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Layoffs increasing among Southern Ontario manufacturers due to crisis, says new report

Industry associations The Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) and Automate Canada have released the third report in their weekly check-in with manufacturers about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

ATS Automation scales up global medical device production for COVID-19 crisis

ATS Automation Tooling Systems is using its capabilities in life sciences manufacturing to expedite the production of medical equipment such as ventilators and respirators.

Manitoba offering millions to local manufacturers to make reusable masks

The Manitoba government says it’s willing to sign purchase orders worth up to $15 million to companies that can quickly make reusable masks.

Eclipse Automation to facilitate N95 mask production in Ontario

Eclipse Automation has secured the exclusive North American rights to an automation system from China for production of N95 masks.

Ontario tech manufacturer creates new company dedicated to face shield production

The Kitchener, Ontario–based company is called The Canadian Shield, and has the capacity to produce 50,000 face shields per day.
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Retooling for COVID-19? Resources for manufacturers

Looking to retool or collaborate with another company on manufacturing medical supplies to help in the fight against COVID-19? » Check out these resources.
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WEBINAR: Maintenance management amid COVID-19

Our sister publication MRO Magazine is hosting a webinar Apr. 22 that will explore how organizations are addressing immediate staffing and ongoing execution of maintenance activities through this critical period in their asset life cycle. » Read full article

Toronto company expands ventilator production tenfold to meet demand

Thornhill Medical CEO Lesley Gouldie says normally her Toronto-based company would produce at most 50 ventilators in a month but is hoping to deliver more than 1,000 to the federal government. » Read full article

Canada Goose increasing production of medical gear, reopens more factories

Canada Goose Holdings Inc. is moving to increase its domestic production of personal protective equipment for health-care workers across Canada. » Read full article

ATS Automation receives $60M order for electric vehicle battery assembly

ATS Automation Tooling Systems has received an order from a global automotive manufacturer for a fully automated battery assembly system for their North American manufacturing operations. » Read full article


Digital depth gages for manufacturing

Mahr Inc. has expanded its line of digital depth gages with the pocket-sized 30 EWRi for fast depth measurements, and the universal depth gage 30 EWR-U/40 EWRi-U. » Read full article

OPC UA over TSN automation

B&R has partnered with TTTech Industrial to deliver a range of OPC UA over TSN industrial automation products. » Read full article

Photoelectric sensors with IO-Link

Carlo Gavazzi has launched photoelectric laser sensors with integrated IO-Link communications. » 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