May 26, 2018 - VFD cable from AutomationDirect is now available in customer specified lengths in one-foot increments. VFD cable is used to organize and protect the input and motor power wiring for variable frequency drives, and is designed using grounding, shielding & insulation to reduce VFD-related interference (EMI) on nearby equipment.
May 26, 2018 - Balluff’s new break-off magnetic mount with tag holder is designed to allow for easy integration of RFID systems. Using a magnetic connection, they are ideal for presses where frequent tool or size changes are required, explains the company.
May 26, 2018 - tna has introduced the tna intelli-sys iPS 3, describing it as a fully integrated data collection and reporting tool to provide manufacturers with insights into their production processes.
May 18, 2018 - Balluff says its new IP69-rated inline universal connector is designed to withstand exposure to corrosive chemicals and pressure wash-down, making it suitable for the harsh environments found in food processing and pharmaceutical applications.
May 18, 2018 - Pilz describes its safe rope pull switches PSENrope as a “proven, reliable solution” where safety in the production area is concerned.
May 17, 2018 - Xplore Technologies has introduced a new 6-inch, handheld Android device, designed to meet the needs of an evolving mobile workforce that demands compact, rugged functionality.
May 16, 2018 - DT Research, a designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions, has announced the DT340T, an IP65-rated rugged tablet with a 14-inch full-HD display and high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphic card that supports high video processing within a wider screen.
May 11, 2018 - Mitutoyo says its new Precision Measuring instrument will help improve quality control and productivity in the workplace.
May 10, 2018 - Edgetech Instruments has introduced the AcuDew, an aluminum oxide moisture transmitter for industrial and process applications. The two-wire, loop powered moisture transmitter with linear 4 to 20 mA output corresponds to the measured moisture content, describes Edgetech, noting its aluminum oxide sensing element provides “outstanding sensitivity, especially at low moisture content, as well as high speed of response and repeatability.”
May 7, 2018 - BEA Lasers, a manufacturer of rugged laser modules and assemblies, has announced the availability of its full line of industrial laser modules, some of which are now offered in new sizes.
May 7, 2018 - The EC 45 Flat frameless brushless servo motor kit from Maxon consists of a rotor and stator with no bearings or motor shaft, says Electromate, describing the pancake servo motor kits as “extremely compact” with an outer diameter of 43 mm.
May 7, 2018 - Sepac’s new line of power-off brakes, the UTSEB series (Ultra Thin Spring-Engaged Brakes), is offered in five standard frame sizes from 1.14 to 2.68 inches in diameter and lengths from 0.47 to 0.67 inches.
May 26, 2018 - Spartan Controls has renewed its partnership with The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), announcing a $4.3-million donation to support the Instrumentation Technology, Alternative Energy Technology, Power Engineering, Water and Wastewater Technology and Millwright programs.
May 23, 2018 - Humber College and Cisco Canada are launching a five-year initiative to engage students, faculty and companies in maximizing the opportunities presented by cyber, network communication and collaborative digital technologies.
May 10, 2018 - Independent consulting firm Wohlers Associates has entered into a partnership with Québec Industrial Research Centre (CRIQ) to offer three days of intensive training on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM).The course is targeted at designers, engineers and managers wanting to learn how to design parts that fully benefit from additive manufacturing.
May 7, 2018 - Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell visited the Xerox Research Centre of Canada’s innovation hub in Mississauga, Ont., which aims to help foster Canadian innovation and advanced materials manufacturing breakthroughs.
May 4, 2018 - Matrox Imaging is offering onsite classroom training on the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) 10 software development kit (SDK) and the Matrox Design Assistant integrated development environment (IDE) at its Montreal, Que., headquarters. Students can choose to register for either one or both classes.
May 2, 2018 - Skills Ontario will receive a $125,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps.
Apr. 30, 2018 - Toronto, Ontario-based Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM) is offering Mohawk College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology and Non-Destructive Testing students an opportunity to work directly with industry on research and development projects aimed at helping manufacturers adopt additive manufacturing technology.
Apr. 18, 2018 - Omron Automation Americas is making a significant investment in the engineering technology classrooms and labs at Georgian College.
Apr. 17, 2018 - The Government of Saskatchewan has announced new coding and robotics opportunities for middle years and high school students in the province. These elective courses will be available to all Saskatchewan high schools, while Grades 7-9 teachers can also introduce students to coding and robotics.
Mar. 27, 2018 - The British Columbia government is investing more than $5.4 million to help 15 public post-secondary institutions replace obsolete trades and technology equipment. The funds will help secure a range of new equipment, including 3D printers.
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).
May 25, 2018 - At least one person is dead after an equipment explosion occurred at the Proctor and Gamble plant in central Louisiana that produces detergent Tide Pods.
May 17, 2018 - New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc., formerly called New Flyer Industries Inc., a transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is celebrating the completion of the 3M Customer Project.
