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December 4, 2019

Report: Canadian manufacturers see three months of improved business

Overall business conditions improved during November 2019, marking three months of sustained recovery, according to IHS Markit.

Ontario opens employment centre for laid-off Bombardier workers

The province says it is working with Bombardier Thunder Bay and local unions on the centre, which will connect laid-off workers with local job and training opportunities.

ODVA publishes updates to EtherNet/IP to integrate IO-Link devices

This capability will allow IO-Link sensors and devices at the lowest level of the network to be better connected with EtherNet/IP controllers and devices at higher levels of the network.

Yaskawa Motoman develops fenceless robotic training program

The automation company has developed an educational workstation for use in classrooms, robotics labs and robotics training centres.

Editorial: Patents and people are pipelines to growth

In the latest issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION, we explore how innovation both on the production line and off can impact manufacturing operations.
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Manufacturing companies named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers list for 2020

Mediacorp Canada invited about 10,000 employers to submit applications to the 2020 contest, which is celebrating its 20th year. » Read full article

Report: Motion control market to see solid growth to 2023

The next four years will bring strong growth in motion control, says a new report conducted by Interact Analysis, a market research firm specializing in intelligent automation. » Read full article

Ontario launches job site challenge to identify land for future manufacturing plants

The government of Ontario is launching a province-wide Job Site Challenge to identify large sites of land where automakers or other advanced manufacturers could invest by building a large plant. » Read full article

Qualcomm partners with Bosch Rexroth, Siemens to demonstrate industrial 5G

The tech company hosted its demonstration with Bosch Rexroth at the 2019 Smart Production Solutions (SPS) trade fair, which ran Nov. 26 to 28 in Nuremberg, Germany. » Read full article

Nissan invests in production to prepare for electric age

Nissan is investing 33 billion yen ($303 million) in its flagship auto plant in Japan, in a first rollout of a production system geared toward electric vehicles. » Read full article
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Laser processing workstation

Mahr has updated its Precimar ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment, to include image processing. » Read full article

Electric drive series for simple motion applications

Festo has created the Simplified Motion Series of electric drives for jobs requiring very simple motion or positioning. » Read full article

High bus voltage stepper drives and motors

AutomationDirect has added a high-voltage AC drive and compatible high torque motors to its stepping system motion control product offering. » Read full article

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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Automation Technology Expo 2020

Location: Cairo, Egy.
Date: March 14-16, 2020
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Hannover Messe 2020

Location: Hannover, Ger.
Date: April 20-25, 2020
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Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show

Location: Montreal
Date: May 11-14, 2020
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