Feb. 22, 2018 - Rittal has introduced the new RiLine Compact system for power distribution in enclosures and small control cabinets.
Feb. 19, 2018 - Turck has introduced BEEP – the Backplane Ethernet Extension Protocol – describing it as a new technology that has been integrated into many of its multiprotocol digital block I/O modules.
Feb. 19, 2018 - Ametek Powervar, a provider of power conditioning and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions, has announced that its Security Plus UPS system has been approved for use with SCIEX mass spectrometer instruments.
Feb. 19, 2018 - ATI Industrial Automation says its U1-050 Universal Compliance Compensator combines a range of features to achieve the “highest level of adaptability” in tasks such as automated assembly, bin picking, loading and unloading machines, robotic finishing and more.
Feb. 19, 2018 - Rittal has expanded its 2 to 6 kW Blue e+ cooling range with a model featuring an output class of 1.6 kW.
Feb. 18, 2018 - NK Technologies has released its 2018 catalogue, which includes performance data, sizes, specifications and technical references for the company’s line of current sensing switches, transducers, transformers, ground fault protection and other products.
Feb. 18, 2018 - Columbia Machine says the HL9200 is the most advanced and highest speed palletizer in its family of palletizers.
Feb. 18, 2018 - Magnetek, a supplier of digital power and motion control systems, has introduced its Flex EX2 wireless controls for material handling, overhead crane and industrial applications.
Feb. 17, 2018 - SMAC Moving Coil Actuators describes its new MGR6 series micro gripper as having a very low moving mass with two independent axes, and being capable of light, controlled forces.
Feb. 17, 2018 - Tru-Vu Monitors, a supplier of industrial-grade LCD monitors and touchscreens, has released a 17-inch waterproof sunlight readable panel-mount touchscreen monitor designed to operate in nearly any environment.
Feb. 17, 2018 - Beckhoff has announced the EL922x EtherCAT Terminal series, which directly integrates electronic overcurrent protection to help safeguard 24VDC system components in the EtherCAT I/O system.
Feb. 16, 2018 - KEB America has announced the addition of MQTT protocol to its C6 VPN Industrial Router, allowing it to also be used as an IIoT gateway.
Feb. 13, 2018 - An investment from the British Columbia government will create additional spaces for manufacturing related programs at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).
Jan. 29, 2018 - Humber College and Festo Didactic are entering into a five-year partnership agreement designed to address the skills gap between industry needs and educational programming.
Jan. 16, 2018 - An $82,133 donation from Mitutoyo Canada and a $75,000 donation from Sandvik Coromant Canada will go toward securing new equipment and student awards at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Jan. 13, 2018 - Amada Miyachi America, a manufacturer of resistance welding, laser welding, marking, cutting, and micro-machining equipment and systems, has announced its newly expanded and enhanced Detroit, Mich., technical centre.
Jan. 13, 2018 - Root Robotics has received a commitment from Coding&Play, a Korea-based children’s coding education company, to purchase and deploy 50,000 Root robots in Korea. 
Dec. 6, 2017 - Andritz Separation, part of international technology group Andritz, has developed a new computer-assisted tool for operator training that aims to help maximize machine and process performance with minimal training time.
Nov. 27, 2017 - Technology critics and defenders alike argue that human jobs are being eliminated by workplace automation, minimizing the need for human interaction.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Commemorating the 100th anniversary of its welding school, Lincoln Electric will open its new Welding Technology & Training Center, on its Euclid, Ohio, campus in January.
Nov. 9, 2017 - In partnership with New Brunswick Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is inviting all New Brunswick manufacturers to improve their workplace manufacturing essential and productivity skills.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited (SECCO) will upgrade its operator training simulator (OTS) system to the Honeywell Connected Plant UniSim Competency Suite. The suite includes solutions to better train the industrial workforce for safe startups and operations.
Nov. 1, 2017 - Harting and North Central College in Naperville, Ill., announced last week that they have opened a lab dedicated by Harting to introduce basic electronic methods and applications to college students. In addition to naming the lab, the company has pledged to donate equipment and products for students.
Oct. 23, 2017 - Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes careers in skilled trades and technology, has announced that WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 has been presented with one medal and 13 Medallions of Excellence at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Feb. 19, 2018 - Nestlé, in partnership with EDP Renewables, has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement that will provide approximately 80 per cent of the electricity load for five facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania. The agreement is a step forward for Nestlé’s goal to procure 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Feb. 16, 2018 - Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls, is accepting entries for its ninth annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. 
Feb. 11, 2018 - An accident has claimed a life at the construction site of the new Irving Oil headquarters in Saint John, N.B.
Feb. 11, 2018 - Dozens of firefighters battled a large industrial blaze in southwestern Ontario Feb. 6, drilling through the ice of a nearby canal at one point to get enough water to fight the flames, local authorities said.
Feb. 10, 2018 - A worker has been killed in an energy sector accident at a Cenovus Energy Inc. site in northern Alberta.
