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Manufacturer develops COVID-19 testing station to reduce use of PPE

An Ontario-based manufacturer of fibre-reinforced plastic products has created a COVID-19 testing station that allows health-care professionals to administer tests.

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.

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.

Company 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.

Quebec company to manufacture RFID tracker for social distancing

A Quebec-based technology company has developed an RFID social distancing tracker that employees could wear in the workplace that alarms if they get too close to another worker.
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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. » Learn more

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 full article
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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. » Read full article

Pivoting in a pandemic: How flexible production helps retooling efforts

Following the 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. » Read full article

‘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. » Read full article

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

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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