Technology

December 20, 2018 – Optomec, a production-grade additive manufacturing solutions provider, has acquired Huffman, a 3D metal printing systems developer for additive repair of gas turbine components in the energy and aviation markets.
December 10, 2018 – Siemens and Stratasys have partnered to integrate Siemens Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys additive manufacturing techniques to bring 3D printing into the traditional manufacturing workflow.
November 6, 2018 – Eastman Kodak and Evolve Additive Solutions have announced a technology partnership to further additive manufacturing.
September 28, 2018 - Bosch Rexroth and BigRep, a provider of large-scale 3D printers, have entered into a development partnership that will see 3D printers by BigRep outfitted with CNC control systems and drives from Bosch Rexroth.
September 28, 2018 - Agile Manufacturing, a Canadian provider of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing solutions, has installed a Markforged Metal X 3D Printer as part of its production lineup. The Metal X represents a complete metal solution for end-to-end manufacturing. 
September 27, 2018 - Evolve Additive Solutions has secured an equity investment of $19 million from the LEGO Brand Group with participation from Stanley Black, Decker Investments and a third undisclosed investor.
February 13, 2019 – The Alberta government plans to spend $100 million over five years to attract investment from artificial intelligence–focused tech companies.
January 10, 2019 – DENSO, one of the world's largest mobility manufacturers, has opened a satellite research and development lab in Montreal.
November 16, 2018 – BlackBerry Ltd. has signed a US$1.4-billion deal to acquire U.S. artificial intelligence and cybersecurity company Cylance in what the company called the largest deal in its history.
August 8, 2018 - Samsung Electronics plans to invest $22 billion over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto components and other future businesses as the company maps out its strategy under the restored leadership of Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong after he was freed from prison.
May 10, 2018 - OPS Solutions, maker of Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool for manual assembly and manufacturing processes, is expanding its presence internationally with a new European headquarters in the Czech Republic.
May 2, 2018 - Raven Telemetry, an Ottawa-based artificial intelligence company for manufacturing, has raised $6.1 million in equity financing from angel investors.
January 29, 2019 – Montreal's Matrox Imaging has added a new distributor in China to its global network of product partners and integrators that build customized vision systems.
January 15, 2019 – The National Research Council (NRC) and Fives, an industrial engineering group, have partnered to develop a machine that will improve the efficiency of manufacturing composite parts for the aerospace industry using automation.
November 22, 2018 – Machine vision has always been a necessary evil. While manufacturers require visual QA to detect defective products, it is an expensive, complex and expert-dependent process.
November 16, 2018 – The HARTING Technology Group has furthered its North American partnership with U.S. company Heilind Electronics by entering a global agreement.
November 16, 2018 – Motion monitoring enables efficient machine operation – but standards also demand maximum safety. With an external monitoring unit, safety functions can be implemented as standard on frequency converters and servo amplifiers of various performance classes and from various manufacturers; in most cases this can be achieved very economically.
September 26, 2018 - Manufacturing is the top sector for Internet of Things (IoT) spending, and there’s a good reason for this. No other sector can reap the financial benefits quite like it. From greater operating efficiency to minimal machine downtime, the industry is not only a big investor in IoT, it’s revolutionizing its use.
January 22, 2019 – The Region of Waterloo has implemented a new automated water-level and temperature monitoring solution by eleven-x Inc. to its water well infrastructure, which supplies water to 570,000 residents.
December 13, 2018 – A new study by McKinsey & Company suggests that established companies are leaving as much as US$2 trillion on the table in total return to shareholders because of missed opportunities in digital transformation.
December 12, 2018 – The organizers of Hannover Messe, the world's largest technology fair held annually in Hannover, Germany, are launching a new event on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) stateside in 2019. 
December 12, 2018 – The Industrial Internet Consortium, a global organization dedicated to advancing use of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Linaro, an open-source collaborative engineering organization that develops software for the Arm ecosystem, have partnered to promote the digital economy by preventing fragmentation and harmonizing various aspects of the industrial internet.
December 3, 2018 – Smart factories are rapidly becoming the future of manufacturing, offering a new level of efficiency and productivity to those investing in them.
November 29, 2018 – Microsoft has made several additions to its industry-agnostic Azure IoT suite that it says well help companies approach the Internet of Things (IoT) more holistically, including a dashboard for security deployment, security protection for connected microcontroller devices, and a platform to create virtual models of physical environments.
