Mar. 19, 2018 - Manufacturers Automation is announcing the launch of Moxa EDS-P506E-4PoE series of PoE switches which can provide up to 60 W per PoE port for converged data and power transmission.
Mar. 19, 2018 - Rittal is expanding its range of light fittings with the launch of its new IT LED system light.
Mar. 16, 2018 - The new SP series high-performance miniature ball screws from SKF Motion Technologies are designed to deliver “precise positioning, excellent repeatability, and quiet linear actuation.”
Mar. 15, 2018 - HBM Test and Measurement manufactures a number of data acquisition systems, or DAQ systems, that are available in Canada via Durham Instruments – including its GEN series.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Wainbee is distributing the icountPD online particle detector from Parker, describing it as a permanently mounted laser detection particle counter for monitoring equipment conditions.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Brooks Instrument has added a new Foundation Fieldbus transmitter to its MT3809 variable area (VA) flow meter, which it says will make it easier for users to integrate the unit into their automation control systems for more efficient data capture and digital communication across the plant enterprise.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Twiflex now has compact hydraulic brake packages that aim to provide single-source convenience for a range of industrial applications. Standard packages are available with three different spring applied, hydraulically released brake models with braking force ratings ranging from 6.8 kN to 119 kN.
Mar. 14, 2018 - Emerson has introduced the Rosemount 8712EM wall mount magnetic flow meter transmitter offering diagnostic capabilities and usability features for users in various process industries.
Mar. 10, 2018 - Newcastle Systems, a provider of mobile-powered workplace solutions, has launched a new app called the MotionMeter, a real-time activity tracker which it says is designed to “quickly and accurately” perform time studies within the warehouse and identify waste.
Mar. 9, 2018 - OTTO Motors says its new OTTO Industrial API helps achieve a fully connected and optimized smart factory, by addressing the challenge of machine-to-machine communication and full industrial automation by simplifying the process of connecting equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to OTTO.
Mar. 9, 2018 - Incorporated in 2017, NewTek Sensor Solutions describes itself as a new source of custom and standard AC- and DC-operated linear position sensors and signal conditions for industrial, aerospace and military applications, particularly those with harsh and rugged environments.
Mar. 7, 2018 - Predictive maintenance software provider Senseye is offering new enhancements for its machine health analysis product.
Feb. 24, 2018 - GE Additive is now accepting applications from schools and colleges for the 2018 cycle of its Additive Education Program (AEP).
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.
Mar. 20, 2018 - The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener.
Mar. 20, 2018 - Following a guilty plea, Hung Wang Foods Inc. and Fred King-Cheong Fung, a director of the company, were fined $50,000 and $10,000 respectively, after a worker suffered injury while attempting to clear dough that was jammed in a noodle-cutting machine. 
Mar. 16, 2018 - BASF has chosen to power its Canadian corporate headquarters and production facilities across the country with green electricity from Bullfrog Power, a move that is predicted to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions footprint by approximately 1,520 tonnes on an annual basis.
Mar. 16, 2018 - The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) branch of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade is reminding employers to ensure workplaces are safe and workers are adequately supervised to perform their duties, after three employers and a property owner were prosecuted for violations under The Workplace Safety and Health Act.
Mar. 13, 2018 - Dematic Ltd., a supplier of integrated supply chain automation, software and services, pleads guilty after a worker became pinned between the guardrail of a work platform and a steel structure and died from the injuries.
Mar. 13, 2018 - Schneider Electric has helped Dow Corning, a global provider of silicon-based technology, upgrade its distributed control systems.
Mar. 2, 2018 - Haitoglou, a producer of sesame products, has automated its production unit with Russell Finex’s sieving and filtration solutions to increase production for tahini paste and sesame seeds. Processing up to 150 tonnes of seeds a day, Haitoglou prides itself on modern production facilities that meet high standards of hygiene and automation in the industry.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Inefficient machinery, which increases wasteful energy use, is a key area of improvement for many businesses. You can’t manage what you can’t measure, so the first step toward the efficient management of energy is analysis of unique energy requirements.
Feb. 24, 2018 - The Ontario government says a now-bankrupt mining company has been fined $1.3 million in connection with the deaths of two workers in 2014.
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.
Mar. 20, 2018 - As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and levelling soil for building projects.
Mar. 20, 2018 - Accenture and SAP say they plan to co-innovate, co-develop and jointly go to market with extended planning solutions based on SAP S/4HANA for the manufacturing industry, which they say will help companies optimize return on investment (ROI) with more responsive, real-time digital supply chains.
Mar. 19, 2018 - Siemens is making a £27-million (roughly C$49.6-million) investment in a new manufacturing facility for Worcester, U.K.-based Materials Solutions Ltd., its 3D printing specialist.
Mar. 16, 2018 - Finnish nanodiamond manufacturer Carbodeon and Dutch 3D printing specialist Tiamet 3D say they have introduced the first nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing.
Mar. 14, 2018 - Manufacturers are under more pressure to exploit technology than ever before. Trends called Industrie 4.0, Postmodern ERP, smart manufacturing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all terms used to encapsulate a variety of technologies that have the potential to benefit a manufacturer. But reading case studies about machine learning, warehouse drones and smart machines can be intimidating and some manufacturers wonder how to get started and take advantage of all the new stuff.
Mar. 9, 2018 - A series of cybersecurity services that support the entire infrastructure of an ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center is available from ABB.
Mar. 9, 2018 - Industrial automation has been on the minds of those in the manufacturing world for not just decades, but centuries. Whether we’re talking about individuals who worked in flour mills or those who dealt with windmills, automated processes have always been on inventors’ minds. While automation would technically result in job losses, the increased prevalence of robots and robotics parts in the manufacturing, packaging, and engineering space would result in interesting implications for consumers, employees, companies and organizations.
