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November 14, 2018

Bombardier CEO ends silence on 5,000 layoffs

The head of Bombardier Inc. is defending his move to lay off 5,000 workers – 3,000 of them in Canada – citing efficiency while leaving the door open to more job cuts down the line.

Manufacturing companies land on Canada's Top 100 Employers list

Nearly 10,000 employers were invited to submit applications to Mediacorp’s 2019 contest. Winners offer a mix of robust HR practices and community involvement.

Parmalat Group to acquire Kraft Heinz Canada's natural cheese division

Parmalat Group says it has reached an agreement valued at $1.62 billion to acquire Kraft Heinz Canada's natural cheese division.

HAHN Group acquires all technology from Rethink Robotics

The HAHN Group, a German-based company specializing in automation and robotics, has acquired all patents and robotic technology from the recently defunct Rethink Robotics.

Ontario invests $13.2M into pre-apprenticeship training for skilled trades

The investment will help to train approximately 1,200 people, including high school students, recent grads and unemployed workers, with special focus on Indigenous workers, newcomers to Canada, women, Francophones or youth-at-risk.

Universal Robots hires more than 20 former Rethink Robotics staff

Universal Robots has hired more than 20 employees that used to work at its former competitor.

J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc. fined $150K after child killed at factory

The Ontario manufacturer pleaded guilty to a Ministry of Labour offence involving a child that was fatally struck by steel tubing at its factory last year.

University of Waterloo researchers use RFID for battery-free smart devices

If an IoT device can operate without a battery, it lowers maintenance costs and allows the device to be placed in areas that are off the grid. » Read full article

GoCator 3D inspection sensors from LMI Technologies

Vancouver specialist in 3D scanning and inspection LMI Technologies revealed three new 3D inspection products at Vision 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany last week. » Read full article

Transport system for cobot workstations from B&R Automation

The transport system has five integrated safety functions: Safe Torque Off, Safely Limited Speed, Safely Limited Force, Safe Direction and Safe Maximum Speed. » Read full article


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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2019 Eaton Automation and Technical Showcase

Location: New Orleans, La.
Date: February 4, 2019
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ARC World Industry Forum

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 4-7, 2019
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Hannover Messe 2019

Location: Hannover, Ger.
Date: April 1-5, 2019
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Automate/Promat 2019

Location: Chicago, Ill.
Date: April 8-11, 2019
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