Jan. 29, 2018 - Companies ramp up automation for a wide variety of reasons, but the how and the why are different in each situation.
Jan. 25, 2018 - Craft beer is a booming business in North America, and even seasoned breweries are looking for creative ways to keep up with thirsty consumers.
Jan. 23, 2018 - A Brampton, Ont., manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products has been fined $65,000 as a result of a workplace accident that resulted in a worker sustaining critical injuries after being pulled into the rollers of a laminator machine.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Kehl, Germany-based Carecos Kosmetik GmbH used to face the following problem: if a product had to be changed, it would need new grippers — which grip the lids and screw onto cans — made for the packaging machines. 
Jan. 16, 2018 - The Ontario government has increased the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that do not meet workplace health and safety standards.
Jan. 15, 2018 - A Saskatoon business has been fined $420,000 for breaking workplace safety rules in the death of a teen worker in 2015.
Jan. 11, 2018 - Winpak has become the first plastic manufacturer in Manitoba to be SAFE Work Certified by Made Safe.
Feb. 19, 2018 - TÜV SÜD, a provider of testing, auditing, inspection and certification services, has opened a new regulatory compliance testing lab in Ottawa, Ont., saying it is poised to become one of TÜV SÜD’s premier locations for safety, electromagnetic compatibility, wireless and network equipment building systems (NEBS) testing.
Feb. 19, 2018 - ResilientGrid, a provider of integrated software and services in critical infrastructure, has integrated the industrial cybersecurity capabilities from Radiflow into its ResilientGrid Map solution.
Feb. 16, 2018 - The automation of production operations is accelerating around the world. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in manufacturing industries, up from 66 units in 2015.
Feb. 16, 2018 - Winnipeg, Manitoba-based engineering and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions provider Precision ADM says it has quadrupled its capacity after a recent investment in three EOS metal additive manufacturing machines.
Feb. 10, 2018 - A new study suggests nearly 90 per cent of Canadian organizations suffered at least one security breach last year and sensitive data was exposed almost half of the time.
Feb. 8, 2018 - Many manufacturers struggle to allocate inventories properly to simultaneously meet their master production schedule of finished goods to satisfy new orders and meet service level agreements for spare parts for their customers. This plagues large and small companies alike. In fact, one of the top ten reasons that startups fail is due to poor inventory management, according to WASP Barcode.
Feb. 5, 2018 - According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While the market is currently dominated by smart watches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Smart watches are not the only wearable tech. The sector has rapidly expanded and now includes radiation-blocking underwear, smart shoes and emotion-sensing bracelets. As well as weird and wonderful applications, wearable tech is becoming a staple factory technology by offering safety and productivity benefits.
Feb. 3, 2018 - Nitrex Metal has chosen to partner with Projexia and SAP to implement an integrated solution: SAP Business ByDesign.
Feb. 3, 2018 - Open Mind Technologies has partnered with Heidenhain TNC controls for first use of its new NC code-based simulation solution hyperMILL Virtual Machining.
Feb. 3, 2018 - The theoretical benefits of Industry 4.0 are well-known, but how can we speed up its adoption and what practical tools are available to those who want to establish a factory of the future? Ivo Maltir, vice president of Desoutter, a specialist in industrial assembly solutions, examines the challenges and opportunities involved.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Aras, a provider of open product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the enterprise, has acquired the Impresa Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) business from Infospectrum, in an effort to help manufacturers and owner-operators digitally transform the development and maintenance of complex products, they say.
Jan. 31, 2018 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of companies expect to achieve advanced levels of digitization by 2020, the reach of these technologies is only set to increase in 2018. With industrial digital technologies playing such a significant role in the transformation of the sector, what should manufacturers be investing in?
Jan. 25, 2018 - Delivering better, more personalized experiences — that’s what customers, all customers, expect. Whether products leave your factory ready for consumers or ready for the next step in production, your customers expect a high level of service. And that includes an experience that leaves them thinking favourably about your brand so they come back again and again.
Jan. 24, 2018 - By now you will have heard about the next big thing that is projected to affect manufacturing — the Industrial Internet of Things or the IIoT. New technology geeks seem to like to create acronyms and terms that mean something to them but leave the rest of us in a fog. Think B2B, Y2K, B2C, M2M, IoT and now IIoT. The list goes on and on.
Jan. 22, 2018 - What do you see when you look into the manufacturing crystal ball? It’s a Manufacturing AUTOMATION tradition to highlight the top five trends and technologies to keep an eye on at the start of a New Year. Read on for expert predictions about the impact of Big Data analytics, the Digital Twin, artificial intelligence and more.
Jan. 18, 2018 - Dozens of analyses have been released over the past decade estimating a large segment of the labour market will be displaced due to increased automation in the workplace. The McKinsey Global Institute recently predicted up to 800 million workers worldwide — or one-fifth of the global workforce — will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation.
Jan. 11, 2018 - Companies might not be able to dodge rising minimum wages by relocating even their most mobile workforces to lower wage provinces, but higher costs could accelerate the pace of automation.
