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Baldor Electric Company is now ABB

ABB will integrate the Baldor Electric Company name into its global ABB brand as a part of its Next Level strategy. Beginning tomorrow, Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB group for more than seven years, will be known as ABB.

BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

German automaker BMW says it’s in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe.

Six Quebec manufacturers awarded $1.7 million for production upgrades

Financial support from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions will help six Quebec businesses install new production equipment and implement expansion strategies.

GM cutback in car production at Oshawa plant to be extended: report

General Motors is reportedly extending a cutback in car production at its Oshawa plant into April and May before it begins a second shift to produce pickup trucks later this year.

Festo to bring Industry 4.0 know-how to NGM Canada supercluster

Festo says its decision to be a founding technology partner in a new advanced manufacturing supercluster is in line with its vision of being an innovation developer locally and globally.

Team Penske implements Siemens PLM for digital design and simulation

Under a new multi-year agreement, Team Penske’s NASCAR, INDYCAR and Supercar race teams will utilize Siemens’ software across their CAD, engineering, simulation and machining platforms.
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Linear Motor Gantries

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The top five fears of Cloud computing

We’re entering the realm of “everything as a service” and that includes physical security provided by Cloud-hosted security management systems. Systems integrators who can successfully adopt and offer Cloud-hosted security and access control solutions will find themselves well-positioned for the future. » Read full article

Web-based HMI solution features new widget

A new widget offered with B&R’s web-based HMI solution aims to make it easier for users to visualize complex manufacturing processes with dynamic HMI content. » Read full article

New cooling options for extreme environments

Rexroth says it has developed decentralized supply and mains modules that allow machine manufacturers to install all electrical drive components directly on the machine. » Read full article

Connector breakout modules for field termination

Wago says its D Sub Mini connector breakout modules for field termination provide connections without soldering. » Read full article

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

Location: Cleveland, Ohio.
Date: March 7-8, 2018
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North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: April 10-11, 2018
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The Vision Show

Location: Boston, Mass.
Date: April 10-12, 2018
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Focus On Manufacturing Security

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: April 18, 2018
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Hannover Messe

Location: Hannover, Germany
Date: April 23-27, 2018
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Smart Manufacturing Experience

Location: Boston, Mass.
Date: April 30-May 2, 2018
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