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July 24, 2019

Ford to cut 200 jobs at Ontario auto assembly plant

Ford Motor Co. says it will cut about 200 jobs at its Oakville, Ont. plant starting in September as sales of some models slow.

Canada invests $14M for jobs and plant upgrades at steel manufacturer

The federal government has announced a $14-million investment in Montreal steel tube manufacturer Nova Tube Inc. in a $33.6-million project that will create 27 jobs and maintain 81 others.

Exact Laser Measurements acquired by API

Automated Precision has acquired Windsor, Ontario's Exact Laser Measurements, a provider of portable metrology services to the North America automotive and aerospace sectors.

Cogiscan partners with Saki Corporation on smart factory solutions

Quebec's Cogiscan Inc., a track, trace and control (TTC) solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, has partnered with Saki Corporation to expand Saki’s manufacturing software solutions offering.

Feds invest $2.4M to build fully automated cedar shingle factory

Natural Resources Canada is investing $2.4 million to help build what it says is the world's first fully automated cedar shingle manufacturing facility in New Brunswick.
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Mitsubishi Electric Automation revamps mobile showroom

The 53-foot trailer travels through Canada and the US and provides a large central area for the exhibit stations, which are interconnected via the CC-Link IE Field industrial network to allow guests to view the status of every exhibit station from one location. » Read full article

Eclipse Automation expands into Europe

Cambridge, Ontario's Eclipse Automation has expanded into Europe with the acquisition of Transmoduls Ltd., located in Veszprém, Hungary. » Read full article

Automation manufacturer fined $130K for worker death at Ontario plant

Access Limited, a Japanese engineering company that develops, designs and manufactures automation equipment, has been fined $130,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after pleading guilty to an offence involving the death of a worker at an Ontario plant. » Read full article

Bilsing Automation relocates North American facility

Bilsing Automation North America, a supplier of automated tooling solutions, has announced its move to a new facility in Michigan. » Read full article

NRC and Polycontrols partner on cold-spray additive manufacturing tech

Expected to open in February 2020, the Poly/CSAM facility will focus on scaling up the CSAM process by helping industry adapt laboratory-developed technology to meet factory and mass production requirements. » Read full article

Steel manufacturer receives $925K from feds for automation

Groupe Tremblay, a Quebec steel manufacturer, has received nearly $1 million in funding from the federal government to improve its productivity. » Read full article
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Litmus Automation has released LoopEdge 2.0, a complete edge computing platform designed to connect all industrial assets with instant analytics. » Read full article

Safety I/O modules

Rockwell Automation has introduced seven new safety modules across three I/O platforms for machine designers, with a largely common data structure and graphic user interface. » Read full article

Wireless equipment runtime alert system

Linor Technology has debuted a wireless equipment runtime monitor and alert system to remotely collect real-time data on offline industrial vehicles and powered equipment. » Read full article

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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