May 15, 2018 - Following a guilty plea, Janco Steel Ltd. was fined $150,000 after a worker was fatally injured after being crushed by a steel coil that fell off a production line.
May 5, 2018 - A fire has broken out at a Louisiana chemical plant, sending massive smoke plumes in the air and prompting an evacuation for a mile (1.6 kilometres) all around.
May 2, 2018 - Following a guilty plea, Quebec-based Saputo Dairy Products Canada GP has been fined $150,000 after a worker was killed by a cheese-cutter machine at the company’s production facility in Trenton, Ont.
May 2, 2018 - Authorities say explosions and a large fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan injured two people and forced the evacuation of workers.
May 1, 2018 - On behalf of the provincial government, British Columbia Minister of Labour Harry Bains issued the following statement today, recognizing May 1, 2018, as International Workers’ Day:
Apr. 24, 2018 - Have you ever had a loved one killed or maimed on the job? What about a co-worker or someone you knew? It happened to me in the mid-1970s, when one of my bosses at a smelter where I worked in northern Ontario was killed on the job. Six months from retirement and a careless mistake cost him his life.
Apr. 16, 2018 - Tapematic USA is preparing for the installation of two additional PST Lines at an independent cosmetic decoration facility in the North East of the United States, which is expected to help the company offer larger quantities and reduced turnaround times to their customers.
Apr. 13, 2018 - One man is dead and another is injured after what police described as an industrial accident in southwestern Ontario.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Following a guilty plea, AZZ Galvanizing Canada of New Brunswick has been fined $65,000 after a steel truss fell off a forklift onto a worker, causing crushing injuries.
Apr. 3, 2018 - Taking collective action on climate change has never been as critical as it is today. From floods to severe storms, Ontarians are already experiencing the impact of climate change.
May 26, 2018 - The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has announced it will present the 2018 Engelberger Robotics Awards to Gudrun Litzenberger, the General Secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and Esben Østergaard, CTO and Cofounder of Universal Robots.
May 16, 2018 - When UTC Aerospace required a solution to manage assembly line workers with no previous manufacturing experience, it decided to try something new that set a precedent for its future manufacturing operations management (MOM) strategy.
May 15, 2018 - Stäubli Robotics and Schneider Electric have further developed their partnership by signing a long-term agreement to integrate customized Stäubli TS series, four-axis SCARA robots into EcoStruxure Machine, Schneider’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform. Named Lexium STS series, the robots are described as being fully integrated into the architecture of Schneider Electric’s PacDrive motion control solution.
May 15, 2018 - Teradyne and the shareholders of Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) have announced the acquisition of privately held MiR of Odense, Denmark, for €121 million (roughly US$148 million) net of cash acquired plus €101 million (US$124 million) if certain performance targets are met extending through 2020.
May 10, 2018 - OPS Solutions, maker of Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool for manual assembly and manufacturing processes, is expanding its presence internationally with a new European headquarters in the Czech Republic.
May 8, 2018 - The approach to Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) as introduced by the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has gained additional support from four TSN technology providers and switch manufacturers: Moxa, Hirschmann, Hilscher and Xilinx.
May 8, 2018 - Javelin Technologies and Cimetrix Solutions have announced plans to merge, forming what they describe as an additive manufacturing powerhouse that will provide a “new level of service and support” for Canadian engineers and manufacturers.
May 3, 2018 - Half a dozen teenage girls from Canada know exactly how to narrow the skills gap.
May 2, 2018 - Raven Telemetry, an Ottawa-based artificial intelligence company for manufacturing, has raised $6.1 million in equity financing from angel investors.
May 1, 2018 - If it weren’t for her lack of hair or her monotone voice, a packed room of delegates at a Toronto technology conference might not have had a clue that there was something amiss about the event’s keynote speaker.
Apr. 25, 2018 - The European Union’s executive branch wants the bloc’s public and private sectors to invest at least $24 billion in artificial intelligence through 2020 in an attempt to remain globally competitive.
Apr. 23, 2018 - Telecommunications operator Orange Business Services and factory automation equipment provider Siemens say they have joined forces to help drive the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the industrial sector by simplifying integration and promoting IoT innovation.
May 26, 2018 - While manufacturers around the world have reached new heights in technology adoption and equipment innovation, there are still many pain points that hinder optimization, efficiency and even safety on the plant floor.
May 15, 2018 - Every year the cybersecurity experts at Cisco release the Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report, an industry tome that discusses security trends and emerging threats. In the 2018 report, the role of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its effect on cybersecurity was analyzed, particularly as it pertained to operational technology and networks.
May 10, 2018 - Results from a Statistics Canada health study, the Hearing loss of Canadians, 2012 and 2013, offer disturbing findings regarding adult hearing loss. Could you or your co-workers be among the one in five adults aged 19 to 79 who have mild hearing loss or more in at least one ear?
