November 21, 2018 – EXOR has released an update to its HMI line, taking the eTOP500 series for harsh environments and updating it with the recently released eX700 series.
November 20, 2018 – Industrial networking developer Antaira Technologies has expanded its industrial networking infrastructure family with the LNP-1600G, -1802G-SFP and -2004G-SFP series.
November 19, 2018 – AutomationDirect has added the ReeR MOSAIC system of safety monitoring and control devices, which is modular for managing all safety functions of a single machine or an entire plant.
November 16, 2018 – Siemens is bringing the Sitop PSU6200 line of rugged power supplies to market, offering functions for targeted diagnostics, fast assembly and reliable operation.
November 15, 2018 – Industrial LED lighting specialist Dialight has launched a 72,000-lumen Vigilant High Output High Bay fixture, designed to deliver illumination at mounting heights above 18 metres (60 feet).
November 14, 2018 – At the 2018 Automation Fair this week, Festo introduced new solutions that work with Rockwell Automation’s data-driven manufacturing and processing initiatives.
November 14, 2018 – Alliance Sensors Group has introduced the S2A, its latest LVDT signal conditioner. 
November 13, 2018– TRU-Vu Monitors, a supplier of industrial-grade LCD monitors and touch screens, has released a new 19” LCD monitor with 4:3 aspect ratio. 
November 13, 2018 – igus has introduced a low-cost robot that can help small and medium sized businesses get introduced to automation for a lower initial investment.
November 12, 2018 – Laser measurement technology company Automation Precision, Inc. (API) has launched a laser tracker–based industrial robot performance and calibration tool to verify robot accuracy.
November 9, 2018 – Allied Motion Technologies has introduced the electric power steering (EPS) series for steer-by-wire warehouse vehicles, autonomous AGVs and similar material transport vehicles needing a robust electric steering solution.
November 8, 2018 – B&R Automation has developed the ACOPOStrak transport system for safe productivity at workstations with collaborative robots.
November 20, 2018 – The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has opened a brand-new Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC), a facility that aims to help Alberta businesses become more competitive. 
November 15, 2018 – The Yves Landry Foundation is accepting applications from manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario to receive up to $100,000 to offset the costs of training expenses.
November 14, 2018 – Simon Fraser University has received a $1.9 million investment from the federal government to add new equipment to its advanced manufacturing centre in Burnaby, B.C.
November 9, 2018 – Researchers at the University of Waterloo have devised a way to allow smart devices to be battery-free using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.
November 8, 2018 – The Ontario government is investing $13.2 million into its pre-apprenticeship training program for future skilled trades workers.
October 12, 2018 – A new five-year partnership between Toronto's Humber College and KUKA Canada will outfit the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (CTI) with the latest robotic technology.
October 11, 2018 – Toronto's Humber College and DMG MORI Canada have partnered to address skills needs for advanced manufacturing tooling processes and engage in applied research.
October 5, 2018 – Festo has debuted a bionic "kit" designed to promote enthusiasm for STEM subjects among youth.
October 4, 2018 – Sandvik Coromant has awarded nine students in their fourth year of the Machinist Apprenticeship Program at the North Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) with its annual scholarships.
September 14, 2018 - Toronto's Humber College will host a robotics competition in partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Canada from March 8 to 10, 2019.
August 31, 2018 - The federal government has announced up to $9.46 million in funding to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to support its Automotive Centre of Excellence in Oshawa, and to create new research and development jobs in the automotive industry.
August 24, 2018 - Professors Angela Schoellig and Steven Waslander are representing the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) in the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network (NCRN), a consortium of leading robotics researchers from across Canada that includes members from universities, industry and government. The NCRN recently won $5.5 million in funding from NSERC’s Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks competition.
November 20, 2018 – According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, manufacturing is statistically one of the highest risk industrial sectors to work in. 
