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Worker killed on production line; MOL cites lack of guarding

Quebec-based Saputo Dairy Products Canada GP has been fined $150,000 after a worker was killed by a cheese-cutter machine at one of its production facilities. According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the pinch point created by the moving bar and the stationary bar should have been guarded to prevent access.

Best Workplaces in Canada 2018 winners

Congratulations to the companies who have been recognized as part of this year’s Best Workplaces in Canada. Which industrial automation companies made the 2018 list?

Toyota commits $1.4 billion to upgrade two manufacturing plants

The Ontario and federal governments are contributing $220 million toward a $1.4-billion upgrade project at two Toyota manufacturing plants, creating 450 new jobs in the province.

New frozen pizza production line to create more than 100 jobs

Food and food services business Dr. Oetker Canada says it is investing in a new, high-speed frozen pizza manufacturing line that will help create 103 jobs.

Jet interior maker to hire up to 100 for new Laval facility

Austrian jet interior maker F. List Gmbh has officially inaugurated a new production facility in Laval, Que., and says it intends to hire up to 100 people within the next two years.
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Fortinet Seminar: Cyber Security for OT / ICS Environments

Critical infrastructure industries are increasingly becoming targets for cyber criminals. Join Fortinet’s CISO, Phil Quade, for a seminar that explores the challenges and solutions for securing Operational Technology including:
  • The latest trends and threats
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  • Protecting cloud / virtual environments
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All-female team from Ontario competes at robotics event

Half a dozen teenage girls from Canada are striving to narrow the skills gap. The Ontario-based Build a Dream Amazon Warriors were among the thousands of young people from nearly four-dozen countries competing recently for the biggest prize at the FIRST Championship in Detroit. » Read full article
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Feds, Quebec fund aluminum smelting breakthrough

The federal and Quebec governments are teaming up with a trio of corporate giants from the metals and tech industries to commercialize the world’s first carbon-free aluminum smelting process. » Read full article

Explosion at Michigan auto parts plant injures two

Authorities say explosions and a large fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan injured two people and forced the evacuation of workers. » Read full article

Eclipse Automation opens its fourth location

Ontario-based Eclipse Automation has expanded its automation and engineering development capabilities with the opening of a 26,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in west Mesa. » Read full article

Robot human Sophia makes first Canadian visit at Toronto conference

If it weren’t for her lack of hair or her monotone voice, a packed room of delegates at a Toronto technology conference might not have had a clue that there was something amiss about the event’s keynote speaker. » Read full article
Event Calendar 

Change Leadership Conference

Location: Toronto, Ont.
Date: May 30, 2018
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Energy Summit

Location: Vaughan, Ont.
Date: May 30-31, 2018
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Internet of Manufacturing Midwest

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: June 5-7, 2018
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Climate Control Solutions webinar

Location: Online
Date: June 7, 2018
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ATX East Conference & Expo

Location: New York, N.Y.
Date: June 12-14, 2018
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Location: Munich, Germany
Date: June 19-22, 2018
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