmann-Krippner has announced tiny 4 mm displacement and position sensors for industrial, testing, agricultural and other applications.
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.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Mitutoyo Canada will be running a series of free workshops throughout 2016 on various metrology related topics.
Mar. 21, 2016 - Magna International, the latest Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), has announced it will be extending job opportunity placements (subject to the hiring conditions attached to each operating unit) to the gold, silver, and bronze award winners in the Automation Control, Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Mechatronics contests, in addition to providing monetary awards.
Mar. 21, 2016 - ABB Robotics says it has introduced IRC5 Operations Web Based Training (US519), describing it as an online, interactive training course that will teach students how to operate a robot using the ABB FlexPendant and the IRC5 robot controller. According to the company, this is ABB’s first ever web-based robotics training course and will provide students the “same quality and depth of a class at an ABB training facility, with the convenience and flexibility to take the class on their own schedule, without having to travel.”
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.
Apr. 21, 2016 - Schmolz + Bickenbach Canada, an international manufacturer, producer and distributor of steel products, pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after a worker suffered injuries that resulted in amputation.
Apr. 19, 2016 - U.S. Steel Canada/Acier U.S. Canada pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after a worker lost consciousness and suffered fractures and burns after being caught and pinned by a hydraulic ram.
Apr. 7, 2016 - Faurecia, an automotive equipment supplier, says it has implemented Kepware Technologies’ IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX to improve parts traceability throughout the entire manufacturing process — satisfying the needs of customers and internal stakeholders. With 330 sites including 30 R&D centres in 34 countries around the world, Faurecia is a global manufacturer of automotive seating, interior systems, automotive exteriors, and emissions control technologies.
Mar. 31, 2016 - RES Precast, a company that designs, fabricates and erects concrete panels, pleaded guilty and was fined $65,000 after a worker suffered critical injuries from panels that tipped over.
Mar. 31, 2016 - Pilz Automation Safety Canada is now offering customers the Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PHSR) service, which it says will compliment the “whole host of services offered by Pilz that are designed to help customers implement the relevant standards and directives and develop an optimum safety strategy for entire plants.”
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 18, 2016 - Chinese appliance maker Midea made a $5.2 billion takeover offer Wednesday for German industrial robot maker Kuka, a move that it says would help it capture a larger share of the “future service robots market.”
May 13, 2016 - Toyota Motor Corp. has selected EtherCAT as its industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT. The global announcement was made by Morihiko Ohkura, general manager of the Production Engineering Innovation Division at Toyota Motor Corporation during an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press briefing at Hannover Messe 2016.
May 13, 2016 - Manufacturers in North America must balance a multitude of issues to stay profitable. Increased competition from overseas manufacturing with its access to cheap labour, the reduced availability of qualified workers in the manufacturing trades, and tightening employee and environmental regulatory requirements, are but a few of the key issues challenging the wits of manufacturing executives today. Equally important is the struggle to shift into a new era of production — from high-volume, low-mix work, to an increasing growth of low-volume, high-mix short-run projects coupled with just-in-time ordering — which has placed high demands on all aspects of manufacturing.
May 5, 2016 - The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have concluded a partnership agreement that promises joint knowledge-sharing about additive manufacturing and assistance for Quebec companies to finance research and development projects.
May 4, 2016 - Agile Manufacturing, a Canadian provider of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing solutions, has acquired an iPro 9000XL Stereolithography (SLA) production 3D printer. According to the company, this XL is one of only two in North America dedicated to running parts for the public, and the “largest operating 3D printer in the Americas.”
May 4, 2016 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) says it has established a new business unit to help manufacturers harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and more rapidly deploy technologies that will allow them to better manage and analyze data, “making their operations safer, more reliable and more efficient.”
Apr. 29, 2016 - WHN Technologies GmbH has won the Robotics Award at Hannover Messe 2016. The award was presented on behalf of Hannover Messe in cooperation with the Robotation Academy and the trade journal Industrieanzeiger in recognition of the applied robotics solutions of international companies.
Apr. 19, 2016 - Rethink Robotics says it is striving to help manufacturers gain flexibility and improve production processes through four new distribution partnerships — Humarobotics in France, Active8 Robots and Cobotix in the U.K., and iCobots in Israel — for its collaborative collaborative Sawyer robot.
Apr. 18, 2016 - In both manufacturing and logistics, the primary business challenges nearly always include identifying hidden costs and increasing productivity. Enter the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, which is essentially a series of connected solutions that help manufacturers and logistics companies improve productivity and cut costs. As part of the IIoT, manufacturing and other industrial companies are increasingly gathering data from a variety of sources — such as machines, forklifts, position sensors, delivery trucks and more — that then reveal bottlenecks and wasteful operations.
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.  
May 25, 2016 - Toyota Motor Corp. says it has decided to build a new vehicle plant in Malaysia to meet rising local demand.