November 19, 2018 – Robert Markle, sole director of JTF Davco Ltd., a company that manufactures screws from brass and other metal stock, has been fined $22,000 in a Ministry of Labour charge after a worker was killed at the JTF Davco plant in Toronto. 
November 14, 2018 – Manufacturing is rapidly changing, driven by trends such as low volume/high mix, shorter lifecycles, changing labour dynamics and other global factors. One way industry is responding to these trends is by changing the way humans and machines safely work together, enabled by updated standards and new technologies including safety communications.
October 25, 2018 – Give and Go Prepared Foods Corporation, a manufacturer of baked goods, has been fined $60,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after a worker was permanently injured at Give and Go's Brampton, Ontario plant.
October 25, 2018 – Each year, Workplace Safety North (WSN) – the provincial health and safety association for mining, forestry, and paper, printing, and converting sectors – recognizes Ontario workplaces with a strong safety culture.
October 22, 2018 – K-G Spray-Pak Inc., a manufacturer and packager of aerosol products, has been fined $75,000 by the Ministry of Labour after pleading guilty in a case that involved a worker being injured after being caught in a conveyor belt at the company's plant.
October 17, 2018 – Traditional material handling processes focused on moving products by the case or pallet from distribution centres to brick-and-mortar retail stores, where customers would do their shopping. Today, with the convenience of e-commerce, people are shopping over the internet more frequently and buying fewer items at a time. E-commerce has turned the traditional material handling and logistics landscape on its head, compelling us to rethink the overall approach to intralogistics operations within the four walls of the fulfillment centre.
October 17, 2018 – Uponor Infra, a Hamilton, Ontario company that manufactures plastic piping, has been fined $80,000 after pleading guilty to an offence that involved a worker suffering critical injuries after being pulled into a machine while it was still in operation.
October 16, 2018 – October is Fire Prevention Month, and Johnson Controls has shared some tips with us on how you can mitigate the risk of fire hazards in your plant and promote occupant safety.
October 3, 2018 – Experienced safety managers are usually well versed in the consequences of poor safety practices, which may include fines, worker’s compensation costs, high turnover, lost productivity, worker injuries and even fatalities on the job. Even so, misunderstandings about machine safeguarding requirements place many facilities at risk for noncompliance and serious accidents.
August 29, 2018 - Entries are open for Rockwell Automation's sixth annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards.
August 7, 2018 - Rockwell Automaton has added five new members to its Machine Safety System Integrator program, including two Ontario companies.
November 19, 2018 – Industrial communications and networking company Moxa Inc. has announced it is forming a new joint venture with Trend Micro Incorporated, a  cybersecurity solutions provider.
November 16, 2018 – The HARTING Technology Group has furthered its North American partnership with U.S. company Heilind Electronics by entering a global agreement.
November 16, 2018 – BlackBerry Ltd. has signed a US$1.4-billion deal to acquire U.S. artificial intelligence and cybersecurity company Cylance in what the company called the largest deal in its history.
November 16, 2018 – Motion monitoring enables efficient machine operation – but standards also demand maximum safety. With an external monitoring unit, safety functions can be implemented as standard on frequency converters and servo amplifiers of various performance classes and from various manufacturers; in most cases this can be achieved very economically.
November 13, 2018 – The HAHN Group, a German-based company specializing in automatization and robotics, has acquired all robotic technology from the recently defunct U.S. company Rethink Robotics.
November 13, 2018 – Universal Robots (UR) has hired more than 20 staff members from its former competitor, the recently shuttered Rethink Robotics, merging UR’s Boston office with Rethink’s former headquarters in the Seaport area in Boston.
November 13, 2018 – As a “do more with less” mentality takes over the factory, executives are pushing for greater visibility into every aspect of production, hoping to streamline processes and improve efficiency.
November 8, 2018 – Information technology proliferation on the plant floor is transforming industrial manufacturing, driving innovation and providing countless benefits. Manufacturers are experiencing increased productivity, improved product quality, enhanced customer satisfaction and, ultimately, a better bottom line.
