Jul. 22, 2016 - Schunk says its ELP electric linear module is the most user-friendly electric linear module on the market.
Jul. 22, 2016 - FiberMaxHP is a second-generation 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform built on Aerotech’s ANT nanopositioning product line.
Jul. 22, 2016 - Micromo says the new high precision IER3 and IERS3 optical encoders from Faulhaber offer two channel quadrature signals and an additional index signal.
Jul. 21, 2016 - The Fluke Ti450 infrared camera promises to “take focus to a new level of clarity with MultiSharp Focus.”
Jul. 18, 2016 - APEM, a manufacturer of man-machine interface products, has launched three new models of AV series switches, a series of “vandal-resistant” pushbutton switches that promise to deliver robustness and aesthetics.
Jul. 18, 2016 - Wago says its BACnet controller utilizes easy-to-install twisted-pair lines to “economically” control complex building automation tasks and simplify I/O integration.
Jul. 18, 2016 - Beckhoff Automation says small controllers now offer “significantly” increased computing power, referring to its new CX8190 Embedded PC series.
Jul. 18, 2016 - Hemco says its new MicroFlow II is an “ideal” Class 1 ductless carbon filtered workstation equipped with Activated Carbon filtration, for fumes, odours, and non-hazardous chemical vapours.
Jul. 18, 2016 - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has released a customized protective enclosure for the TIGO SF shop-floor coordinate measuring machine (CMM).
Jul. 18, 2016 - AutomationDirect says its line of Stratus enclosure vortex coolers provide compressed air cooling where conventional enclosure cooling by air conditioners or heat exchangers is not possible.
Jul. 12, 2016 - Electromate is now offering the Exor IP69K food grade HMI solution (model eTOP507MFB), saying it has been “designed and proven to solve the industry wide problem of HMI failures and less effective alternative HMI cleaning procedures.”
Jul. 12, 2016 - Fives Machining Systems is introducing a remote diagnostics capability that allows machine operators to connect with Fives Cincinnati and Fives Giddings & Lewis experts through CNC screen sharing to “diagnose and overcome many stoppages within minutes.”
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.
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.
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.
Jul. 5, 2016 - While automotive passion runs through our veins, there’s still room to watch over Planet Earth.
Jul. 4, 2016 - BFG Canada Ltd., a cracker manufacturer, pleaded guilty and was fined $110,000 after a worker suffered permanent injuries when a hand was pulled into machinery. The incident occurred on December 5, 2014, at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Ont.
Jul. 4, 2016 - Global material handling and automation equipment supplier Simplimatic Automation recently integrated a custom robotic cell for a customer in Denmark, which includes three Fanuc robots, conveyor, and a customized 12-station indexing dial manufacturing system.
Jul. 4, 2016 - Hurom, a South Korean manufacturer of kitchen appliances, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ Accelerated Device industry solution to help standardize its business processes, operations and execution. With subsidiaries in China, India, Japan and the United States, Hurom recently added four new production facilities in China and Korea. With plans to increase its new product development, Hurom was seeking a  standardized approach to manage its business processes across all sites.
Jun. 29, 2016 - An explosion at Bonnell Aluminum plant in Newnan, Ga., has injured five workers and rocked buildings in the city’s downtown area. 
Jun. 27, 2016 - In today’s fast-paced, technology-centric workplace, CEOs, executives and managers struggle to find ways to increase and sustain high levels of productivity within their teams. It would seem that despite all of the ways in which technology supports increasing individual and team productivity (big data, real-time information gathering, human error reduction), trends demonstrate productivity is actually declining, not increasing. Sound familiar?
Jul. 25, 2016 - The advent of Cloud-based offerings for product lifecycle management (PLM) has reduced costs to the point where small manufacturers can afford to take advantage. Traditional PLM systems require a significant investment in IT infrastructure — making them complex and expensive — perhaps worthwhile for a large organization, but out of reach for most. With Cloud-based PLM tools, small manufacturers don’t have to buy, set up or maintain new computing infrastructure.
Jul. 15, 2016 - Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology is becoming increasingly pervasive across every type of manufacturing, production and distribution sector. Companies are connecting equipment, machinery, assets and even office equipment and supplies to monitor, track and gather intelligence across all aspects of the business with the ultimate goal of using this insight to improve production and operational efficiency and reduce waste.
Jul. 14, 2016 - When the ability to provide accurate rotary motion is critical in a wide range of applications in the automation equipment, medical device, machine tool, energy, welding, robotics, automotive, aerospace, semiconductor and heavy equipment industries along with many others.
Jul. 14, 2016 - In today’s manufacturing landscape, many companies are challenged to do more with less, while meeting the growing demands of their customers and facing increased global competition. It’s this need for greater productivity and efficiencies that is fuelling the demand for industrial automation, and with that, the demand for human machine interface (HMI) solutions — a combination of hardware and software that allows users to connect, monitor and control increasingly complex industrial automation equipment, and visualize the data coming from these machines.
Jul. 11, 2016 - A new program at Mitutoyo Canada gives all current Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine (CMM) users an opportunity to trade in existing CMMs for a new, higher accuracy model.
Jul. 11, 2016 - The Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) at The State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz) has opened an additive manufacturing “superlab,” which has received Stratasys designation as a “SMART lab” (Stratasys MakerBot Additive Research & Teaching).
Jul. 6, 2016 - The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) found the worldwide sales of industrial robots reached a record 248,000 units in 2015, a 12-per-cent increase from 2014.
Jul. 6, 2016 - Walter Surface Technologies has published an industry white paper, The Internet of Things Hits the Shop Floor: Metalworking in the Age of Connectivity, which explores “how manufacturing has entered the digital age due to the advances in computing capabilities and wireless technology, the ever-increasing access to the internet, and the proliferation of mobile devices.”
