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Transcontinental to close Montreal plant in January

Transcontinental has announced the consolidation of its newspaper printing activities in Quebec into three plants, and consequently the closure of Montreal-based Transcontinental Métropolitain by early next year.

VIDEO: Harting Electronics Lab now open at North Central College

Harting and North Central College in Naperville, Ill., have opened a lab dedicated by Harting to introduce basic electronic methods and applications to college students. In addition to naming the lab, the company has pledged to donate equipment and products for students.

The week of November 13-17 will be dedicated to industrial robotics technology

Next week, Manufacturing AUTOMATION will present content dedicated to the development and application of industrial robotics. Join us as we roll out fresh, engaging content only available on, as well as a few throwback articles from our archives that still provide lots of relevant insight today.

Edgecross Consortium aims to accelerate Industry 4.0 growth

Advantech, Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan have established the Edgecross Consortium in an effort to overcome boundaries between companies and industries, help realize collaboration between factory automation and IT, and create new value centred on edge computing.

New Manitoba partnership to support aerospace manufacturing

The Manitoba government is partnering with Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and Manitoba Aerospace for a new manufacturing company in the Paskwayak region that will supply products for the aerospace industry.

Column: The hidden talent our workforce is seeking

The lack of women in manufacturing has been a critical topic of discussion for a number of years. This is of particular concern as attracting and retaining a skilled labour force will be an increasing concern for about 60 per cent of manufacturers over the next five years, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Sponsored Spotlight 

Direct-Drive Rotary Stages

Aerotech APR series rotary stages employ precision stage parts, angular contact bearings and a direct-drive motor to produce exceptionally low error motions, accuracy errors and repeatability errors. They are ideal for rotary testing, pointing, and optical calibration and metrology systems. Vacuum-prepared and other customized versions are available for specialized applications. Multiple APR stages can be combined for high-accuracy azimuth/elevation or azimuth/roll systems. The direct-drive motor and high stiffness provide high-bandwidth motion for oscillations, motion profiling and rapid position or velocity tracking. >> Learn more

ABB realigns transformer manufacturing business

ABB has announced a strategic realignment of its global transformer manufacturing, engineering and service footprint — a move that will “enhance competitiveness in a dynamic market environment,” it says. The strategic realignment includes an expansion to the Varennes, Que., factory and the closure of the St. Louis, Mo., location. » Read full article

Mobile dimensioning workstations

Newcastle Systems, a provider of mobile-powered workplace solutions, has announced the Atlas Series Mobile Dimensioning workstations, equipped with a QubeVu DimStation, which includes supporting pole and integrated display providing dimensioning on “virtually any shape, anywhere in under a second.” » Read full article

Programmable 3 x 60A FDC3260 DC motor controller

Roboteq has introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving three DC motors up to 60 Volts and 60 Amps per channel, it says. » Read full article

EDM monitoring control

The new M800 EDM control, now included in Mitsubishi wire EDM machines, aims to increase productivity and help keep track of production jobs. » Read full article
Event Calendar 

Rockwell Automation Fair

Location: Houston, Texas
Date: November 15-16, 2017
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Collaborative Robots & Advanced Vision Conference

Location: San Jose, Calif.
Date: November 15-16, 2017
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Additive Manufacturing Americas

Location: Pasadena, Calif.
Date: December 6-8, 2017
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Motor & Drive Systems 2018

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 8-9, 2018
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