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U.S. aluminum tariffs are ‘unjustified and unnecessary’: Canadian manufacturers

Canada’s manufacturing industry is deeply frustrated by the U.S. government’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian aluminum and the uncertainty it creates for the sector.

Windsor Essex moving into Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan today

Outbreaks among migrant workers on farms in the region had previously held Windsor-Essex back from Stage 3.

GM uses 3D printing to optimize production tooling during COVID-19

General Motors has added 17 production-grade 3D printers over the past several months to make tooling that will help optimize speed, weight reduction and cost efficiency on its production lines.

Martinrea loses $146.9 million in Q2 on 51 per cent drop in sales due to COVID-19

Martinrea International Inc. swung to a large loss in its recent quarter as automotive plant closures during the COVID-19 pandemic took a big bite out of its revenues.

Five steps to plan and pay for automation: Automate to Innovate event recap

Our first-ever virtual summit, co-hosted with Canadian Plastics, yielded best practices for automation implementation for SMEs coming out of COVID-19. » Read full article
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Eyeing up robot cameras: which dimension works for your application?

When it’s time to add robot vision, consider the camera’s dimensional capabilities. » Read full article

Canada vows retaliatory measures as Trump restores tariff on Canadian aluminum

The Trudeau government is promising to impose retaliatory tariffs on American products after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is restoring an import tax on raw aluminum from Canada later this month. » Read full article

Magna takes big hit in second quarter from COVID 19 auto production shutdowns

Magna International Inc. says COVID-19 shutdowns of automotive production caused a US$1.2 billion drop in its earnings and $5.5 billion hit to sales in the second quarter. » Read full article

Linamar helped by ventilator contracts as automobile sales plummeted

Linamar Corp. executives said this week that making ventilators for COVID-19 relief is one of many ways the manufacturing company powered through plummeting auto sales. » Read full article

Fiat Chrysler calls GM’s bribery allegations ‘preposterous’

Allegations by General Motors that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bribed union officials are “preposterous” and read like a script from a “third-rate spy movie,” FCA lawyers wrote in court documents filed Monday. » Read full article


CNC lathes for specialty applications

Romi Machine Tools has created the C 420 and C 510 CNC lathes for manufacturers who have specialty applications. » Read full article

Molded-case circuit breakers

FactoryMation now carries expanded molded-case circuit breaker (MCCB) options from LS Electric. » Read full article

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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