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Will the pandemic increase automation on the factory floor?

Will the pandemic increase automation on the factory floor?

Manufacturing AUTOMATION has a new podcast called Machine Language!

We start the series by talking to Shelley Fellows, chair of Automate Canada, and Mike Bilton, chair of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers about what’s been happening in Ontario’s manufacturing sector as a result of the pandemic.

The industry associations have been working together to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the mold, tool and die, and industrial automation sectors through weekly surveys of their members.

Fellows and Bilton discuss some of the major concerns brought forth by manufacturers, and some unexpected positive impacts of the coronavirus crisis. They also highlight health and safety best practices, and dig in to how Industry 4.0 technologies will help manufacturers become more resilient long-term.

“The wise companies are looking at this as an opportunity to invest in some new technologies,” says Fellows during the conversation. “[It’ll be] interesting to see what will happen when they sustain it – for those who are going to sustain it – and make it part of their business diversification strategy.”

To listen to the episode, click here.

Each episode of Machine Language is available for free on Manufacturing AUTOMATION's website and on Annex Business Media's SoundCloud and iTunes accounts.

If you have an idea for a podcast episode, email Kristina Urquhart at

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