Feb. 2, 2016 - Methods Machine Tools has introduced the Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell featuring two Fanuc D21 RoboDrill vertical machining centres being serviced by a single, articulating Fanuc LR Mate 200iD robot.
Feb. 2, 2016 - AXYZ International spindles are no longer limited to running at 24,000 RPM.
Feb. 2, 2016 - MC Machinery Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., has released what it says is the “fastest cutting machine, per kilowatt, in the industry,” the 3015eXZ-F60 6kW.
Jan. 25, 2016 - FIPA says it has introduced the industry’s first sprue gripper with fully elastomer-coated jaws.
Jan. 25, 2016 - Multicyl is showcasing its double horizontal tube punching application. Describing it as a “tried and true” Multicyl standard, the machine claims to provide a simple and effective method of punching holes in the opposing walls of a tube or extrusion.  Both holes are positioned and aligned correctly every time and punched in a matter of seconds, it adds.
Jan. 25, 2016 - Banner Engineering has announced its M18-4 self-contained photoelectric sensors, which feature an IP69K-rated 316 stainless steel housing.
Jan. 25, 2016 - TT Electronics, a provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, has introduced the MagnePot 8150 series of high-performance multi-turn non-contacting rotary position sensors.
Jan. 25, 2016 - From hex keys to crimp tools, panel punches and torque sets, Harting says it is now offering its largest portfolio of assembly tools that align with its connector products for both large form factor industrial and board level connectivity.
Jan. 18, 2016 - FM-approved FireChek thermal shutoffs from Assured Automation with resettable memory shape alloy can be used to shut down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs, or when the ambient temperature reaches 135 F, 150 F, or 165 F.
Jan. 18, 2016 - ODE Valve Canada has introduced a compact pressure transducer suited for industrial process control and OEM applications.
Jan. 18, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s NITRA pneumatic product line now includes G-series double-acting air cylinders for use in product packaging, food processing and other high-speed product manufacturing applications.
Jan. 18, 2016 - The Schunk RVK has a revolving head which boasts easy application of a “collect and place” principle where it is able to collect several workpieces before transferring them.
Jan. 28, 2016 - PPG has donated $25,000 to the SAE Foundation Canada in support of the A World In Motion (AWIM) program, which provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to K-8 students in Canada. The grant was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates more than 250 Dulux and Betonel paint stores, and eight manufacturing, distribution and administrative sites across Canada.
Jan. 26, 2016 - Wago is offering a free three-day Automation Technology & IEC Programming Customer training program; 2016 dates include: March 8 – 10, May 3 – 5, August 2 – 4, September 13 -15 and October 25 – 27.
Jan. 12, 2016 - Siemens Canada and its employees say they are excited to promote learning about technology and manufacturing to Canadian high school students by sponsoring and supporting six FIRST Robotics teams in the upcoming competition: five in Ontario and one in Quebec.
Jan. 5, 2016 - Endress+Hauser Canada has made a contribution of $263,000 to the Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ont.
Dec. 15, 2015 - Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) is the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB’s YuMi robot. A special event to unveil and showcase YuMi’s capabilities was held yesterday at Sheridan’s Brampton, Ont., campus.
Nov. 17, 2015 - Yaskawa Motoman describes its new MotoSim Touch as a cost-effective, PC-based off-line programming environment and robotics simulation tool for K-16 schools, training organizations and educational research institutions.
Nov. 16, 2015 - Company tours can be an effective means for attracting new employees to jobs in industrial distribution. ICP has developed and released a new guide for industrial distribution employers to access for free: How-To-Guide: Giving a Company Tour.
Oct. 30, 2015 - Next Wednesday, Grade 9 students across Canada will visit the workplace of a parent, relative or friend as part of the Learning Partnership’s national Take Our Kids to Work day.
Oct. 28, 2015 - Students, staff and guests gathered yesterday to recognize an in-kind donation of equipment, software and training from Siemens Canada valued at $100,000 to the Fleming College School of Trades and Technology.
Oct. 19, 2015 - Lincoln Electric will provide a robotic welding cell for use during the third annual AWS Certified Robotic Arc Welding (CRAW) Competition at FABTECH 2015. The company’s recent acquisition Wolf Robotics also will supply a second cell for the competition.
Oct. 14, 2015 - Did you know Canada Goose jackets are manufactured in Winnipeg? Or that McDonald’s french fries are made in Carberry? The impact of Manitoba’s manufacturing sector is felt around the world, and a new awareness campaign is celebrating that fact throughout October.
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.
Jan. 25, 2016 - FCA US is celebrating the production start of its new press, a result of a $63-million investment to bring the “latest, state-of-the-art” technology to its stamping operation at the Warren Stamping Plant in Michigan. According to company officials, this is the first new press installed at the facility in 15 years.
Jan. 21, 2016 - General Motors (GM) has opened a Cadillac factory at its SAIC-GM joint venture in Shanghai, China, today to produce the CT6 luxury sedan.
