In a media demonstration, Ford’s new 2015 F-150, with an all-aluminum alloy body and bed and high-strength steel frame, weighed 732 pounds less than the steel-bodied 2014 F-150 it will replace.Click image to enlargeThe all-aluminum body of Ford's 2015 F-150 truck won the Best New Innovation Technology award at the Montreal International Auto Show.

 The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced the award at the show. Jim Kerr, chair of the AJAC technology awards says "innovation is the driving force that keeps the automotive industry moving forward. This second [first award went to Acura for new safety technology] award recognizes an innovative technology whose primary purpose is not specifically safety related. The technologies in this category might improve comfort, or performance, or fuel economy."

The "Best New Technology" awards are part of the association's annual Canadian Car of the Year Awards, created in 1985 to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market.

Installing a 240 ton automated ironworker

COMEQ Inc. says it has delivered the world's largest automted ironworker to a customer, the GEKA Hydracorp 220 SD hydraulic ironworker with a semi-automatic gauging system and a punch tonnage of more than 240 tons.

Doosan Machine Tools to become DN Solutions

Doosan Machine Tools has announced that it is changing its name to DN Solutions, part of what CEO Kim Jae-Seop describes as a rebirth as “a total manufacturing solutions provider.”

Canadian association launches additive manufacturing network

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched a new web site and resource for Canadian manufacturers for additive manufacturing.

Automation Mindset

Investment in automation forms success for Ontario fabricator

ESAB launches student contest in Canada, US

ESAB has launched its 2015 A Cut Above student contest, open to students in welding, cutting and related programs in secondary and post-secondary schools in Canada and the US.

Ontario welder wins pickup truck in 3M contest

Ron Proulx, a welder at Bristol Machine in Sudbury, is the winner of a Ram 1500 SLT pickup truck. The truck was the grand prize of 3M's Cubitron II Discs contest "Grind Like a Legend II."

Learning to compete

by Mary Scianna

Technical schools' pivotal role in skilled trades training

Think the skilled trades shortage is a problem now with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 open manufacturing jobs?

Gaining a Competitive Edge

Combining the right tooling with new fabrication machinery will get the most bang for your investment buck

Canadian light vehicle sales down due to supply chain issues

Canadian light vehicle sales in March dropped 19.8 per cent compared to the “red hot” sales numbers of a year ago, according to estimates from Desrosiers Automotive Consultant (DAC).

Welding tech tips: fume extraction

by Etienne Blouin & Jim Dileo

Fume extraction welding guns remove harmful welding fumes efficiently

Ford creates EV battery centre of excellence

Ford Motor Co. has announced the launch of a new global battery centre of excellence called Ford Ion Park to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology, including battery manufacturing.

The 3 Ps at FABTECH 2012: Power, Performance, Productivity

Debut technologies aim to equip manufacturers with the tools to better compete in North America

From nesting software, machine controls and cutting systems to punching, forming and welding, three major themes emerged amongst the new technologies that debuted at FABTECH 2012 in Las Vegas, NV: more power, better performance and enhanced productivity.

Fast setup with new punch holders

Wilson Tool launched an innovative, yet simple approach to punch holding at the recent FABECH 2011 show in Chicago, IL.

Salvagnini's fiber laser cutting in the electrical industry

Salvagnini demonstrates its fiber laser cutting in the electrical components industry.

Ottawa moving ahead with truck driver vaccination plan

Faced with a growing Omicron case load that threatens to overrun the healthcare system, Ottawa is not backing down on its controversial plan to require all truck drivers entering into Canada from the US to show proof of vaccination starting on Saturday, January 15th.

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