Technology

Dec. 16, 2016 - Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and provider of metal additive manufacturing solutions, has announced Airbus will take delivery of an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110 3D printing system this month to produce large structural parts made of titanium.
Dec. 16, 2016 - Xaar plc, a provider of industrial inkjet technology, has announced its new Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham, U.K. Officially opening next month, the new facility will deliver 3D printing services and equipment to OEMs, material suppliers and end users.
Nov. 17, 2016 - SAP and Stratasys are establishing a global network of 3D printing co-innovation labs in an effort to help educate and enable customers, employees and partners on the adoption of additive manufacturing.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology powerhouse Siemens are working together to develop a software solution to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Stratasys and Siemens today announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions, which they say will help the two companies “fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping it to become a universally recognized production practice.”
Sept. 20, 2016 - Stratasys, a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, says elevator designer and manufacturer Sodimas is reducing turnaround times of its prototype parts by 98 per cent since integrating Stratasys 3D printing solutions in its production line.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Until recently, an OEM which might have preferred using connectors to wire a UL 508-certified cabinet for the cost- and time-savings they offer over hardwiring also knew it probably wasn’t worth the effort. There wasn’t an absolute prohibition on their use, but the OEM was burdened with proving their safety. Obtaining that certification with connectors meant the OEM would have to submit to a lot of end-product testing. Its UL field representative would conduct a thorough safety investigation of the connector application, including the overall electrical transmission path. That added an uncertain amount of cost and time to getting a new machine to market. Most OEMs opted instead to take the path of least resistance — hardwiring all connections.
Nov. 24, 2016 - “The machine vision industry in Germany and Europe has been reporting high growth numbers for years. In Germany alone, the turnover has more than doubled within 10 years and an end to the boom is not in sight. In Germany, the sector will achieve a new record turnover of at least 2.2 billion euros this year. The European machine vision industry will record an 8-per-cent increase in turnover in 2016,” said Dr. Olaf Munkelt, chairman of the board of VDMA Machine Vision at the press conference of Vision, a trade show for machine vision worldwide. According to current surveys, the industrial association predicts a further dynamic development of the European machine vision industry also in 2017.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Ocean Data Systems (ODS), a developer of software and reporting solutions and corporate dashboards for the automation industry, has announced that WIN-911 has joined the Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is now recommending Dream Report as its solution for custom reports and dashboards.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Ultrafast or ultrashort pulse lasers offer unique material processing possibilities, because the laser’s pulse duration is less than the target material’s conduction time.
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.
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.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Based on its recent analysis of the global machine monitoring systems market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Burlington, Ontario-based Memex Inc. with the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership.
Dec. 22, 2016 - Honeywell and Dover Energy Automation are collaborating as part of the Honeywell INspire program, Honeywell’s joint customer development program for its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) ecosystem, which they say will help industrial energy customers “improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of their operations.”
Dec. 13, 2016 - Manufacturers that invest in the factory of the future will save up to 40 per cent of their conversion costs in 10 years, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Dec. 2, 2016 - Industrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things (IoT) application toolset provider Opto 22 announces that it has joined the Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program.
Nov. 17, 2016 - Honeywell and Sparks Dynamics want to help industrial customers leverage the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and make their operations safer, more efficient and more reliable.
Nov. 10, 2016 - According to IDC research, the installed base of worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints will grow from just less than 13 billion units in 2015 to 30 billion by 2020.
Nov. 29, 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.
Nov. 15, 2016 - The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, has launched three industry-specific time sensitive networking (TSN) consortiums — automotive, industrial, and professional audiovisual (proAV) — designed to provide deterministic performance within standard Ethernet for real-time, mission critical applications. 
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.
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.
May 13, 2016 - Toyota Motor Corp. has selected EtherCAT as its industrial Ethernet technology of choice and will base its new factories around the world on EtherCAT. The global announcement was made by Morihiko Ohkura, general manager of the Production Engineering Innovation Division at Toyota Motor Corporation during an EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) press briefing at Hannover Messe 2016.