Jul. 4, 2016 - Congratulations to YuMi, ABB Robotics’ collaborative dual-arm robot, for winning the 12th Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics Award (IERA) at the International Symposium of Robotics. 
Jul. 4, 2016 - Tripwire recently announced its Configuration Compliance Manager (CCM) now supports ANSI/ISA-62443, a global standard for securing industrial automation systems, controllers, and associated networking equipment configurations.
Jun. 29, 2016 - The 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas conference last week brought together 1,200 attendees from 31 countries to discuss the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to solve the toughest problems facing manufacturers. “Those who embrace digital transformation will ultimately win in the global marketplace,” said Bruce Calder, vice president and chief technology officer of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), to event attendees of the four-day event.
Jun. 29, 2016 - Kepware Technologies, a software development business focused on industrial connectivity, is welcoming Dell as the newest member of its IoT Alliance. Described it as a strategic network comprised of “leading IoT solutions providers,” the alliance is “committed to growing and shaping the global IoT industry through smart technology, thought leadership, and education initiatives.”
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.”
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.
Jul. 26, 2016 - FCA US says it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep brand, creating an estimated 1,000 new jobs as a result.
Jul. 22, 2016 - After five years in its previous factory, Verotec says it has moved the operation approximately 10 miles to a new home in Botley, Southampton, as a result of “continuing and sustained growth in the modified and custom side of the business.”
Jul. 15, 2016 - The Canadian government says it will be investing nearly $5 million in 11 Quebec aerospace companies, which it says will help the companies “enhance their production capacity or implement a commercialization strategy” while helping them “get their products to market faster and more efficiently.”
Jul. 11, 2016 - The benefits of pairing autonomous and preventive maintenance strategies are an increase in planned maintenance over unplanned, maximized equipment availability, and the ability to forecast production capacities and maintenance budgets with greater precision.
Jul. 5, 2016 - Kentucky officials say General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million at the automaker’s Corvette plant in Bowling Green.
Jun. 29, 2016 - Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.
Jun. 24, 2016 - After months of negotiations, Bombardier Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1-billion investment in the CSeries passenger jet program.
Jun. 21, 2016 - The maker of Moose Knuckles parkas is ready to fight the Competition Bureau’s claim that its high-end winter coats shouldn't boast the ‘Made in Canada’ label.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Coastal Automotive, an automotive manufacturer from Southeast Michigan, has secured a 300,000-square-foot production space in Holland, Mich., which it says will begin operations next month and create 150 new jobs over the next three years.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Ford says its Ford-brand SUVs are seeing their best sales start in company history in the first half of 2016, prompting it to build nearly 22,000 extra SUVs this summer. The increased demand means the automaker will shorten its traditional two-week summer shutdown at three SUV plants to just one week.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Bombardier Aerospace and its union have agreed on a plan for cutting 200 positions at the company’s Q400 manufacturing operation in Toronto, Ont., so some work can be outsourced to other countries.
Jun. 20, 2016 - The University of Windsor/FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) marked its 20th anniversary last week with a special celebration attended by dignitaries, employees, senior executives, media and special guest Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, who made a surprise funding announcement.
Jul. 21, 2016 - Riverside Lobster International, a Canadian live lobster exporter, says it plans to purchase new equipment with the help of a $1-million investment from the federal government.
Jul. 18, 2016 - aeSolutions announced today that after a three-year software evaluation period, BP has selected aeShield to assist asset personnel in monitoring Control, Alarm and Safety Instrumented Systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil and gas assets around the globe. “To date, it has been a challenge to automate the monitoring of these devices due to the lack of common systems in place across BP’s facilities,” said aeSolutions in a statement.
Jul. 13, 2016 - The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion is planning to expand its resin coated proppant manufacturing facility in Canada to “provide a more efficient supply of proppants to fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and gas industry.”
Jul. 11, 2016 - Richmond, B.C.-based Premium Brands Holdings Corp. — a producer, marketer and distributor of specialty food products — is planning to build a 212,000-sq.-ft. sandwich assembly facility in Phoenix, Ariz.
Jul. 5, 2016 - For its sixth consecutive year, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies’ Tillsonburg, Ont., facility has received United Technologies Corp.’s (UTC) Supplier Gold status for its “exceptional work in delivery, quality, lean practices and customer support.”
Jun. 29, 2016 - In a statement released this week, Michelin North America says it has invested more than US$3.1 billion since 2011 on manufacturing capacity and infrastructure and other developments in support of its sustainable growth strategies.
Jun. 24, 2016 - Fortress Paper has announced it is selling its Lebel-sur-Quévillon pulp mill and sawmill assets for $15.36 million to Nexolia Bioenergy Inc., a private company focused on investing in natural resources, renewable energy and other projects.
Jun. 21, 2016 - Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries, says it is investing $245 million between 2016 and 2020 to double AGM production capacity in North America.
Jun. 21, 2016 - McCain Foods (Canada) says it will spend $65 million to add a new production line to meet demand for hash brown patties and other potato products.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Quebec-based Cascades says it will build a US$64-million plant in Oregon to make bathroom tissue and paper hand towels.
Jun. 20, 2016 - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valeant Canada will be investing a total of $27.5 million in its Steinbach, Man., and Laval, Que., manufacturing facilities in an effort to expand its manufacturing and export capacity.
Jun. 10, 2016 - Operations are returning to normal in the Wabasca area of northern Alberta, after a wildfire prompted two companies to cut heavy oil production earlier this week.

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