Technology

Feb. 16, 2018 - Winnipeg, Manitoba-based engineering and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions provider Precision ADM says it has quadrupled its capacity after a recent investment in three EOS metal additive manufacturing machines.
Jan. 29, 2018 - ING in late-2017 reported the current trajectory of 3D printing could result in one-quarter of world trade being wiped out by 2060. This was its Scenario I, in which 3D printing continues to evolve at an annual growth rate of 19 per cent, with the possibility of locally 3D printed goods cutting trade by 40 per cent. Scenario II considers an accelerated 3D printing growth rate of 33 per cent, which would wipe out two-fifths of world trade by 2040. ING’s analysis also predicts, that at current growth rates, half of all manufactured goods will be printed in 40 years.
Dec. 5, 2017 - Stanley Black & Decker today announced plans to open an Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in downtown Hartford, Conn., to accelerate its global Industry 4.0 smart factory initiative.
Nov. 27, 2017 - Renishaw and Identify3D have announced a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.
Nov. 27, 2017 - Specialist automotive service bureau Skorpion Engineering says it is now producing complex automotive prototypes 50 per cent faster through the use of Stratasys additive technologies.
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.
Jan. 29, 2018 - Technological advances in artificial intelligence are fuelling a new race between hackers and those toiling to protect cybersecurity networks.
Jan. 25, 2018 - General Motors of Canada sees Ontario’s strength in advanced technologies as strategically important for its plans for creating safe, driverless vehicles in the near future, its CEO said at the launch of a new software centre north of Toronto.
Jan. 22, 2018 - The lure of Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence hub is helping the city to attract highly skilled talent even though Quebec is facing historically low unemployment, officials from tech giants like Google and Microsoft and municipal officials said at an AI conference.
Jan. 12, 2018 - The world is rapidly moving toward Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning based systems are not only changing the ways we interact with information and computers but also revolutionizing the manufacturing sector.
Jan. 9, 2018 - China is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan (C$2.6 billion) artificial intelligence (AI) development park, according to Xinhua news agency.
Dec. 14, 2017 - The artificial intelligence researcher who called artificial intelligence (AI) the new electricity is now trying to make sure every company is plugged in.
Feb. 19, 2018 - TÜV SÜD, a provider of testing, auditing, inspection and certification services, has opened a new regulatory compliance testing lab in Ottawa, Ont., saying it is poised to become one of TÜV SÜD’s premier locations for safety, electromagnetic compatibility, wireless and network equipment building systems (NEBS) testing.
Jan. 17, 2018 - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety certification organization, has granted the Harting Technology Group the approval and license for the Client Test Data program.
Jan. 14, 2018 - Temperature measurement is critical when monitoring and optimizing process intensive applications, such as those found in the steel and glass industries. Careful monitoring of product temperatures and of production equipment and machinery is the only way to ensure that product quality will meet the stringent marketplace requirements at competitive prices.
Jan. 3, 2018 - Chinese search-engine giant Baidu Inc. has selected BlackBerry Ltd. to provide the safety operating system for the Apollo autonomous driving system, which is being developed in co-operation with several vehicle makers.
Dec. 22, 2017 - Schneider Electric has announced that Cybernetic Control Systems will be the certified drives panel builder for British Columbia.
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.
Feb. 8, 2018 - Many manufacturers struggle to allocate inventories properly to simultaneously meet their master production schedule of finished goods to satisfy new orders and meet service level agreements for spare parts for their customers. This plagues large and small companies alike. In fact, one of the top ten reasons that startups fail is due to poor inventory management, according to WASP Barcode.
Feb. 5, 2018 - According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While the market is currently dominated by smart watches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Smart watches are not the only wearable tech. The sector has rapidly expanded and now includes radiation-blocking underwear, smart shoes and emotion-sensing bracelets. As well as weird and wonderful applications, wearable tech is becoming a staple factory technology by offering safety and productivity benefits.
Feb. 3, 2018 - Open Mind Technologies has partnered with Heidenhain TNC controls for first use of its new NC code-based simulation solution hyperMILL Virtual Machining.
Feb. 3, 2018 - The theoretical benefits of Industry 4.0 are well-known, but how can we speed up its adoption and what practical tools are available to those who want to establish a factory of the future? Ivo Maltir, vice president of Desoutter, a specialist in industrial assembly solutions, examines the challenges and opportunities involved.
Jan. 31, 2018 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of companies expect to achieve advanced levels of digitization by 2020, the reach of these technologies is only set to increase in 2018. With industrial digital technologies playing such a significant role in the transformation of the sector, what should manufacturers be investing in?
Jan. 23, 2018 - Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has launched its Honeywell Connected Plant Uniformance Cloud Historian, describing it as a software-as-a-service Cloud hosting solution for enterprise-wide visualization and analysis that helps customers improve asset availability and increase plant uptime.
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.
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.
Feb. 16, 2018 - The automation of production operations is accelerating around the world. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in manufacturing industries, up from 66 units in 2015.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Rethink Robotics has signed deals with 11 new distributors throughout North America and Europe, building on its existing global network of channel partners. The new Canadian partners are: Aztec Electrical Supply, Concord, Ont., and Rotalec, St-Laurent, Que.
Dec. 13, 2017 - Saint-Gobain was founded in 1665 as a public society manufacturing luxury mirrors and glass under King Louis XIV’s reign. The corporation has maintained its high quality standards through the centuries, expanding its business throughout the whole housing industry. Now a global company, it employs more than 185,000 people worldwide.
Dec. 6, 2017 - Fetch Robotics, a provider of collaborative autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solutions, today announced that it has raised US$25 million in Series B funding.
Nov. 28, 2017 - Fanuc Corp. has produced its 500,000th robot.
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).
Feb. 19, 2018 - ResilientGrid, a provider of integrated software and services in critical infrastructure, has integrated the industrial cybersecurity capabilities from Radiflow into its ResilientGrid Map solution.
Feb. 10, 2018 - A new study suggests nearly 90 per cent of Canadian organizations suffered at least one security breach last year and sensitive data was exposed almost half of the time.
Dec. 6, 2017 - Honeywell today released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cybersecurity measures to protect their data and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.
Nov. 27, 2017 - Data theft from high-profile hacks against companies like Uber and Equifax can cost consumers thousands of dollars but resource companies worry about millions in damage, along with potential injuries and death, if their technology is compromised.
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.
Feb. 25, 2018 - Team Penske and Siemens, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, have entered into a new technical partnership. Under the multi-year agreement, Siemens will help enhance Team Penske’s performance with access to a variety of software products for digital design and simulations.
Feb. 24, 2018 - After nearly nine months of preparation, Load King, a designer, fabricator and installer of store fixture manufacturing, has successfully finished its Global Shop Solutions ERP software implementation.
Feb. 3, 2018 - Nitrex Metal has chosen to partner with Projexia and SAP to implement an integrated solution: SAP Business ByDesign.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Aras, a provider of open product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the enterprise, has acquired the Impresa Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) business from Infospectrum, in an effort to help manufacturers and owner-operators digitally transform the development and maintenance of complex products, they say.
Dec. 28, 2017 - Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems were conceived to synchronize and standardize product development processes and have been around for more than 20 years.
Dec. 11, 2017 - ERP solution provider SYSPRO has announced today a new Channel Partner agreement with Shift Group, where it will provide software and professional services for SYSPRO solutions for clients in Quebec.

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