Nov. 17, 2017 - Aerotech says its HEX RC is a 6-axis motion controller ideal for controlling robotic systems like hexapods.
Nov. 16, 2017 - Güdel has introduced ArcTrack, a preconfigured robot track motion module for arc welding applications that promises to deliver the highest flexibility and reduce lead time by 40 per cent.
Nov. 16, 2017 - Epson Robots recently showcased its new T3 all-in-one SCARA robot at the Assembly Show in Rosemont, Ill., last month.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Robotiq has launched Insights, a web application that measures Universal Robots performance.
Nov. 15, 2017 - The MLX300 software option is the newest generation of integration for Yaskawa robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
Nov. 14, 2017 - Denso Robotics’ latest product catalogue is now available, highlighting a range of high-speed industrial robots, with reaches of 350 to 1,300 mm, payload capacities as high as 20 kg and repeatability to within ±0.015 mm.
Nov. 14, 2017 - Goudsmit Magnetics Group is presenting a magnetic gripper for picking up or holding items such as punched steel parts, blanks and perforated steel sheet in robotic applications.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Robotiq has launched what it describes as a 10-times more sensitive version of its FT 300 force torque sensor.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Rethink Robotics has announced the Intera 5.2, an expansion of its Intera software platform that provides data insights to manufacturers in real time.
Nov. 10, 2017 - B&K Precision, a designer and manufacturer of test and measurement instruments, has added two new battery analyzers, models BA6010 and BA6011, to its product offering.
Nov. 10, 2017 - EZmaintain has introduced what it says is the world’s first Cloud-based computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) to integrate IoT sensors to measure temperature and vibration levels of equipments, such as motors, gear boxes and generators.
Nov. 10, 2017 - The CLICK series stackable micro brick PLCs are now available from AutomationDirect with both Ethernet communications capabilities and analogue I/O built-in.
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.
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.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Concord, Ontario-based FGF Brands pleaded guilty and was fined $70,000 after a temporary worker was trapped and injured by a dough machine that had been started up while cleaning was being done.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Manufacturing automation and lean manufacturing both have the same goals — to satisfy your customers at the lowest cost possible. To meet these goals, both approaches are aligned toward completely removing any non-value or low-value activities, cutting down on wastage and still maintaining a good standard of quality.
Oct. 28, 2017 - Coulson Ice Blast, a British Columbia startup that launched this February, recently commenced mass production of a new technology using blasted ice for industrial cleaning.
Oct. 23, 2017 - Drummond Metal Fabrication Ltd. has been found guilty and fined $50,000 after a temporary worker was critically injured when operating a metal-polishing lathe at the metal fabrication plant.
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.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Global ERP provider SYSPRO has launched its new channel partner program in Canada, focusing on three key points: quality, growth and reward.
Nov. 15, 2017 - A two-year project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts.
Nov. 14, 2017 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently interviewed Ákos Dömötör, CEO of OptoForce, regarding the state of the industrial robot. In this interview, he talks about how software has played a key role in helping to improve the intelligence of robots, leading to greater performance in manufacturing.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Organic herbal supplement brand Gaia Herbs has announced it will implement IFS Applications for enterprise resource planning (ERP), saying it selected the software provider for its “expertise in the process manufacturing industry and ability to execute against key business efficiencies.”
Nov. 13, 2017 - Quebec-based Netpak Packaging has announced a multimillion-dollar investment in its Montreal plant, securing a range of new production line equipment, with the goal to become “one of the most modern packaging converting facilities in North America.”
Nov. 10, 2017 - Asteelflash says it is implementing a pilot program at its Fremont, Calif., facility targeted towards building a smart factory.
Nov. 9, 2017 - Bsquare, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, has released the findings from its first annual IIoT Maturity Study, which explores the current IoT adoption progress of business buyers in manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas.
Nov. 9, 2017 - Desktop Metal is now accepting international pre-orders of its metal 3D printing system, the Studio System, through authorized resellers throughout Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Nov. 8, 2017 - BigRep GmbH and NOVACAD Systems have launched the inaugural BigRep Innovation Award, inviting post-secondary students from across Canada to reinvent the humble chair and forge new design frontiers with advanced 3D printing technology. 
Nov. 7, 2017 - Advantech, Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan have established the Edgecross Consortium in an effort to overcome boundaries between companies and industries, help realize collaboration between factory automation and IT, and create new value centred on edge computing.
