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Bombardier to help make 18,000 ventilators at shuttered Thunder Bay plant

The plant expects to start work on April 27, drawing on between 40 and 50 employees – most of whom had been temporarily laid off – over three to four months.

Festo collaborates with OEMs on ventilator, mask development

Festo North America and its subsidiary Fabco-Air Inc. are working on a ventilator design and an automation system for masks in the fight against COVID-19.

CCOHS creates COVID-19 guidance tip sheet for manufacturers

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)’s tip sheet includes information on sanitation, disinfectants, physical distancing and site requirements.

Burloak Technologies secures NGen funding to produce face shields

Additive manufacturer Burloak Technologies is now among the companies producing face shields.

CKF Inc. retools to produce face shields for COVID-19 frontline workers

CKF Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of food service, packaging and tableware, has retooled to produce a face shield for frontline health-care workers.
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Crisis calls for manufacturers to push the reset button

In the latest Industry Watch column, Paul Hogendoorn explores how the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity for manufacturers to reassess their digital strategy. » Learn more

Advances in autonomous control for plant management

ANDRITZ recently won a major award for a pilot project that involves training an artificial intelligence (AI) controller to run an industrial plant. » Learn more

Luxury menswear maker Samuelsohn starts making surgical gowns in Quebec

Clothing maker Samuelsohn has reopened its Montreal factory with nearly 150 employees to begin production of personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and first responders in Quebec. » Read full article

Phoenix Contact to host online Dialogue Days conference this month

Phoenix Contact is hosting a virtual trade show to update customers on the company’s latest technologies and solutions. » Read full article

Allied Electronics & Automation adds to supplier network

Allied Electronics & Automation is adding a full suite of products from Amphenol–Anytek and B&B Manufacturing to boost its terminal block and synchronous drive application product offerings. » Read full article

CAE recalls laid-off employees after agreeing to produce 10,000 ventilators

Approximately 1,500 employees will return to work, with the majority based in Montreal and working from home. » Read full article


Explosion-proof brush motors

Kollmorgen has launched the EP series of explosion-proof, SCR-rated, permanent magnet direct current (PMDC) brush motors. » Read full article

Ethernet-ready networking devices

Antaira Technologies has expanded its industrial networking family with the introduction of the LMP-2602G-SFP and LMX-2602G-SFP series of Ethernet-ready equipment. » Read full article

Linear position potentiometers

AutomationDirect is now carrying GEFRAN linear potentiometers and accessories. » 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