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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.

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Joseph Tabri adds VP of sales to role at Komet

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Sentiment positive in Q2/18 Business Outlook Survey

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FABTECH Canada 2020 to host CanWeld Conference

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Elliott-Matsuura, LVD Strippit partner with All Fabrication Machinery

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Iscar Tools launches global ecommerce platform

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Canadian government invests $7 M in electric vehicles

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MAG Group gets new owner, Fair Friend Group

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More pipelines for future oil sands growth: report

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Leading manufacturing minds to speak at Mazak event

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Québec SME receives almost $1 M in federal funding

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Chrysler Canada July sales highest in history

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5 axis machining networking event

EMEC Machine Tools and Krueger Machining is hosting an advanced five axis machining networking event in Tecumseh, ON, in the Windsor area on July 10th.

Quebec gets $15 M aluminum production plant

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