Hannover Messe 2012: Beckhoff Automation applies latest EtherCAT standard
Canada can build a world-class manufacturing sector, CME head says
Canada has the opportunity to build a world-class manufacturing sector over the next 10 years, according to Jayson Myers, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Get the details.
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Manufacturing sales up 1.9 per cent in March
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 1.9 per cent in March to $49.7 billion, with petroleum and coal products leading the way. Get the details here.
ABB completes acquisition of Thomas & Betts
ABB Ltd has completed its acquisition of Thomas & Betts Corporation, making the United States ABB's largest market. The acquisition is expected to advance ABB’s strategy of expanding its low voltage products division. Learn more.
RIA announces first certified robot integrators
Four companies are the first to receive the new Certified Robot Integrator designation from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). Find out who they are here.
U.S. factory output increased in April
U.S. factory output increased in April, helped by a gain in auto production. Busier factories have driven stronger hiring this year and helped the economy grow. Get more.
Integrators predict healthy outlook for worldwide automation industry
Buoyed by more business opportunities, including significant production improvements and expansion in numerous industries, members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) remain confident strong economic conditions will continue in most areas around the world. Get the story.
Food packager improves quality control with optic sensors
Quality control is something many companies struggle with. For one company that packages sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts, the need to offer a high quality product for a lower cost was imperative. Could automation help? Find out here.
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Power partners: Software-based safety controller keeps operators safe in the testing of transformers
The sound of success: Voice technology improves accuracy and throughput for Sony of Canada's distribution network
This hour has 15 minutes: Streamline processes to get the other 45 back
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Feature: Communications and Networking
Circular connectors are used in many automation technology applications, such as sensor signal transmission and low power supply, or for data communication in fieldbus technology. There are many connector formats available for the signals, power and data needs of these applications. This article guides you through the options available.
Installing a thread protector onto exposed threaded pipe on oil tools is a difficult and time-consuming job. But London, Ont.-based JMP Engineering found a way around this challenge by working with an oil industry manufacturer to develop a flexible automation process that uses two robots guided by machine vision to process a wide range of parts. We take a look at the solution.
Plus: News and trends, as well as a selection of the latest software offerings, hydraulics and pneumatics products, HMI offerings, robotics equipment, sensors, motors and drives, as well as test and measurement products.