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September 25, 2019

GM halts two-thirds of St. Catharines production over strike by U.S. auto workers

General Motors says it has temporarily laid off about two-thirds of hourly workers at its parts plant in St. Catharines, Ont. as the strike by the United Auto Workers in the U.S. enters week two.

Top funding opportunities for Canadian manufacturers

The best way to use government funding opportunities for manufacturing is to integrate them as part of an overall growth strategy and construct a funding plan.

Report: Global robot investment reaches US$16.5 billion

The global robot investment reach a record of US $16.5 billion in 2018, according to the new World Robotics report released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

ATS Automation acquires IT provider for industrial manufacturing analytics

ATS Automation Tooling Systems has acquired iXLOG, a Germany-based IT consulting and service provider for manufacturing clients.

EMC announces keynote speakers for manufacturing conference

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium's manufacturing conference, Advantage through Excellence, takes place in two weeks, with a number of high-profile speakers on the schedule.

Weidmuller Canada unveils new warehouse operations at renovated HQ

On September 17, the company hosted a tour, lunch and “cord-connecting” ceremony at its 30,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of highways 7 and 404, north of Toronto. » Read full article

Worker's fatal fall results in $400,000 fine for cement company

Lafarge Canada has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to an offence involving a worker injury that resulted in death. » Read full article

Predicting patterns: data-driven analytics for supplier management

To compete in an increasingly digital world, manufacturers must be able to capture and analyze data for faster and larger-scale decision making. » Read full article

Forklift connectivity promotes safety on the shop floor

Valuable information is readily available via forklift fleet and operator management systems that afford managers the opportunity to create and maintain a culture that champions safety. » Read full article

Editorial: Changing our investment climate

There’s been a common sentiment shared by just about everyone I’ve chatted with about what’s setting Canada back from fully diving into Industry 4.0: a reluctance to invest in new equipment and technology. » Read full article
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Safety light curtain for flexible production lines

Omron Automation Americas recently launched a state-of-the-art light curtain that meets the needs for more flexible production line design. » Read full article

Absolute encoders for PROFINET

Encoder Products Company is releasing absolute encoders equipped for PROFINET communications protocol. » Read full article
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CMTS: Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

Location: Toronto, 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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Automation Fair

Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Date: November 6, 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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