Sept. 11, 2016 - IMTS 2016 will be the North American launch pad for Universal Robots+, a showroom of plug and play application solutions, and +YOU, a free developer program, for Universal Robots.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Banner Engineering has expanded its family of L-GAGE laser sensors with the LTF Series, which it says provides distance measurements out to 12 meters.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Steute has debuted new wireless, non-contact magnetic sensors which send a unique, coded telegram to one or more compatible, “easily-programmed” receivers.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Badger Meter has introduced the M7600 electromagnetic flow meter to its ModMAG family.
Sept. 9, 2016 - iwis, a supplier of precision chain systems for power transmission and conveying applications, is offering a chain condition monitoring (CCM) system for measuring chain elongation.
Sept. 9, 2016 - B&K Precision has expanded its current 878B and 879B 40,000-count handheld LCR meters with the addition of a 100 kHz model, the 880.
Sept. 9, 2016 - In a move to provide users with a “high level” of data integrity for critical processes, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry has released a new version of its firmware that boasts a suite of advanced security features.
Sept. 9, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s ProSense line of digital panel meters promise to offer a “simple and cost-effective” solution to display analog process, temperature, load cell, and potentiometer inputs.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Ridgid has introduced an enhanced non-contact infrared thermometer boasting more precise measurements and a higher temperature range.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Chromasens says its trueSCAN print inspection system is the first system that facilitates inline colour measurement by using “innovative” Chromasens line scan technology.
Sept. 9, 2016 - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is describing its Blaze 600M non-contact optical measurement solution as a flexible, manually-operated system that provides “ultra-rapid 3D data acquisition, a high level of accuracy, and actionable data for measurement, inspection, product development, line tuning, and reverse engineering.” 
Sept. 9, 2016 - Ricoh has unveiled 12 mm and 16 mm 9-megapixel lenses in an effort to help users capture high-resolution images from within “mere millimeters.”
Sept. 20, 2016 - British Columbia’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Siemens Canada have announced a new collaboration aimed at accelerating implementation of Industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing concepts and addressing the technical skills gap in Canada.
Sept. 19, 2016 - Ontario’s colleges will be developing new engineering degree programs in specialized fields after the provincial government approved the expansion of engineering degrees at colleges.
Jul. 12, 2016 - Students at Acton Elementary School in Acton, Maine, are enjoying a $10,000 boast to its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cirriculum, thanks to a donation from Kepware Technologies, a software development business focused on industrial connectivity.
Jul. 6, 2016 - Engineers Canada has introduced EngScape, an interactive online portal that strives to address the labour market needs of the engineering profession in Canada.
Jul. 4, 2016 - Rockwell Automation’s new white paper details a five-step approach to help organizations better prepare their operations and empower workers as employees retire and new technologies redefine roles.
Jun. 29, 2016 - Decommissioned laptops received a second life thanks to Siemens Canada and three charities working to ease the transition to Canadian life for Syrian refugees in Calgary, Alta.
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.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Bailey Metal Processing has been fined $50,000 after a worker was injured by machinery.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Steel producer ArcelorMittal Dofasco was fined $60,000 after a worker was overcome by gas fumes and lost consciousness at the company’s Burlington Street East plant in Ontario.
Sept. 20, 2016 - L’Oréal USA says it will exceed its carbon emission reduction goals and build two large-scale solar projects at its manufacturing facilities in North Little Rock, Ark., and Florence, Ky., as part of its global sustainability strategy, “Sharing Beauty with All.” With the projects, the company said it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent from 101,634 metric tons in 2005 to a projected 20,059 this year.
Aug. 19, 2016 - The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is seeking 38 inspectors to help enforce Ontario’s occupational health and safety laws at industrial and construction sector workplaces across the province, said a senior official.
Aug. 12, 2016 - Meyer Steel Drum Inc. in Chicago, Ill., is facing $46,800 in proposed penalties for lack of adequate machine guarding.
Aug. 12, 2016 - La Espiga de Oro Inc., a Houston, Texas, tortilla factory faces $106,700 in federal penalties for exposing employees to amputation, machine, fall and extreme heat hazards.
Jul. 26, 2016 - Over the past 25 years, many companies in Canada and beyond have learned the hard way that automation must be implemented carefully. Done the right way, it can save costs and optimize processes directly and indirectly, boosting profits and opening new markets.
