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Report: Manufacturers willing to produce COVID-19 equipment despite cash flow concerns

Canadian manufacturers are eager to assist with production of medical devices and medical equipment to help mitigate the COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey.

New ventilators promised in days as industrial response to COVID-19 kicks in

Millions of masks and thousands of ventilators have been ordered by the federal government to shore up the national stockpile of supplies needed to treat and fight COVID-19.

Palliser Furniture temporarily laying off workers, closing Winnipeg facility

Palliser Furniture Ltd. is temporarily laying off 72 per cent of its workforce as it closes its Winnipeg facility for two weeks and looks to do the same at its Mexican facilities in the coming weeks.

EMC creates open forum for manufacturers seeking COVID-19 support

EMC has opened its Members Need Help forum beyond EMC members to non-members and all manufacturing stakeholders across Canada. The email-based service contains COVID-19 information and support.

Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show postponed

SME has announced the Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show (MMTS), slated for May 11-13, 2020, will be postponed in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Canada Goose to produce medical gear for health care workers and patients

Canada Goose is shifting its factories to start production of medical gear for health-care workers and patients across Canada in an effort to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Robotics Insider April 2020 edition is now live!

Check out the April 2020 issue of Robotics Insider for engaging content dedicated to the development and application of industrial robots. Brought to you by Manufacturing AUTOMATION, Robotics Insider is a quarterly digital publication that strives to help manufacturers boost their operation efficiency and production uptime. In this issue, we bring you a look at how COVID-19 might impact robotics use in manufacturing, information on mobile robots – from an OTTO Motors application in Ontario to a Q&A with Mobile Industrial Robots – and more. » Learn more

Contingency planning: Crisis provides new clarity for automation

Three digital capabilities that can help manufacturers protect their supply chains, their customers and themselves during a disaster. » Read more

Gamification: why it matters to manufacturing

“People are important to your operation, sustainability and viability,” says Paul Hogendoorn in his latest column for Manufacturing AUTOMATION. “But they are more than that – they are representative of your most important audience – your customers.” » Read more
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NGen investing $50M to support manufacturers producing COVID-19 aids

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) is investing $50 million to support companies as they prepare to produce critical technologies, equipment and medical products to aid in the fight against COVID-19. » Read full article

Nestle Canada giving temporary raises to factory and distribution centre workers

Nestle Canada is giving a temporary raise to its employees in its factories and distribution centres across the country as deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. » Read full article

Small business confidence falls to record low amid COVID-19 pandemic, CFIB says

The organization says its latest business barometer has fallen to a record low of 30.8 from a level of 60.5 in February. » Read full article

Hannover Messe trade show cancelled for 2020

Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, has been cancelled altogether for 2020, after originally being rescheduled to take place in July amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. » Read full article

Siemens opens 3D printing network to health care for rapid production of supplies

Siemens is making its network of printers available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components. » Read full article

Hockey equipment maker Bauer shifts to medical shields

Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. » Read full article


Directional control valves for manual or mechanical actuation

Festo’s new VMEF/VHEF directional control valves can be controlled by a finger, hand or workpiece making contact with a trigger mechanism. » Read full article

Remote power monitoring software

Eaton has launched the newest version of its Visual Power Manager (VPM) software, VPM Essential. » Read full article

A list of major manufacturing events affected so far due to coronavirus

Many manufacturing and automation events have been cancelled, postponed or modified in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. » More info