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Rapid Response Platform launches to connect companies with suppliers of PPE

A new website that connects workplaces with suppliers and manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) launched last week as part of a joint initiative to address supply chain issues.

Another Cargill plant closes after COVID-19 outbreak

A Cargill meat-processing plant south of Montreal announced it is closing its doors after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19, even as schools across much of Quebec prepared to open theirs to students on Monday.

SNC-Lavalin to engineer Medicom’s N95-mask manufacturing facility

SNC-Lavalin will supply engineering services to AMD Medicom Inc. (Medicom) in the establishment of a Canadian manufacturing facility that will produce N95 and surgical masks for local health-care providers.

General Motors to restart some Ontario production

General Motors says it plans to restart some production at its engine plant in St. Catharines, Ont. this week ahead of a wider restart of North American operations the week of May 18.

Boeing goes another month without a single airliner order

Boeing failed to sell a single commercial airplane but saw orders for 108 planes cancelled in April as a sharp drop in air travel erased any demand among airlines for new jetliners.

A perfect storm: COVID-19 disrupted supply chains. Here’s how automation will help

The manufacturing industry in North America will see rapid implementation of automation technologies for supply chain management to prepare for the next crisis. “Our supply chains became actually quite fragile, but we didn’t realize how fragile they were,” Jonathan Wright at IBM tells Manufacturing AUTOMATION. Read more: » Learn more

Statistics Canada says nearly two million jobs lost in April

The Canadian economy lost almost two million jobs in April, a record high, as the closure of non-essential services to slow the spread of COVID-19 forced businesses to shutter temporarily. » Read full article

Bombardier sees Q1 earnings plummet after pandemic shutters factories

Bombardier Inc. took a major earnings hit last quarter – with more losses to come – as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic blocked aircraft deliveries and shut down operations across dozens of plants. » Read full article

Virox Technologies receives $850K for disinfectant production from Ontario fund

Virox Technologies, a manufacturer of disinfectants, will scale up its production with $850,000 in funding from the Ontario government’s program that helps businesses retool to make COVID-19-related equipment. » Read full article

Buhler Industries moves U.S. production facility

Winnipeg’s Buhler Industries is increasing production at its facility in Willmar, Minnesota and closing its factory in Fargo, North Dakota, affecting 35 jobs. » 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


20-kg payload collaborative robot

Yaskawa Motoman has debuted a new 20 kilogram-payload HC20XP collaborative robot (cobot), suited for applications where robots need to safely work with, or in close proximity to, humans. » Read full article

Non-contact displacement measuring system

Kaman Precision Products has released the DIT-5200L non-contact displacement measuring system, ideal for fast-steering mirrors, servo control position feedback, stage positioning and angular displacement indication. » Read full article

Medium-voltage drive

Rockwell Automation‘s PowerFlex 6000T medium-voltage drive shares the same powerful control hardware and firmware as the company’s PowerFlex 755T low-voltage drives. » 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