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October 16, 2019
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GM CEO Barra joins talks; deal to end strike may be near

General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a month-long strike by members of the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed its factories.

Canadian automation companies to host German Technology Days

EPLAN, Pilz, Rittal and WAGO, four companies in automation and advanced manufacturing that have a presence in Canada with their headquarters in Germany, are hosting Canada’s inaugural German Technology Days.

Bakery fined $75K for critical worker injury on production line

FGF Brands Inc., a Toronto-based industrial bakery, has been fined $75,000 by Ontario provincial court after pleading guilty to an offence involving a critical injury of a worker.

EMC announces Jean-Pierre Giroux as new president

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), a not-for-profit consortium serving and supporting Canada’s manufacturing industry, has appointed a new president.

AR & VR: Sensory-rich training solutions

In the cover story from our new issue, we look into how virtual and augmented reality headsets are improving training times and skill retention, all while reducing costs, optimizing workflows and prioritizing safety.
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Hitting the trifecta: important improvements for manufacturers

In many manufacturing companies in North America today, there are many competing ideas and priorities being considered by companies seeking to win the improvement race. What is the most important improvement to make first? Paul Hogendoorn investigates in the new Industry Watch column. » Read full article

Reducing email threats: 5 tips for cybersecurity awareness month

In the new Going Digital column, Jennifer Rideout explores how you can keep your business safe and reduce the risk that email threats pose. » Read full article

Lafert North America adds two new team members

Lafert North America, a manufacturer of metric AC motors, metric gearboxes and coolant pumps, has appointed two new staff to its team. » Read full article

Ontario equipment manufacturer fined $45K for critical worker injury

Skyjack Inc., a manufacturer of elevated material handling equipment such as boom trucks and scissor lifts, has been fined $45,000 by Ontario provincial court after pleading guilty to an offence involving a critical worker injury at its Guelph facility. » Read full article

Siemens and Materials Solutions open new innovation centre in U.S.

The centre is the only one of its kind in the U.S. to offer design alongside manufacturing – implementing robotics, rapid prototyping, scanning, digital tools and on-site metal additive manufacturing. » Read full article
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Robotic picking software with digital twin

ABB Robotics has launched the third generation of PickMaster, its robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing application. » Read full article

Brushless DC motors for higher stroke or longer force

Moticont has added two new linear DC motors to its LCVM series of linear voice coil motors. » Read full article

E-stop switch with integrated connector

APEM has launched the first compact emergency stop switch with an integrated connector for mounting. » Read full article
MA - BB3

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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German Technology Day - Mississauga

Location: Mississauga, Ont.
Date: November 19, 2019
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German Technology Day - Kitchener

Location: Kitchener, Ont.
Date: November 21, 2019
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SPS 2019

Location: Nuremberg, Ger.
Date: November 26-29, 2019
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