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Idec to acquire APEM

Idec says it has strengthened its position in the HMI market by purchasing APEM, a French group with a wide international footprint, noting that its European presence will expand “significantly” and new industry segments will also be added.

Bombardier, Siemens in talks to merge train operations

Shares of Bombardier were up more than five per cent Tuesday following a report that the company and German-based Siemens AG are in talks to merge their train businesses.

Manufacturing group says hydro bill cuts won’t help

A group of Ontario manufacturers says the thousands of businesses in the province that don’t qualify for a 17-per-cent cut to their hydro bills are like the forgotten middle child.

Toyota invests $1.33 billion in Kentucky plant

Toyota said it is investing $1.33 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company’s flagship Camry sedans are built. No new factory jobs are being added, but Toyota says the upgrades amount to the biggest single investment ever at one of its existing plants in the United States.

Robot or cobot: Five key differences

The concept for collaborative robots — or cobots — was born in 1995 as part of a research project spearheaded by the General Motors Foundation. The idea was to make robots so safe that they could literally work hand in hand with people.
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Aerotech’s New and Improved PRO Series

Aerotech’s PRO Series linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages are available with new sizes, features, and improved performance. The redesigned PRO series is optimized for increased performance including up to 98% higher resolution, up to 46% better repeatability, a 40% reduction in error motions, and a 33% improvement in accuracy. Learn more
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Predictive analysis and machine learning: The future of manufacturing maintenance

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a major impact on businesses across almost every sector, improving efficiencies and increasing output. The manufacturing industry is no exception; in fact, it may be one of the most affected. Per a Tata Consultancy Survey, manufacturers utilizing IoT solutions in 2014 saw an average 28.5 per cent increase in revenue between 2013 and 2014. » Learn more

Robots for high-speed handling

Suitable for high-speed assembly and handling applications, the new Yaskawa Motoman GP-series robots promise to be fast, compact and efficient. » Learn more

Long-range reader

Pepperl+Fuchs says its new F192 reader can quickly read up to 200 tags at distances of more than 15 feet. » Learn more

Remotely disconnect an individual plug-in unit or motor control bucket

CBS ArcSafe has introduced the SecureConnect Remote Operator for Allen-Bradley Centerline 2100 motor control centres (MCCs) equipped with SecureConnect, allowing technicians to operate the safety system from up to 300 feet away, “well outside the arc-flash boundary,” it says. » Learn more
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Hannover Messe

Location: Hannover, Germany
Date: April 24-28, 2017
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UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Location: Milton Keynes, U.K.
Date: April 27, 2017
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Partners in Prevention

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: May 2-3, 2017
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Industrial IoT, Big Data Summit

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 24-25, 2017
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