Technology

Nov. 15, 2017 - A two-year project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts.
Nov. 9, 2017 - Desktop Metal is now accepting international pre-orders of its metal 3D printing system, the Studio System, through authorized resellers throughout Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Nov. 8, 2017 - BigRep GmbH and NOVACAD Systems have launched the inaugural BigRep Innovation Award, inviting post-secondary students from across Canada to reinvent the humble chair and forge new design frontiers with advanced 3D printing technology. 
Sep. 29, 2017 - Ricoh Japan is replacing some traditional metal tooling with lightweight 3D printed jigs and fixtures for its Production Technology Center assembly line dedicated to large-format printers. The assembly line is located in the northeast branch of Ricoh Industries in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
Sept. 13, 2017 - Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), a subsidiary of Arcam AB and a GE Additive Company, has inaugurated its new $31-million additive manufacturing facility in Saint-Eustache, Que., which it says will welcome 106 new employees by the end of the year.
Sep. 11, 2017 - Matsuura Machinery USA will debut its Lumex 3D printer hybrid series to the North American market at Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017, being held in Pasadena, Calif., December 6-8.
Nov. 21, 2017 - Industry 4.0, whether it is referred to as the Smart Factory or the Industrial IoT (IIoT), has long offered more conceptual ideas than realizable solutions, at least from the perspective of outside observers.
Oct. 13, 2017 - For the fourth consecutive year in Canada, Bosch Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program continues to grow, now offering more than 5,000 Drive & Control products for delivery. According to the company, more than 99 per cent of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer, with the same lead times in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Oct. 10, 2017 - Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. says it is joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.
Sep. 3, 2017 - Canadian companies could be serious contenders in the global self-driving vehicle race, experts have suggested after Magna International Inc. fielded the country’s latest entry with the debut of the auto part giant’s own autonomous technology.
Aug. 26, 2017 - Toky Electrical Co. Ltd., a supplier of electrical meters and controllers, and Westlock Controls, a developer of advanced solutions for networking, monitoring and controlling process valves, are the latest companies to join FDT Group.
Aug. 8, 2017 - Framos, a global image sensor distributor, and Pyxalis, a custom image sensor supplier, have extended their collaboration, entering into a partnership that “significantly enhances” Framos’ imaging solutions portfolio, which includes Sony, ON Semiconductor, and Teledyne e2v.
Nov. 10, 2017 - Asteelflash says it is implementing a pilot program at its Fremont, Calif., facility targeted towards building a smart factory.
Nov. 9, 2017 - Bsquare, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, has released the findings from its first annual IIoT Maturity Study, which explores the current IoT adoption progress of business buyers in manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas.
Nov. 7, 2017 - Advantech, Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan have established the Edgecross Consortium in an effort to overcome boundaries between companies and industries, help realize collaboration between factory automation and IT, and create new value centred on edge computing.
Oct. 30, 2017 - Harting held its annual media event on October 26 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., focusing on a business update from the company and several key initiatives.
Oct. 2, 2017 - Some of the biggest names in tech are lining up to join Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence cluster, but harnessing the sector’s full potential depends on creating homegrown tech champions, not just celebrating investments by large multinationals, warns one of Canada’s godfathers of deep learning.
Sep. 25, 2017 - Samsung Electronics has joined the OPC Foundation, an Industrial IoT organization providing data and protocol interoperability, security and reliability from its specifications and open source implementations.
Nov. 21, 2017 - In building management systems (BMS) and human machine interface (HMI), manufacturers need to seek the right architecture for supervisory systems. Costs are being further driven down from legacy systems while historically, reliability is improving and efficiency is increasing. Due to the enhanced connectivity of these systems today, improving cybersecurity has become an equally important goal.
Sep. 19, 2017 - As awareness surrounding IoT standardization continues to grow, more eyes are being drawn to the necessity of enabling interoperability for distributed measurement and control solutions.
