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Ford invests $1 billion in robotics startup in driverless car quest

Ford is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.

ERP system helps Butler Automatic reduce lead times

Here’s an example of how implementing an ERP system allowed Butler Automatic to reduce its lead times for building machines, as well as improve its financial reporting.

Construction starts on new trades centre at B.C. university

Ground was officially broken last week to mark the start of construction for the new $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University.

ATS Automation announces new CEO

Hider has been appointed CEO of ATS Automation Tooling Systems, following an “extensive planning and search process” led by the company’s board of directors.
Featured News 

Top 5 trends and technologies in 2017

Is your plant floor ready for what’s coming? Manufacturing AUTOMATION asked a handful of industry experts to name the top five trends and technologies Canadian manufacturers should keep an eye out for in the next 12 months and beyond. » Learn more

E-commerce site digitizes the customer experience with on-demand solutions

Kuka has announced the all-new Kuka Marketplace ( which aims to provide a digitized and optimal customer experience. » Read full article

Lighting system for industrial enclosures

Rittal Systems has added the LED System Light, calling it the first lighting system designed specifically for enclosures. » Read full article
Event Calendar 

CAF-FCA Addressing the Essential Skills Gap Roundtable

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: March 2, 2017
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ABB Automation & Power World

Location: Houston, Texas
Date: March 13-16, 2017
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American Manufacturing Summit

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: March 28-29, 2017
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Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: April 3-6, 2017
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