Oct. 10, 2016 - Rockwell Automation says its SequenceManager solution enables “powerful and flexible” sequencing capabilities of the batch process at the controller, offering “increased functionality” for skids, off-network systems and single-unit controls.
Oct. 10, 2016 - Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions, has announced its Ocelot product family, describing it as a “low power, feature-rich” Ethernet switch family optimized for communications networking in the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.
Oct. 10, 2016 - Fuji Electric says its Monitouch V-SFT configuration software promises to offer “enhanced operability and convenient screen configuration tools to allow for easy viewing of HMI displays,” including the ribbon-shaped menu bar, graphic indication of system configuration and “enhanced” search function.
Oct. 10, 2016 - Fuji Electric’s Monitouch V9 Advanced HMI display promises to bring users “advanced” features including remote connectivity for tablets and smartphones, a capacitive touch panel for “smooth operation,” and a wireless LAN interface.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Advantech has launched the WISE-PaaS/RMM version 3.1, an Internet of Things (IoT) device management software platform.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has launched the UniSim Design Suite release 450, the newest version of its process modelling software to help industrial manufacturers “increase their engineering effectiveness and optimize their process designs.”
Oct. 7, 2016 - The SDLM-025-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor from Moticont, also known as an electric cylinder, boasts a built-in encoder, zero backlash, zero cogging, and provides users with “high acceleration, high speed, high resolution, and long life.” 
Oct. 7, 2016 - Harmonic Drive adds Harmonic Planetary HPG gearheads with helical gearing and low reduction ratios to its current planetary gearhead lineup.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Applied Motion Products has added the NEMA 34 frame size to its StepServo integrated motor family.
Oct. 7, 2016 - AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of motor products now includes helical gearboxes which promise to provide “quiet startup and smooth operation” in applications such as conveyors, packaging machines, rotary tables and more.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Festo says an engineer can design an electric robotic handling system for a machine or process in “as little as five minutes” with the help of its Handling Guide Online (HGO).
Oct. 7, 2016 - The mobile-friendly website from Anver is now live, offering a “responsive design” that works on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices to view product information, videos and other resources.
Oct. 24, 2016 - Registration is now open for all courses in Bosch Rexroth’s training program, specifically designed for industrial hydraulic and mobile hydraulic users, designers and engineers, it says.
Oct. 3, 2016 - The New Brunswick and federal governments are investing a total of $15.89 million at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Saint John campus for a new trade education facility. The funding is being provided though the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
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.
Oct. 26, 2016 - The common understanding is that, with ever-increasing global competition, manufacturing will continue to move to countries with the lowest labour costs. This is not entirely without merit. China, for example, is seeing manufacturing operations migrate to Vietnam and Bangladesh as salaries for Chinese workers continue to rise.
Oct. 24, 2016 - Farnell Packaging Ltd., a fully integrated manufacturer of flexible packaging, is taking home the Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Engagement Award 2016, which “recognizes an organization’s leadership and commitment to energy efficiency through activities such as planning, project development, energy management, and employee engagement.”
Oct. 20, 2016 - Hirotec America says it has seen “improved productivity and increased ROI” after implementing Kepware Technologies’ KEPServerEX software in a move to drive industrial connectivity for its initial Internet of Things (IoT) effort.
Oct. 7, 2016 - CS Wind Canada, a manufacturer of wind turbine towers, pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by moving components of a tower under construction.
Oct. 3, 2016 - Matcor Automotive, a manufacturer of metal parts for the automotive industry, was convicted after a trial and given a fine of $270,000 after a worker suffered a devastating injury involving a robotic device.
Oct. 3, 2016 - Paradigm Electronics designs and manufactures speakers, offering bookshelf, centre, custom amplifier, custom outdoor, floorstanding, in-wall/in-ceiling, soundbar and subwoofer, surround/rear, and LCR speakers. Founded in 1982, its entire production process takes place in Canada.
Sept. 30, 2016 - Mohawk Garnet, operator of a mill in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ont., pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after two separate incidents in which workers were injured by moving conveyor belts.
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.
Oct. 27, 2016 - Wasion Group says it has seen “significant growth” since deploying Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer robots this June on its assembly line for manufacturing single-phase energy meters.
Oct. 27, 2016 - Mphasis, an IT services and solutions provider, has partnered with Arago, a firm which specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent IT automation, to deliver automation platforms that “enable customers to automatically identify, predict, and resolve tasks of today’s complex IT environment.”
