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StatCan: Manufacturing sales down 0.6 per cent in November

Sales in the primary metal, chemical and food industries moved lower, offset in part by gains in the transportation and fabricated metal industries.

Quebec invests $825K in aerospace parts maker for automation

A manufacturer of complex components for the aerospace sector in Laval, Quebec is receiving $825,000 to add robotics, automation and digitization to its operations.

Lafert North America announces new inside sales rep

The new hire brings over six years of experience in technical sales and customer relationship management to her role.

Universal Robots unveils collaborative robot leasing program

Under the program, manufacturers of any size and with any capital equipment budget will be able to automate without major upfront costs.

Bosch packaging division becomes Syntegon Technology

Bosch initially announced the plan to sell its packaging machinery division in 2018, and revealed it would become a newly incorporated entity in July 2019.

Motion Industries names new vice-president of North America central division

Chris Pacer joins Motion Industries as vice-president of the company’s central group.
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Q&A: Cobot adoption with Kristian Hulgard, GM of OnRobot Americas

With the International Federation of Robotics recent report indicating there’s been 23 per cent growth in the cobot market, OnRobot, the Danish manufacturer of end-of-arm-tooling for collaborative applications, is poised for success. » Read full article

Steel manufacturer fined $290K after two workplace safety incidents

Two workers were exposed to carbon monoxide, and another was injured after a hand was drawn into the pinch point of a machine in two separate incidents at an Ontario plant. » Read full article

Statistics Canada says decline in manufacturing has hurt employment for men

A Statistics Canada report reveals that the fallout from the country’s shrinking manufacturing sector is affecting employment and wage rates of men and women differently. » Read full article

ISA cybersecurity alliance to create standards guide for manufacturers

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has committed to several new projects for 2020, including a standards guide through its recently formed ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance. » Read full article

The HAHN Group expands management teams in automation, finance

A chief operations officer and chief revenue officer join HAHN Automation, and The HAHN Group gets a new chief financial officer. » Read full article

Getting personal: Customized bottle manufacturing uses robot-assisted filling

RoboFill 4.0, as the project has been dubbed, is a concept for filling and beverage technology that makes it easy to add more production modules. » Read full article


Robot and controller for harsh environments

ABB is introducing a new harsh environment version of its IRB 1100 robot and OmniCore controller, designed with enhanced protection against water and dust. » Read full article

Wafer mapping sensor for small spaces

Balluff’s new wafer mapping sensor, BOH00EZ, uses a precise photoelectric sensor for quick and reliable detection of semiconductor wafers and slotting errors in FOUPS – front opening unified pods. » Read full article

Arc flash mitigation

Schneider Electric has announced that its Square D brand’s patented arc flash mitigation technology, ArcBlok, is now available across Canada, for Model 6 Motor Control Centers. » Read full article

ARC Industry Forum 2020

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Date: February 3-7, 2020
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InDaComm 2020: Phoenix Contact Industry 4.0 Seminars

Location: Various locations
Date: February 6-27, 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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SPS – Industrial Automation Fair

Location: Guangzhou, China
Date: February 26-28, 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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