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Top five industrial automation trends in 2020: Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group

In the February issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION, we asked several industry experts to share their top five trends in industrial automation for the coming year. Craig Resnick, vice-president of ARC, talks industrial edge, process automation and more.

Report: Canadian manufacturers’ outlook subdued for 2020 amid drop in growth

Canadian manufacturers experienced a setback in December 2019 from their previously reported three months’ recovery in manufacturing growth, according to new research by IHS Markit.

Top five trends: Jeff Burnstein, A3

Our top five automation trends in 2020 series continues with insights on AMRs, grippers, cobots and more from Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation.

Window manufacturer fined $90K for worker injury in second offence

A manufacturer of commercial and residential aluminum window products in Woodbridge, Ontario has been fined after pleading guilty to a charge involving a worker’s critical injury.

PDTA adds 14 new members across North America

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is the association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel.

Northern Pulp to close after premier says ‘no extension,’ cutting 300 direct jobs

Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp has announced it will close, eliminating 300 direct jobs, following the premier’s announcement Dec. 20 that the mill will not receive an extension on the Jan. 31 deadline to stop diverting effluent into Boat Harbour.

Top 10 Manufacturing AUTOMATION stories of 2019

We’re looking back on the year that was in industrial automation and manufacturing news in Canada with the top 10 stories from the Manufacturing AUTOMATION website in 2019. » Read full article

Top five trends: Eric Cosman, ISA

In the third installment of our top five automation trends series, Eric Cosman, new president of the International Society of Automation, predicts digital transformation, big data and workforce development will be key issues in 2020. » Read full article

Plastics manufacturer fined $200K for failing to pay workers

The operator of a plastic manufacturing plant in Toronto, Ontario, and two of its directors have been fined after failing to pay 58 of their former workers for unpaid wages and vacation pay. » Read full article

‘Doomsday’ scenario of mass layoffs due to AI unlikely, federal documents say

Newly released documents show that top government officials believe there is no imminent threat that artificial intelligence and robots will displace large segments of the Canadian workforce. » Read full article

Packaging manufacturer fined $70K after worker critically injured by forklift

A manufacturer of plastic packaging for the food services industry in Brantford, Ontario has been fined after pleading guilty to a charge involving a worker who received a critical injury at the company’s plant in Burlington. » Read full article

PCB opens $1M clean room facility for sensor manufacturing

Sensor manufacturer PCB Piezotronics, a subsidiary of MTS Systems Corporation, has completed construction of environmentally controlled clean rooms totalling 4,300 sq. ft. » Read full article

Controller considerations for small assembly robots

When selecting a small assembly robot for your manufacturing application, evaluate the controller’s key features. » Read full article


Collaborative robot with long-arm option

FANUC has introduced two new 10-kilogram-payload collaborative robots, the CRX-10iA and CRX-10iA/L (long-arm version), which provide a reach of 1,249 mm and 1,418 mm, respectively. » Read full article

Compact electric vacuum gripper

OnRobot announces the VGC10 compact electric vacuum gripper, a smaller, lighter version of its VG10 electric vacuum gripper ideal for constrained environments and smaller robot arms. » Read full article

CAM software with smart manufacturing features

HCL Technologies has released CAMWorks Version 2020 with several enhancements to assist machine shops in advancing their smart manufacturing practices. » 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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ISA Automation Expo & Conference 2020

Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Date: April 29-30, 2020
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Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show

Location: Montreal
Date: May 11-14, 2020
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