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Vaccine mandate spawns new fear: finding and keeping workers

The new federal vaccine requirement announced by President Joe Biden has created another worry for large businesses: With help wanted signs up almost everywhere, some could lose valuable employees or won’t be able to find new ones.

Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori _ an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks.

Second man charged in Nova Scotia fish plant fire that destroyed Indigenous catch

Police say a 29-year-old man has been charged with arson in relation to a fire last fall at a fish plant in southwestern Nova Scotia that destroyed the lobster catch of Mi’kmaq fishers.

Israeli firm unveils armed robot to patrol volatile borders

An Israeli defense contractor on Monday unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot it says can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators and open fire. The unmanned vehicle is the latest addition to the world of drone technology, which is rapidly reshaping the modern battlefield.

Sponsored Spotlight 

FullStream Liquid Atomizing Nozzle

EXAIR’s new FullStream Liquid Atomizing Nozzles are pressurized liquid nozzles that increase liquid flow for cooling, washing and rinsing. They require no compressed air and are commonly used with water, rinse aids or detergents. The right-angle design is compact and operates at up to 250 PSIG liquid pressure. » Learn more

Skill acquisition and definition – The Dreyfus Model

In 1980, a couple of brothers with the last name Dreyfus proposed a model of skill acquisition that has gone on to have a fair bit of influence on discussions about learning, process, and practice. Later, they would go on to publish a book based on this paper and, in that book, they would refine the model a bit to its current form. » Read more

Can’t find top talent? Take a look in the mirror

The hiring process nowadays is different than what it used to be years ago, but attracting and retaining employees comes down to using the same strategies used to sell to customers. » Read more
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Data Analytics – Not Just for Big Manufacturers

Although the benefits of data and analytics are often discussed, there is a common perception that advanced data and analytics technologies and techniques are only affordable and beneficial to large corporations. It is true that building out an internal analytics team is a costly and time-consuming endeavor. That’s why we started Advanced Analytics and Research Lab, to help small and medium sized organizations quickly access analytics capabilities to boost their operational performance. » Check out our upcoming webinar to learn more about us and how you can use analytics today!
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Manufacturing Team Lead - Production worker

Richmond Hill, ON
Canadian Owned and Operated, established in 1988, has a solid reputation for the design and manufacturing of quality injection molded products. Experienced in processing a wide range of thermoplastic resins, our capabilities enable us to work with a wide range of industries, molding parts that fit their needs. We are known for the designing of tools, pro-to-typing molding designs including post molding designs, allowing, us to provide our customers with a single complete service to see them from inception through to delivery to market.
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Controls Engineer

Windsor, ON
Our company is currently seeking an innovative, results driven individual to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the varying stages of designs through programming and commissioning of control systems. Electrical/pneumatic AutoCAD design. Programming of all types of PLCs and HMIs. Programming of Robots. Integration of third-party systems as part of factory automation machines. The customer service delivery model includes start-up, debug, service and/or warranty requirements.
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Factory of the Future – Part 1

Guests Richard Kunst, President and CEO, and Mariela Castaño, Senior Vice-President and COO, from Kunst Solutions, speak about the factory of the future, focusing on various trends, technologies, and automation; in part one of a two-part series. » Listen now
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Data and Analytics: Not just for big manufacturers

There is a common perception that advanced data and analytics technologies and techniques are only affordable and beneficial to large corporations. » Read more

The rise of low-code tools and why manufacturers and distributors should take notice

Low-code/no-code (LCNC) tools are designed to make it easy for non-technical staff to design, build, and launch software applications quickly. » Read more