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Tesla to buy German manufacturing engineering firm

Tesla Motors says it has agreed to buy a German engineering company to help automate its electric car manufacturing.

Fabric manufacturer fined after new worker gets caught in machine

Albarrie Canada, a company that manufactures industrial-use fabrics, pleaded guilty and was fined $40,000 after a worker was caught in a carding machine and suffered injuries. What happened?

Solar panels, wind turbines generate alternative energy at Idec U.S. HQ

About 50 per cent of the total power requirements at Idec’s U.S. headquarters are powered by a combination of solar panels and recently-installed wind turbines.

Pack Expo 2016 to host inaugural networking fair

The inaugural NextGen Networking Fair, a new event from trade association PMMI, promises to offer a “one-of-a-kind” matchmaking opportunity for attendees, exhibitors and students at this week’s Pack Expo and co-located Pharma Expo.

NAIT receives nearly $35M in federal funding for new centre

The Northern Alberta Institute for Technology (NAIT) will receive $34.9 million for a new Productivity and Innovation Centre under the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), which will create “modern and innovative training and research opportunities for students and industry to develop, test and commercialize new technologies and products.”

Pepperl+Fuchs acquires ecom instruments

Pepperl+Fuchs, a global provider of process automation and applications, has purchased ecom instruments, a supplier of mobile devices for hazardous areas.

Ontario-based Virtek to open new European office

Virtek Vision International, a Waterloo, Ont., business that specializes in laser-based manufacturing technologies, says it is planning an office in Manchester, U.K., to better serve the European and Asia-Pacific markets.
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Featured News 
Hudson’s Bay installs robotic system

Hudson’s Bay installs robotic system at Scarborough distribution centre

Hudson’s Bay Company, Canada’s oldest retailer, is turning to robots to boost its e-commerce offering, spending more than $60 million in upgrades to its Scarborough distribution centre. The investments include the addition of a new “state-of-the-art” robotic fulfillment system which will enable the company to deliver orders three times faster than other distribution centres using the next best robotic technology, it said. » Learn more

HMI + PLC software

Unitronics says its UniLogic version 1.18 offers features and enhancements that extend the application reach of UniStream, the company’s HMI + PLC controller. » Read full article

IoT data analytics software

Seeq has announced the release of R15, its newest version of an application for engineers and operations analysts in process manufacturing to “rapidly achieve insights from asset and operations data.” » Read full article
Event Calendar 

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo 2016

Location: Montreal, Que.
Date:November 30 - December 1 » More info

ARC Industry Forum Orlando 2017

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 6-9, 2017 » More info

Automate/Promat 2017

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: April 3-6, 2017 » More info