Oct. 20, 2017 - SKF has launched the CASM 100 electromechanical actuator with a range of modules, describing it as “exceptionally adaptable” to satisfy various applications in different sectors.
Oct. 14, 2017 - Amada Miyachi America has updated the LMWS pulsed fiber laser welding system, describing it as a highly configurable unit for lean manufacturing.
Oct. 14, 2017 - Absopulse Electronics has released the HTP 1K-F6W, the most recent addition to its line of three-phase, high input voltage AC-DC power supplies.
Oct. 14, 2017 - The new Wago smartCUTTER automates the cutting of marking material on the WAGO smartPRINTER.
Oct. 14, 2017 - Festo describes its new rugged VUVS-…S and  compact VUVG-…S solenoid valves for individual connection as reliable, attractively priced, combinable as valve terminals and available for delivery in Canada in one to two business days.
Oct. 14, 2017 - OptoForce, a robotics technology provider of multi-axis force and torque sensors, has developed three new applications for KUKA industrial robots.
Oct. 13, 2017 - igus says it has developed knife edge rollers made from plastic iglide H1 specifically for material handling and packaging applications that require higher transport speeds.
Oct. 13, 2017 - With the TERMITRAB complete product range, Phoenix Contact says it now offers the narrowest surge protective devices on the market.
Oct. 13, 2017 - Eaton says its new double-door, line-side isolation switch is the industry’s first compartmentalized, fusible safety switch.
Oct. 13, 2017 - Antaira Technologies has added the LNX-1002G-10G-SFP gigabit 10-port unmanaged switch with 10G SFP+ slots to its industrial networking infrastructure family.
Oct. 13, 2017 - The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products has announced the digiVIT digital variable impedance transducer, boasting a user-friendly new graphical user interface for easier setup and connectivity, and Cloud-based data access and monitoring.
Oct. 12, 2017 - Denso Robotics has announced the RC8A robot controller that adds Denso Safety Motion, which it says will allow the creation of virtual fences around the robot.
Oct. 17, 2017 - There are many opinions on when the Automation Revolution started, but any dates proposed will often only apply to one of the many disciplines involved in automation and probably only be pertinent to a particular country. The growth of automation has, however, been dynamic, fast, exciting and varied in its growth and impact.
Oct. 16, 2017 - Women seeking to combine engineering and business degrees will receive a major boost at Western University, thanks to a $5-million gift from Linamar Corporation and the families that grew it from a one-lathe machine shop into a multi-billion-dollar global enterprise.
Sep. 8, 2017 - Twenty-three young men and women have started their careers at Lapp Group’s main site in Stuttgart, Germany, for the 2017-2018 apprenticeship year.
Sep. 1, 2017 - “The manufacturing and engineering industries are on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution that will see artificial intelligence transforming every aspect of our operations,” believes Festo, stressing that manufacturers and engineering firms need to start preparing now, to proactively manage change and keep ahead of the curve.
Aug. 28, 2017 - Automation has become a scary word lately. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my child pursue if we don’t know what the jobs of the future will look like? How can I retrain?
Aug. 27, 2017 - A partnership between the British Columbia government and the City of Surrey is developing new strategies to help local manufacturers grow their operations and create new jobs.
Aug. 21, 2017 - The YMCA of Okanagan, B.C.’s Jumpstart Employment Essentials Penticton project will receive more than $800,000 from the Government of Canada’s Skills Link program.
Jul. 30, 2017 - The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Welland, Ont., has officially opened.
Jul. 11, 2017 - A new academic partnership between Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Siemens Canada will provide advanced learning and certification opportunities for engineering students and professionals.
Jun. 28, 2017 - The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is building an advanced manufacturing research and development and demonstration facility in Winnipeg, Man.
May 23, 2017 - ATI Industrial Automation will hold its Annual Technology Fair on August 10 at its Orion Township, Mich., facility, which it says will benefit both those considering an initial foray into robotic automation, as well as those looking to upgrade or enhance existing robotic lines.
May 23, 2017 - Power management company Eaton has expanded the range of capabilities in its Power Systems Experience Center (PSEC), a full-scale training, testing and demonstration facility near Pittsburgh.
Oct. 16, 2017 - Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, has announced the Energy Star Challenge for Industry, encouraging Canadian industrial manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use and related costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Oct. 16, 2017 - As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, but in this case, it looks like good things also come to those who are the very first in line.
Oct. 16, 2017 - As the second largest secondary treatment facility in Canada, Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (MV AIWWTP) in Delta, B.C., presently serves about 1.3 million people in 14 member municipalities in the Fraser Sewerage Area (FSA).
Oct. 16, 2017 - When it comes to energy management, the key word is management, not energy. As such, all the rules of management apply, which means everything starts at the top. This reality determines everything. So how do we achieve effective energy management in a manufacturing setting?