Jul. 21, 2016 - AT&F’s Wisconsin facility will soon enjoy a new high-definition plasma cutting machine. Boasting an “innovative” five-axis bevel head, capable of cutting up to 2 inches thick, the machine promises the latest in CNC controls and supporting software for “superior small diameter hole cutting accuracy.”
Jul. 14, 2016 - Toronto, Ont.-based Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing is now reaping the benefits of automating and streamlining its manufacturing process with the creation of an in-house metal fabrication division.
Jul. 12, 2016 - Ransohoff, a division of Cleaning Technologies Group, says it has introduced the next generation of its WasteWizard solution recycling system, featuring “advanced” Siemens controls with programmable digital colour display screen and expandable modules to meet a wider range of recycling applications.
Jul. 8, 2016 - This May, Baldor employees at the Fort Smith motor plant in Arkansas achieved 15 million hours with a lost-time accident — a milestone achievement they’ve been working toward since August 2010, says the company.
Jul. 6, 2016 - German switch manufacturer Berker says it has “significantly reduced” its production costs and time for testing electrical component prototypes by using Stratasys 3D printed injection molds.
Sept. 27, 2016 - Symetrix describes its Radius DSPs as “powerful, easy-to-program control of A/V systems.” So when Sound, Production & Lighting (SPL) of Skokie, Ill., initially installed a Symetrix Radius DSP for the Fox River’s McHenry Dam, the DSP controlled an audio paging system, as you might expect. But as the project progressed, SPL owner Matt Gajowniczek was inspired to try something different.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Cora Systems — a provider of enterprise portfolio, program and project management (EPPM) solutions — has announced Honeywell Building Solutions will implement the second phase of its Cora EPPM solution.
Sept. 26, 2016 - TE Connectivity (TE) has joined the OPC Foundation, a vendor-independent non-profit organization which aims to drive the development, maintenance and promotion of Openness Productivity Connectivity — Unified Architecture (OPC UA). This engagement reflects TE’s commitment to the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industry 4.0, says the company, describing IIoT and Industry 4.0 as the key elements of semantic interoperability and transmission integrity.
Sept. 26, 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.
Sept. 21, 2016 - Industry 4.0 embraces a collection of technologies and concepts to create “smart factories,” where machines in the production process are able to communicate with each other, both internally and externally via the Cloud. Put simply, connected devices in factories, offices and on the person will become smart networked nodes, interconnected via a standardized network without any hierarchy.
Sept. 20, 2016 - Stratasys, a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, says elevator designer and manufacturer Sodimas is reducing turnaround times of its prototype parts by 98 per cent since integrating Stratasys 3D printing solutions in its production line.
Manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to accelerate productivity, increase output in their operations, and achieve sustainable excellence in manufacturing. While there is no “magic bullet” to achieve manufacturing excellence, innovation can pave the road to excellence and can be derived from various parts of an organization.
Sept. 13, 2016 - IQMS, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and MES provider, is welcoming Arisoft, a Markham, Ont.-based ERP consultancy focused on business improvement, to its partner network.
Sept. 6, 2016 - General Electric is continuing its push into the digital realm, spending $1.4 billion to acquire two European 3D printing companies.
Sept. 1, 2016 - Robots and drones have already started to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. Indeed, the IDTechEx Research report on Agricultural Robots and Drones 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, and Players finds that this is already a $3 billion market in 2016, growing to $10 billion by as early as 2022.
Aug. 24, 2016 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Pemeco Consulting, an Ontario-based consultancy to market-leading mid-sized manufacturers and distributors, have partnered to bring you the first-ever ERP Vendor Congress, an exclusive event designed to provide you with the tools you need to lead a successful ERP project from start-to-finish. 
Aug. 12, 2016 - Industrial wireless technology provides a competitive edge to operators and plant managers around the world as they seek innovative ways to improve the quality of communication in their production and distribution units. An effective communication infrastructure can make it possible for industrial equipment to deliver high levels of reliability, availability, and maintainability, thereby reducing operational and support costs, and minimizing capital investments.
Aug. 5, 2016 - Under pressure to produce newer, improved products and under increasingly reduced life-cycles, manufacturers are responding by implementing the latest time-saving technologies and systems to automate and improve human processes. However, all benefits of automation aside, human beings still manage these processes and do what humans do. Memories fail and distractions occur causing even the most experienced process operator to have a lapse in judgment or decision making resulting in accidents and production losses.