Jan. 15, 2016 - Monsanto has announced plans to build a $140-million cotton seed processing plant in Lubbock, Texas, where nearly 40 per cent of the nation’s cotton is planted.
Jan. 5, 2016 - Jones Packaging, a provider of packaging solutions for healthcare and consumer brands, has entered into a commercial partnership with Thin Film Electronics ASA (“Thinfilm”), a provider of printed electronics and smart systems. The smart packaging collaboration will be funded, in part, by grants from both the Canadian and Swedish governments.
Jan. 5, 2016 - The Canadian Press is reporting that China Express Airlines has placed an order for 10 additional CRJ900 regional jets from Montreal, Que.-based Bombardier.
Dec. 15, 2015 - Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp. has announced ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification of its nine locations across Canada.
Dec. 11, 2015 - Industrial oven manufacturer Davron Technologies has added 20,000 sq. ft. to its Chattanooga, Tenn., facility, doubling the floor space devoted to heavy manufacturing and enlarging its electrical shop.
Dec. 4, 2015 - This article discusses the temperature sensors employed in manufacturing and temperature recording, including why and how frequently sensors need calibrating. Calibration equipment options and reasons for and against using an AS17025 calibration laboratory is covered also.
Nov. 23, 2015 - The province of Ontario is partnering with Precision Resource Canada to expand and grow the company’s Cambridge, Ont., plant, which will create 19 new jobs and retain over 330 positions over three years, it says.
Nov. 17, 2015 - Outdoor apparel maker Canada Goose has announced plans to double its staff at a new factory in Winnipeg by early next year as it lays the groundwork for a bigger international expansion.
Nov. 12, 2015 - Ford Motor Co. would invest $900 million in its assembly plant on Chicago’s South Side and create about 200 new jobs under a tentative labour agreement between the automaker and United Auto Workers.
Nov. 11, 2015 - As the nation pauses to honour veterans on Nov. 11, the FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.), with assistance from PepsiCo Recycling, is launching a new program that will make recycling more convenient for its employees, but also help support disabled U.S. veterans.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Valeant Canada has announced its Laval, Que.-based plant will become the North American production site for the prescription medication Jublia, a topical solution that treats toenail fungus. The United States production represents nearly 80 per cent of the total volume of Jublia, which was previously manufactured in Tokyo, Japan, and packaged in the U.S.
Jan. 4, 2016 - Honeywell has completed the acquisition of Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc, a global provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters.
Dec. 15, 2015 - Supremex, a LaSalle, Que.-based manufacturer and marketer of stock and custom envelopes and provider of packaging and specialty products, has acquired the assets of Premier Envelope Limited and its affiliated operating entities.
Nov. 16, 2015 - An often asked question from industrial machine builders or integrators is how can they effectively design or implement the conversion of a machine with servo technology to meet performance expectations. This is a specialized task filled with layers of complexity that can prove difficult to execute, even when the scope of work is fully understood.
Oct. 27, 2015 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that a large chemical facility in Brazil will be the first in the world to use its Experion Orion Console, which it says is designed with plant operating personnel in mind by providing a single visual workplace that allows for more effective responses and less operator fatigue.
Oct. 20, 2015 - Maple Leaf Foods has announced that the company will require all of its protein, ingredient and packaging suppliers to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard in 2017.
Sept. 22, 2015 - Kruger Packaging has announced an investment of $250 million to convert the No. 10 Newsprint Machine (PM10) at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill in Quebec to manufacture 100 per cent recycled lightweight linerboard.
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.
Feb. 4, 2016 - Reinhart Foods is a Canadian vinegar producer, supplying a wide assortment of vinegar products to manufacturers, industry and distribution partners for more than 60 years. More recent additions to the company’s successful product lineup include flaked coconut, pie fillings, and dried fruit. With three state-of-the-art facilities located in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, Reinhart Foods remains at the pinnacle of its industry through an unwavering commitment to quality, safety, efficiency, and customer service. Sage X3 is the business management tool Reinhart Foods selected to help it best manage and grow its success.
Jan. 15, 2016 - Memex has announced that Homeyer Precision Manufacturing has purchased MERLIN Enterprise Edition for a plant roll-out of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software in Marthasville, Mo. The sale includes 23 licenses of MERLIN for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Direct Numerical Control (DNC), plus nine MERLIN MTConnect hardware adapters for legacy CNC manufacturing machines.
Jan. 11, 2016 - Abatement Technologies is a worldwide designer and manufacturer of air abatement products that remove harmful particulates, bioaerosols and volatile organic compounds. Since its founding in 1985, more than 10,000 environmental abatement and HVAC contractors, commercial building owners, facility managers, and hospital infection control specialists have selected Abatement products to “clean the air” in millions of buildings.
Jan. 4, 2016 - Powering innovation in product development and manufacturing processes is critical today for any manufacturer, especially for the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturers that are competing against the larger, more established companies. Like Frost & Sullivan, we define SME manufacturers as those companies with revenues of $500 million or less.
