Thirteen Canadian employers – including three manufacturing companies – have been honoured as Canada’s Safest Employers in 2012. The awards, sponsored by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, were handed out to those employers for outstanding achievements in promoting health and safety in the workplace.
Siemens Canada’s unveiled its new corporate HQ, which also officially marked the company’s 100th anniversary in Canada. Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada’s president & CEO, described some of 110,000-sf building’s features, including the pursuit of LEED Gold certification and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Siemens AG’s top man, CEO Peter Loscher, explained the company’s commitment to Canada, which he sees as a growth leader.
With a little help from 3D printing and some robotics, four-year-old Emma Lavelle has overcome the limitations of a congenital disorder and can use her arms for the first time. Using a Dimension 3D printer from Stratasys, Inc., researchers at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia were able to create what little Emma calls her "magic arms." The device is a custom-designed robotic exoskeleton that enables her to conquer greatly limited joint mobility and underdeveloped muscles.
COM DEV International Ltd., a manufacturer of space hardware subsystems in Cambridge, Ont, was part of an exciting space launch earlier this summer, when two satellites were lifted into orbit with COM DEV-built equipment on board. The Echostar XVII and MSG-3 satellites were launched from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket, which carried its 9,640 kg payload to geostationary orbit nearly 36,000 km above the Earth in just 34 minutes. Check out this video from the launch.
The Curiosity Mars rover has landed safely and has been sending back stunning images of the red planet. But did you know that the software used to design the rover is very similar to the kind used in manufacturing? Check out some of the work the University of Leicester has done with NASA and Siemens PLM Software to help develop different spacecraft.
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Radix Controls, a Windsor, Ont.-based automation technology provider, is currently a participant on the CBC television show The Big Decision. With some help from Dragon’s Den star Jim Treliving, Radix launched a new system, called Tool Tracker, designed to help manufacturers assure part quality during automated assembly. But why would a manufacturer go on a reality show in the first place? We talked to Radix's Ross Rawlings and CBC's Jim Treliving to find out.
Bill Lewis, Senior Marketing Manager at Siemens PLM Software, spoke with our sister publication Design Product News' editorial director Mike Edwards at the recent Siemens PLM Connection conference in Las Vegas. Lewis went into depth on his company's High Definition PLM vision aimed at the customer user experience from Siemens applications such Teamcenter 10.1, NX and Solid Edge, as well as embracing data files from its competitors.
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The manufacturing industry has had its ups and downs over the past year. It’s no secret that we are still recovering, slowly but surely. But it’s also no secret that issues remain. What is needed to combat these issues? And what role should government play in helping to improve the situation? These were among the topics discussed when our editorial advisory board members got together in April for the sixth annual roundtable meeting, which is the cover story for our June 2012 issue.
Innovation. It’s a widely used term. One that’s thrown around quite often in manufacturing circles. And when our board members got together in April for the sixth annual roundtable meeting, everything seemed to circle back to innovation as the solution to what ails the manufacturing industry. But how can we bring about innovation within Canadian manufacturing? Here, our board members offer their views. For more details on the discussion, check out the cover story in our June 2012 issue.
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Sony of Canada was looking for a way to improve its efficiency and effectiveness, service levels and costs, so that it could remain competitive in a challenging global market. The company decided to investigate the potential of voice-enabling technology used in manufacturing plants and distribution centres.
Bernd Hanstein, VP, Product Management System Solutions, Rittal GmbH & Co., provides a tour of the Rittal booth at Hannover Messe 2012. Hanstein points out "tool-less" modular enclosure systems for IT applications, a seamless hanger system for HMI computers/monitors of different weights, and Rittal's commitment to energy conservation in its cooling system offerings.www.rittal.ca
Paul Bastel, sales operations and communications manager at Phoenix Contact Canada, spoke with Manufacturing AUTOMATION's sister publication, Design Product News, at the Hannover Messe 2012 trade fair. Bastel described the wind turbine lightning monitoring system that won Phoenix Contact the prestigious Hermes Award, signifying the "Best In Show" technology this year.www.phoenixcontact.ca
Philip Harting, senior vice-president of Harting Inc., spoke with Manufacturing AUTOMATION's sister publication, Design Product News, at Hannover Messe 2012. Harting spoke about the importance of the annual trade fair, the emergence of his company on the global stage, the need for corporate governance on carbon dioxide emissions and on Harting energy management technologies.www.harting.ca
Dr. Eberhard Veit, chairman of the Festo AG management board, spoke with Manufacturing AUTOMATION's sister publication, Design Product News, at Hannover Messe 2012. Dr. Veit commented on a range of issues, from how engineers in Europe and Canada tackle design issues to how his company is addressing the problem of energy savings for its customers.www.festo.ca
Mechatronic solutions consultant Sean-Patrick Mulherrin of EPLAN Software & Services North America demonstrates the new EPLAN Engineering Center One (EEC) design and assembly software functionality at Hannover Messe 2012. The EEC generates all of the documentation at the click of a button: schematics and fluid plans, mechanical designs and complete PLC programs.www.eplancanada.com
Joe Ottenhof, regional manager, Beckhoff Automation Canada Ltd., summarizes the technology offering on display at Hannover Messe 2012. Underpinning the company's technology is EtherCAT, a fieldbus communications standard that offers 12.5 microsecond performance.www.beckhoffautomation.ca
A new business book, How can we make manufacturing sexy?, addresses the industry’s and the public’s role in bringing manufacturing back to Canada. The book takes a look at how to create a “mindset of passion and purpose, from the production floor to the executive suite.” Author Karin Lindner, founder and owner of Karico Performance Solutions, wrote the book to create positive change in the manufacturing environment. Manufacturing AUTOMATION recenty attended the official book launch in Richmond Hill, just outside of Toronto, where Lindner discussed the importance of perception and mindset. Watch the video.
Siemens Canada's Industry Automation division recently launched three new product lines in the area of industrial control. Manufacturing AUTOMATION joined 120 customers, channel partners, employees and select media at the launch event to see demonstrations of the new products lines, which include the next generation of Sirius Modular System of power control products called Sirius Innovations, a new re-engineered family of tiastar Motor Control Centres, and the Sinvert PVM family of solar inverters. Watch the video to learn more.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Toronto chapter was at FABTECH Canada promoting its "Take back manufacturing" campaign. Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio sat down with SME operations lead Nigel Southway at the show to discuss the campaign's progress. Southway said the campaign is gaining traction, but there is more to do. Watch the video for details.
RIC Centre and ABB present a six-session program designed to kick-start ideas and nurture innovation within advanced manufacturing in Ontario. At the session, "How to Evaluate Your News Ideas," presenter Paul Smith of Mississauga, Ont.-based Xerox Research Centre of Canada demonstrated how his global company evaluates the innovations of in-house scientists. The Davis campus of Sheridan College in Brampton, Ont., played host as part of the innovate>forward initiative. This video is courtesy of Manufacturing AUTOMATION sister publication Design Product News.
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