Apr. 18, 2017 - Turck says its new ARGEE technology will help engineers, OEMs and integrators who struggle with balancing the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs.
Apr. 15, 2017 - Standing at six inches tall when fully integrated, the new Flir PTU-5 promises to hold up to five pounds on its top bracket, boasting “incredible performance into a compact package.”
Apr. 13, 2017 - Methods Machine Tools will debut a cell solution at the RAPID + tct Show, which it says will make “quantum leap production increases” in 3D manufacturing throughput.
Apr. 13, 2017 - KS PULSE (Propulsion Using Linear Synchronous Energy), the pallet-based transport system for automated assembly lines in body-in-white production from Kuka Systems, promises to quickly and safely move various body components through the individual workstations while reducing non-productive times and downtimes.
Apr. 13, 2017 - Wynright, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company, demonstrated several 3D virtual reality materials handling solutions as well as a virtual tour of Hini Arata Kan, Daifuku’s technology showcase facility in Japan.
Apr. 13, 2017 - Balluff says its four-port IO-Link masters can connect a multitude of smart devices over IO-Link to build a “truly distributed machine mount controls architecture for today’s automation.”
Apr. 13, 2017 - Wago has released new product literature for five product groups:
Apr. 13, 2017 - Spectrum Instrumentation has released a range of high-speed 14 and 16 bit LXI-based digitizer products for applications where multiple electronic signals need to be acquired and analyzed Spectrum.
Apr. 13, 2017 - Weidmuller describes its HDC Cable Configurator as an “industry-first” online tool created to simplify the task of designing and building custom cable harness and mating assemblies for its Rockstar heavy duty connectors.
Apr. 13, 2017 - Cicoil says its EZ-Flexx flat cable configurator is now available for use on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. Located at www.cicoil.com/flat-cable/configurator, the free mobile-based tool allows a user to design an EZ-Flexx Flat Cable “in minutes,” says the company, adding that the design tool was developed by engineers for engineers. 
Apr. 13, 2017 - The Siemens Sinamics V20 Smart Access web server module, designed to mount directly onto the drive, promises to transform a mobile device or laptop into a virtual operator panel for drive control.
Apr. 13, 2017 - Schunk says its ELP can be adjusted in two simple steps, describing it as the most user-friendly electric linear module on the market.
Mar. 25, 2017 - Schunk recently held an official grand opening event to launch its new service and technology centre in Houston, Texas.
Mar. 23, 2017 - Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s federal budget Wednesday spelled out part of the federal government’s policy playbook when it comes to giving future workers cutting-edge skills in response to Canada's rapidly changing economic landscape.
Feb. 25, 2017 - EPLAN’s digital engineering fair is back “bigger and better,” providing the global engineering community with a 12-hour window on March 21 to watch live presentations and consult with specialists about its software solutions.
Feb. 24, 2017 - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps.
Feb. 17, 2017 - This week, the French’s Food Company announced it is working to support local communities and educational institutions through The French’s Promise through several scholarships and grant programs.
Feb. 16, 2017 - The Manitoba government hopes its $1.5-million investment in equipment for technical vocational and industrial arts programs will help “prepare students for good jobs and help Manitoba businesses meet growing demand for skilled workers.”
Feb. 10, 2017 - Ground was officially broken yesterday to mark the start of construction for the new $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
Feb. 4, 2017 - A new partnership between Fanshawe College and Siemens Canada aims to provide new learning opportunities for the college’s engineering students.
Jan. 14, 2017 - The federal government is investing $32.64 million for a total combined investment of nearly $88 million in the University of Waterloo to help construct a new research and engineering building. To be known as Engineering 7, the building will house more than 40 labs to support research in fields such as additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and robotics, biomedical engineering, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Jan. 13, 2017 - On March 31, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) will launch a new program to gather information on the practices of each of its 80,000 licence holders and gauge their professional knowledge activities.
Jan. 9, 2017 - The British Columbia government is working toward having all students take a basic coding class starting in the 2018-19 school year.
Jan. 9, 2017 - With almost one million job openings anticipated between now and 2025, British Columbia wants to encourage employers to sponsor apprentices and help build and expand the province’s skilled workforce to meet this growing labour demand.
Apr. 20, 2017 - Many years ago, U.S. senator Everett Dirksen is reported to have said, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Manufacturers looking to decrease the cycle times of robotic work cells might paraphrase Dirksen as follows: “A second here, a second there, and pretty soon we’re seeing real improvement in efficiency, throughput and profits.”
Apr. 19, 2017 - At GE Healthcare’s 280,000-square-foot repair operations centre in Milwaukee, Wis., a fleet of OTTO self-driving vehicles are used to deliver parts to workstation cells to handle over 2,000 repairs of medical devices weekly.
Apr. 18, 2017 - Carlo Gavazzi has introduced the WM20 three-phase power analyzer, describing it as a new product range targeted to assist manufacturers and end-users in monitoring and managing escalating energy costs.
