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Automation to impact 50% of Canadian jobs in the next 10 years: RBC

A new RBC research paper predicts that 50 per cent of Canadian jobs will be disrupted by automation in the next 10 years. As a result of this disruption, Canada’s young people who are currently transitioning from education to employment are unprepared for the rapidly changing workplace, it predicts.

AXYZ enters waterjet industry with WARDJet purchase

AXYZ International, a Burlington, Ontario-based manufacturer of CNC router systems and CNC knife systems, has acquired WARDJet, an Ohio firm that manufactures waterjet cutting machines.

Magna expands seat manufacturing plant in South Carolina

At the grand opening of Magna’s seat manufacturing facility in South Carolina, Magna officials announced an 25,000-square-feet expansion at the plant, adding an additional 130 jobs.

Sensai aims to modernize factory operations with artificial intelligence

Sensai, an augmented productivity platform for manufacturing operations, has launched a pilot program in the United States. Striving to decrease downtime, Sensai’s augmented productivity platform employs AI technology to help operations teams monitor machinery, diagnose problems before they happen, and implement solutions.

LumiTrack tracking system aims to improve worker safety and factory efficiency

EIT Digital has announced it is developing a tracking system to precisely track workers’ and machinery movements in industrial environments to help minimize safety and logistic challenges.

Feds invest nearly $4 million toward dairy processor’s $20-million expansion project

Quebec cheese processor Fromagerie Bergeron says it will be able to lower production costs and improve its competitiveness thanks to an investment of up to $3.9 million from the federal government. » Read full article
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New DIN-rail switch mode power supplies

Carlo Gavazzi has launched two new single phase AC DIN-rail switch mode power supply families that are both UL and cUL listed and TUV and CE approved. » Read full article

Edge programmable industrial controller

Industrial automation manufacturer and IIoT tools developer Opto 22 has introduced a new industrial system to help address automation challenges in today’s data-centric environment. » Read full article

Molded case circuit breakers

ITC is now offering Noark’s molded case circuit breakers, available in six frame sizes ranging from 100 to 1,200A. » Read full article
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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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Partners in Prevention Conference

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 1-2, 2018
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