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Novemebr 13, 2019

The HAHN Group acquires REI Automation

The HAHN Group, a provider of factory automation and robotic solutions, has acquired REI Automation to expand its presence in the United States.

Danfoss Drives appoints new head of sales for Americas

Danfoss Drives has named Ian Barrie as its new head of sales for the Americas.

Mecademic: Small scale, big control

Montreal-based robotics manufacturer Mecademic packs maximum precision into its petite powerhouses.

2019 North American EtherCAT Plug Fest highlights interoperability

Numerous EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) member companies recently met for the 2019 North American EtherCAT Plug Fest, hosted by Beckhoff Automation.

Allied Electronics & Automation recognizes suppliers with APEX Awards

Allied Electronics & Automation has named six supplier partners as recipients of its APEX (Allied Partner in Excellence) Award, recognizing suppliers whose representatives have help grow the Allied business.

Vinyl manufacturer fined $100K after critical worker injury

A manufacturer of pool liners and vinyl products used in the building and automotive industries has been fined $100,000 by the Ontario Ministry of Labour after a worker was injured at its plant.

Idled Quebec pulp mill to restart as Nordic Kraft

Chantiers Chibougamau, a Quebec forest products company, plans to restart the Lebel-sur-Quévillon pulp mill and cogeneration facility under the new name Nordic Kraft in 2020.

Our November 2019 Robotics Insider e-book is online!

In this issue you’ll find a Q&A with Kristian Hulgard of OnRobot, a guide to choosing a robot controller for small assembly robots, and more.
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Zero to one: launching a new manufacturing project

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Velan Inc. appoints Bruce Carbonaro as new president

Based in Montreal, Carbonaro will report to Yves Leduc, chief executive officer of the industrial valve manufacturing company. » Read full article

Ontario invests $20.8M in pre-apprenticeship training for skilled trades

The Ontario government has announced a $20.8 million investment in the province’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training program to attract more people to the trades. » Read full article

Leveraging new technologies to address Canada’s labour shortage

Collaborative robots are one solution to the country's crisis in manufacturing, says Universal Robots’ Joe Campbell. » Read full article

Atlas Copco Canada acquires WestRon Group

WestRon, located in Calgary, Alberta, is focused on sales, installations and service of small industrial compressors and blowers. » Read full article

Mitutoyo donates metrology products to Titans of CNC training platform

Mitutoyo America Corporation has announced its sponsorship of Titans of CNC, a free project-based education platform that helps guide students and teachers on CNC machine operation and programming. » Read full article

Fixing the system complexity problem in industrial automation

As digital transformation continues to proliferate, software development processes for industrial applications must evolve as well. » Read full article

Siemens to acquire Pixeom’s edge technology for factory automation

Siemens is planning to acquire edge technology from the U.S. company Pixeom in a move the company says will strengthen its industrial edge portfolio. » Read full article

Festo distributing Magswitch magnetic grippers and clamping solutions

Festo has signed a distribution agreement with Magswitch, which provides switchable magnetic gripping and clamping solutions to automotive and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). » Read full article
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Position sensors for angle measurement

Zettlex’s new position sensors, called IncOders, use non-contact, inductive technology for precision angle measurement. » Read full article

3D CMM for precision parts

Hexagon‘s Manufacturing Intelligence division has released the multi-sensor OPTIV M coordinate measuring machine (CMM). » Read full article

Indoor research robot

Clearpath Robotics has developed an indoor research robot called Dingo, designed to accelerate robotics research and education. » Read full article

15th European Manufacturing Strategies Summit

Location: Berlin, Ger.
Date: November 11-16, 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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ARC Industry Forum 2020

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 3-7, 2020
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