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October 24, 2018

Source: Canada won't concede on U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

Canada is not about to agree to quotas or other limits on its exports in order to get the United States to lift punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum, says a source close to the ongoing talks.

Festo acquires pneumatic automation manufacturer Fabco-Air

The acquisition is the latest in a series of investments to support sales growth in North America. Fabco-Air’s NPT pneumatic cylinders are used on new machinery and systems and as replacement components.

Walter Surface Technologies names two new staff

Walter Surface Technologies has appointed two new staff, with Marc-André Aubé serving as chief executive officer and David Wright as vice-president, corporate development.

Uponor fined $80K after worker critically injured

The manufacturer of plastic piping has been fined $80,000 after pleading guilty to an offence that involved a worker suffering critical injuries after being pulled into a machine while it was still in operation.

Ontario company fined $75K after conveyor belt injury

K-G Spray-Pak Inc., a manufacturer and packager of aerosol products, has been fined $75,000 by the Ministry of Labour after pleading guilty to an offence that involved a worker being injured after being caught in a conveyor belt at the company's plant.

Legally high: Marijuana in the workplace

It is official: recreational marijuana is legal in Canada with effect from October 17. With that comes a patchwork of jurisdictional laws establishing where and how marijuana products will be sold and used by consumers.

Robotic piece-picking: automating the supply chain

The adoption of robotic piece-picking for supply chain is still in an early stage, but many retailers and fulfillment centres are already testing and integrating this new technology into their warehouses in order to stay ahead of the competition. » Read full article

FLIR Systems develops Firefly machine vision cameras

FLIR Systems has announced the FLIR Firefly camera family with inference-enabled machine vision cameras. » Read full article

Encoder Products Company launches EtherCAT-ready multi-turn absolute encoders

Encoder Products Company has released its Model A58HE and Model A58SE encoders designed for harsh factory and plant environments. » Read full article

Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit

Location: Suzhou, China
Date: November 1-2, 2018
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Supporting Women in Trades Conference

Location: Halifax, NS.
Date: November 6-7, 2018
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Location: Frankfurt, Ger.
Date:v November 13-16, 2018
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Advanced Design and Manufacturing Expo

Location: Montreal, Que.
Date: November 14-15, 2018
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Automation Fair

Location: Philadelphia, Pen.
Date: November 14-15, 2018
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IDTechEx Show!/Printed Electronics USA

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Date: November 14-15, 2018
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SPS IPC Drives

Location: Nuremberg, Ger.
Date: November 27-29, 2018
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AI World Conference & Expo

Location: Boston, Mass.
Date: December 3-5, 2018
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Motor & Drive Systems 2019

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: January 23-24, 2019
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