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Worker injured from handling machinery still connected to power

Auto parts manufacturer Linergy Manufacturing, carrying on business as LPP Manufacturing, pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured while handling machinery that was still connected to power. What happened?

Five ways to help ensure safe operations with collaborative robots

With built-in safety limits, sensors and other safety functionality, “cobots” offer exciting benefits — they’re able to work more closely with humans, can be cheaper and easier to integrate and maintain, and promise better cycle time and productivity. But this doesn’t mean organizations anxious to embrace the new technology can rest easy when it comes to health and safety.

Manitoba government hosts roundtable on advanced manufacturing, aerospace

The Manitoba government hosted leaders from the province’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors at a roundtable last week that focused on building upon the industries’ existing strengths by making progress on the construction of the Factory of the Future.

Lavern Heideman & Sons sawmill undergoes modernization, expansion project

Ontario sawmill Lavern Heideman & Sons is receiving $4 million over five years from the provincial government to help bring its facility up-to-date.
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Featured News 

North American robotics market sets new records for first nine months of 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2016, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 23,985 robots valued at $1.3 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 7 per cent in units and 3 per cent in dollars over the same period in 2015, which held the previous record. » Learn more

Updated educational software

Eplan has launched a new version of its Eplan Education software, based on the latest release of its platform 2.6 suite of engineering software products. The offering now provides a network license for up to 300 users and three instructors, a 12-fold increase in user access over previous versions. » Read full article

Servo terminals feature STO functionality

Aiming to increase safety technology in motion control applications, the Beckhoff Automation EL72x1-9014 EtherCAT servo terminals implement STO (Safe Torque Off) functionality. » Read full article

Battery backup solutions

Schneider Electric has introduced its line of APC by Schneider Electric Back-UPS battery backup solutions designed to deliver reliable and secure power protection for wireless networks, computers and other home and business electronics to help customers stay connected and productive. » 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