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November 20, 2019

Manufacturer fined $50K after worker falls from ladder

A company that manufactures infection control products has been fined $50,000 in Ontario provincial court after pleading guilty to an offence involving a critical worker injury at its plant.

Push to the edge: why do manufacturers need data centres?

In the cover story for our new issue, we explore new analytics solutions that suggest manufacturers employ a hybrid cloud-edge model backed by a robust data centre.

CN Rail confirms job cuts as weakening economy cuts into freight volumes

Canadian National Railway Co. is confirming job cuts as it deals with a weakening North American economy that has eroded demand for railroad transportation.

Kaman Distribution Group appoints new CEO

Kaman Distribution Group (KDG), a distributor of bearings and power transmission, automation and fluid power products, has appointed Benjamin Mondics as chief executive officer.

Auto union opens talks with Fiat Chrysler; strike possible

The United Auto Workers union on Monday turned its bargaining focus to Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker.
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ITC Electrical Components marks 25 years in automation

The family-owned company credits a strong product lineup and a focus on customer service for its quarter-century of success in the electrical and automation business. MA talked to owner Luca Fontana about what’s next for ITC. » Read full article

Aerosol manufacturer fined $170K by feds after environmental offences

The Canadian government has ordered aerosol manufacturer K-G Spray-Pak Inc. of Concord, Ontario to pay a fine of $170,000 after the company pleaded guilty to two environmental offences. » Read full article

Q&A: Faizan Sheikh, CEO and co-founder of Avidbots

We chat to the Ontario-based creator of an autonomous mobile cleaning robot used in manufacturing environments. » Read full article

EMC announces new field service advisor for Barrie, Ontario region

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC), has announced that Stephanie Yakimishyn is transitioning from a field service advisor to the Member Needs Help Program at EMC. » Read full article

Cogiscan partners with Critical Manufacturing on digital solutions

The Quebec-based Cogiscan has partnered with Critical Manufacturing to deliver smart factory solutions for electronics manufacturers. » Read full article
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Sealed detector switch for PCB termination

E-Switch has introduced a compact sealed detector switch providing PCB termination. » Read full article

Linear motion positioning stages

OES has added a new series of 15 mm, 30 mm, 50 mm and 75 mm linear motion positioning stages to its selection of precision motion control components. » Read full article

Scale for manual conveyor weighing

Fairbanks Scales has announced the new Roller Conveyor Scale, designed to capture static weighments of products as they manually move down a conveyor line. » Read full article

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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RoboDEX/Smart Factory Expo

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: February 12-14, 2020
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Manufacturing Automation Asia

Location: Singapore
Date: February 20-21, 2020
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Hannover Messe 2020

Location: Hannover, Ger.
Date: April 20-25, 2020
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