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Aug. 28, 2015 - The Omega UWBT series of Bluetooth transmitters promise to combine the accuracy of an industrial sensor/transmitter with the convenience of smartphones and tablets.
Aug. 25, 2015 - Yaskawa Motoman has introduced its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Robotics Platform for education, workforce development and industrial robotics certification programs.
Aug. 25, 2015 - Schunk says its EGN safety gripping system is certified for use in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 specifications for use with human and robot interaction.
Aug. 25, 2015 - Grabit’s P-series robotic grippers are offered in five different sizes for a variety of parts and applications, including fabric and apparel, composite fibers, solar cell components, printed circuit boards and flex circuits, and mobile devices.
Aug. 17, 2015 - Siemens is expanding its line of Simatic RF600 RFID products with “new transponders with large memory capacities and a compact mobile read/write device,” it says.
Aug. 17, 2015 - Artila Electronics has released RIO-2010PG, the new FreeRTOS programmable remote I/O module.
Aug. 17, 2015 - Advantech says its Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) will power a range of intelligent connected devices from smaller equipment such as gateways or mobile point-of-sale units, to industrial devices like robots and specialty medical equipment.
Aug. 13, 2015 - AutomationDirect says its Raco liquid-tight connectors are designed for use on flexible metallic liquid-tight conduit and Type B flexible non-metallic liquid-tight conduit in outdoor or indoor locations.
Aug. 13, 2015 - Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) has introduced the PLC pluggable relay terminal block modules used to interface between automation equipment and system auxiliary systems.
Aug. 13, 2015 - The GE Predix Cloud claims to be the world’s first and only cloud solution designed specifically for industrial data and analytics.
Aug. 13, 2015 - Mettler Toledo is offering the IND570 industrial terminal, which it says is characterized by its ability to deliver accuracy, durability and versatility.
Aug. 11, 2015 - The new Rockwell Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface gives plant and industrial personnel the freedom to take a machine’s HMI with them to make real-time adjustments to out-of-view applications.
Aug. 20, 2015 - The Yves Landry Foundation wants to help your business reach its full potential through a new program called AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellent) Global.
Aug. 19, 2015 - What exactly is Mechatronics? We spoke with Festo Didactic’s Greg James at the Skills Canada National Competition to learn more about this emerging field.
Jul. 28, 2015 - Congratulations to Avery Bird and Theodor Willert, the winning students from the Skills Canada 2015 Mechatronics challenge. In this video, we chat with them to find out how winning the competition will help them represent Canada at the World Skills 2017 event in Abu Dhabi.
Jul. 2, 2015 - Two governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which they say will pave the way towards retooling the federal-provincial job training deal to better align training with jobs sooner.
Jun. 25, 2015 - A new program from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Feds hopes to better equip youth with skills for advanced manufacturing careers.
Jun. 23, 2015 - All precision and CNC machining competitors at the 2015 National Skills Canada Competition (SCNC) have received a KBC Tools and Machinery gift certificate as a reward for the “hard work and creativity demonstrated” at this year competition said Paula Bass, KBC president.
Jun. 17, 2015 - A North Island College, B.C., employee’s love for his son has lead to an invention that will soon allow all grade school kids in the Comox Valley access to Lego robotics online all year long. Two years ago, Albert Balbon’s son came home from his Grade 5 class excited about being able to experiment a travelling kit of Lego robots.
Jun. 16, 2015 - For two days in May at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) at Prairieland Park, Sask., the best and brightest students and apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged.
Jun. 14, 2015 - Wago has announces a free three-day Customer I/O training program, with 2015 dates including March 17-19, May 5-7, July 28-30, September 22-24 and November 3-5.
May 26, 2015 - Dr. Lesley Shannon for the British Columbia/Yukon region and Dr. Eve Langelier for the Quebec region have been announced as new Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering during the Creating Connections 4.0 conference at Simon Fraser University (SFU).
Apr. 27, 2015 - Stratasys, a provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has selected winners for the 11th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
Apr. 27, 2015 - The members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 have been officially announced! Congratulations! The 29-member team represents the country’s best youth in skilled trades and technologies competing in Brazil this August at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.
Aug. 18, 2015 - Talk about customer service! The Kuka LBR iiwa robot was a sure crowd-pleaser as it served beer and entertained visitors of the Kuka booth at Hannover Messe 2015.
Jul. 21, 2015 - Blanco Canada is celebrating its 20th anniversary since opening its manufacturing facility and operations.