Jan. 10, 2018 - One question I get asked almost daily comes from industrial clientele asking me about the emergency stop (e-stop) function on their machines.
Dec. 7, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is under way, and like its three predecessors, it holds the promise of completely upending manufacturing as it’s done today.
Dec. 6, 2017 - IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model, and 3D printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale — these are the three game-changing predictions that Antony Bourne, global industry director of High-tech and Industrial Manufacturing at IFS, outlines for 2018.
Nov. 30, 2017 - Artificial intelligence is the hot topic of the moment.
Nov. 14, 2017 - Accenture estimates the Industrial IoT (IIoT) could add US$14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030, but how exactly can manufacturers make sense of it? Read on to learn how you can leverage Big Data, IIoT and Industry 4.0 concepts in your manufacturing operations.
Nov. 14, 2017 - 2017 has been a remarkable year for the digital factory. Additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 finally entered the mainstream, while the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT) gained significant traction with factory floor and IT leaders.
Oct. 30, 2017 - The lack of women in manufacturing has been a critical topic of discussion for a number of years. This is of particular concern as attracting and retaining a skilled labour force will be an increasing concern for about 60 per cent of manufacturers over the next five years, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
Feb. 20, 2018 - U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to hit imports of Canadian solar energy modules with staggering tariffs, starting this month, has sparked another court battle over the extent of his powers to push through his America First agenda.
Feb. 19, 2018 - The railway division of Bombardier Inc. says losing out on a large electric train contract in Montreal may force it to lay off workers this fall at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., unless it wins some new contracts.
Feb. 17, 2018 - Microtechnologies has inaugurated its new production plant in the Terra Industrial Park, in Coyol of Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Feb. 15, 2018 - Time appears to be running out to find a new operator for a former wind tower manufacturing plant in northeastern Nova Scotia developed with $56 million in provincial funding.
Feb. 13, 2018 - Ford Motor Co. is boosting production of its two largest SUVs.
Feb. 9, 2018 - Three Canadian solar panel manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the 30 per cent tariff it set on solar cell imports last month.
Feb. 6, 2018 - Foxconn Technology Group says it will establish a U.S. headquarters in Milwaukee as part of a massive investiment it is making in an electronics manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin.
Feb. 6, 2018 - Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based maker of ambulances is merging with Ohio-based Braun Industries to create the second-largest ambulance maker in North America.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Harley-Davidson Inc. will close its Kansas City, Mo., plant as part of a cost-cutting move as it continues to face dwindling shipments.
Jan. 30, 2018 - A railway car plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, is poised to secure a large portion of a $3.6 billion contract to produce New York City subway cars.
Jan. 23, 2018 - Magna International Inc. is increasing its bet on electric and autonomous vehicles by investing more in these areas in anticipation of long-term returns, its chief executive said last week.
Jan. 15, 2018 - The federal and Ontario governments have announced up to $100 million worth of combined grants today to help automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. develop advanced manufacturing technologies.
Feb. 19, 2018 - There was a time when the whole neighbourhood surrounding an east-end Montreal bakery would smell like baking Oreos.
Feb. 17, 2018 - The Spitz sunflower seed plant in southeastern Alberta is to close later this year, throwing 53 people out of work.
Feb. 15, 2018 - The Manitoba government and J.R. Simplot Company have announced a major investment and expansion in the company’s Manitoba-based operations which is expected to create nearly 100 new jobs.
Feb. 10, 2018 - Procter & Gamble has announced it plans to cut 500 jobs over about two years at an Iowa plant as it shifts production to a new factory in West Virginia.
Feb. 10, 2018 - The bloodbath in foreign-owned, large-scale food manufacturing in Canada continues.
Feb. 10, 2018 - Diversified Plastics has enlarged its molding and packaging, environmentally controlled, room by 2,775 square feet. The Minneapolis, Minn., company has also installed a new 250-tonne molding machine that accommodates existing moulds and increases capacity and flexibility in scheduling, says the company.
Feb. 9, 2018 - RTP Company has expanded its operations into Poland with an 86,000-square-foot facility located at Prologis Park V in Wroclaw which will support RTP’s custom compounded thermoplastics to customers in Europe.
Feb. 5, 2018 - Opportunities NB and the New Brunswick government are investing up to $1 million to support a $10-million upgrade of the Arbec Forest Products production facility in Miramichi.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has signed a deal to buy Quebec’s Atoka Cranberries Inc. from the Bieler Group.
Jan. 30, 2018 - Dr. Oetker is closing its leased pizza manufacturing plant in Grand Falls, N.B., at the end of May, eliminating 180 jobs.
Jan. 29, 2018 - Steel producer ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada is committing approximately $70 million to upgrade two adjacent operations in Contrecoeur, Que., where it produces wire rod and industrial steel.
Jan. 25, 2018 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced that BASF has opened a control room equipped with Honeywell Experion technology at its waste incineration complex in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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