November 7, 2018 – Low margins, intense competition, and risk aversion in the digital era have become a formula for disruption in industrial manufacturing. So, how are you ensuring that your organization is on the right path not only to survive, but also to gain the digital edge over competitors?
November 6, 2018 – Robots are well on the way to becoming ubiquitous in manufacturing, where they are having an impact on the work environment and on jobs themselves. But what does this new world of work look like? How does it divide work up between humans and machines? And how might robots help create attractive jobs for people with disabilities so they can be participate in the workforce?
November 6, 2018 – Eastman Kodak and Evolve Additive Solutions have announced a technology partnership to further additive manufacturing.
November 5, 2018 – Advantech launched its newest IoT platform structure WISE-PaaS 3.0 and 32 IoT solution-ready (SRP) packages co-created with software and industry partners at the first Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit last week in Suzhou, China.
November 19, 2018 – The modernization of the factory is changing the way manufacturers are conducting their operations by connecting the entire business.
November 12, 2018 – It is easy for me to identify the “true all-stars” on the teams I worked with over the years. They were the performers that not only got things done, but that products, divisions, and even companies were built upon. Some were diamonds in the rough, discovered along the way. Some were fresh graduates with that certain “spark.”
October 22, 2018 – It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.
October 22, 2018 – Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) was, unsurprisingly, the topic of conversation at last month’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. We’ve been writing about this monumental shift in the industry for years now, but connected manufacturing is really only starting to trickle down to the SMEs that make up much of Canada’s output. The reason why it’s been a slow start is obvious: cost. So maybe the better question to ask is, why now?
October 18, 2018 – Ten years ago, as the global recession waned, I observed the emergence of two major Lean trends – one that saw it deployed in a wider range of industries and disciplines, and another that has carried Lean thinking to the corner office.
October 12, 2018 – On the factory floor, every new connection point is an opportunity for operations teams to monitor, analyze and optimize performance. It’s also a security risk.
October 11, 2018 – Regular readers of this column probably wonder if I am still working, or if I’m retired, given that so many of the columns I’ve written highlight my recent recreational pursuits and adventures, many of them with my granddaughter.
September 21, 2018 - There are moments throughout history that change the way societies work and function on a daily basis. In the 18th to 19th centuries, rural societies became urban, iron and textile industries grew, and the steam engine made its mark on history. Fast forward to a paradigm shift that began in 1870: the world saw its first light bulb, as well as the invention of the telephone and electricity for mass production. More recently, digital technology has put a mobile computer in our pockets to communicate in ways once only imagined in science fiction films.
September 17, 2018 - Cannabis is set to be legalized for recreational use as of October 17, 2018. For many employers still struggling with how to accommodate employees who have been prescribed cannabis for medicinal purposes, this will create new challenges and questions. How do you define impairment and fitness for work? What types of tasks are safety sensitive?
September 12, 2018 - I’m pleased to introduce myself as the new editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION. I come to the magazine from another trade publication in a different industry, so I’ve spent the past few weeks reading through back issues of MA to understand what trends, topics and challenges are most important to manufacturing professionals in Canada.
September 11, 2018 - In Manufacturing AUTOMATION's May 2018 issue, the results of the annual Canadian Manufacturing Study were revealed. Initially, as a professional in the IT industry, I was thrilled to see manufacturers prioritize IT investment. Twenty-five per cent, 17 per cent and 11 per cent of you, respectively, plan to invest in bridging the IT/OT gap, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cybersecurity best practices over the next three years.
September 10, 2018 - The emergence of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT, or the Industrial Internet of Things, is causing equal levels of excitement and concern. Most manufacturers I visit have heard about its potential and are aware of the building hype, but don’t know how it will affect them specifically. Depending on a person’s age, the opinions vary from one extreme to the other, with a healthy percentage of indifference. There is often fear associated with it – and like all fear, it is caused by uncertainty and lack of knowledge, fuelled by myths and speculation.
