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June 29, 2019

Pilz Canada opens new Mississauga location

Pilz Automation Safety Canada has officially inaugurated its new location in Mississauga, Ontario. The grand opening event, held on June 12, included beverages, canapés, a string trio and tours of the new 5,300-square-foot, $150,000 facility.

Four types of ERP implementation risks

When companies devote the proper resources, and are thoughtful and strategic in their approach to the ERP selection and implementation processes, they will ultimately end up with a more efficient, less wasteful solution that will quickly achieve a full ROI.

Ontario manufacturer fined $55K for critical worker injury

An Ontario manufacturer of concrete products including paving stones and patio slabs was fined $55,000 in Ontario provincial court after pleading guilty a charge involving a critical worker injury.

Atlas Copco celebrates 70 years in Canada

In 1949, George Blomdal, a Norwegian engineer, was dispatched to Canada to test the mining market's reaction to a new type of Swedish designed rock drill and a new drilling method.

How manufacturers are integrating predictive maintenance

Does unplanned equipment downtime cause your maintenance team to scramble? How much do unexpected outages cost your company? What’s the value of delayed or cancelled customer orders?
Sponsored Spotlight 

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Improving worker safety in robotic welding

Robot density in Canada has been on the rise for more than a decade and reached 145 units per 10,000 employees last year. » Read full article
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NRC and University of Waterloo launch research hub for critical infrastructure

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of Waterloo have launched a research hub on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, machine vision and the Internet of Things. » Read full article

Eclipse Automation acquires D&D Automation

Eclipse Automation has announced the acquisition of Stratford, Ontario's D&D Automation, a specialist in controls and systems engineering. » Read full article

Report: WSIB says Ontario's manufacturing workplaces 1.6% less safe than last year

Ontario's manufacturing workplaces are 1.6 per cent less safe over last year, according to the 2019 results of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)'s Health and Safety Index. » Read full article

Skills Canada 2019 awards medals in automation

Skills Canada recently held its 25th national competition (SCNC) in Halifax, awarding medals in several manufacturing and automation skills areas. » Read full article
Event Calendar 

Level II Introduction to Robotics – e-Cobra/Viper/Cobot

Location: Ontario (various)
Date: July 9-11; July 16-17, 2019
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Digital Industry USA

Location: Louisville, Ken.
Date: September 10-12, 2019
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EMO Hannover 2019

Location: Hannover, Ger.
Date: September 16-21, 2019
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Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference

Location: Louisville, Ken.
Date: September 17, 2019
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International Metrology Congress

Location: Paris, Fra.
Date: September 24-26, 2019
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CMTS: Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: September 30-October 3, 2019
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MCMA Technical Conference

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Date: October 7-10, 2019
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AUTOMA 2019: Oil & Gas Automation and Digitalization Congress

Location: Zurich, Swi.
Date: October 14-15, 2019
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International Robot Safety Conference

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Date: October 15-17, 2019
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15th European Manufacturing Strategies Summit

Location: Berlin, Ger.
Date: November 11-16, 2019
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Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference

Location: San Jose, Calif.
Date: November 12-13, 2019
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