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Report: Employee anxiety top concern for manufacturers during COVID-19

The Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) and Automate Canada have released the results of their second weekly survey on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Ontario pledges $50M for businesses to retool manufacturing for COVID-19 solutions

The Ontario government is allocating $50 million to help businesses retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment.

WSIB services available during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Ontario government and WSIB have developed a $1.9-billion financial relief package that allows any business to defer premium reporting and payments until Aug. 31.

Graybar Canada appoints new VP of Atlantic region

Graybar Canada has named a new vice-president for the Atlantic region, effective April 6, 2020.

N95 respirators and emergency relief on the way for Canada

Coveted N95 respirators will continue to come to Canada from 3M, a Minnesota-based company.

Ford of Canada producing face shields for health-care workers

Ford Motor Company of Canada has begun production of face shields at its Windsor, Ontario operations in response to the need for COVID-19 protective equipment.
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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

Manufacturing companies pivot to produce PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 fight

Manufacturers and automation companies across Canada are retooling in an effort to offset a shortage of critical medical supplies needed to combat coronavirus. Check out our running list. » Read more

Batch of one: flexible manufacturing requires new automation

As the increasing granularity of consumer demand drives down batch sizes, Canadian manufacturers are facing the prospect of upgrading their automation infrastructure. The trend is accelerating the transition to Industry 4.0. » Read more
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Survey: How are employers responding to COVID-19?

Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s sister publication, Talent Canada magazine, is conducting a national survey to find out how employers are responding to COVID-19. » Read full article

Mitacs offers funding support to SMEs for production of COVID-19 gear

A national research organization is ready to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs), including manufacturers, rapidly scale ideas that can help to combat COVID-19. » Read full article

Allied Electronics & Automation names new VP of global sales

Allied Electronics & Automation has named Mike Walker as vice-president and global leader of its sales team serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Chile. » Read full article

HAHN Group acquires DAHL Automation

The HAHN Group has acquired DAHL Automation, a global integrator for robotics, cobots, autonomous mobile robots and automated guided vehicles. » Read full article

Long john producer Stanfield’s reacts to COVID-19 with ‘pivot’ to medical gowns

A historic Canadian undergarment factory famed for long johns and boxer shorts is about to rapidly reinvent itself as a domestic producer of medical gowns. » Read full article


Automatic crimping machine for faster production

Schleuniger has released the CrimpCenter 64 SP, a fully automatic crimping machine that offers eight to 14 per cent faster production over its predecessor. » Read full article

AC servo motors

Mitsubishi Electric Automation announced the release of its MELSERVO-J5 series of AC servo motors, amplifiers, and motion control units. » 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