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Ontario PPE manufacturer launches automated surgical mask production

The Canadian Shield, a Waterloo, Ontario–based personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer, is expanding its production line to include disposable surgical masks.

Eclipse Automation’s innovation arm receives over $1.4M from Ontario for N95 production

Eclipse Innovations, the incubator launched by Eclipse Automation earlier this year, is receiving over $1.4 million from the Ontario government to scale up its manufacture of N95 masks.

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 10.7 per cent in May

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose in May after posting a record plunge in April, but remained well below their pre-pandemic level.

Siemens allows ‘mobile working’ permanently for many workers

Industrial conglomerate Siemens says it plans to allow more than 100,000 of its employees to work away from the office for two or three days a week on a permanent basis.

Survey: Automation standards ‘extremely important’ in future, say engineers

About two-thirds of automation engineers believe industry standards will be “extremely important” in the future, according to a recent survey by the International Society of Automation (ISA).
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Welding automation Q&A with Hubert Bethlehem, IRCO Automation

We talked to IRCO’s president Hubert Bethlehem about big automation builds for heavy industry, how humans work with welding automation and the importance of bringing major projects back to Canada. » Register Now!
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Manufacturing efficiency in a pandemic: The Automate to Innovate Virtual Summit is next week. Join us!

COVID-19 has changed the game for manufacturers – new production requirements and increased safety measures are being met with reduced staffing and cash flow constraints. Join Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics magazines July 29 at 1:00 pm ET for a FREE virtual summit focused on how automation can help SMEs navigate our "new normal.” We’ll be in discussion with industry leaders on the how-tos of automation for SMEs: how to get started with installation on the factory floor, how much it costs, how to access government funding, and how to build resiliency for a potential second wave of coronavirus. Confirmed panelists include:
  Asghar Rizvi, Director of Automation and Motion, Siemens
  Bernadeen McLeod, President and Founder, Mentor Works
  Blair de Verteuil, VP Operations, Life Sciences North America, ATS Automation
  David Jeffrey, Regional VP, Central Canada, Salesforce
  Michelle Chrétien, Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design, Sheridan College
  Santiago Olmedo, Customer Solutions Engineering Manager, Festo
  Shelley Fellows, Chair, Automate Canada
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GM CEO expects virus to ebb, economic recovery by early 2021

The auto business used to be pretty simple. Crank out vehicles that people want to buy and collect profits. It’s gotten a whole lot more complicated since Mary Barra took over as CEO of General Motors in 2014. » Read full article

SPONSORED: A four-step strategy for building procurement resilience in a volatile world

Going forward, businesses are likely going to be operating in more uncertainty and facing more unexpected crises, placing extra burden on the procurement and supply chain functions. » Read full article

Allied Electronics & Automation adds vision, safety products to supplier lineup

Allied Electronics & Automation has added several more product lines from RichTech, StarTech.com, Schmersal, Klüber Lubrication and OkDo to its lineup of more than 450 suppliers. » Read full article

Siemens and SAP partner on industrial transformation solutions

Siemens and SAP SE have partnered to bring together their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management. » Read full article

Verizon, IBM collaborate on 5G and AI solutions

The companies plan to combine the high speed and low latency of Verizon’s 5G and multi-access edge compute (MEC) capabilities, IoT devices and sensors at the edge, and IBM’s expertise in AI, hybrid multi-cloud, edge computing, asset management and connected operations. » Read full article

Management solutions for safe return-to-work

Honeywell has released a modular software solution to help industrial companies enforce compliance with key health and safety requirements as their employees return to the workplace. » Read full article

Thermal body temperature scanning for COVID-19

iLobby FeverCheck features a high-precision, smart thermal camera that accurately scans for elevated body temperature. » Read full article

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: Online
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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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