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IMTS 2020 conference cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 response

Organizers have cancelled this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), scheduled to be held in Chicago, Illinois from September 14-19, 2020.

Handling Specialty makes two job appointments

The manufacturer of custom material handling equipment announced two job moves at its Ontario-based offices this week.

Hannover Messe to host Digital Days virtual conference in July

Organizers are hosting a two-day digital conference next month in place of the annual in-person conference and exhibition.

Valiant TMS opens up HQ to non-profit that introduces women to skilled trades

The company is now sharing space with a non-profit dedicated to helping young women explore careers in traditionally male-dominated industries.

Siemens develops physical distancing solution for manufacturers

Siemens has created a new solution that enables companies to quickly model how employees interact with each other, the production line and plant design.

Listen to episode one of Machine Language: The Podcast!

Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently debuted the Machine Language podcast series. In our first episode, we talk 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 now!

Industrial automation community expresses support for COVID-19 efforts

In the May and June issues of Manufacturing AUTOMATION, we asked you for some messages of support, encouragement, contributions and stories to share with your peers – and you delivered! Here’s what you said. » Learn more

All in the family: Automation builder looks to the future

Armed with a viable succession plan, Butty Manufacturing, a small manufacturer of custom material handling equipment, is poised to grow its business. » Learn more

Franklin Empire to represent Rittal Systems Ltd. in Quebec

Franklin Empire, an independently owned electrical distributor, has expanded its partnership agreement with Rittal Systems Ltd. to represent Rittal in Quebec. » Read full article

Bosch Rexroth debuts IoT-enabled ctrlX AUTOMATION platform

Bosch Rexroth has unveiled a hardware-software platform that encompasses machine control, IT and the Internet of Things. » Read full article

Vention raises $38M to grow its cloud-based manufacturing automation platform

The funding will be used to further develop Vention’s cloud-based platform and grow its library of plug-and-play automation components. » Read full article

SYSPRO offers up learning platform for unemployed manufacturing workers

SYSPRO has launched a global initiative to provide access to online training for 500 recently unemployed people in the manufacturing and distribution sector. » Read full article

The June 2020 issue of Robotics Insider is live!

In this issue of our free quarterly e-book on robotics, find stories on welding automation, robot vision and robots helping in the fight against COVID-19. » Read full article


Linear motion control system

Rockwell Automation has released the iTRAK 5730 small-frame intelligent track system for food and beverage packaging. » Read full article

Vinyl nylon tray cable

AutomationDirect has debuted the VNTC (vinyl nylon tray cable) 600-volt type TC-ER control cables for use in wet and dry areas, conduits, ducts, troughs or trays. » Read full article

Hannover Messe Digital Days

Date: Jul. 14-15, 2020
Location: Online
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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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