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Student injured in manufacturing class; school board fined $50,000

Peel District School Board (PDSB) pleaded guilty and has been given a $50,000 fine after a student was injured in a classroom incident that resulted in a fracture injury. How did this happen? >> Read full article

Homeyer Precision buys IIoT software for plant roll-out

Homeyer Precision Manufacturing has purchased MERLIN Enterprise Edition for a plant roll-out of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software in Marthasville, Mo. The sale includes 23 licenses of MERLIN for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Direct Numerical Control (DNC), plus nine MERLIN MTConnect hardware adapters for legacy CNC manufacturing machines. >> Read full article

China’s Haier buying GE appliance unit for $5.4 billon

Haier Group, a global home appliance maker, is buying General Electric Co.’s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand its U.S. and global presence. The two companies has agreed to form a strategic partnership to co-operate in areas such as the Internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. >> Read full article

Monsanto to build $140-million cotton seed processing unit in Texas

Monsanto has announced plans to build a $140-million cotton seed processing plant in Lubbock, Texas, where nearly 40 per cent of the nation’s cotton is planted. The new site is expected to employ 40 full-time personnel. >> Read full article

 
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Rise of robots

Rise of robots, AI to cost 5 million jobs by 2020

The Fourth Industrial Revolution — which includes developments in artificial intelligence (AI), machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, genetics and biotechnology — will result in a net loss of 5 million jobs and cause widespread disruption to business models over the next five years, according to a report published this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The report is based on a survey of chief human resources officers and strategy executives from companies across 15 economies that account for about 65 per cent of the global workforce. >> Learn More…

 
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Thermal shutoffs boast improved fire safety

FM-approved FireChek thermal shutoffs from Assured Automation with resettable memory shape alloy can be used to shut down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs, or when the ambient temperature reaches 135 F, 150 F, or 165 F. >> Read full article

Energy monitoring systems

Carlo Gavazzi has launched a line of modular monitoring systems for energy management, which features the VMU-C EM data logger system, VMUC-Y EM hardware data aggregator, and Em2 Server software solution. >> Read full article

“Collect and place” revolving head

The Schunk RVK has a revolving head which boasts easy application of a “collect and place” principle where it is able to collect several workpieces before transferring them. >> Read full article

 
 
 Event Calendar 
 

Annual ARC Industry Forum 2016

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 8-11, 2016 >> More Info

Hannover Messe 2016

Location: Hannover, Germany
Date: April 25-29, 2016 >> More Info

Automatica 2016

Location: Munich, Germany
Date: June 21-24, 2016 >> More Info