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Automation firms among Canada’s Best Employers 2018

A number of industrial automation companies are being recognized on Forbes’ Canada’s Best Employers 2018 list. The 2018 ranking includes 300 companies from 25 industry sectors with operations in Canada.

Nestlé Canada invests $51.5 million in ice cream factory expansion

Nestlé Canada has announced its plan for a $51.5-million investment to increase production capabilities at its London, Ont., ice cream factory on Wilton Grove Road.

BigRep, BASF partner to develop 3D printing materials

BigRep and BASF say they have teamed up to jointly develop 3D printing materials and printers in an effort to help customers realize industrial applications faster.

Darren Roos appointed IFS CEO

Global enterprise applications company IFS is welcoming Darren Roos as its CEO. The appointment is effective April 1, 2018, and aligns with the retirement of Alastair Sorbie at the end of the first quarter.

Stratasys develops new metal additive manufacturing platform for short-run production

Stratasys has announced the development of a new metal additive manufacturing platform, which it says is designed to displace conventional methods for short-run manufacturing.
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Advantech EtherCAT Solutions

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The incorruptible power of blockchain

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Compact, contemporary and connected – PLC+HMI+I/O

The latest all-in-one PLC from Unitronics, the UniStream 5”, fills a gap in the automation market, providing OEMs space-saving controllers without compromising functionality, boosting their competitive advantage with an integrated HMI panel. With a range of advance communication features, the UniStream 5” is a perfect fit for Industry4.0 and is supported by the award-winning UniLogic software, an intuitive, single-environment programming platform. » Learn More

LVIT linear position sensor

The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-27 inductive linear position sensors using LVIT technology, describing them as contactless devices designed for factory automation and other industrial applications. » Read full article

Expanded industrial PC series

Beckhoff Automation has released the C6030 industrial PC, describing it as a new series of space-saving Beckhoff IPCs that first launched with the C6015 has proven to be extremely successful in the marketplace. » Read full article

iOS and Android apps for PLC access

Idec’s new WindEDIT Lite app for iOS and Android devices provides two-way access to its family of MicroSmart FC6A PLCs. » Read full article

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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