Oct. 27, 2016 - A new partnership between Honeywell and Flowserve aims to help industrial customers make their operations “safer, more efficient and more reliable.”
Oct. 20, 2016 - Avnu Alliance, an industry consortium working to open standards deterministic networking through certification, is welcoming Kuka Robotics and Schneider Electric to the group. 
Oct. 20, 2016 - Integro Technologies, a machine vision integrator in Salisbury, N.C., has been named a Certified System Integrator for Universal Robots.
Oct. 11, 2016 - At Memex, we are frequently asked questions about both the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. The questions usually start off, “What do you see happening in [IIoT/Industry 4.0]?” The conversation will quickly zero in on their real concern, which is to find an answer to the question: “What and when should I be doing something with [IIoT/Industry 4.0]?”
Oct. 11, 2016 - Today, and more than ever in the future, technology is sitting right at the heart of the manufacturing industry. Through digital advancements, the scope for revolution is enormous, and for those who recognize that digital transformation is the only way to survive and thrive, the time to strike is now.
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.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. In preparation for this commemorative issue, we came across a number of businesses who are also celebrating a special birthday in 2016 — some of who shared their secret to success with us. Whether you have achieved the 10, 50 or 150 year-mark, we wish you congratulations and many more years of service.
Oct. 17, 2016 - A look at our magazine’s transformation through the decades.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION started publication 30 years ago, through some 20 Moore’s Law technology cycles. With accelerating technology and continuing profusion of smarter sensors, instruments and systems, the industrial automation business continues to be stable and solid.
Oct. 17, 2016 - I was recently on vacation in Nanaimo/Victoria, B.C., and as always, I did some touristy things. The tourist industry just about everywhere has Lean down to a science. They move many people through a maze, usually quite efficiently. They have accomplished this by analyzing their data, number of guests, complaints, lost children, etc. This has me now watching other industries for good Lean principles.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Defining safety rules and regulations in motion control applications is a relatively new concept, with standards only recently being officially defined.
Oct. 17, 2016 - If I asked you to describe the current environment in your market, what would it look like? This is a question I ask a lot of the CEOs and executives I meet and hands-down there is one word that comes up more than any other. Disruption.
Oct. 11, 2016 - Business is an adventure, and entrepreneurship is a little adventure within the great adventure of life. Sometimes a single business trip can provide more adventure than you might otherwise experience in a whole year, or even a career — and such was my most recent business trip.
Oct. 11, 2016 - 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Manufacturing AUTOMATION as the leading publication of the Canadian industrial automation market, reaching manufacturers and engineers from the shop floor to the top floor.
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.
Oct. 21, 2016 - A second large wave of job cuts is hitting Bombardier workers in less than a year as another 7,500 positions are to be eliminated around the world through the end of 2018.
Oct. 20, 2016 - The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF), is contributing up to $12.73 million to help Ontario auto parts manufacturer ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Americas (AMTB) adopt advanced manufacturing technologies.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Workers at Fiat Chrysler have voted to accept a new contract with the automaker in what their union describes as “tough” negotiations.
Oct. 11, 2016 - Unifor says Fiat Chrysler has committed to invest a total of $554 million at its Ontario plants in addition to increasing wages and benefits for the union’s members in line with a pattern established at General Motors.
Oct. 11, 2016 - Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is saying Canada’s investment in aerospace giant Bombardier is not a matter of if but how.
Oct. 11, 2016 - The last Australian-made six-cylinder Ford Falcon XR6 rolled off the Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne, Australia, last week, marking the end of the car maker’s 91-year manufacturing history in the country.
Oct. 10, 2016 - There is no Thanksgiving break for management and union negotiators at Fiat-Chrysler’s Canadian operations.
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.
Oct. 27, 2016 - Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has announced it will close manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Illinois by early 2018, affecting about 580 workers.
Oct. 20, 2016 - Springdale, N.L., has been selected as the home of a new Superior Glove plant.
Oct. 17, 2016 - Arcam AB’s powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C has begun building its second powder plant in Saint-Eustache, Que.
Oct. 11, 2016 - SemCAMS, a subsidiary of SemGroup Corp., announced today it has entered into an agreement with NuVista Energy Ltd. to proceed with a project that will include the processing of up to 120 MMcf/d of sour gas at a new gas plant SemCAMS in the Wapiti area of Alberta.
Oct. 7, 2016 - A Chinese company is ready to show off its completed automotive glassmaking plant in Ohio, which serves as its North American hub for recycled glass manufacturing.
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.

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