Dec. 2, 2015 - To be viable, implementation of a new manufacturing ERP system must have a tangible return that exceeds the cost of the software, hardware and human resources required to implement the system. Although everyone performs a cost analysis for the software and hardware, that is where the exercise typically ends. Most companies never perform a cost benefits analysis at any other point during an implementation.
Nov. 18, 2015 - Large IT projects can present a seemingly endless array of complex and unexpected challenges, and that’s particularly true in the perplexing world of control tower projects.
Nov. 11, 2015 - Rand Worldwide has announced its Rand 3D division experts will showcase the company’s complete Dassault Systèmes design engineering solutions including software, online and in-classroom training and consulting services. In addition, Rand 3D’s implementation support partner, Razorleaf, will highlight its software implementation and technical services offerings. The conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on November 17 and 18, 2015.
Oct. 17, 2015 - You are invited to attend this live webinar, “What Manufacturing Leaders Need to Know About Realizing Lost Dollars in Their Organizations—and why they need to act today” presented by SYSPRO Canada’s Regional Sales Manager, Bev Fleming and special guest presenter, Grant Thornton’s Practice Leader, Business Process Improvement, Operational Advisory, Nihad McBride, as they share their insights into how to identify, measure, and implement areas for business improvement, in this exclusive event designed specifically for manufacturing leaders.
Oct. 16, 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.
Oct. 15, 2015 - The Company: Founded in 1969, Klenzoid is an industrial water treatment company providing chemical treatment, equipment and service solutions that reduce energy, water and chemical costs for steam boilers and cooling water systems. Based in Toronto, Ont., the privately-held and ISO-registered manufacturer serves about 1,500 customers in Canada and the U.S., including hospitals, manufacturers, food and beverage companies and others with large HVAC installations.
Oct. 15, 2015 - The Company: Founded in December 2013 by Alex Kay, David Joyce and Dennon Oosterman, ReDeTec is a designer and producer of sustainable design tools. The company strives to maintain sustainable 3D printing. “But this technology has so far remained unsustainable. Whether it be the cost of buying new feedstock, or the waste generated as you finalize your design to perfection, true creative freedom is being held back by the consumable nature of the industry,” say representatives of the Toronto, Ont.-based company.
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.
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.  
Jan. 26, 2016 - In 1995ish, I developed and moderated a software track for ISA Tech, the first and only one dedicated to the conference and not exhibits. Rich Ryan (who was with Rockwell Automation at the time) and I had a discussion on the future of automation software. He said that automation companies will become more I/O centric, and that instead of hardware pulling software like programming software, software will pull hardware.
Jan. 26, 2016 - My favourite part of my job is investigating and sharing the many manufacturing successes Canada offers.
Dec. 14, 2015 - Walking through September’s Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show (CMTS) gave me cause to realize how lucky we all are to live in these times, and made me pause to reflect on my own personal 35-year journey. We (myself and other people approximately my age) straddle two great industrial generations; an older generation that brought the PLC into the mainstream, and a new generation that is doing the same thing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
Dec. 14, 2015 - Ours is a story of growth, of building and most importantly, blessing. SteelTech Inc. started humbly, as most businesses do, in 2001 with the founders of the company as the only employees working out of a rented shop and some borrowed equipment building outdoor wood furnaces. In the first year, owners Ben Wall and Jake Friesen built and sold 80 units. By 2005, company growth called for the purchase of a newer, bigger shop and by the end of 2006, the neighbouring shop was also ours.
Dec. 11, 2015 - Machine safety isn’t what it used to be — thank goodness for that.
Dec. 11, 2015 - October 2 marked Manufacturing Day 2015, a day where a number of manufacturing industry players opened their doors to students and community members. This annual event aims to change the perception of today’s manufacturing environment by giving manufacturers an opportunity to “show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.”
Dec. 11, 2015 - In the span of just two decades, computerization has altered the landscape not only for my industry, print communications, but every manufacturing sector in Canada. Not so long ago, printers (those skilled and trained operators) had complete control of the entire printing process. Quality varied wildly since skills and craftsmanship had no set standards from shop to shop.
Dec. 2, 2015 - The way automation has transformed over the last decade is by moving from centres focused on mass batch manufacturing to a focus on on-demand manufacturing. Due to the market demand for customization of products, there is a need for SKU proliferation, which in turn leads to a need for more flexible automated solutions within manufacturing.
Nov. 5, 2015 - Automation is a key part of almost all manufacturing today. With so much time and effort put into automating and streamlining production, it is imperative to keep these machines in working order. Almost all automated machinery is connected by quick disconnect electrical connectors for faster replacement. However, without good quality connectors, manufacturers will spend more time and money for replacing these connectors.
Oct. 30, 2015 - It’s the talk of the quality management world — ISO 9001:2015 with its new format and its new wording has been published.

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