Avigilon, a Vancouver-based designer and manufacturer of high-definition video surveillance solutions, had a choice: manufacture in China or keep it close to home. For Avigilon, the choice was clear. Check out how a made-in-Canada policy helped this manufacturer grow. To read more about Avigilon's local manufacturing strategy, click here to check out the article in the September 2013 issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION.
Editor Mary Del Ciancio returns from maternity leave and shares some of the latest news on the manufacturing industry's outlook, including a sneak peak into the results of our 2013 Canadian Manufacturing Study, which is the cover story for our October 2013 issue.
Fast oscilloscopes offer a window into the complex behavior of high-speed systems – the faster the oscilloscope, the faster and more complex things can be designed and built. The 100 GHz bandwidth limit for real-time oscilloscopes is a speed previously thought unattainable and represents a milestone in instrument performance, but this demonstration by Teledyne LeCroy shows it can be achieved.
Canadian companies that focus on expanding into competitive global markets outside of North America—and orient their innovation efforts to compete globally—reap the best bottom-line results. However, only about one-sixth of Canadian firms adopt an innovation strategy that focuses on competing in international markets, according to “2012 Survey Findings: The State of Firm-Level Innovation in Canada,” published by The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for Business Innovation. "Few companies pick the most successful innovation strategy of expanding to provide products and services to new international markets, even though these firms earn between 10 and 30 per cent more net income than their counterparts using other approaches," said Bruce Good, executive director of the Centre for Business Innovation. "Most Canadian firms prefer to operate within provincial or national borders—or in North America—rather than competing in international markets."
Published in Automation in Action
The power supply units from Phoenix Contact Canada are arranged according to functionality and performance: Quint Power, Trio Power, Mini Power, Uno Power, Step Power. Units offer a broad array of specifications covering AC or DC input, DC output, single- and three-phase capabilites.
Autodesk recently announced the availability of Fusion 360, a cloud based 3D CAD service poised to usher in the next generation of product design. Fusion 360 is designed to let users quickly develop designs from initial concepts to detailed engineering in a cloud-based environment. Designs can then be accessed and shared from anywhere at any time and the platform ensures that all data, models and information is automatically achieved, versioned and managed.
Published in Software
Siemens looks into the future of machining, manufacturing and IT infrastructure at the factory of tomorrow.
Do you know how to properly relubricate bearings? This video from Motion Industries and Rexnord is designed to show you how. “Improper bearing lubrication is the most common cause of bearing failure,” says Randy Breaux, Motion Industries’ senior VP of Marketing, Product Management & Strategic Planning. “And this informative demonstration takes us through the CLEAR Method, which is smart to do in just about any ball or roller bearing application.”
Omron Automation & Safety is breaking new ground in North America by using automation—the same automation used in a manufacturing facility—in a whole new way. Omron and its strategic partner, Auto Park-it, LLC, opened the very first fully automated parking facility in Southern California.The automated parking system lets drivers pull their car in to a bay, jump out and let the machines take over. A structural steel system of lifts and shuttles moves vehicles up, down, back and forth on pallets through one under- and three above-ground levels of parking stalls. The system allows twice as many cars to fit into a parking structure, because there’s no need for room to open car doors, and no need to leave roadway space for vehicles to drive through the garage.Now developers, civic officials, building operators and end users have an option that’s green, safe, secure, affordable and convenient. Watch this video to see how it’s done.
WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 represents Canada's 12th participation in a WorldSkills Competition, a biannual international event which brings together the world's most talented skilled trades and technology competitors. Team Canada 2013 represented one of the largest delegations Canada has ever sent to WorldSkills, with competitors in 32 of the 46 skills categories.
Canada Fibers has unveiled the new Arrow Road MRF Complex, the largest material recycling facility of its kind in North America—equipped to recycle both industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) waste and residential waste.
If there’s one thing manufacturers can do to thrive in today’s economy, it’s collaborate with one another. That’s one of the main messages that came out of Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s annual editorial advisory board roundtable meeting. Take a look at what our board members had to say about collaboration and the benefits for manufacturers.