Jul. 20, 2016 - Picture this: robots that tower over attendees, demonstrating their strength and agility in what looks like a robotic ballet routine; business leaders speaking English, German, Mandarin, Italian and more, fully immersed in conversation around aisles of new product innovations; soccer performers and other entertainers that captivate crowds with impressive tricks; and what seems like an endless stream of eager student tours visiting exhibitor after exhibitor. And to top it all off, a real roller-coaster you could ride indoors!
Jul. 18, 2016 - Since my father’s birthday usually falls within days of Father’s Day, I often reflect on the influence he’s had on my business life around this time every year. Through my conversations with other leaders in the manufacturing world, I have discovered I am clearly not alone — many of us owe our careers, and some even our businesses, to our father’s influence and role model mentoring.
Jul. 15, 2016 - In just a few years, 3D printing has moved from a “nice-to-have” to “must-have” technology. It’s well known by manufacturers who have purchased a printer or used a service to make non-functional prototypes; they have enjoyed seeing their designs come to life quickly and at low cost, while decreasing their time to market.
Jul. 5, 2016 - Product launches, market tests and promotions can be difficult, draining endeavours. With the advent of new printing technology and processes, at least procuring labels for them has gotten a bit easier. Due to the continued transformation of the label printing industry, specifically short-run label printing, brands can rightfully demand higher quality labels at a better value.
Jul. 4, 2016 - In today’s fast-paced manufacturing world, businesses are frequently pushed to do more with less — manufacturers of all sizes feel the pressure to produce top-quality products in a manner that is cheaper, faster, more efficient and cost-effective. It’s a cycle that never ends and can often cause problems on the shop floor if the correct people, process and technology are not in place.
Jun. 29, 2016 - In March, Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s editorial advisory board members gathered for our annual roundtable to discuss the biggest challenges facing the manufacturing industry. The dynamic 1.5-hour conversation on Canadian productivity and competitiveness resulted in a laundry list of challenges facing today’s manufacturing: a fluctuating dollar, skilled trades education and training, a global supply base, the adoption of technology, and change management, to name a few. But with challenges come opportunities, say our board members, as they offer their insight and best practices for manufacturing success.
Jun. 29, 2016 - Three years can sound like a lot of time to transition from an existing ISO certification to the updated one. “In three years, of course it will be completed” — that’s a mentality that is not uncommon for many companies and organizations at this time. But when you start working backwards, 2018 is not that far away.
Jun. 27, 2016 - Reshoring has been a discussion point over the last decade and was a reaction to the heavy globalization of manufacturing that moved production capacity out from western economies to emerging markets offshore. “Take back manufacturing” advocates have now convinced most corporations that globalizing manufacturing just for low cost labour, while grossly over extending supply chains, has significant hidden total costs; many are now accepting that much more sustainable and environmentally-friendly short supply chains can be the better solution.
Jun. 27, 2016 - A few years back, a new CEO took the helm at Tree Island Steel, a wire mill located in Richmond, B.C., with 360-plus team members. He was rebuilding a company that had struggled through a recession and he had a vision — a vision to reposition Tree Island as the industry leader it was capable of becoming and to assemble a team to lead the company into the future. Dale MacLean refocused his finance, sales, procurement and scheduling departments to move in one direction and he has not changed course since. He and his executives have quarterly meetings with all staff and operations personnel to inform them of the state of the business while opening up the floor to comments and observations on what and where we need to improve.
Jun. 27, 2016 - Manufacturing in North America has fallen behind, and now many are paying for it. Yes, we’ve invested in innovation and yes, we’ve invested in training and yes, we pay better than average wages but still we are struggling to fill our vacant jobs and we struggle even more to attract and retain younger workers. We’ve let our on-floor factory jobs become stagnant, unexciting, unengaging and unattractive.
Jun. 27, 2016 - I consider the manufacturing industry to be a very human business. That may sound strange at a time when big data analytics, the Cloud, and other abstract concepts are all the rage. However if you strip away the technologies, products, buzzwords, silos and sectors, the general purpose of the global manufacturing workforce can be reduced into one simple statement: a company makes and/or provides a solution to satisfy the needs of a dedicated population. Every machine builder, component manufacturer, contractor, consultant, system integrator and end-user, regardless of sector, is seeking to create or assemble a product that will “give the people what they want.”