Mar. 31, 2016 - ByteGrid Holdings, a provider of hosting solutions, has selected power management company Eaton to provide power management and monitoring solutions for its Cleveland Technology Center (CTC) in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, which it says is the city’s largest multi-tenant data centre.
Jan. 13, 2017 - Digimarc Corporation and Bossa Nova Robotics are collaborating on next-generation retail solutions for more efficient inventory management.
Dec. 13, 2016 - A University at Buffalo (UB) research team has published a paper that implies that the rush to ban and demonize autonomous weapons or “killer robots” may be a temporary solution, but the actual problem is that society is entering into a situation where systems like these have and will become possible.
Dec. 8, 2016 - TM Robotics and Toshiba Machine have partnered with A-Tech Instruments Ltd., which supplies measurement and control instrumentation for research and industry, to sell and support Toshiba Machine robots in Canada.
Nov. 28, 2016 - Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), an industry trade group.
Nov. 14, 2016 - Analytics are found in most facets of our society today, and manufacturing is no exception. Analytics — colossal and powerful software programs able to automate or semi-automate tasks and decisions — are becoming more prevalent in plants across Canada and around the world, and for good reason.
Nov. 7, 2016 - Hudson’s Bay Company, Canada’s oldest retailer, is turning to robots to boost its e-commerce offering, spending more than $60 million in upgrades to its Scarborough distribution centre. The investments include the addition of a new “state-of-the-art” robotic fulfillment system which will enable the company to deliver orders three times faster than other distribution centres using the next best robotic technology, it said.
Jan. 17, 2017 - The University of New Brunswick opened a new cybersecurity institute in hopes of establishing an educational hub for one of the most pressing issues in the information age.
Dec. 16, 2016 - Together with the National Emergency Supply Agency and the private sector, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland says it has developed tailored solutions bringing “improved cybersecurity and disruption-free operations” to manufacturers. The results of the now ending KYBER-TEO project will make companies more able to ward off possible cyber threats.
Dec. 1, 2016 - In 2000, analyst firm Frost & Sullivan coined a term to describe the growth of integrating machines used in industrial settings with Internet-connected sensors and software that collect and examine data from machines and then apply it to operations to improve efficiencies — the Industrial Internet.
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.
Apr. 4, 2016 - Wurldtech, a GE company and provider of cybersecurity solutions for operational technology (OT) and critical infrastructure, announced today a new GE Digital security offering: industrial managed security services provider (iMSS). According to the company, these services are designed to help customers strengthen their security posture by providing real-time visibility, threat detection and remediation within their OT network environment.
Feb. 23, 2016 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) and Palo Alto Networks say they are collaborating to boost the cybersecurity capabilities of control systems used by industrial facilities and critical infrastructure.
Jan. 16, 2017 - When it comes to plant operations, a single error could lead to total devastation in your facility. Whether you are running a water treatment facility or a production line, it is important to track your plant’s operations to avert such problems.
Jan. 11, 2017 - ERP implementations — those words can cause heart palpitations in the most experienced business manager. Stories abound of failed SAP projects that take two, three or four years to complete. Or, companies spending $50 million on an implementation that ultimately go out of business during or due to the project.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Koch Equity Development (KED), the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, has announced it will invest more than $2 billion in Infor, an enterprise software provider for the manufacturing industry.
Nov. 14, 2016 - Siemens says it is expanding its digital industrial leadership with its acquisition of Mentor Graphics for $37.25 per share in cash, which represents an enterprise value of $4.5 billion.
Oct. 24, 2016 - Earlier this month, Manufacturing AUTOMATION magazine, the leading B2B publication for Canada’s industrial automation market, and Pemeco Consulting, an Ontario-based consultancy to market-leading mid-sized manufacturers and distributors, held its first-ever ERP Vendor Congress, an exclusive event designed to provide manufacturers with the tools they need to lead a successful ERP project from start-to-finish.
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.

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