Oct. 5, 2017 - The Eastman Chemical Company says two coal gas explosions and a fire this week at its Tennessee chemical plant posed no threat to the environment or human health.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Automaker FCA Canada Inc., part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, pleaded guilty and was fined $140,000 after a worker received head injuries when bolts failed on a transfer press undergoing maintenance.
Sep. 29, 2017 - A Chicago, Ill., manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic, and hybrid containers faces $503,380 in proposed penalties after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the facility.
Sep. 25, 2017 - A foundry employer pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered a permanent injury while working with molten metal.
Sep. 16, 2017 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $120,000 after a worker was injured.
Sep. 14, 2017 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board says that — after conducting a multi-year engagement with experts and stakeholders — it is changing the way the board calculates employer premium rates, adding the process will be easier for employers to understand, and more accurately reflect the risks associated with operating their businesses.
Sep. 13, 2017 - Manufacturers are fundamentally changing how they operate in a Connected Enterprise. They’re gaining access to real-time insights, digitizing manual processes, improving collaboration through technology, and much more.
Sep. 3, 2017 - The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil in Ontario pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after a worker was critically injured by a large shelving unit that was being moved by a loader equipped with forks.
Oct. 16, 2017 - The most successful manufacturing companies develop a culture of full-accountability in their operations where it matters the most, on the plant floor.
Oct. 16, 2017 - The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has signed an alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in an effort to highlight communication and education on robot safety best practices.
Oct. 14, 2017 - A Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, P4Q Electronics, says it has increased production throughput by 25 per cent since integrating Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer robot on its factory floor.
Oct. 13, 2017 - For the fourth consecutive year in Canada, Bosch Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program continues to grow, now offering more than 5,000 Drive & Control products for delivery. According to the company, more than 99 per cent of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer, with the same lead times in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Oct. 10, 2017 - Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. says it is joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Some of the biggest names in tech are lining up to join Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence cluster, but harnessing the sector’s full potential depends on creating homegrown tech champions, not just celebrating investments by large multinationals, warns one of Canada’s godfathers of deep learning.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Kinova, a designer and manufacturer of robotic solutions, has received funds totalling $25 million from four contributors, including Fonds Manufacturier Québécois S.E.C. II, KTB Network, Foxconn and BDC Capital.
Sep. 29, 2017 - Ricoh Japan is replacing some traditional metal tooling with lightweight 3D printed jigs and fixtures for its Production Technology Center assembly line dedicated to large-format printers. The assembly line is located in the northeast branch of Ricoh Industries in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
Sep. 25, 2017 - Samsung Electronics has joined the OPC Foundation, an Industrial IoT organization providing data and protocol interoperability, security and reliability from its specifications and open source implementations.
Sep. 25, 2017 - Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Montreal, Quebec-based Infolytica Corporation, expanding the company’s simulation suite into electromagnetics (EM).
Sep. 19, 2017 - As awareness surrounding IoT standardization continues to grow, more eyes are being drawn to the necessity of enabling interoperability for distributed measurement and control solutions.
Sep. 18, 2017 - Kinova Inc., a designer and manufacturer of lightweight, multi-faceted solutions that foster human-robot interaction, is receiving $500,000 from the Government of Canada to acquire robotic manufacturing equipment.
Oct. 13, 2017 - In the context of an ever-changing global trade landscape, the Canadian automotive industry must ensure it has the knowledge and capability to trade across our border.
Oct. 11, 2017 - The Oxford dictionary defines future-proof as ‘(a product or system) unlikely to become obsolete.’ I admit, in an era of unprecedented technology advances, the concept of a future-proof factory floor may seem disingenuous. After all, what is bleeding-edge today will be table stakes tomorrow.
Oct. 3, 2017 - There’s no time like the present — an adage that holds truer today than many old proverbs. Last week I attended the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Mississauga, and after sitting in several conference sessions, I noticed an underlying thread connecting the various presentations.
Sep. 18, 2017 - Working efficiently doesn’t mean safety needs to be sacrificed. In fact, more and more facility managers are learning that the latest technology actually improves safety along with efficiency.
Sep. 15, 2017 - Factories around the world are becoming more automated, intelligent and connected. The outcome? As control system connectivity increases and advanced technologies become pervasive, manufacturers are more productive, can better utilize assets, and optimize operations. Machine safety is no exception.
Sep. 1, 2017 - As quality leaders, it is our role in the organization to provide differentiation from the competition. This starts with quality process engagement across functions and definitely must be made a high priority with top management. The key elements are strategy, data and analysis that we can use to help communicate this to top management in order to drive this culture and important differentiation for the organization.
Jul. 12, 2017 - The province of Ontario is proposing to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019, up from the current minimum wage of $11.40. Predictably, the announcement has caused instant and intense debate, along equally predictable lines.
