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Manufacturers are a focused bunch, with their attention firmly placed on producing high quality products at the best possible margins.

 But when the call came out for help making medical supplies, the manufacturing sector jumped to the rescue like few other industries, often taking on significant costs and retooling to do so.

For a snapshot of how some manufacturers have responded to the COVD-19 crisis, visit our Managing Through Crisis feature, where these companies outline how they have helped the national response.

Making the difference

Cutting tool maker Kaiser is waiving expediting fees for it's ThinBit brand and getting most orders out the door on the same day for customers producing products for COVID-19.

Iscar, another cutting tool manufacturer, has expanded product and technical training, hosted every other day on virtual platforms virtually, to help those just learning how to use the equipment be more productive.

Machine manufacturer TRUMPF has developed online training options with unprecedented access to expertise, such as webinars where customers spend about three hours a day in live sessions with instructors.

OSG Canada has scoured its list of domestically-stocked tooling to highlight options for machining of many common ventilator components, such as manifolds for air and oxygen flow control.

EMAG has used 3D printing to develop a hands-free door opener that works well in an industrial environment. 

There are many more stories of ingenuity and adaptability that deserve to be celebrated. Read them on our Managing Through Crisis page.

CenterLine Best Managed Company-again

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., has achieved the Gold Standad winner status of the Best Managed Companies program. It retained its status after becoming the winner in 2013.

New Quebec distributor for fabricating, machining equipment

Smart Metal Technologies (SMT), Notre Dame de L'ile Perrot, QC, is a new distributor of fabricating and machining equipment.

Formed late last year by Sylvain Martin, the company represents several fabricating and machining equipment and tooling suppliers including Haco, Wilson Tool, Wila Tool, Watts Specialites tube and pipe cutters, Teenking waterjet, Falcon Metal, m&h probing, and CNC machine tools from Juaristi, Hwacheon, and OKK.

SMT

Canada, Germany form energy partnership

Canada has entered into a formal partnership with the government of Germany to collaborate on energy policy to spur private sector engagement, investment and trade.

Machine vision sales up 10% in Q1, 2013

Total machine vision sales in North America grew ten per cent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2013, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Crunching the Numbers: Automating job estimation

by Andrew Brooks

Automating job estimation makes the process faster and more accurate – and keeps costs on a tight leash

Mazak pushes digital manufacturing envelope

Mazak has a vision for the future of manufacturing that embraces the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and that vision was clearly evident at Discover 2015, an annual multi-day event held at the company's sprawling 800,000 sq ft headquarters and North American manufacturing operations in Florence, KY.

Feds set to give $950 M for innovation to industries

Nine industry consortiums may receive $950 million from the Federal government under the Liberal Party's innovationn initiative known as its "superclusters" program according to report in The Globe and Mail.

Public likes register for skilled trades people

People in Ontario like the idea of a public register to verify skilled tradepeople's qualifications, according to a poll conducted for the Ontario College of Trades.

Ford, Magna investing big in advanced R&D

Two of Canada's major manufacturers, Ford and Magna, are investing millions of dollars in advanced research and development for connected vheicles and services and artificial intellingence.

Ontario manufacturers keep the PPE coming

Ontario has been investing in local manufacturers in order to keep frontline workers and communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, and more of these innovative businesses are receiving financial support through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE).

Is Tesla's vision the automotive future?

 

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO has a vision for the future of the automotive industry, which he unveiled recently. Not surprising, his vision goes beyond simple automonomous vehicles. Here's a look at his "Master Plan Part Deux" which he unveiled in July, 2016 and outlined in an oline column, Teslarati.

CME survey reveals COVID's scars on industry

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters’ (CME) newly released Management Issues Survey shows the impact of the global pandemic on manufacturers, including disruptions in supply chain and increased labour and skills shortages.

$10 M for aerospace, advanced manufacturing

Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg, MB, is getting a $10 million investment from the Federal government for aerospace and advanced manufacturing educational programs.

SST opens largest NA EDM consumables facility

SST is opening what the company says is the largest North American EDM consumables facility in New Britain, CT. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 1. The facility is set to open November 18.

Mitsubishi Electric acquires ASTES4 SA

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, an established MC Machinery automation solutions partner, has announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA.

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