Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Top 10 Manufacturing AUTOMATION stories of 2019

December 20, 2019
By Kristina Urquhart

Manufacturing AUTOMATION

We’re looking back on the year that was in industrial automation and manufacturing news in Canada with the top 10 stories from the Manufacturing AUTOMATION website in 2019.

We’ll see you back in January to embark on a new decade of automation – watch for our top 5 trends of 2020 coming to the site in early January!

1. Top 5 industrial automation trends in 2019
In our annual trends report, industrial automation experts offered their predictions on what trends and technologies may impact plants in 2019. As we enter 2020, see how correct they were.

2. Industry watch: Trump, Trudeau and the rest of us
Columnist Paul Hogendoorn explored what USMCA, the new NAFTA, may mean for manufacturers.

3. Report: Industrial robots may displace 20M manufacturing jobs by 2030
News media erupted earlier this year when this report was released. But the report also says new jobs for humans will open up at nearly the same rate as they are destructed.

4. Pilz Canada opens new Mississauga location
In June, Pilz Automation Safety Canada officially inaugurated its new 5,300-square-foot, $150,000 facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

5. Ontario nail manufacturer fined $50K for critical injury of worker
THS Industries Ltd., a company that manufactures steel nails, was fined $50,000 by Ontario provincial court after pleading guilty to an offence involving a critical injury to a worker.

6. VIDEO: Automation in action at Hannover Messe 2019
If you missed the Hannover Messe trade show this year, you missed a lot of automation in action! Manufacturing AUTOMATION was on site at the fair and we put together a highlights reel of automation applications, from robotics to drives.

7. Top funding opportunities for Canadian manufacturers
The best way to use government funding opportunities for manufacturing is to integrate them as part of an overall growth strategy and construct a funding plan.

8. Q&A: Walter Garrison, advanced manufacturing business integrator for the City of Mississauga
In MA’s interview, Garrison talks technology adoption and building a support system for success.

9. Worker dies after accident at Calgary cement plant
Emergency crews were called to the Inland Concrete operation in the city’s northwest in February after the death of a worker.

10. Molson Coors Brewing cutting 400 to 500 jobs and restructuring operations
Molson Coors Brewing Co. will cut hundreds of jobs in a restructuring effort that will see the brewer change its name as it focuses on growing its portfolio beyond beer.

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