Apr. 14, 2017 - The HumanTool project being led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland involves the testing of new indoor temperature control concepts for adjusting spaces to individual needs. Energy is saved when unused rooms can be left unheated or uncooled. The final result of the project will be a completely new product.
Mar. 30, 2017 - Five people that were taken to hospital Thursday morning after an explosion at the Rio Tinto iron and titanium plant in Sorel-Tracy, Que., have been now been released.
Mar. 27, 2017 - The Allagash Brewing Company says it is optimizing temperature control with wireless controllers installed by Maine Controls at its warehouse in Portland, Maine.
Mar. 26, 2017 - In response to a request from Unilever Ice Cream UK to increase the efficiency of the tray placement for its Viennetta product, Linkx Packaging Systems have developed and installed four new, bespoke servo-driven pick-and-place tray systems in the company’s Gloucester plant.
Mar. 26, 2017 - Chip manufacturer Naturally Homegrown Foods has been able to improve application consistency, reduce waste and simplify cleaning operations by installing a new seasoning system from integrated food processing and packaging equipment provider tna.
Mar. 26, 2017 - The Cloud-based lean manufacturing solution provider Leading2Lean helped West Liberty Foods save $2 million in maintenance costs over the past two years with its implementation of Leading2Lean at three of its plants.
Mar. 26, 2017 - Simplimatic Automation’s beverage industry team recently worked on the design details of a high-speed conveyor that would serve as the overall control and coordination backbone for a new multi-million dollar canning line for a premium beverage brand.
Mar. 26, 2017 - MJB Wood Group, headquartered in Irving, Texas, has successfully completed the implementation of Plataine’s solution for automated & optimized manufacturing processes and capabilities, and overall operational costs savings.
Mar. 26, 2017 - NVision’s reverse engineering services enabled Mercer Metals, a metal fabricating and machining shop, to cut the time required for reverse engineering from three weeks to three days and reduce the cost by 30 per cent.
Apr. 16, 2017 - The Industrial Internet of Things is on track to revolutionize the manufacturing industry.
Apr. 15, 2017 - Siemens and Materialise have integrated additive manufacturing (AM) technology from Materialise into Siemens’ NX software, streamlining the design to manufacturing process for the rapidly growing universe of products being produced using AM, also known as 3D printing.
Apr. 15, 2017 - Machine vision integrators are confronted with seemingly endless options when designing an inspection system. Perhaps the most critical decision is whether to use line-scan or area-scan cameras. While both perform a similar role, these technologies are miles apart in how an image is captured.
Apr. 15, 2017 - Crystal Group is a rugged server manufacturer, systems integrator, and custom design and manufacturing services provider that is headquartered in Hiawatha, Iowa.
Apr. 14, 2017 - Shimifrez, a precision manufacturer of photo chemically etched and electroformed of micro metal components, has announced a $750,000 expansion that will create eight additional jobs at its new facility in Vaughan, Ont.
Apr. 10, 2017 - The concept for collaborative robots — or cobots — was born in 1995 as part of a research project spearheaded by the General Motors Foundation. The idea was to make robots so safe that they could literally work hand in hand with people.
Apr. 7, 2017 - History repeats itself, that’s the saying. Well, the same can be said for failure. Despite being 17 years into the 21st century, it is not uncommon to see stories of product recalls, factory failures or other — avoidable — accidents repeated and claiming lives, year after year. Despite technological advances around the world, these incidents remain a regular part of everyday life.
Mar. 31, 2017 - Fanuc America is celebrating the 35th anniversary of manufacturing its line of painting robots at the company’s Rochester Hills, Mich., headquarters.
Mar. 31, 2017 - The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a major impact on businesses across almost every sector, improving efficiencies and increasing output. The manufacturing industry is no exception; in fact, it may be one of the most affected.
Mar. 30, 2017 - Should we be preparing for the coming invasion of job-stealing, career-crushing robots? It’s a question that’s moved from science-fiction novels to the tip of policy-makers’ tongues.
Mar. 28, 2017 - When we were building the hardware architecture of the new warehouse in Andover, we realized we had developed a world first in radio design.
Mar. 26, 2017 - Ferretti Group, a designer, builder and seller of motor yachts and pleasure vessels, has selected solutions from Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business to help optimize the design and production of its Ferretti Yachts and CRN brand.
Apr. 16, 2017 - Automation in its various forms, whether it’s process, support or industrial related (to name a few), is designed to improve productivity and create efficiencies; free workers from boring, repetitive or unsafe work; and improve overall quality of life.
Apr. 8, 2017 - The introduction of advanced technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to the plant floor has created new challenges for Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) professionals.
Apr. 8, 2017 - Over the last 50 years, the price of oil has had a direct affect on the stability of the world. When the price of oil is high, we see the rise of threatening leaders and regimes. When it’s low, we have periods of more stability.
Mar. 20, 2017 - Millions of workers work every day in industrial environments. But ever wonder the impacts of the constant noise pollution they experience on their hearing ability?
Feb. 11, 2017 - After months of cross-country campaigns, yo-yoing poll results and controversial political analysis, Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States.