For the first time in several years, the economic outlook for manufacturers has shifted from cautious to decidedly optimistic. It’s a whole new world out there for Canadian manufacturers, and it’s time to take action. This was among the topics discussed when our board members got together in April for the seventh annual roundtable meeting, which is the cover story for our June 2013 issue. Take a look at some of the highlights here.
On May 30, the CAW and CEP unions announced Unifor as the name of the new union that will be formed on Labour Day weekend, 2013. Watch the CAW-CEP new union name and logo video revealed.
Moore Industries has released a new video showing the advantages of wireless I/O solutions in industrial facilities. In the video, journalist and industry expert Peter Welander relays several reasons engineers are increasingly integrating wireless I/O as part of their process control solution and steps through ways they benefit from it.More industrial facilities are realizing substantial benefits from implementing wireless I/O solutions as part of their overall process control strategy. By moving away from cable and embracing a wireless I/O solution, engineers gain flexibility and safety while reducing the costs of equipment replacement and maintenance. In the video, Welander shows how the WNM works: • In a Point-to-Point System to send wireless signals from a Remote to a Master• In a Point-to-Multipoint System with multiple WNM units configured as repeaters to relay signals when a direct line of sight does not exist between a Master and Remote module or to significantly extend the transmission distance allowable within a WNM networkThrough the use of animated diagrams, Welander shows how the WNM can extend a plant’s control and monitoring system. In addition, wireless I/O solutions help engineers significantly reduce installation and maintenance costs related to traditional wiring along with creating a system that is easily expanded as plant specifications change.
A team of undergraduate students from the University of Waterloo has won a significant microrobotics competition, and they did it in less than one second. The Mobile Microrobotics Challenge took place at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Waterloo team won the Autonomous Mobility Challenge, where the microrobots must autonomously navigate a track in the shape of a figure eight. "This winning team consists of engineering students who were supported by colleagues from arts and math. The fact that they worked together so well to win this competition speaks to the collaborative spirit and multidisciplinary approach we take at Waterloo,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. “They surpassed graduate students and postdoctoral candidates from other top universities, which is indicative of their work ethic and high skill. I congratulate them on their victory." The microrobots were 500 micrometres in size—less than the thickness of a credit card—and competed in an arena measuring 3.5 millimetres by 2 millimetres. Waterloo's team finished three runs with a winning average time of .33 seconds. Organizers set up a microscope over the tiny arena and projected the race onto a large screen so that spectators could see the action. Matthew Maclean, a third-year student in software engineering, was the controller for the Waterloo team—much like being the driver for a racing team. He controlled the microrobot with computer code, and says precise movements are critical in order to avoid catastrophe. "When you have something that small, if you are a few milliseconds too slow when controlling the robot, it could end up off the course at a distance 100 times its size," said Maclean. "We do lose the robots from time to time when testing because it's like trying to find a speck of dust." The implications of this performance can lead to progressive leaps in the development of micro-scale applications including targeted drug delivery, minimally invasive surgery and advanced electronics manufacturing. The Waterloo team consists of about 45 undergraduate students, and works under the University of Waterloo Nanorobotics Group, or UW_NRG. The students defeated six other teams from Canada, the United States, France and the Czech Republic. This is the second year a Waterloo team has won this competition.
Siemens Canada's national tour series stopped in Oakville, Ont., on May 16 to showcase the company's latest TIA Portal V12 software and next generation controller family SIMATIC S7-1500. Watch as Joris Myny, Siemens Canada Ltd. vice president, Industry Automation and Drive Technologies divisions, discusses how these innovations fit in with Siemens' overall innovation goals and how the company is become a true "software company." www.siemens.ca
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In this Q&A, Dr. Karl Tragl, chairman of the executive board at Bosch Rexroth AG, discusses his company's economic position in North America, innovations around Integrated Industry including Open Core Engineering, condition monitoring and industry trends such as energy efficiency. www.boschrexroth.ca
Rittal Systems benefits customers with partners in its Ri4 Power Technology modular low-voltage systems for electrical distribution & motor control, according to Wolfram Eberhardt of Rittal GmbH corporate communications. These partners were featured at the company's booth at Hannover Messe 2013. www.rittal.ca
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