May 10, 2018 - As I write this column, I sit quietly in my favourite chair, expecting the phone to ring and announce the arrival of my fifth grandchild. And as I wait and write, I reflect on how life has changed since my first grandchild arrived in my life, somewhat unexpectedly, 12 years ago.
May 4, 2018 - Susan Wilson made history this year when Canadian conglomerate J.D. Irving Ltd. made her its first director of immigration.
May 3, 2018 - In a quest to measure business and government readiness for Industry 4.0, the Deloitte Global survey polled roughly 1,600 C-level executives across 19 countries in the second half of last year. One of its most notable findings is the strong correlation between how executives approach technology and how well prepared they believe they are for Industry 4.0, and as such, the business case they make for new technologies.
Mar. 27, 2018 - There’s no doubt about it — industrial automation is on the rise around the world. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the 2016 average of global robot density in manufacturing industries, up from 66 units in 2015.
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.
May 24, 2018 - Canadian auto industry observers are reacting with shock and disbelief to news that U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation that could result in tariffs of up to 25 per cent on auto sector imports into the United States.
May 23, 2018 - United Technologies plans to hire 35,000 people and invest more than $15 billion in the U.S. over the next five years.
May 23, 2018 - Ford says it plans to invest some 200 million euros (US$236 million) and create 1,500 new jobs to build a second vehicle at its plant in Romania.
May 22, 2018 - Dorel Industries Inc. has moved to satisfy growing demand south of the border for American-made products by fabricating the Montreal-based company’s first stroller in the United States in years.
May 15, 2018 - Your production lines are likely collecting data like never before, but are you obtaining timely and actionable insight from this data? Insight to reduce production costs per unit by boosting first time yield? Insight to reduce warranty claims and recalls? Insight to improve quality with fewer in-process test stations?
May 14, 2018 - Austrian jet interior maker F. List Gmbh officially inaugurated a new production facility in Laval, Que., today and says it will hire up to 100 people within the next two years.
May 10, 2018 - A fire that damaged a Michigan auto parts supply factory is causing production problems at Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, but it’s too soon to tell yet whether dealers will run short of vehicles.
May 10, 2018 - There are no apparent signs that Wall Street is worried about a plant fire that is forcing Ford to cut back on production of its F-150 pickup, the top-selling vehicle in America.
May 6, 2018 - Unifor says it has reached a tentative agreement for workers at the Lear Corp. automotive seat manufacturer in Ajax, Ont., but the future of the facility is uncertain after the company said this week it would close the facility.
May 5, 2018 - The Ontario and federal governments are contributing $220 million toward a $1.4-billion upgrade project at two Toyota manufacturing plants, creating 450 new jobs and securing more than 8,000 manufacturing jobs in the province.
May 3, 2018 - Volkswagen’s new CEO, Herbert Diess, has vowed to build a more ethical culture after the company’s diesel emissions scandal and outlined a new structure aimed at streamlining decision-making at the sprawling company.
May 2, 2018 - CN Rail says it will purchase 350 lumber cars to meet growing demand in forest products business.
May 22, 2018 - Two businesses in the agri-food sector, Boucherie Charcuterie Perron Inc. and Charcuterie L. Fortin Ltée., have been granted a total of $1,850,000 in financial assistance from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED). The support will generate an estimated $6,569,768 in total investments in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.
May 14, 2018 - Moore Industries is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
May 14, 2018 - A North Carolina-based steel company is furthering its expansion in northeast Arkansas with a planned $240-million sheet metal production line.
May 10, 2018 - The federal and Quebec governments are teaming up with a trio of corporate giants from the metals and tech industries to commercialize the world’s first carbon-free aluminum smelting process.
May 2, 2018 - Saputo Inc. says it has completed a deal to acquire Australia-based Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Ltd., for $1.29 billion.
Apr. 30, 2018 - Food and food services business Dr. Oetker Canada says it is investing in a new, high-speed frozen pizza manufacturing line that will help create 103 jobs and retain 115 positions in London, Ont.
Apr. 29, 2018 - The federal government is announcing $30 million in new money to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the Canadian market.
Apr. 26, 2018 10:29:00 - State and local governments in Louisiana have offered an estimated $1.5 billion in incentives to persuade a Taiwanese company to locate a $9.4 billion plastics complex along the Mississippi River upstream from New Orleans, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson said.
Apr. 20, 2018 - Campbell Soup Company says its new Canadian headquarters will open in Mississauga, Ont.
Apr. 13, 2018 - Frulact Canada has established a new 58,000-square-foot research and development and food processing facility in Kingston, Ont., which will serve as the company’s North American base and first facility in Canada.
Apr. 12, 2018 - The federal and Ontario governments have announced an investment of up to $70 million toward Sanofi Pasteur Limited’s $500-million project to help establish what they say will be one of the world’s most advanced vaccine manufacturing facilities.
Apr. 10, 2018 - Nestlé today announced its goal of making 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025, saying its vision is that none of its packaging – including plastics – ends up in landfill or as litter.
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