Top stories of 2017

Friday December 22, 2017
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Dec. 22, 2017 - As another eventful year comes to an end, join us for a trip down memory lane as we recap the top 10 most-read stories from Manufacturing AUTOMATION, as chosen by you. Happy reading!


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The passing of a legend: Dick Morley
Earlier this year we lost a true legend and innovator of the manufacturing industry, Dick Morley. Famously dubbed the father of the PLC, it is Morley who, in 1968, led the team to develop what is considered one of the most important inventions in manufacturing.



GE to close 125-year-old Ontario plant
More than 350 workers at a General Electric plant in Peterborough, Ont., will be losing their jobs as the 125-year-old facility ceases manufacturing next year.



Worker dies while setting up stamping press
According to a report by CTV Barrie, a worker was fatally injured while setting up a stamping press on August 31 in Tottenham, Ont.


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Canadian water company Flow Water opens packaging plant

Flow Water opened its first brand-owned manufacturing facility in May — a new 21,000-square-foot plant in Aurora, Ont. — overseeing its entire value chain from spring to pack.


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Canada’s Top 10 Best Places to Work in Manufacturing 2017
Great Place to Work (GPTW) has announced the 2017 list of Best Workplaces in Manufacturing. Congratulations to all employers!


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Six steps for energy management in manufacturing
When it comes to energy management, the key word is management, not energy. As such, all the rules of management apply, which means everything starts at the top. So how do we achieve effective energy management in a manufacturing setting?


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ABB moves to acquire B&R
ABB of Zurich, Switzerland, reached an agreement to acquire Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH (B&R) headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria.



Mars Canada invests $70 million in expanded chocolate factory in Ontario
Mars Canada’s newly expanded Newmarket, Ont.-facility is expected to create up to 30 new full-time jobs. At peak capacity, the facility will employ up to 150 associates.



Worker suffers life-threatening injuries in industrial accident
A worker was taken to a Saskatoon hospital after an industrial accident occurred at a manufacturing facility in Saskatoon.



Fluor performing two projects for Ingevity in China
Fluor will provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for two Ingevity facilities in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, and Gaolan Port Economic Zone of Zhuhai, China.

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