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.
March 21, 2019 – Petuum, an artificial intelligence software provider, has partnered with CEMEX, a global building materials company, to implement software for autonomous operation at its cement plants.
March 18, 2019 – One of the hottest topics at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos was the wave of automation expected from advances in artificial intelligence (AI), and the consequent displacement of workers. This anticipated realignment was depicted as good or bad news depending on who was speaking and who was listening.
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.
April 1, 2019 – Ottobock, a German manufacturer of medical technologies, is debuting its industrial exoskeletons for the first time at the Hannover Messe trade show, running April 1-5 in Hannover, Germany.
March 4, 2019 – In his essay, "Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence," Andy Clark states that one day "we will stand revealed: cyborgs without surgery, symbionts without sutures."
March 1, 2019 – Dana Incorporated has completed its acquisition of the drive systems segment of the Oerlikon Group, a manufacturer of materials processing equipment.
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.
April 3, 2019 – Nokia is showcasing the second generation of its Factory in a Box concept at Hannover Messe 2019, in collaboration with several industry ecosystem partners, in the fair's 5G Arena.
March 29, 2019 – Siemens will be exhibiting a host of smart solutions for Industry 4.0 during Hannover Messe, the world's largest technology fair, as part of the theme “Digital Enterprise – Thinking industry further!”.
March 14, 2019 – Litmus Automation, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform provider, has partnered with Siemens as part of its cloud-based open IoT operating system, MindSphere.
March 1, 2019 – IBM has announced a new Internet of Things (IoT)–based solution that pairs artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics to enable asset-intensive organizations to improve maintenance.
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.
March 4, 2019 – John S. Rinaldi, founder of Real Time Automation and an expert in industrial automation, has released a new book on the EtherNet/IP automation protocol.
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.
April 10, 2019 – The HAHN Group, which acquired Rethink Robotics in November 2018, says it plans to continue development of the defunct robot company's Sawyer collaborative robot (cobot).
April 9, 2019 – Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and ROS-Industrial have developed a solution that enables industrial robots to scan and manipulate metallic objects that had previously been too “shiny” for machine vision to process.
April 3, 2019 – OnRobot has won the 2019 Robotics Award at the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade fair for its Gecko Gripper system.
March 21, 2019 – Avidbots, a Kitchener, Ontario–based robotics company, has raised $23.6 million in a new round of funding, which it says will be used to expand its staff.
March 14, 2019 – Volkswagen Group has released a video of a robot installing the headliner for its e-Golf vehicle at its Dresden, Germany facility in what it says is a world-first standard.
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. 
March 18, 2019 – Dragos, Inc. a provider of industrial asset identification and threat detection platforms, has acquired Atlanta-based NexDefense, a provider of industrial controls system (ICS) visibility technology.
March 15, 2019 – Emerson has received the industry’s first ISASecure System Security Assurance (SSA) Level 1 certification for cybersecurity in its DeltaV automation system.
March 13, 2019 – Schneider Electric has joined the Cybersecurity Coalition, a collection of companies that assists government policy makers in developing the cybersecurity ecosystem.
February 27, 2019 – As a former member of British intelligence agencies during the end of the Cold War, David Masson has witnessed cyber-attack threats move from the analog to the digital sphere, where he’s seen them proliferate, especially in manufacturing scenarios.
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.
March 21, 2019 – Montreal-based machine vision supplier Matrox Imaging has launched a new training website for users of its vision systems and software. 
March 11, 2019 – What is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), how does it integrate into your business and why should you care?
March 4, 2019 – ABB and Dassault Systèmes have entered a global partnership on end-to-end software solutions from product life cycle management to asset health.
February 25, 2019 – For manufacturing companies, design data is the currency of the organization.
February 19, 2019 – Applied Automation Technologies (AAT) and machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI USA have partnered to offer a new on-machine measuring software solution. 
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.

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