Thought Leaders
Mar. 18, 2016 - I usually wake up to a dozen different market reports in my inbox during any given week. Sometimes they are completely irrelevant and are automatically deleted, and other times I file them away to use as reference material for future articles. Earlier this year, I came across a report that instantly flagged my attention.
Feb. 3, 2016 - Just in time for the New Year, Manufacturing AUTOMATION has compiled the top trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should watch out for in the next 12 months, as predicted by a handful of industry experts.
Jan. 26, 2016 - My favourite part of my job is investigating and sharing the many manufacturing successes Canada offers.
Dec. 11, 2015 - October 2 marked Manufacturing Day 2015, a day where a number of manufacturing industry players opened their doors to students and community members. This annual event aims to change the perception of today’s manufacturing environment by giving manufacturers an opportunity to “show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.”
Nov. 5, 2015 - Automation is a key part of almost all manufacturing today. With so much time and effort put into automating and streamlining production, it is imperative to keep these machines in working order. Almost all automated machinery is connected by quick disconnect electrical connectors for faster replacement. However, without good quality connectors, manufacturers will spend more time and money for replacing these connectors.
Oct. 30, 2015 - It’s the talk of the quality management world — ISO 9001:2015 with its new format and its new wording has been published.
Oct. 23, 2015 - It’s only been a few weeks since classes have started but according to The Conference Board of Canada, our country hasn’t been performing too hot on a recent report card.
Oct. 2, 2015 - It’s been anything but a slow-news summer for North America.
Oct. 1, 2015 - Like something straight out of an Isaac Asimov novel, many fear that robotics and artificial intelligence will soon take over for humans. Some say that robots will render our jobs obsolete, leaving us to vie for skills and education that many simply won’t be able to obtain. Take a deep breath. Automation isn’t taking our jobs, and here’s why.
Jul. 10, 2015 - Small and mighty is how I would describe Thailand after visiting its strong machinery sector earlier this year.
Jun. 23, 2015 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION June  2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on lean manufacturing, machine safety, education and a cover story of our annual editorial advisory board roundtable. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Jun. 18, 2015 - As I write this editorial, I am restlessly sitting on a Boeing 777 from Thailand to Toronto for what feels like an eternity of flying. It will take me about a combined 24 hours of travelling to get home after a hectic four-day press junket in Bangkok. Organized by the Thailand Board of Investment, the press tour brought together five North American journalists (myself included) to visit a handful of manufacturers and institutes in the area. We also attended Intermach and Subcon Thailand, the largest industrial machinery and subcontracting exhibition in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Jun. 15, 2015 - While the Internet of Things, big data and the cloud may be the buzzwords du jour — manufacturing industry participants should be aware of these other trends as they will affect many aspects of industrial automation going forward.
Jun. 12, 2015 - We all know how the growth of technology has hugely impacted the 21st century, but how important is it to consider the fast pace of this advancement? On one of the first sunny days this spring, Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s editorial advisory board gathered for its yearly roundtable to discuss the outlook of the sector as a whole, fuelled by the spread of technology, the new age of workers and increased collaboration between industry members. Thanks to this “snowball effect,” the face of manufacturing will continue to evolve faster and faster with both positive and troubling repercussions, say our members.
May 20, 2015 - In March I attended my very first Automate show, and what a show it was! There were dozens of robot demos and various machine vision and safety set-ups. According to Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (one of the event sponsors), this year’s tradeshow was 80 per cent larger in terms of floor space and attendance was up 50 per cent from 2013.
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