Feb. 11, 2017 - The start of a new year is not just a great time to look ahead with some clarity to the next year and somewhat speculatively to the distant future, it is also a good time to look back at the past year and further back to our companies’ origins.
Feb. 11, 2017 - Workplace safety initiatives are essential when it comes to maintaining a work environment that is both safe and productive.
Feb. 9, 2017 - Is your plant floor ready for what’s coming? Manufacturing AUTOMATION asked a handful of industry experts to name the top five trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should keep an eye out for in the next 12 months and beyond.
Feb. 7, 2017 - Despite initial hesitation and slower adoption, the use of mobile devices in the manufacturing industry is picking up speed. With a growing need to make tighter deadlines and hit quicker turnaround times, manufacturing companies are turning towards mobile technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help increase efficiencies and reduce downtime.
Jan. 31, 2017 - My first job in sales at a small Canadian printing company more than 20 years ago was far from easy or glamorous. I sold printers out of a van and had to meet a daily quota of at least 30 cold calls. This entailed lugging a printer from my van into prospective customers’ offices to provide demonstrations and free trials.
Jan. 30, 2017 - The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — or the Internet of Things (IoT) — is on the minds of most Canadian manufacturers as we begin 2017. But the question I get asked most is: what is the IIoT?
Jan. 10, 2017 - BitFlow, a global provider of machine vision technology, has highlighted five technology trends it believes will be strategic for the vision industry this year, each with the potential to “significantly impact or even disrupt processes.”
Apr. 20, 2017 - General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages.
Apr. 19, 2017 - Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, said Wednesday it plans to make electric cars in China for sale worldwide starting in 2019 amid pressure by Beijing for global auto brands to help develop its fledgling industry in alternatives to gasoline.
Apr. 10, 2017 - Toyota said Monday it is investing $1.33 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company's flagship Camry sedans are built.
Mar. 30, 2017 - The home of the Tuskegee Airmen, who shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II, is competing to become the manufacturing site of a new Air Force training jet.
Mar. 30, 2017 - Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from embattled communications company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research centre in Ottawa, the smartphone maker said Thursday.
Mar. 30, 2017 - The federal and Ontario governments are each investing more than $100 million to support a $1-billion partnership with Ford Canada.
Mar. 29, 2017 - President Donald Trump says that Ford Motor Co. is planning to invest in three Michigan auto plants.
Mar. 29, 2017 - Danfoss Silicon Power has announced it is establishing production in the United States and is collaborating with industrial giant General Electric (GE).
Mar. 28, 2017 - Ride hailing, electric vehicles and self-driving cars are transforming the future of Ford Canada, and CEO Mark Buzzell says the company is gearing up for a radical shift toward becoming an “auto and mobility” business.
Mar. 24, 2017 - U.S. political leaders are showing a better-than-expected understanding of how important trade with Canada is to the health of the American auto sector, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.
Mar. 15, 2017 - Pennsylvania’s iconic Zippo lighter factory has laid off 38 workers, blaming a slowdown in the company's North American business and a glut of inventory in China.
Mar. 14, 2017 - The European Union has cleared German conglomerate Siemens’ planned acquisition of Spain-based wind turbine maker Gamesa.
Apr. 19, 2017 - Exxon Mobil Corp. and a Saudi partner plan to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant near the Texas coast, Texas’ governor said Wednesday.
Apr. 14, 2017 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa Electric Korea, has received an order from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., a South Korean plant construction company, to supply control systems for Doha phase 1 project to build a reverse osmosis  desalination plant in Kuwait.
Mar. 25, 2017 - MicroCare has opened its newest facility in New Britain, Conn., consisting of 15,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, a quality lab and offices.
Mar. 14, 2017 - Mars Canada has opened its expanded Newmarket, Ont.-facility, which now manufactures and packages the Maltesers chocolate brand.
Mar. 7, 2017 - Finance Minister Charles Sousa has announced a new program to help small cideries and distilleries grow their businesses.
Mar. 6, 2017 - U.S. president Donald Trump and Exxon Mobil Corp. exchanged praise for each other on Monday as the company announced plans to create thousands of jobs by spending $20 billion over 10 years on plants along the Gulf Coast.
Mar. 1, 2017 - Hershey Co. says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 per cent, with the layoffs coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.
Feb. 24, 2017 - Maple Leaf Foods has announced it will acquire an American company that makes plant-based protein foods for US$140 million and any related costs.
Feb. 23, 2017 - Gildan Activewear plans to continue making some lines of American Apparel in the United States, but will also use its low-cost global production networks to expand its offerings and pursue the brand’s international growth.
Feb. 22, 2017 - Tetra Pak is building a new plant at its Rayong site in Thailand to provide “much-needed local production and essential extra capacity.”
Feb. 19, 2017 - Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low.
Feb. 16, 2017 - Honeywell and Seeq will be collaborating as part of the Honeywell Connected Plant initiative in an effort to help process manufacturers leverage data and insights in their operations.

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