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TODAY: Our Automate to Innovate Virtual Summit is at 1 pm ET!

It's not too late to sign up for today's FREE event. Hear industry experts discuss installing and financing automation as a response to COVID-19.

Report: Ontario mold makers on the rebound, but challenges remain for cross-border business

The latest member survey conducted by Automate Canada and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers indicates a rebound is underway among manufacturers, despite difficulties still facing the industry.

Orders for big-ticket U.S. manufactured goods jump 7.3% in June

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods in the U.S. rose a solid 7.3 per cent in June, the second big monthly gain as manufacturing tries to climb out of a spring slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

LAPP North America appoints new CEO

LAPP North America has announced the appointment of Jay Lahman as the organization’s new chief executive officer.

Bombardier burns through less cash and obtains US$1B loan to operate during COVID

Bombardier Inc. says it has the liquidity to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic after using less cash in the second quarter and securing a loan of up to US$1 billion.
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Getting smart: How smart manufacturing is changing the way we do business

The pandemic has exposed operational shortcomings for companies that have not yet digitalized. Here, we define smart manufacturing for advanced utilization. » Register Now!
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Machine Language, The Podcast: How COVID-19 is putting pressure on digital transformation timelines

In the latest episode of Machine Language: The Podcast, Manufacturing AUTOMATION interviews Jonathan Gross, managing director of enterprise resource planning firm Pemeco Consulting.

We dive into the concept of digital transformation, what it means, and how manufacturers can plan for new technology adoption – including how to pay for it.

“What COVID-19 is doing here is it’s underscoring a need for speed, a need for agility,” Gross says in the episode. “How quickly can you shift your supply chain to production? How quickly can you shift your operations so that you can maintain throughput with a skeleton workforce? Can you make major decisions remotely?

“Before COVID-19, these areas were all important to a company. But now, they’re mission-critical.” » Listen now!

SPONSORED: Digital readiness and how businesses are responding to the ‘new normal’

An important starting point is to gain an understanding of your organization’s digital maturity – and be cautious about rushing to roll out a digital strategy. » Read full article

Universal Robots to host virtual expo on collaborative robots

Attendees can visit “booths” featuring cobot applications such as machine tending, packaging and palletizing, product inspection, assembly, welding, dispensing and finishing. » Read full article

Nikon Metrology and WENZEL partner in North American market

WENZEL is now an official seller and distributor of Nikon Metrology laser scanning products in the North American market. » Read full article

Tesla makes $104M profit in 2Q despite factory shutdown

Tesla overcame a seven-week pandemic-related shutdown at its U.S. assembly plant to post a surprising $104-million net profit for the second quarter. » Read full article

Ethernet switches for network security

Antaira Technologies has introduced the LMP-0702G-SFP-V2 and LMX-0702G-SFP-V2 series of switches to its industrial networking family. » Read full article

Safe I/O modules for hazardous areas

The new Allen-Bradley 1718 Ex I/O modules from Rockwell Automation allow industrial producers to connect to devices in hazardous areas. » Read full article

The Cobot Expo

Date: July 28-30, 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: 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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