Apr. 25, 2016 - ABB says its new smart sensing solution from can reduce downtimes of low voltage motors by up to 70 per cent and extend their lifetime by up to 30 per cent.
Apr. 23, 2016 - Danfoss says its Vacon 20 AC drive’s “compact size,” power range, and built-in PLC functionality makes the unit “one of the most adaptable, cost efficient AC drives for packaging machine applications.”
Apr. 23, 2016 - Schunk has extended its series of digitally controllable magnetic grippers with the EGM-M monopole gripper.
Apr. 19, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s Productivity2000 programmable controller line now includes 12- and 13-bit resolution current and voltage analog input/output modules.
Apr. 19, 2016 - Lanner has introduced the LEC-6030 box PC model which it says can operate under wide temperature ranges and offers “rich connectivity” to communicate with programmable logic controllers and HMI.
Apr. 19, 2016 - Unitronics says its new I/O module, UIS-WCB2, offers a variety of I/O options in a single unit.
Mar. 24, 2016 - Kontron says its latest generation of HMI solutions, FusionClient, is a “crucial part” of its IIoT-ready industrial computer platform family.
Mar. 24, 2016 - Servo2Go, a supplier of automation and motion control components and systems, is now offering the Exor eTOP series 500 HMI, which it describes as a combination of “state-of-the-art features” and “outstanding design.”
Mar. 22, 2016 - Esprit has announced its new corporate website, www.espritcam.com, which features a new URL, logo and brand identity. According to the company, the website was built with machinists and customers in mind, and promises to provide an “immediate and immersive experience” of Esprit CAD/CAM software for visitors around the world. The new website showcases the new 5-axis product page which displays technical content, customer success stories, educational videos and machine tool compatibilities.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Wago is now offering its 2016 brochure for its e!COCKPIT development tool. Using a CODESYS 3 integrated environment, e!COCKPIT claims to support every automation task from hardware configuration, programming, networking and simulation to visualization in one “easy-to-use, intuitive” package.
Mar. 22, 2016 - Fluke has introduced Work Orders, the latest enhancement to Fluke Connect Assets, an asset management software solution that works with the Fluke Connect system of wireless test tools.
Mar. 22, 2016 - B&K Precision says its 600B and 601B handheld battery capacity analyzers offer an “enhanced design” over former models 600 and 601.
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.”
Mar. 8, 2016 - Posital-Fraba has announced its support for University4Industry, a new startup that aims to provide individuals and companies with opportunities to learn about the knowledge- and communications-based technologies that are changing how industries are designing, building, delivering and supporting their products and services.
Feb. 29, 2016 - Three research-intensive universities — McMaster University, University of Waterloo and Western University — have received $35 million in funding over five years from the Government of Ontario as part of a $50-million project to create an Advanced Manufacturing Consortium.
Feb. 16, 2016 - Seneca College and Siemens Canada say they are helping to address the technical skills gap in Canadian manufacturing with the opening of Seneca College’s Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre (MSDC), the first of its kind in Ontario, they say.
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.
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.
Apr. 18, 2016 - The federal government, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), has announced an investment of up to $4.87 million for an expansion at Flying Colours Corp., a global aviation services company.
Apr. 7, 2016 - Tumbling sales of Fiat Chrysler’s main midsize car have driven the company to indefinitely lay off 1,300 employees at a Detroit, Mich.-area factory.
Apr. 7, 2016 - Ford Motor Company is investing approx. US$170 million to expand operations at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the new Ford Everest, along with the new Ford Ranger that was launched last year.
Apr. 5, 2016 – In an effort to “further increase its competitiveness,” Ford says it is investing US$1.6 billion in a new small car plant in Mexico, building a new manufacturing site in San Luis Potosi State.
Apr. 4, 2016 - Toyota says it is planning to form a new data science company in partnership with Microsoft that is designed to free customers “from the tyranny of technology.”
Mar. 31, 2016 - The latest federal budget marks a “good start, but much work remains,” says Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector, as it urges the government to move quickly to develop long-term programs to revitalize the economy, including investing in Canada’s auto and aerospace sectors.
Mar. 21, 2016 - The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has announced combined funding of up to $6.6 million to the Hammond Manufacturing Company and Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd. to help them “increase competitiveness and productivity” and increase export opportunities in new markets.
Apr. 7, 2016 - PyroGenesis Canada, a clean-tech company that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announced today that it plans to spin-off 80 per cent of its 3D printing business into an independent publicly-traded company. Tentatively referred to as “3DCo,” the name of the company will be determined at a later date.
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.
Mar. 14, 2016 - A criminal investigation is underway after a video surfaced online showing a man urinating on a Kellogg factory assembly line, the company said.
Mar. 14, 2016 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partners, Sun Edison Canadian Construction LP and Six Nations Development Corporation, have been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESCO) to develop a 44 MW solar facility on and near the Nanticoke Generating Station site on Lake Erie.
Mar. 11, 2016 - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations celebrated the expansion of the company’s passenger tire manufacturing facility in Wilson, N.C., with an official groundbreaking ceremony. The five-year, $164-million investment is expected to improve the 42-year-old plant’s global competitive position through “leading edge” technology, expanded production capacity and lowered costs.
Mar. 11, 2016 - Building on 20 years of growth, Rocand has announced the launch of its new plant in Silao, Mexico — a 4,128-square-metre facility equipped with high-speed 5-axis CNC machines and injection presses for mold making and plastic-part injection, both for production and prototypes.
Mar. 9, 2016 - The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) has announced an investment of $149,319 in the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company to expand its production.
Mar. 4, 2016 - The Canadian Press is reporting that a heavy steel manufacturing facility in Nova Scotia, that received $56.3 million of provincial money, is shutting down.
Mar. 17, 2016 - SYSPRO, a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, has launched a blog, which it says will provide content to Canadian manufacturers and distributors that will help them improve their business performance.
Feb. 17, 2016 - IQMS, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and manufacturing execution system (MES) company, has announced that automotive manufacturer Elio Motors has selected IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ. Elio Motors, which is anticipating the rollout of its three-wheeled motor vehicle in Q4 2016, is implementing EnterpriseIQ to “provide a single system for managing the company’s processes and obtaining complete, accurate information to support decision-making.”
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.
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. 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.  
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.

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