• Festo Introduces Pneumatic Essentials – a Program for Easy-Order/Fast-Ship Pneumatic Products

    Festo Introduces Pneumatic Essentials – a Program for Easy-Order/Fast-Ship Pneumatic Products

    Festo launches the Pneumatic Essentials program, an ambitious global undertaking to streamline ordering, ensure fast delivery of guaranteed in-stock pneumatic components, and produce more compact parts for today’s smaller footprint, energy efficient machines. In addition to competitive prices, guaranteed availability, short delivery time, and innovative design, customers are assured of world-renowned Festo quality components that boost machine performance, lower waste, and reduce the risk of downtime. Read More…


Changing Scene

  • Littelfuse Acquires Western Automation Research and Development

    Littelfuse Acquires Western Automation Research and Development

    Littelfuse, Inc. has recently announced it has acquired Western Automation Research and Development Limited (“Western Automation”). Headquartered in Galway, Ireland, Western Automation is a designer and manufacturer of electrical shock protection devices used across a broad range of high-growth end markets, including e-Mobility off-board charging infrastructure, industrial safety and renewables. Read More…

  • Rockwell Automation Names Bob Buttermore SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Rockwell Automation Names Bob Buttermore SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Rockwell Automation, Inc. has recently announced that Bob Buttermore will be named senior vice president and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective Feb. 13. He will report to Rockwell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Blake Moret. In this role, Buttermore heads the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization and is responsible for leading global strategy and development of Manufacturing Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, Sourcing, Logistics, and Customer Care. Read More…


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For a Multiplied Value Unified

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During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’.

It was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.

These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.

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Service Wire Co. Announces New Titles for Key Executives

Bruce Kesler and Mark Gatewood have been given new titles and responsibilities for Service Wire Co.

Bruce Kesler has assumed the role of Senior Director – Business Development. Bruce will be responsible for Service Wire’s largest strategic accounts and our growing Strategic Accounts Team.

Mark Gatewood has been promoted to the role of Vice President – Sales & Marketing. In this role, Gatewood will lead the efforts of Service Wire Company’s entire sales and marketing organization in all market verticals.

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Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

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JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The 3 Essentials of Robot Maintenance

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Floss daily. Eat more vegetables. Exercise 30 minutes a day. All good advice to ensure a long, healthy life. But most people don’t follow that advice.

The same is true with keeping your robots healthy. Most maintenance crews know the things they should be doing to keep their robots in peak shape, but many don’t consistently do those things.

Ensuring the highest reliability and longest life requires a plan for thorough, regularly scheduled maintenance. But at a minimum, there are three service activities every robot owner should be certain to do.

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Robotics and Automation in 2022 – Can They be a Useful Hedge to Recession?

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Robotics and automation have significantly revolutionized how people work and live across a number of industries. With the increasing likelihood of a global economic recession in 2023, many industries are struggling with increasing manufacturing costs, such as labor and raw material costs, and maintaining their profit margins.

The robotics and automation sector provides solutions to mitigate the issue by reducing operational costs and increasing production efficiency. As a result, IDTechEx believes that robots will be increasingly adopted to hedge against the upcoming recession. In this article, IDTechEx highlights the robot’s pivotal applications and benefits from its independent perspective on this crucial industry.

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Festo Didactic at the Forefront of Developing Canada’s Future Work Force

With Canadian manufacturing suffering from a growing labour shortage, the participation of industry in skills development is emerging as a vital component in hiring and retention. The needs are stark: The Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers Association says almost 40% of its members have jobs they can’t fill. Five years from now, 60% expect to be short-staffed, especially when it comes to skilled trades. Statistics Canada forecasts the country’s labour force growth rate will remain below 0.2% for the rest of the decade, below replacement levels.

This growing shortage is affecting companies of all sizes. Already, some manufacturers acknowledge losing out on contracts because they can’t find the manpower to fulfill them.

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How 5G Technology Can Expand Your Options for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)

The world has been abuzz for the past couple of years over the deployment of 5G (short for “fifth generation”) networks. The topic came up in a recent episode of Omron’s podcast featuring special guest Mike Chen, Omron’s Senior Director of Solutions and Technology Development, and he provided insights into how 5G could transform automation.

One thing that comes to mind is the Omron autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution. Let’s take a look at how these robots complete their tasks and how a 5G network can enhance their operation.

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NOARK Electric – Delivering High Quality Low-Voltage Components for More Than 10 Years

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Manufacturers today are focused more than ever on finding reliable sources of high quality products in our suddenly fractured global supply chains.

NOARK Electric is focused on ensuring that its customers continue to receive high quality products, delivered on-time, and with reasonable production lead-times. NOARK Electric is a global manufacturer of low-voltage electrical components for industrial applications, and they specialize in motor controls and circuit protection components for machinery manufacturers and industrial panel builders.

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Product News

  • Phoenix Contact: CONNEXIS Connectors for Improved Automated Production

    Phoenix Contact: CONNEXIS Connectors for Improved Automated Production

    The new CONNEXIS crimp-based wire-to-board connector series for cable assemblies from Phoenix Contact optimizes automated production, ensuring speed and precision in PCB connection. A visible marking on the connector enables clear assembly in your own production or in the field. Customers can also choose from a variety of custom printing options. To prevent mismatching, Phoenix Contact provides coded connectors and headers. There are up to three codings to choose from. Read More…

  • AutomationDirect: Schmalz End-of-Arm Tooling Components

    AutomationDirect: Schmalz End-of-Arm Tooling Components

    AutomationDirect now offers end-of-arm tooling components for robot arm vacuum pick-and-place applications. Components can be purchased individually or in kits that include everything needed to create a single-beam or dual-beam end-of-arm tool. Kits are simple, save time and money, and include structural rails (which support optional internal vacuum), connectors, cup mounts, vacuum tubing, vacuum cups, fittings, a basic ejector, a flange for Universal robot, and a blank robot flange. Read More…


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