November 13, 2018 – Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls' power solutions business for US$13.2 billion.
November 12, 2018 – A Bombardier-Alstom consortium says it will supply Montreal's transport agency with 153 more Azur metro cars in an order approaching a half-billion dollars.
November 7, 2018 – POSITAL FRABA, a manufacturer of industrial position and motion sensors, has upgraded its facilities for producing Wiegand sensors.
November 1, 2018 – General Motors will attempt to cut costs by offering buyouts to about 18,000 white-collar workers in North America.
October 29, 2018 – ABB has announced that it is investing US$150 million to build what it says is the world's most advanced, automated and flexible robotics factory.
October 3, 2018 – General Motors and Honda will team up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation.
October 2, 2018 – Tesla Motors accelerated production of its pivotal Model 3 sedan during the summer just as CEO Elon Musk promised, vindicating the electric car maker's leader amid a backdrop of baffling behaviour that jeopardized his job.
September 28, 2018 - Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) has made a $50,000 donation through the Honda Canada Foundation to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) to build a new, accessible pathway in Riverdale Park in Alliston, Ontario.
September 27, 2018 – Ford Motor Co.'s historic Rouge factory complex will continue well into its second century of production with the announcement Thursday that it will make at least one version of the next-generation F-150 pickup truck.
September 27, 2018 - Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose at a healthy pace last month, though the increase was mostly driven by a surge in aircraft demand.
September 25, 2018 - Accu Tech USA, a distributor of automation and motion solutions, has announced the expansion of its current production facility in Youngsville, North Carolina.
September 18, 2018 - Nova Bus has won a contract to build four fully electric 40-foot LFSe buses for Montreal transit authority STM (Société de transport de Montréal).
November 7, 2018 – Parmalat Group says it has reached an agreement valued at $1.62 billion to acquire Kraft Heinz Canada's natural cheese division.
November 5, 2018 – Irving Pulp & Paper Limited was ordered to pay a $3.5 million penalty after being sentenced today in connection with three offences under the federal Fisheries Act.The New Brunswick Provincial Court in Saint John rendered the decision, which was the maximum allowable penalty.
October 30, 2018 – Emerson has completed a $73 million contract for automation systems and cloud engineering services at North West Redwater Partnership's new Sturgeon Refinery in Alberta.
October 25, 2018 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced $40 million in investments at its Northwestern Ontario operations, in addition to $13.5 million in major maintenance repairs and the creation of 25 new jobs.
October 10, 2018 – Ahlstrom-Munksjö has recently completed a EUR 23 million investment in its plant in Madisonville, US.
October 4, 2018 – Cascades has announced that its president and CEO, Mario Plourde, received the 2019 Clean50 and Clean16 awards from Delta Management Group.
October 3, 2018 – Emerson, the automation supplier for process and industrial applications, has announced it will acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric that offers machine control, industrial computing, input/output (I/O) and networking devices, project and integration services and other hardware/software solutions.
September 13, 2018 - The federal government has announced funding to support Indigenous jobs and manufacturing efficencies in Canada's forestry industry.
August 23, 2018 - Rockwell Automation has won a US$50-million contract to supply a mine control system to Codelco, the Chile state-owned copper mining company, for its Chuquicamata underground mine.
August 20, 2018 - KP Tissue and Kruger Products have released a plan for a capital investment of $575 million to construct a new state-of-the-art tissue plant in the Brompton area of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Jul. 16, 2018 - The Bel Group will build its first Canadian plant in Sorel-Tracy, Que. The facility, whose commercial production is scheduled to begin in early 2020, will be fully dedicated to producing Mini Babybel cheese.
Jul. 13, 2018 - Michelin says it has reached agreement to purchase Quebec off-road tire maker Camso for about US$1.7 billion.

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