Sept. 26, 2016 - Plastomer Corp., a Michigan and Tennessee-based manufacturer that supplies primarily adhesive backed die cut and molded products for the auto and appliance sectors, has launched operations at Entrada’s manufacturing campus in Celaya, Mexico.
Sept. 26, 2016 - Unionized workers at General Motors have accepted a new contract with the auto giant.
Sept. 23, 2016 - Unifor says the next company in its contract negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers will be Fiat-Chrysler Automobile, pending ratification of its tentative deal with General Motors.
Sept. 20, 2016 - Unifor and General Motors of Canada have reached a tentative contract settlement, averting a walkout that was scheduled to begin on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Sept. 19, 2016 - A spokeswoman for Unifor says there has been some progress in the union’s negotiations with General Motors.
Sept. 13, 2016 - China’s booming electric vehicle industry, a flagship for Beijing’s technology ambitions, has been rocked by scandal after five companies were caught collecting millions of dollars in subsidies for buses they never made.
Sept. 6, 2016 - The union that represents about 23,000 auto workers in Canada has selected General Motors as its target company in the opening round of contract talks.
Sept. 6, 2016 - Just over a year ago, Corina and Joe Colacicco — both employees at the General Motors facility in Oshawa, Ont. — sold their house and bought a bigger one to accommodate their growing family.
Sept. 6, 2016 - Bombardier Inc. says it now expects to deliver only seven of its new CSeries jets this year — not 15 as it had expected earlier.
Sept. 2, 2016 - Bombardier confirms that it has received the final instalment of Quebec’s US$1-billion investment in the company’s CSeries commercial jet program.
Sept. 2, 2016 - U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar says it may close a Belgian manufacturing site and lay off about 2,000 workers, an announcement met with dismay and alarm by employees and the government.
Sept. 1, 2016 - Bombardier is juggling challenges on two fronts in Canada, temporarily suspending production of its Global business jets next year and missing a delivery deadline for a transit project in Toronto, Ont.
Sept. 23, 2016 - Essar Steel Algoma Inc., which is operating under court protection from creditors, has submitted a restructuring plan that would see its lenders invest up to US$425 million in the financially strapped steelmaker.
Sept. 22, 2016 - Vicwest celebrated the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Acheson, Alta., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a $5,000 donation to the Alberta Food Banks. In addition to the grand opening, Vicwest is celebrating 85 years as a Canadian manufacturer of steel roofing and cladding for the residential, commercial and agriculture industries.
Sept. 11, 2016 - Irving Oil says it has finalized its acquisition of the Whitegate refinery near Cork, Ireland.
Sept. 2, 2016 - The St-Hubert restaurant and food manufacturing business is now part of the Cara group, which sees the $537-million acquisition as a strategic move that dramatically increases its presence in Quebec.
Aug. 26, 2016 - The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.
Aug. 17, 2016 - Richardson International Ltd. says it is investing $120 million in its canola processing plant in Lethbridge, Alta., to maximize operating efficiencies and modernize the facility to “significantly” increase canola crush capability.
Aug. 16, 2016 - The Ontario and federal governments say they have committed more than $44 million to almost 850 projects for food, beverage and processor businesses through Growing Forward 2 cost-shared funding assistance.
Aug. 11, 2016 - U.S. Steel Canada Inc. is rejecting advances from the Essar Global fund, saying it isn’t qualified to be a buyer of the company formerly known as Stelco, which has been seeking a buyer under a lengthy court-supervised process.
Aug. 3, 2016 - Evraz says it’s laying off 125 workers at its tubular division in Regina, Sask., over delays in pipeline approvals and the impact of “unfairly traded imports.”
Aug. 3, 2016 - GlaxoSmithKline is investing some 275 million pounds (US$360 million) into three plants in Britain, sweeping aside concerns about growth following the country’s decision to leave the European Union.
Aug. 2, 2016 - Ferrero Canada is embarking on a $36.1-million expansion project at its Brantford, Ont., facility to add production lines for three additional products and pursue new markets across North America. Expected to be completed by next August, the expansion will create 55 new jobs and retain 831 existing jobs, said the confectionery group.
Aug. 2, 2016 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced it will provide full automation and safety systems and serve as integrated main automation contractor (I-MAC) for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility being built in Eastern Canada to process North American natural gas for international export.

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