Jul. 3, 2015 - FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) marked its 90th anniversary last month at a special celebration on the banks of the Detroit River and steps from its Canadian headquarters.
Jul. 3, 2015 - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has received two J.D. Power and Associates Plant Quality awards, gold and silver, in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
Jun. 23, 2015 - Downtime, both planned and unplanned, can have pronounced impact on packing line efficiency and throughput.
Jun. 16, 2015 - As overseas labour costs continue to rise — and long supply chains grow more expensive — the once-popular trend of offshoring is on its way out in many sectors. Rather than searching for the cheapest labour to manufacture their goods, companies are finding that true financial value lies in better servicing local markets. For many, this means bringing manufacturing operations back to the home of their prime customer base — North America.
May 23, 2015 - W&H Systems Inc., a full-service integrator of material handling systems, announces the opening of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s highly automated warehouse in Union City, Calif. 
Apr. 27, 2015 - In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. Just this month, Toyota moved its Canadian production of the Corolla to a new plant in Guanajuato, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories.
Apr. 20, 2015 - Magna International has confirmed its Canadian plants are not included in its decision to sell its interiors operations to Spanish auto parts manufacturer Grupo Antolin for about $525 million.
Mar. 13, 2015 - The bottling facilities of Nestlé Waters Canada, a beverage manufacturer and distributor, have achieved Excellence in Manufacturing standing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA).
Feb. 27, 2015 - PC-based control systems for industrial applications have been around in various forms for as long as PCs themselves. In fact, PCs have been relied upon for machine control just about as long as PLCs have. In certain circles, however, there continues to be a misunderstanding about the reliability and capability of an Industrial PC (IPC) for “real” machine control applications.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Our January/February issue staple is back — Manufacturing AUTOMATION has compiled the top trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should watch out for in the upcoming year, as predicted by a handful of industry experts. While last year’s responses centred on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and the Internet of Things, this year’s experts offer a more diverse mix of predictions. Most noted are sensors, smart and connected networks, and mobile technology as major trends of the year. As Kevin Prouty of Aberdeen Group told us (the second expert listed), he believes 2015 is about “consolidating the gains in automation and information systems, and pushing the boundaries in other areas.” That said, is your business ready to take on the New Year?
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.
Jun. 30, 2015 - Rack and pinions are linear actuators that play a critical role in a wide range of linear motion control applications.
Jan. 6, 2015 - Roxul has announced a new strategic direction for the North American Industrial, Marine & Offshore business.
Dec. 5, 2014 - Lightweight metals player Alcoa says its new Micromill aluminum technology will give the lightweight metal a better chance to replace steel in car doors and fenders.
Nov. 5, 2014 - KSB Pumps is expanding its presence in Western Canada with a new office and service facility in Edmonton, Alta.
July 25, 2014 - The boards of directors of the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation have approved unifying the two foundations into a new industry organization dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of process automation.
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the Hannover Fair on Monday, announced significant progress in its discussions with the HART Communication Foundation on the potential for merging the two organizations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation.
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the Hannover Fair on Monday, commemorated its 20th anniversary.
Jun. 26, 2015 - From prototyping to complete automation solutions, Armo-Tool Ltd. (Armo Tool) complements a company’s development team with its generations of tool making tradecraft. For more than 40 years, Armo Tool has been building long-term relationships with manufacturing companies throughout North America by helping these companies bring new products to market, improve production processes, and repurpose their machinery and equipment. Clients rely on Armo Tool to solve their machining, tool and automation problems, and help them get innovative ideas to market.
Jun. 25, 2015 - Big Bang ERP, a Montreal, Que.-based consulting firm, says it has partnered with Plex Systems to help deploy the Plex Manufacturing Cloud for Canadian manufacturers.
May 26, 2015 - Today, companies are continuously looking for ways to introduce order-processing technologies designed to improve inefficiencies.
May 20, 2015 - Peter worked long, frustrating hours trying to keep production moving. He moved from crisis to crisis trying to hunt down materials that were supposed to be in inventory, changing the production schedule on the fly to adapt to the latest obstacle. Peter wasn’t bad at his job, he just didn’t have the information he needed to do his job properly.
Apr. 13, 2015 - Siemens Canada said its product lifecycle management (PLM) software grant will give students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., the opportunity to use the same technology in its design and manufacturing research programs that businesses around the world employ to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.
Mar. 27, 2015 - Downward pressure on the loonie and steep drops in oil prices are creating export-friendly market conditions. Canadian manufacturers and exporters will undoubtedly look to convert these export opportunities into stable, recurring, long-term business.