November 8, 2018 – Information technology proliferation on the plant floor is transforming industrial manufacturing, driving innovation and providing countless benefits. Manufacturers are experiencing increased productivity, improved product quality, enhanced customer satisfaction and, ultimately, a better bottom line.
October 9, 2018 – While futuristic technologies like autonomous machines, unmanned systems and smart devices are more prevalent in industrial business applications than ever before; however, manufacturing facilities continue to struggle with the pervasive connectivity required to create the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
May 8, 2018 - The approach to Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) as introduced by the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) has gained additional support from four TSN technology providers and switch manufacturers: Moxa, Hirschmann, Hilscher and Xilinx. 
Apr. 20, 2018 - TE Connectivity (TE) is celebrating 75 years of producing its pre-insulated diamond grip (PIDG) terminals and splices.
Apr. 19, 2018 - Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s.
Dec. 31, 2017 - The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) says it has supplemented EtherCAT with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) technologies, expanding the field of possible EtherCAT applications to include heterogeneous network environments.
February 11, 2019 – As many manufacturers consider transitioning to a distributed manufacturing system (DMS) for greater production flexibility, the concept of collaborative robotic implementation becomes paramount. 
January 24, 2019 – Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), maker of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), has partnered with automotive technology specialist Faurecia to deploy AMRs in its manufacturing plants worldwide.
January 23, 2019 – Universal Robots has had a big year. After creating the world’s first collaborative robot (cobot) arm a decade ago, the Danish manufacturer remains the biggest player in the industry with 60 per cent of the market share.
January 21, 2019 – Introducing automation to your operation, whether a simple robot arm or a more complex architecture, can be a costly business – and one that you want to get right, preferably on the first try. So what can you do to mitigate risk and harness the most value out of your commitment?
January 8, 2019 – The science of robotics and automation has come a long way since Asimov's laws, not least in coming to encompass a far wider range of devices than Asimov ever imagined. Now robots take forms ranging from industrial arms, military drones or Boston Dynamics’ "Big Dog," through to DNA and protein robots designed to aid in surgery and medical applications.
January 4, 2019 – Despite a somewhat rocky year for the robotics industry, Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), developer of autonomous mobile robots, says it nearly tripled its sales in 2018.  
January 9, 2019 – A new U.S. survey exploring cybersecurity challenges faced by the global manufacturing industry has found that manufacturers still face security concerns, that they continue to struggle with finding skilled cybersecurity staff and that they may be underspending on security training. 
November 19, 2018 – Industrial communications and networking company Moxa Inc. has announced it is forming a new joint venture with Trend Micro Incorporated, a  cybersecurity solutions provider.
October 31, 2018 – Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) has created EMC Secure, a new program for small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses to develop cybersecurity resources. 
August 13, 2018 – Vectra, an artificial intelligence solutions provider that detects and responds to cyber attacks in real time, has released a new report citing the increased risk of cyber attacks against manufacturing organizations.
Mar. 9, 2018 - A series of cybersecurity services that support the entire infrastructure of an ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center is available from ABB.
Feb. 25, 2018 - The stage is set. Cloud computing continues to rise in deployments, with users citing economic advantages, speed, agility, flexibility, elasticity and ongoing innovation.
January 31, 2019 – FreePoint Technologies, an Ontario-based provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software for global manufacturers, has entered into a strategic relationship with TexTempo, a developer of software for labour efficiency tracking in the soft goods industries.
January 28, 2019 – Rockwell Automation has acquired Emulate3D, an innovative engineering software developer whose products digitally simulate and emulate industrial automation systems.
January 17, 2019 – Vention, a Montreal-based company that has created a digital manufacturing platform for custom factory equipment, has secured a $17-million investment to further develop its cloud-based software and expand its modular hardware library.
January 15, 2019 – Manufacturing AUTOMATION is pleased to present a new webinar series alongside Pemeco Consulting called Integrating the Enterprise: ERP Best Practices.
January 9, 2019 – French software company Dassault Systèmes has acquired IQMS, a manufacturing ERP software company, for $425 million.
December 4, 2018 – D3 Technologies, a North American Autodesk integrator, has announced a strategic partnership with Cetec ERP, a cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider.

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