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Survey of manufacturers finds output down, expected to last months yet

A survey of Canadian manufacturers shows a widespread drop in output as demand falls during the COVID-19 pandemic with no quick rebound in sight.

Medical tech hub to advise Ontario companies retooling for COVID-19 equipment

Medical Innovation Xchange will provide manufacturing advice to non-medical companies looking to retool and produce coronavirus-related equipment.

Boeing says it will reduce workforce by 400 in Winnipeg due to impact

A statement from the company says the reductions will come from voluntary and involuntary layoffs and normal attrition.

Manufacturers scramble to find raw materials amid ‘desperate’ shortage for PPE

Each day, Jeremy Hedges strides the floor of his factory where more than 250 employees work from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. to churn out 200,000 plastic face shields.
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MA’s first podcast episode is now available!

We start our Machine Language podcast series by talking to Shelley Fellows, chair of Automate Canada, and Mike Bilton, chair of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers about what’s been happening in Ontario’s manufacturing sector as a result of the pandemic.

The industry associations have been working together to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the mold, tool and die, and industrial automation sectors through weekly surveys of their members.

Fellows and Bilton discuss some of the major concerns brought forth by manufacturers, and some unexpected positive impacts of the coronavirus crisis. They also highlight health and safety best practices, and dig in to how Industry 4.0 technologies will help manufacturers become more resilient long-term. » Listen here

A clean workcell: Automation builder pivots into manufacturing with new sanitization system

DuroByte Inc., an Ontario-based automation system builder, has created a product that tracks sanitization of work cells in a manufacturing facility in order to avoid transmission of COVID-19. » Learn more

Webinar recap: Returning to work, short- and long-term safety strategies

Missed our recent webinar with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) on how manufacturers can plan their return-to-work strategies? Find a recap and the free recording here. » Read full article

COE Press Equipment adds VMS as distributor for Canada

COE has added Visionary Manufacturing Solutions (VMS) to its distributor network, representing COE’s coil processing and cut-to-length line solutions. » Read full article

IFR refutes MIT professor’s research about robots’ impact to jobs

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has published a statement refuting an MIT professor who states that robots have a negative effect on employment. » Read full article

Vecna Robotics names new VP of autonomy

Vecna Robotics, a materials handling automation provider, has appointed a vice-president to oversee its autonomy division. » Read full article


Embedded vision system

Cognex Corporation has introduced the In-Sight D900 embedded vision system with deep learning software inside a smart camera. » Read full article

VPN routers for remote machines

AutomationDirect StrideLinx VPN routers provide an outgoing, secure connection from remote machines or systems to the StrideLinx platform. » Read full article

Dual-port PCB jack connectors

Amphenol RF has released HD-BNC dual port PCB jacks into its portfolio of 12G optimized interconnects. » Read full article

IMTS 2020

Date: Sept. 14-20, 2020
Location: Chicago, Ill.
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Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

Date: Oct. 7-9, 2020
Location: Montreal, Que.
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ISA Automation Expo & Conference 2020

Date: Oct. 27-28, 2020
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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SPS 2020

Date: Nov. 24-26, 2020
Location: Nuremberg, Ger.
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Automatica 2020

Date: Dec. 8-11, 2020
Location: Munich, Ger.
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