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August 31, 2019
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Unifor signs agreements to transition workers from Oshawa GM plant

The union representing workers at the General Motors Oshawa plant says it has been negotiating fair closure/restructuring agreements for independent parts and suppliers workers impacted by the forthcoming assembly line closure.

Hirebotics and Universal Robots launch hire-a-robot for welding applications

A new robot-for-hire for the welding sector developed by Hirebotics aims to help manufacturers in Canada and the U.S. address the skills gap.

Quebec manufacturers receive $1.2M for automation upgrades

Usimax Inc. will acquire specialized CNC machinery, and Compagnie canadienne de tableaux noirs will purchase new robotic equipment.

Proax Technologies acquires C&B Industrial Supplies

Proax Technologies, a Canadian industrial automation solutions provider, has acquired C&B Industrial Supplies Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Are you ready for the WSIB’s new premium rate model?

Ontario manufacturers will be subject to a new insurance premium rate model come January 2020.
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CUSMA vs. NAFTA: What manufacturers should know

If all goes well, CUSMA should come into effect on January 1, 2020. But it would be wise for manufacturers to proceed as if the CUSMA is a fait accompli. » Read full article
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Ontario nail manufacturer fined $50K for critical injury of worker

THS Industries Ltd., a company that manufactures steel nails, has been fined $50,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after pleading guilty to an offence involving a critical injury to a worker at its production facility in Kitchener, Ontario. » Read full article

Four ways for manufacturers to establish trust in connected devices

A new white paper says the introduction of connected assets using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) means management must be able to trust not only in its workers and processes, but also in the technology, physical components and systems used to power it all. » Read full article

Steel manufacturer creates 108 jobs on $81.M modernization project

Gerdau Ameristeel, a steel manufacturer, is receiving a $20 million investment from the Canadian government toward an $81.2 million project to modernize its production lines and reduce its manufacturing costs. » Read full article

Report: North American robot orders up 7.2% in 2019

From January to June, North American companies ordered a total of 16,488 robots, valued at $869 million, according to a new report released by the Robotics Industries Association. » Read full article
Event Calendar 

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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Weidmuller Open House

Location: Markham, Ont.
Date: September 17, 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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