Jul. 12, 2017 - Supply chain executives are paying close attention to the implications of what trade might mean under the new administration. With U.S. President Donald Trump’s new agenda to put “America first,” supply chain executives are specifically concerned about issues surrounding import tariffs and trade rules.
Jun. 27, 2017 - One of the most significant opportunities available to factory leaders is the convergence of operational and information technologies (OT and IT) on the plant floor; and yet, adoption of IT in Canadian factories remains slow, a fact due — at least in part — to several misconceptions and fears about Ethernet-based networks.
Jun. 27, 2017 - We are at a very interesting time in our industry; indeed, we may be at the cusp of a significant paradigm change, and a critical one.
Jun. 20, 2017 - According to Brendan Sweeney, growth is the one word that can be used to sum up the findings of a recent report that examines the stability of the overall Canadian vehicle production and auto industry employment over the last five years.
Jun. 14, 2017 - How the Canadian economy — with an ailing resource sector and a diminished manufacturing base — will stack up in this future of more nationalistic and shorter, but hopefully more sustainable, supply chains will depend on political will to drive a directive to make much more of what we consume.
Oct. 20, 2017 - General Electric’s new CEO is starting to lay out bold plans to return the conglomerate to its industrial roots by slashing costs and streamlining its operations.
Oct. 20, 2017 - The last mass-produced car designed and built in Australia rolled off General Motors Co.’s production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday as the nation reluctantly bid farewell to its auto manufacturing industry.
Oct. 18, 2017 - Auto parts maker Magna International Inc. has signed a joint-venture agreement with Chinese company Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SAIC Motor.
Oct. 16, 2017 - Workers at General Motors’ CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., accepted a tentative agreement Monday, ending a four-week-long strike.
Oct. 14, 2017 - FlexQube has received an order for more than 1,000 material hanfling carts, to be used with the STILL Liftrunner B-frames, from Volvo Car US Operations.
Oct. 14, 2017 - Tesla Motors fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its new Model 3 sedan.
Oct. 13, 2017 - The scandal over product inspections data faked by Japanese materials and machinery giant Kobe Steel expanded Friday to include products shipped to more than 500 customers.
Oct. 11, 2017 - Bridgestone Canada has announced the closure of its Firestone Fibers and Textiles facility based in Woodstock, Ont.
Oct. 10, 2017 - Generators need to run smoothly and efficiently to effectively power necessary equipment in industrial settings. However, there are a few common problems industrial generators encounter that factory managers and owners, and OEMs should be aware of in order to prevent downtime.
Oct. 9, 2017 - Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), a manufacturer and distributor of mattresses, has opened a new manufacturing plant, relocating from a former site in Houston.
Oct. 6, 2017 - Automotive supplier Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.
Oct. 3, 2017 - After looming for four years, “Carmageddon” has hit the Australian auto industry.
Oct. 13, 2017 - Mars Canada has completed a major expansion project at its food processing plant in Bolton, Ont., creating 37 new jobs.
Oct. 9, 2017 - China’s Chengzhi Yongqing Energy Technology Co. Ltd. will build its second Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process unit using Honeywell technology, which will convert methanol from coal and other sources into olefins to make plastics.
Oct. 5, 2017 - Odour problems at manufacturing facilities can be unexpected, and can work against the production the facility is meant to accomplish. It starts out as a nuisance or a non-compliance issue, but can become a much bigger problem. Solving the problem requires analyzing how a facility’s processes generate and disperse odorous air, and then identifying an appropriate odour control solution.
Oct. 4, 2017 - Loop Industries announced today that it has agreed to purchase the site where it plans to build its first manufacturing facility.
Oct. 2, 2017 - The Glad plant in Orangeville, Ont., is celebrating its 50th year in operation this year.
Sep. 29, 2017 - French building products company Soprema will build a new manufacturing plant in Sherbrooke, Que., where it plans to make extruded polystyrene insulation panels.
Sep. 21, 2017 - Labatt Breweries of Canada says it is investing $460 million between 2017 and 2020 to enhance its operations and help boost growth.
Sep. 17, 2017 - Northern Gold Foods Ltd., a West Coast company that makes cereal, granola and breakfast bars, plans to build a new $9.5-million production facility in Welland, Ont.
Sep. 7, 2017 - Eli Lilly will slash its global workforce by nearly 9 per cent as the drugmaker closes some research sites and pushes to trim fixed costs.
Sep. 4, 2017 - CNPC Guangxi Petrochemical Company has converted its existing pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit to Honeywell UOP Polybed PSA technology, enabling it to produce high-purity hydrogen, it says.
Sep. 1, 2017 - The chemicals that exploded at a Texas plant are so unstable that they must be kept cool or they can ignite a runaway scenario.
Aug. 31, 2017 - A Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in floods was rocked by fires and two explosions early Thursday, but local authorities said the resulting smoke presented “no danger to the community at all.”

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