Jun. 27, 2017 - Robotics, variable frequency drives (VFDs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are prevalent in many manufacturing environments. These microprocessor-based control systems have enabled plants to automate many functions and processes, increasing repeatability and precision in a wide array of industries.
May 5, 2017 - Remote monitoring networks provide industries with the capability to automatically track and control various assets to improve operations while reducing costs.
May 4, 2017 - Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators could use this to track objects as they move through the production hall.
Mar. 26, 2017 - When first introduced to the industry, remote instrumentation was based on wired systems. Today, wireless remote monitoring and control systems can simulate the architecture of wired systems using links to transmit data.
Nov. 17, 2017 - Collaborative robots, or cobots, work side by side with human workers to complete a wide range of tasks, including welding, quality inspection, and component insertion/fastening. They were introduced in the mid 1990s, but took until 2008 to make it to the industrial marketplace (Engineering.com).
Nov. 14, 2017 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently interviewed Ákos Dömötör, CEO of OptoForce, regarding the state of the industrial robot. In this interview, he talks about how software has played a key role in helping to improve the intelligence of robots, leading to greater performance in manufacturing.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Quebec-based Netpak Packaging has announced a multimillion-dollar investment in its Montreal plant, securing a range of new production line equipment, with the goal to become “one of the most modern packaging converting facilities in North America.”
Nov. 6, 2017 - Next week, Manufacturing AUTOMATION will present content dedicated to the development and application of industrial robotics. Join us as we roll out fresh, engaging content only available on automationmag.com, as well as a few throwback articles from our archives that still provide lots of relevant insight today.
Nov. 4, 2017 - There’s a good reason why solitary confinement is considered the worst of all punishments: Generally speaking, people — and other intelligent organisms — suffer in isolation. So why shouldn’t the same be true of intelligent machinery?
Oct. 16, 2017 - The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has signed an alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in an effort to highlight communication and education on robot safety best practices.
Aug. 27, 2017 - Cybersecurity has been top of the agenda for many businesses following the global Wanna Decryptor (WannaCry) ransomeware attack that grabbed headlines in May 2017. The latest in a line of high profile attacks, WannaCry saw over 45,000 attacks recorded in almost 100 countries, including the U.K., U.S., India and China.
Aug. 15, 2017 - A new partnership between Claroty and Schneider Electric aims to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world’s industrial infrastructure.
Aug. 9, 2017 - The malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant’s computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom.
Jul. 25, 2017 - Employees may be hiding IT security incidents from their bosses to avoid punishment, according to a recent report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.
Jul. 24, 2017 - U.S. president Donald Trump plans to review the U.S. manufacturing base and supply chains because of possible national security risks.
Jul. 12, 2017 - Isolation as a complete security solution for industrial control systems (ICS) is dead.
Nov. 15, 2017 - Global ERP provider SYSPRO has launched its new channel partner program in Canada, focusing on three key points: quality, growth and reward.
Nov. 13, 2017 - Organic herbal supplement brand Gaia Herbs has announced it will implement IFS Applications for enterprise resource planning (ERP), saying it selected the software provider for its “expertise in the process manufacturing industry and ability to execute against key business efficiencies.”
Oct. 28, 2017 - REHAU Automotive, German automotive supplier and polymer specialist, will deploy Siemens software products to replace several legacy systems in engineering, manufacturing and quality management, making it one of the first automotive suppliers to implement a company-wide manufacturing execution system (MES) and quality management system (QMS) integrated into a product lifecycle management (PLM) system for product and process digitalization and closed loop manufacturing, it says.
Oct. 16, 2017 - The most successful manufacturing companies develop a culture of full-accountability in their operations where it matters the most, on the plant floor.
Sep. 25, 2017 - Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Montreal, Quebec-based Infolytica Corporation, expanding the company’s simulation suite into electromagnetics (EM).
Sep. 4, 2017 - The number one challenge of manufacturing is getting the right product, at the right time, at the right price. Competitive advantage used to come from automation and more recently digitalization, but this has now become the norm with the advent of new technologies and modern apps.

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