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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.

The rule of threes: insights for recovery or reinvention in manufacturing

There are some people you can brainstorm with, some you can plan with and some you can work with. Facing or recovering from a crisis makes this “rule of threes” more real. Read more in the latest Industry Watch column.

GM Canada signs contract for 10M face masks at Oshawa plant

General Motors of Canada will immediately begin production of 10 million face masks over the next year after signing a contract with the federal government.

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.

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.
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PODCAST: How manufacturers can protect themselves from cyberattacks during COVID-19

Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and your factory floors are safe. You've followed all of the protocols for physical distancing, sanitization and proper personal protective equipment. But what about your industrial networks? Are they safe from COVID-19?

Cybercrime is on the rise this year as attackers capitalize on fears associated with the pandemic through email scams, ransomware or malware.

We dig into this phenomenon in the latest episode of Machine Language: The Podcast, which features an interview with Andre Vittorio, president and founder of Idealogical Systems Inc., a Toronto-area IT services provider for manufacturers. » Learn more

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. » Read full article

StatCan: Manufacturing sales posted record plunge in April

Canadian manufacturing sales fell by a record amount in April, the first full month of physical distancing measures in the wake of COVID-19, but sales are expected to regain at least some ground in May. » Read full article

Automation, squared: Quebec robotics company delivers a welding win

AGT Robotics enhances automated welding and cuts component costs in half for a steel manufacturer using PC-based control for its robotic system. » Read full article

Time-Sensitive Networking: It’s time for factories to become a whole lot smarter

Advanced network topologies built on Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) will create fast cycle times and, in turn, smart factories. » Read full article

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. » Read full article

Hannover Messe Digital Days

Date: Jul. 14-15, 2020
Location: Online
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Automate to Innovate: Virtual Summit

Date: July 29, 2020
Location: Online
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RIA Robotics Week

Date: Sept. 8-11, 2020
Location: Online
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International Robot Safety Conference

Date: Oct. 6-8, 2020
Location: Online
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Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

Date: Oct. 7-9, 2020
Location: Montreal, Que.
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Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference

Date: Oct. 26-27, 2020
Location: Online
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ISA Automation Expo & Conference 2020

Date: Oct. 27-28, 2020
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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AI & Smart Automation Conference

Date: Oct. 28-29, 2020
Location: Online
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MCMA Technical Conference

Date: Nov. 9-10, 2020
Location: Nuremberg, Ger.
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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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