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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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 full article

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 full article

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. » Read full article
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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. » More info

SPONSORED: Managing supply chain disruption through a combination of technology and ingenuity

Although the global supply chain is usually a well-oiled machine, disruption is the new reality – and manufacturers have had to pivot. » More info