Mar. 9, 2015 - Siemens and Western University have announced an academic partnership which they say will give students the opportunity to use the same technology in its Faculty of Engineering classrooms that businesses around the world employ to design today’s sophisticated products.
Jan. 26, 2015 - Manufacturing is dramatically different than it was even a decade ago—and it will change even more radically and rapidly in the next few years, with far more emphasis placed on speed and customization.
Dec. 2, 2014 - InspectionXpert has released the InspectionXpert OnDemand for CAD, describing its as a new quality planning and documentation software platform that supports both 3D model-based and 2D print-based formats.
Nov. 27, 2014 - Configure One, a provider of web-based product configurator and CPQ (configure, price, quote) software, has announced a partnership agreement with SolidCAD Solutions, a Toronto, Ont.-based technology solution provider for the manufacturing, plant, visualization, civil and building industries.
Nov. 26, 2014 - Cégep de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Que., announced today that it has selected Genius Manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for hands-on training in its mechanical engineering techniques (manufacturing option) program.
Oct. 24, 2014 - Consumer power has reached an all-time high, and businesses have felt the impact across their supply chains globally.  
Jul. 10, 2015 - Small and mighty is how I would describe Thailand after visiting its strong machinery sector earlier this year.
Jun. 30, 2015 - The future of manufacturing is application dependent and two examples of this come to mind. One is the understanding of black holes, and the other is regarding Google’s internal organization.
Jun. 30, 2015 - Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) is a 20-year-old supplier of turnkey industrial automation systems for the aerospace industry.
Jun. 25, 2015 - This thought has been on my mind quite a bit lately, perhaps it’s because I just visited a 90-year-old friend in his new retirement home.
Jun. 23, 2015 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION June  2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on lean manufacturing, machine safety, education and a cover story of our annual editorial advisory board roundtable. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Jun. 18, 2015 - As I write this editorial, I am restlessly sitting on a Boeing 777 from Thailand to Toronto for what feels like an eternity of flying. It will take me about a combined 24 hours of travelling to get home after a hectic four-day press junket in Bangkok. Organized by the Thailand Board of Investment, the press tour brought together five North American journalists (myself included) to visit a handful of manufacturers and institutes in the area. We also attended Intermach and Subcon Thailand, the largest industrial machinery and subcontracting exhibition in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Jun. 16, 2015 - My reading list includes more than physics books. I do read “guy” stories, and in recent columns, I have talked about my Saturday forays into the movie theatre to see a “no-content” movie. It helps relieve and empty the stuff running around my head.
Jun. 15, 2015 - While the Internet of Things, big data and the cloud may be the buzzwords du jour — manufacturing industry participants should be aware of these other trends as they will affect many aspects of industrial automation going forward.
Jun. 12, 2015 - One of the big challenges that control systems designers and safety engineers face is the relationship between machinery risk and control system reliability. Machinery safety standards began introducing the idea of control reliability, more often called functional safety, back in the early 1990s. The earliest standards used a prescriptive approach, introducing circuit architectures with names like single channel, single-channel monitored, and control reliable. In the mid-1990s, CEN in the European Union brought in some similar, but slightly different, architectures which were called out as “Category B” and “Categories 1 through 4.” Unfortunately, while this was an important advancement, it also introduced a lot of confusion for designers.
Jun. 12, 2015 - We all know how the growth of technology has hugely impacted the 21st century, but how important is it to consider the fast pace of this advancement? On one of the first sunny days this spring, Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s editorial advisory board gathered for its yearly roundtable to discuss the outlook of the sector as a whole, fuelled by the spread of technology, the new age of workers and increased collaboration between industry members. Thanks to this “snowball effect,” the face of manufacturing will continue to evolve faster and faster with both positive and troubling repercussions, say our members.
May 20, 2015 - We live in a precarious time. As some get richer, many others drift towards unsustainability, and our middle class is shrinking. When people slide into unsustainability, it often becomes the responsibility of government to meet their needs. Many people in the middle class don’t even realize it, but they too have slid into positions of unsustainability, where they can’t accomplish the critical things on their list without some form of government aid; things like subsidies for their children’s tuition, relief from debt, extra allowances or benefits just to make ends meet every month.
May 20, 2015 - In March I attended my very first Automate show, and what a show it was! There were dozens of robot demos and various machine vision and safety set-ups. According to Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (one of the event sponsors), this year’s tradeshow was 80 per cent larger in terms of floor space and attendance was up 50 per cent from 2013.

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