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Engineering Services Inc., Toronto, ON, is getting close to $1 million from the Federal government to develop a next-generation mobile robotics platform for security applications.

The government has awarded ESI $778,800 in a repayble government contribution through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) to support the robotics project.

ESI, which builds automated robotic products that combine mechanical systems, electronics and computer software, will collaborate with University of Toronto faculty and graduate students. This project will expand the use of robotics and automation in other Canadian companies and among supply chain partners. It will increase reliability insecurity-related work by introducing robots to perform repetitive tasks.

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The power of one

by Tim Wilson

The Problem: Build footprint to capture bigger deals in injection mould market

The Solution: Merge two competitors to go after niche global opportunities

Ontario injection mould businesses merge to create stronger company

Bossard steps down at Salvagnini America

Bill Bossard will retire as president of Salvagnini America this year.

In memoriam: Steve Devonport

Steve Devonport, a long time advertising salesman and publisher of what was then Canadian Machinery and Metalworking and subsequently became Canadian Metalworking, has died.

US demand will drive metal stampings growth

A new report that states US demand for metal stampings will reach $47.5 billion in 2021 because of continued growth in US production for durable goods, may have a positive impact on Canadian manufacturers and create new opportunities for business.

Tooling certificates for Mazak machines

Techniks Tool Group has established a partnership with Mazak USA to offer tooling certificates which are now available as an accessory option with new machine tools.

Sohail Naroo joins Bystronic Canada sales team

Bystronic Canada Ltd. has announced the addition of Sohail Naroo to its Canadian division as direct sales engineer.

Tripling tube and bar production output

Engine exhaust tube component maker triples production output-up to 11,000 parts per hour with zero rejects using a combination servo-controlled cold saw cut-to-length and brush deburring system

Rohm, ATS roadshow comes to Canada

Rohm and ATS Sytems formed a partnership earlier this year and launched the new business arrangement with a North American tour of Driving Innovation-A Mobile Technology Centre, a demonstration showroom housed in a 16 m (53 ft) tractor trailer, featuring workholding, automation and machine tool accessories. The ATS roadshow hit Ontario in early April.

College opens Centre for Smart Manufacturing

Conestoga College officially launched its new Centre for Smart Manufacturing located at the Cambridge, ON, campus of the college's Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Cutting it down to size

by Kip Hanson

Machining small parts takes big precision and plenty of know-how

Non-marking gripper handles small parts

OnRobot has launched a compact, single-pad version of its innovative Gecko no-mark adhesive gripper to bring the same capability to automation applications with small footprints and lower payloads.

Robotic programming for welding and plasma cutting

A case study on Quebec fabricator Groupe Gravel. How Hypertherm's Robotmaster helped the company get setup for robotic programming for cutting and welding and the benefits the company achieved.

Dispelling the Myths

By Mary Scianna

There is probably no better time than now to automate your welding shop.

New head for automotive parts manufacturers group

Flavio Volpe has been appointed president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA). He succeeds Steve Rodgers who retired earlier in the year.

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