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RTD, thermocouple or thermistor: Which temperature sensor is right for you?
December 17, 2014 by Mod-Tronic Instruments Ltd.

Are you trying to decide which temperature sensor is the right fit for your application? This article takes a look at the advantages of resistance temperature detectors (RTD), thermocouples and thermistors, to help you…

Single-axis joystick enables smooth control in heavy-duty applications
December 17, 2014 by Durham Instruments

There’s a new single-axis joystick controller on the market that enables use in heavy-duty applications without compromising on smooth proportional control. The JC1500 joystick, from Penny + Giles, utilizes contactless rotary position sensor…

Understanding the importance of calibration and the impact on your business
December 16, 2014 by Thermo-Kinetics Measurement & Control Ltd.

Your business runs on the accuracy of your equipment, which represents a major investment by your company. Through proper, regular calibration, you not only achieve the greatest return on your investment, you also…

How to reduce cycle time in industrial robotic applications
December 16, 2014 by Fanuc Robotics Canada Ltd.

Today's competitive industrial environments demand high throughput rates. Since robots are fast by design and range in size, they can assist industry and handle applications ranging from small to large payloads, and can…

10 factors to consider when choosing a robot manufacturer
December 16, 2014 by DENSO Robotics

You’ve decided that a robot is the right technology for your application. Now you have to select a manufacturer. When choosing a robot from a specific manufacturer, there are 10 important things to…

Selecting robots for use in pharmaceutical manufacturing
December 16, 2014 by DENSO Robotics

Pharmaceutical manufacturing, with its need for speed, repeatability and verification, is ideally suited to benefit from robot automation. It is, therefore, not surprising that robots have been at the forefront of automation developments…

A look at the benefits of robot-based automation
December 15, 2014 by KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd

Robot-based automation gives the productivity of your machine tools a decisive boost. It allows you to keep up with the demanding quality requirements on the workpieces to be machined, but it can also…

Bartending bots: A robot application you need to see to believe
December 15, 2014 by KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd

We’ve all seen robots in industrial environments, but have you ever seen them mixing drinks at a bar? Two KUKA robots have been serving as bartenders on the deck of the MS Quantum…

Determining the connection between real-time income and plant performance
December 15, 2014 by Memex Automation Inc.

There are two questions that anyone in manufacturing management needs to know – “How well is my plant running?” and “Am I making money?” Manufacturing management needs a proven methodology to determine the…

Linear encoders 101: Choosing the right encoder for your application
December 15, 2014 by Heidenhain Corporation

You require a linear encoder for length measurement, but you’re not sure which type of encoder is best suited for your application — sealed linear encoders or exposed linear encoders.  You’re not alone.…

Software takes data-driven manufacturing to a new level at Mazak
December 13, 2014 by Memex Automation Inc.

Mazak is always exploring manufacturing processes and continuous improvement methodologies that can be implemented in its other manufacturing plants to improve productivity and efficiency. The team at Mazak understands that in order to…

Magellan Aerospace sees huge savings thanks to new Manufacturing Execution System
December 12, 2014 by Memex Automation Inc.

Alignment and automation are key success factors for Magellan Aerospace. But the Kitchener, Ont.-based company was experiencing a challenge: its standalone machines were not reaching production targets. There were far too many downtime…

New conveyor boosts line efficiency and cleanliness
December 12, 2014 by Pure Ingenuity Inc

In its jelly-filled pastry manufacturing process, a food processor was running two lines of pastries into one freezer. One line took up half the width of the freezer door, and the other took…

Schmersal switches and controls promote machine safety
December 12, 2014 by Schmersal Canada

Many designers equip their systems with safety controllers because the potential for electrical/mechanical failure is always present — regardless of the reliability of the components in use. Safety controllers detect faults that can…

The link between motion control and safety
December 11, 2014 by Vickers-Warnick Ltd.

