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Ontario releases return-to-work safety guidelines for manufacturers

The Ontario government has released safety guidelines for the manufacturing industry, among other sectors, to prepare workers to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automation companies land on Canada’s best workplaces list for 2020

In order to determine the best workplaces across all industries, Great Place to Work Institute Canada issues a confidential employee survey. See which manufacturing and automation companies made the 2020 list.

The May issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is now online!

In our cover story, we take a look at how flexible production is helping manufacturers to retool during the COVID-19 crisis.

Report: Manufacturers concerned about PPE shortages as they prepare to resume operations

Manufacturers in Southern Ontario are gearing up for returning to work, but they are concerned about not having enough personal protective equipment for their workforce.

Manufacturers receive $21M in funding from NGen for COVID-19 equipment

Since NGen announced its $50-million COVID-19 funding program in late March, it has received over 900 expressions of interest.

Bombardier to recall 11,000 workers as Quebec prepares to reopen economy

The plane-and-train maker said it will resume production in Quebec as of May 11, the day set by the provincial government for factories to unlock their doors.

GM gears up to produce millions of face masks at Oshawa plant

The company will retool part of its plant, similar to the operations its plant in Michigan, to produce the personal protective equipment (PPE).

Ontario manufacturer lands contract from feds to produce 10M face shields

The Canadian Shield has received a contract from the federal government to produce 10 million of its reusable face shields.
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Returning to work: Short- and long-term safety strategies
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11 am EDT

As manufacturers focus on recovery from the pandemic, Manufacturing AUTOMATION is presenting a free webinar to discuss how to prepare a safe return to full or modified operations. Guest speaker Robert Vomiero, a technical specialist in machine and robot safety for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), will cover return-to-work strategies – including best practices for employee and machine safety during re-start and how to address workplace mental health – with an emphasis on building resiliency for the future. » Register now

‘A new game’: Ontario manufacturers consider post-pandemic plans

The CEO of ATS Automation says he “couldn’t be more proud” of his workforce as the company pivots to produce medical devices at its facilities, and ramps up production of equipment needed by other manufacturers during the COVID-19 crisis. » Learn more

Pivoting in a pandemic: How flexible production helps retooling efforts

Following the March announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments began calling on manufacturers to step outside of their comfort zones to help ease the shortage of medical supplies. Flexible production methods have helped Canadian factories rise to the challenge. » Learn more

Festo partners with MassRobotics to develop automation solutions

Festo has partnered with the Boston-based MassRobotics, a non-profit innovation hub for robotics, to develop new automation solutions. » Read full article

Wajax becomes Canadian distributor of Bulmor sideloaders

This is the first time Bulmor, an Austrian manufacturer of heavy-duty, special-purpose lifting trucks, has had a distributor in Canada. » Read full article

Endress+Hauser Canada celebrates 30 years

The company was incorporated on May 1, 1990 with 13 employees, in Burlington, Ont. Read more about its history here. » Read full article

Tafisa Canada completes $23M upgrade of Line 1 press

The Lac-Mégantic, Quebec–based manufacturer refurbished its original press, which is used to produce particleboard panels for the company’s thermally fused laminate (TFL) line of decorative panels. » Read full article

OPC Foundation appoints director of North America region

The foundation has selected a director to support OPC North American membership, and to act as a spokesperson throughout the region. » Read full article

Rise of the robots: how industrial robotics are solving workplace safety issues

Industrial robots are increasingly assuming the risks of the most dangerous tasks – and our sister publication OHS Canada explored the issue. » Read full article

ODVA expanding EtherNet/IP networking with FDT and FDI technologies

Additional device description work on the next-generation xDS for CIP devices is also underway. » Read full article

The Careers in Industrial Automation digital magazine is available!

Careers in Industrial Automation is a free new resource guide about job and education pathways in the industry, designed for students and workers looking to transition to new careers. » Read full article


Multi-mount compact cylinder for light manufacturing

Festo’s compact cylinder is ideal for many applications, such as stopping or stabilizing small work pieces or work platforms in light manufacturing. » Read full article

Flanged extruded aluminum enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing has released the 1455F flanged extruded aluminum enclosure, adding a further variant to its 1455 standard family. » Read full article

SCARA robot calibration

ABB has simplified the use of its SCARA robots by giving users the ability to commission and control the robots from their PC through RobotStudio. » 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