Nov. 6, 2017 - Next week, Manufacturing AUTOMATION will present content dedicated to the development and application of industrial robotics. Join us as we roll out fresh, engaging content only available on automationmag.com, as well as a few throwback articles from our archives that still provide lots of relevant insight today.
Nov. 4, 2017 - There’s a good reason why solitary confinement is considered the worst of all punishments: Generally speaking, people — and other intelligent organisms — suffer in isolation. So why shouldn’t the same be true of intelligent machinery?
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).
Oct. 30, 2017 - When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake.
Oct. 28, 2017 - Industrial managers are responsible for keeping high-risk work environments safe and compliant while increasing productivity, simplifying management and controlling cost. To do so, they must take into consideration unique and wide-ranging challenges like the use of hazardous materials, complex machinery and evolving regulations.
Oct. 28, 2017 - For me, this past summer was different than typical summers. I didn’t have a single significant vacation and instead, had many small little adventures, including boating on Georgian Bay, a motorcycle trip, and a great hike on an inspiring trail.
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.
Nov. 18, 2017 - Industrial conglomerate Siemens has announced plans to cut about 6,900 jobs worldwide at its power, gas and drives divisions, half of them in Germany.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Bombardier Inc. is planning to go on a hiring spree in Montreal by adding about 1,000 people in the coming months as part of the production ramp-up of its new Global 7000 business jets, according to a source.
Nov. 10, 2017 - KUKA Systems has received three major new systems contracts from a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer. The projects comprise the engineering and construction of systems to build vehicles body structures in the United States and Mexico. 
Nov. 4, 2017 - Magna says it has put a new twist on joining thermoplastic materials in order to help automakers cut weight and costs: torsional welding.
Nov. 2, 2017 - Sun Chemical entered into a license agreement to introduce a new family of molecular inks for the printed electronics market with Groupe Graham International (GGI), a developer of user interface technologies in touch applications (machine interfaces), and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
Oct. 30, 2017 - Cascades is boosting two of its Quebec operations with a $21-million investment.
Oct. 30, 2017 - The Manitoba government is partnering with Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and Manitoba Aerospace for a new manufacturing company in the Paskwayak region that will supply products for the aerospace industry.
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.
Nov. 16, 2017 - Meat processing company Olymel has added to its Toronto, Ontario-area manufacturing footprint with upgrades at one Brampton, Ont. plant and the acquisition of a second nearby facility. The project also created 100 new jobs in the area.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Rockwell Automation is working with Encana, a North American energy producer, as the main automation contractor (MAC) while the energy company builds three new gas-processing plants in Montney, B.C.
Nov. 9, 2017 - Canadian dairy processor Saputo Inc. says it will shut down a cheese manufacturing facility in Wisconsin next May, affecting about 126 workers.
Nov. 9, 2017 - West Virginia officials announced an agreement on Thursday with China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. for the company to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas development and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia over 20 years.
Nov. 9, 2017 - McCain Foods has officially opened its new 35,000-square-foot potato specialty production line, expanding the company’s flagship potato processing facility in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B.
Nov. 8, 2017 - Ontario is partnering with Hain Celestial Canada to help the company establish a new manufacturing plant in Quinte West, Ont., and create 26 new jobs in the region.
Nov. 7, 2017 - Transcontinental Inc. announced today the consolidation of its newspaper printing activities in Quebec into three plants, and consequently the closure of Montreal-based Transcontinental Métropolitain by early next year.
Nov. 4, 2017 - Moldmaker Weber Manufacturing Technologies is adding capacity to its production plant in Midland, Ont., with help from the provincial government.
Nov. 3, 2017 - Quebec-based Transcontinental Inc. has acquired a 55-person packaging company located in the St-Laurent borough of Montreal.
Nov. 1, 2017 - One of Nova Scotia’s biggest employers, tire-maker Michelin North America, is under threat if Donald Trump’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement are adopted, the province’s trade minister warned Wednesday as he headed to Washington, D.C., for two days of talks with key trade partners in four U.S. states.
Oct. 30, 2017 - An Ontario manufacturer that makes polymers and resins for the automotive and aerospace coatings, ink and plastics industries has announced a $1.7-million expansion project for its plant just south of Guelph, Ont.
Oct. 13, 2017 - Mars Canada has completed a major expansion project at its food processing plant in Bolton, Ont., creating 37 new jobs.

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