Modern manufacturing facilities are quickly evolving into more complex, highly sophisticated automation cells. Motion control tools — motors, drives, servos, steppers, actuators, etc. — are vital to production, but they also pose risks…

Control your data with this handy device
December 11, 2014 by Durham Instruments

Do you have control of your measurement data? Portable data recorders are one way for users to gain total control of measurement data — and it’s easy.  The GEN3i High-Speed, Portable Data Recorder,…

Small sensor solves big production line problem
December 11, 2014 by Keyence Canada

A company that had been using a semi-automated process for its product assembly wanted to move towards a fully automated process to speed up production, eliminate errors and reduce the amount of human…

Are your machines as productive as they can be? This tool can find out.
December 11, 2014 by Memex Automation Inc.

“If you can measure it, then you can manage it.” That’s the motto of Burlington, Ont.-based Memex Automation, a leader in the connection, monitoring and management of machines, sensors and processes in manufacturing.…

The benefits of outsourcing warehousing and distribution
December 11, 2014 by SCI Logistics

A global manufacturer of wireless handsets and accessories needed to improve service and reduce costs. Historically, its Canadian warehouse operations were split between direct-to-client (D2C) shipments for Canada’s largest wireless service provider, and…

How one company achieved its green goals
December 11, 2014 by Lange Transportation & Storage Ltd

Lange Transportation and Storage says it is the first company in Canada to totally retrofit a 70,000-square-foot office and warehouse with geothermal heating and air conditioning.  It started back in July 2006 when…

Achieving food quality through high compressed air quality
December 10, 2014 by Festo Inc

Great care must always be taken when compressed air comes into contact with food, because compressed air is not clean by nature. Extremely strict requirements are stipulated for compressed air quality in the…

Six must-have actuator features that lower the cost of ownership
December 10, 2014 by Thermo-Kinetics Measurement & Control Ltd.

Every manufacturer concerned with the bottom line is looking for ways to improve efficiency, reduce waste and lower the cost of ownership of their tools, equipment and products. Utilizing actuators for precise positioning…

Myth busting: A look at some of the misconceptions around robotic welding
December 10, 2014 by Lincoln Electric (Canada)

Automated welding represents an opportunity for improvement to many in the industry, but not everyone is convinced. Part of this unease stems from misconceptions about the process. Lincoln Electric addressed some of these…

New program connects manufacturers to best-in-class safety system integrators
December 10, 2014 by Untitled

To help manufacturers identify best-in-class safety system integrators — with current safety standards expertise, a proven track record in building safety systems, and knowledge of productivity-enhancing safety technologies — Rockwell Automation has created…

A cable for every robotic application
December 10, 2014 by Lapp Canada Inc

Robots are being increasingly used in a variety of applications in many industries. They’re a crucial element of complex production processes. This means that robot technology is a dynamic area for development. Cables…

Plant reduces shutdowns 90 per cent with automation system
December 10, 2014 by Untitled

Ripon Cogeneration, which helps supply energy to homes and businesses throughout most of northern and central California, achieved unprecedented plant performance — including a 30 per cent reduction in startup time — by…

Conveyor system helps company take out the trash
December 9, 2014 by Wecon Systems Ltd.

Wecon Services was invited to be part of a large newsprint system being installed in the GTA. The customer — Ferag Americas, a European manufacturer and integrator of newsprint equipment — was tasked…

Custom fabricator takes on modular plant fabrication projects
December 9, 2014 by Alps Welding Ltd

For 40 years, Alps Welding has been the fabricator of choice for many companies across North America for their custom process equipment. But over the last four decades, the Woodbridge, Ont.-based company has…

The finishing touch: Essential features for stainless steel tubes
December 9, 2014 by Wainbee Limited

If you’re looking to complete your tube fittings system, don’t forget about stainless steel coiled or straight length tubing. It’s a necessary component that will help reduce the risk of leakage in your…

Springs & Things Inc., welcomes latest technology to shop floor
December 9, 2014 by Springs & Things Inc

A new addition is coming to Springs & Things’ Mississauga, Ont.-based manufacturing plant this month, and bringing with it additional capability and capacity. The CNC spring and wire form making machine, Model HTC-10XU,…