Aug. 23, 2016 - DeviceLynk has released what it is describing as a “new user experience offering a completely redesigned interface focused on improving navigation and ease of use.”
Aug. 23, 2016 - Unitronics has launched the Remote Operator mobile app for the Vision and Samba controller series, allowing customers to “define and access multiple controllers from a single mobile device.”
Aug. 23, 2016 - Absopulse says its RWR 252-P400 series of dual output, railway quality DC-DC converters deliver up to 250W.
Aug. 23, 2016 - Idec has announced the PS5R-V line of DIN-rail power supplies, replacing its existing PS5R and PS5R-S series with “more efficient, compact and cost competitive models.”
Aug. 23, 2016 - Yesterday, MachineMetrics announced its Real-time Partner Program, describing it as a “collaborative effort between MachineMetrics and partner organizations to provide cutting-edge machine monitoring and real-time analytics software to manufacturers across the globe.”
Aug. 17, 2016 - Nanotec says it is now offering planetary gears in plastic, describing its new GPLK gears as well-suited for applications where the motor must be mobile.
Aug. 15, 2016 - Omega says its GLHD series of safety rope switches are designed to mount on machines and sections of conveyors which cannot be protected by guards.
Aug. 10, 2016 - Methods Machine Tools — a supplier of precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation and accessories — says it will demonstrate a range of “the latest developments” in manufacturing technology at the upcoming IMTS 2016 show.
Aug. 10, 2016 - Sandvik Coromant says it will reveal, for the first time at IMTS 2016, new connectivity-based solutions designed to help manufacturers optimize their machining and decision-making process.
Aug. 10, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s Rhino PSB series of DIN rail power supplies now includes the PSB48-480S single-phase input, 48VDC output power supply.
Aug. 10, 2016 - Rittal has added a 19-in. cage nut fastener for enclosures (PN 2090000) to its parts offerings. 
Aug. 10, 2016 - KSB has released a new family of mounting adapters which it says will make it “simple to install KSB’s efficient and reliable Amarex N submersible pumps” in facilities that were originally configured for pumps from other select manufacturers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.”
Aug. 23, 2016 - General Motors said Monday that it plans to spend about $90 million to update equipment at an Indiana factory that supplies many of the company’s assembly plants. The new equipment for the Marion Metal Center will start being installed this year at the factory where it has some 1,400 workers, company officials said.
Aug. 23, 2016 - Volkswagen says it has reached an agreement with two suppliers in a dispute that forced the company to suspend production of some models in Germany.
Aug. 23, 2016 - Morgan Corp., a manufacturer of medium-duty truck bodies, is planning to expand its manufacturing footprint into the Midwest. According to a company statement, a site search is underway in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan to select a location capable of supporting the production of up to 3,000 truck bodies annually with plans to open and become operational during early 2017.
Aug. 15, 2016 - Expected to arrive this fall in North America, the 2017 Civic Hatchback is the latest addition to the 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup.
Aug. 11, 2016 - Bombardier’s railway division has won a $1.7-billion order to build 660 railway cars that will secure 1,000 jobs at its Derby facility in England.
Aug. 5, 2016 - Bombardier reported a US$490 million net loss Friday and said one of its coveted CSeries orders was scaled back after a quarter that saw the aerospace giant make its first delivery of the passenger jets.
Aug. 3, 2016 - Ontario and Michigan have agreed to work together to promote the auto sector, which is an important part of both their economies.
Aug. 3, 2016 - As talks between the Detroit Three automakers and the workers’ union get underway, Unifor president Jerry Dias says he won’t back down from demands for new investment in Canadian assembly facilities.
Aug. 2, 2016 - Automaker Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand says it will build a new manufacturing plant in Hungary by the end of the decade, investing 1 billion euros (US$1.11 billion) and creating 2,500 new jobs.
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.”
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.
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.”

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