May 13, 2016 - Standing in the heart of Windsor, Ont., the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) has been a mainstay in the community for the past 88 years. Many models have rolled off the line over the years, but none more well-known or recognizable than the minivan, which launched in 1983, notes the automaker. Since then, more than 14.3 million minivans have been sold to date, of which 10 million have come through the Windsor plant.
May 4, 2016 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the automaker will try to reach full-employment in its Italian plants before the 2018 business plan goal and that the global relaunch of Alfa Romeo will play a key role.
May 4, 2016 - FCA US says it will invest $74.7 million in its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan to retool the north plant to produce the next generation four-cylinder engine, retaining 245 jobs. The new engine will be assembled on the flexible production line that was installed in 2012.
May 3, 2016 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne gave out pieces of the plan to exit the small- and midsize car business in the U.S. and shift factories to hotter-selling SUVs and trucks. They will keep selling muscle cars like the Charger, Challenger and 300 and premium brands like Alfa Romeo.
May 2, 2016 - FCA Latin America recently celebrated the first year of Jeep Renegade production at the Goiana plant in Pernambuco, Brazil. In year one of production, more than 60,000 Jeep Renegade vehicles have been sold in the country, and the Jeep brand is now one of the top 10 automotive brands in the market, says the automaker.
May 2, 2016 - Magna International says Dongfeng GETRAG Transmission Co., Ltd., a 50/50 joint-venture formed in 2012 between GETRAG and Dongfeng Motor Group, has started serial production at its plant in Wuhan, China. The plant is manufacturing the GETRAG 6DCT150, a third-generation dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with a new compact gear design that was developed jointly by the JV partners.
Apr. 22, 2016 - General Motors says it is shutting down production at four plants, including its flex line in Oshawa, Ont., for two weeks due to a part supply issue caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan.
Apr. 21, 2016 - Mazda Motor Corp. is rolling out its Aqua-tech Paint System at its Changan Mazda Automobile (CMA) vehicle production facility in Jiangsu, China. Describing it as the “world’s lowest-impact water-based paint system,” the “unique” technology was first introduced at the Ujina Plant No. 1 in Japan, where installation of the system was completed in 2012. CMA becomes the company’s second plant and first overseas facility to feature the technology.
Apr. 21, 2016 - The federal government has announced funding totalling $19.6 million for seven new projects to help Canadian automotive suppliers “gain a competitive edge through the development of new innovative products and processes.”
Apr. 19, 2016 - Honda Aero Inc. (HAI) today added to its capability to produce light-jet engines as well as top-flight maintenance and service, as it breaks ground on a new $21-million, 50,000-square-foot facility expansion on its Burlington, N.C., campus. The addition is expected to create 20 to 30 new jobs over the next few years.
Apr. 18, 2016 - As a result of severe earthquakes that struck Kyushu, Japan on April 14 and after, Toyota has announced it will suspend production on its vehicle assembly lines in stages between April 18 and 23 due to parts shortages.
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.
May 19, 2016 - AP&C, the Canadian powder manufacturing subsidiary of Arcam, will be building a new powder manufacturing plant in Montreal, Que.
May 19, 2016 - Power management company Eaton has announced a collaboration with engineering software provider Aveva in an effort to improve the visitor experience at the company’s Experience Center in Houston, Texas.
May 10, 2016 - Olymel says it plans to expand its primary poultry processing plant in St-Damase, Que., which includes the installation of an air chilling room.
May 4, 2016 - A pair of forecasts released last week see little in the way of good news for Canada’s ailing oil and gas sector.
May 4, 2016 - International Paper (IP) says it is buying Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business for $2.2 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, IP will acquire five pulp mills (including one in Grande Prairie, Alta.) and two converting facilities that produce fluff pulp, softwood pulp, and specialty pulp for a number of consumer applications including diapers, other hygiene products, tissue and textiles.
May 2, 2016 - The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has announced an investment of up to $3 million in Grand River Foods to expand its Cambridge, Ont.-based processing operation by 16,150 square feet, and install a new production line and spiral freezer.
Mar. 31, 2016 - The British government is scrambling to save the country’s struggling steel industry, reports The Associated Press, after Tata Steel announced plans to sell its U.K. plants, which employ almost 20,000 people.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Saputo says it will close three plants in Eastern and Atlantic Canada employing some 230 workers by the end of next year in a move to cut costs and boost efficiency, according to The Canadian Press.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Burnaby, B.C.-based Cleantech company General Fusion has been awarded $12.75 million by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to continue developing its fusion energy technology, culminating in the design of a full-scale fusion energy demonstration system.
Mar. 21, 2016 - Wajax Industrial Components says it is the only distributor in North America to stock the IWIS Chain Condition Monitoring system (CCM) in inventory, describing the system as a tool that measures the elongation of drive chains in operation and provides maintenance staff with an early warning that the chain is worn and needs to be replaced.
Mar. 18, 2016 - Export Development Canada (EDC) has announced two loan guarantees totalling $850,000 for Buddy’s Kitchen, an Aurora, Ont.-based manufacturer of gourmet pet food and treats.

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