Mar. 8, 2018 - Quebec startup Poka has raised $10 million in financing which it says will help itexpand into the United States and Europe and better support its growing global customer base. In addition to the ongoing participation of Poka’s original seed investors, iNovia Capital and Uncork Capital, participants in the Series A funding round included Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec through its fund Espace CDPQ, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and the Leclerc family.
Mar. 7, 2018 - In the factory automation space, productivity is much more than an imperative management concept — it is a scalable tool that drives employees and processes to function at their best. In order to keep employees on track and enable goals to be met in the workplace, fine-tuning processes and running a ‘tight ship’ as far as time management is concerned is considered the best practice.
Mar. 1, 2018 - Stratasys has announced the development of a new metal additive manufacturing platform, which it says is designed to displace conventional methods for short-run manufacturing.
Mar. 1, 2018 - BigRep and BASF have partnered to jointly develop 3D printing materials and printers for industrial customer requirements.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Siemens today announced the Valor IoT Manufacturing Analytics product, a new Big Data and business intelligence platform that monitors and manages global electronics manufacturing operations for real-time manufacturing utilization and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
Mar. 12, 2018 - Five years ago, I started a new company with a couple of colleagues. We put a big whiteboard in the office, and across the top of it, we wrote: In a start-up company, everyone has to make things happen or get things done.
Mar. 8, 2018 - According to Statistics Canada, women in STEM are also underpaid compared to their male counterparts. What’s more, more women than men enrol in university, but men with lower academic marks are more likely to choose STEM careers than women with higher marks. Bigger studies on large populations are unable to fully explain this phenomenon and point to other possible factors and influences.
Mar. 8, 2018 - Many manufacturers are operating on increasingly tight margins, with increasing global competition and the need to source raw materials and components from all corners of the globe. As a result, making and receiving cross-border payments in a number of currencies has become an ongoing necessity. And while global currencies have always moved, the fact that we are now so closely linked to the global marketplace, has heightened our exposure to their movements.
Mar. 2, 2018 - Do you know the IT person who is certain they can perform better than automation? They might just be right. But one point we should keep in mind is that skeptics of automation often want to be in control and will try to ensure that they maintain it.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Sadly, the number of large, multinational manufacturers who are still using spreadsheets and manual processes to manage their largest cost centre, production operations, remains common. These manufacturers have reverted to spreadsheets for two reasons.
Feb. 25, 2018 - “The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
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.
Mar. 20, 2018 - Ontario is partnering with local businesses to help create 70 jobs and retain more than 330 others in Chatham-Kent in southwest Ontario, committing more than $2.5 million for five industrial expansion projects.
Mar. 20, 2018 - Heroux-Devtek Inc. is laying off workers after the aviation company’s bid for a new contract with the U.S. Air Force was rejected.
Mar. 19, 2018 - South Korean-based appliance manufacturer Samsung announced the expansion of its production footprint in South Carolina on Monday, making progress on a plan to create nearly 1,000 jobs in the state by 2020.
Mar. 15, 2018 - Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology.
Mar. 13, 2018 - Canadian company Creepex is about to deliver the first mechanic creeper specially designed to work and inspect the belly of Falcon 9 rockets produced by SpaceX.
Mar. 8, 2018 - For contractor manufacturers, an International Organization for Standards (ISO) certification is becoming increasingly important as a quality and trust signal for clients and industry partners. An ISO 9001 certification states that your company is committed to the highest levels of traceability and quality control.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Metal stamping and forming company M.A. Metal has purchased and installed a new eX-CFR 4500W resonator CO2 Mitsubishi Laser machine in its Indiana facility, which it says will cut thicker material and increase cutting speeds.
Feb. 23, 2018 - German automaker BMW says it’s in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe.
Feb. 22, 2018 - General Motors Co. is reportedly extending a cutback in car production at its plant in Oshawa, Ont., into April and May before it begins a second shift to produce pickup trucks later this year.
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.
Mar. 14, 2018 - British Columbia-based Icicle Technologies says it will integrate its food production management platform with communications company Bell’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform for “unparalleled broadband wireless connectivity” in Canada’s food industry.
Mar. 12, 2018 - One of Canada’s largest brewing operation will invest in equipment upgrades and new beer tanks and expand its packaging capabilities at its Guelph, Ont., location.
Mar. 9, 2018 - Canadian steel and aluminum producers have dodged U.S. President Donald Trump's global tariffs but continue to grapple with the uncertainty the debate has created.
Mar. 7, 2018 - Transcontinental Inc. announced today it has acquired Multifilm Packaging Corporation, a flexible packaging supplier located in Elgin, Ill., employing more than 70 people. Focusing on high-end candy and chocolate packaging verticals in North America, the company specializes in piece-wraps and high-barrier laminates for the confectionery, snacks and dry foods markets.
Mar. 7, 2018 - With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it’s easy to pin the blame for this industrial city’s plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico.
Mar. 6, 2018 - c3controls, a manufacturer of industrial control products based in Beaver, Penn., has opened an operation in the Netherlands to serve the European market. c3controls Europe will serve both western and eastern Europe with its full line of over 15 million product configurations, in categories including power and actuation, control logic, human machine interface, and wiring and cable duct.
Mar. 5, 2018 - Last week Nestlé Canada shared expansion plans for its $51.5-million investment to increase production capabilities at its London, Ont., ice cream factory on Wilton Grove Road.
Mar. 2, 2018 - Transcontinental Inc. is ready to spend more than $1 billion to purchase packaging companies that would diminish the role of commercial printing that has been the cornerstone of the company since its founding 40 years ago.
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.

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