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Company fined $50K after worker’s arm gets pinned by machinery

In April 2015, a worker was testing equipment at the Bailey Metal Processing establishment in Burlington, Ont. The equipment malfunctioned and the worker attempted to fix the malfunction and accidentally activated the equipment, which resulted in the worker’s arm being pinned and injured. >> Read full article

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Lean manufacturing: A prescriptive approach to achieving performance excellence

Manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to accelerate productivity, increase output in their operations, and achieve sustainable excellence in manufacturing. While there is no “magic bullet” to achieve manufacturing excellence, innovation can pave the road to excellence and can be derived from various parts of an organization. >> Read full article

Magna to acquire BOCO Group of Companies

Magna International will increase its product portfolio and engineering capabilities through its acquisition of the BOCO Group of Companies, an automotive supplier of latches, hinges and strikers. >> Read full article

TE Connectivity joins the OPC Foundation

TE Connectivity (TE) has joined the OPC Foundation, a vendor-independent non-profit organization which aims to drive the development, maintenance and promotion of Openness Productivity Connectivity — Unified Architecture (OPC UA). >> Read full article

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Feature News

Vicwest opens Centre of Excellence manufacturing facility in Alberta

Vicwest celebrated the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Acheson, Alta., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a $5,000 donation to the Alberta Food Banks. The centre was “designed for maximum efficiency and output in a smaller facility footprint,” said the company. Forty-five new jobs were created as a result of the new facility. >> Learn More…

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Signal conditioner

Alliance Sensors Group has expanded its line of LVDT/RVDT signal conditioners to include the SC-100 DIN-rail mountable AC-LVDT, boasting “smart and fast” LVDT setup with built-in null indication and “simple” front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale. >> Read full article

Gather sensor data

Manufacturers and industrial operators can now access “more detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh operating environments” using the IP67-rated, Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master from Rockwell Automation. >> Read full article

Hexagon launches Blaze 600M optical scanner

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is describing its Blaze 600M non-contact optical measurement solution as a flexible, manually-operated system that provides “ultra-rapid 3D data acquisition, a high level of accuracy, and actionable data for measurement, inspection, product development, line tuning, and reverse engineering.” >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

ERP Vendor Congress

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: October 4-5, 2016 >> More Info

COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston

Location: Newton, Mass.
Date: October 5-7, 2016 >> More Info

Cyber Security for Critical Manufacturing (MANUSEC)

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: October 13, 2016 >> More Info

Canadian Machine Vision Conference

Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Date: October 20, 2016 >> More Info

Advanced Manufacturing Canada

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: November 2-3, 2016 >> More Info

Pack Expo

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: November 6-9, 2016 >> More Info