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The Federal government has committed $9 million to help support skills training in manufacturing in southern Ontario.

The investment is being made through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev). The funding is being provided to the Yves Landry Foundation and is part of the Federal government's ongoing "Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global initiative. The renewed initiative launches December 1, 2014 and will help export-oriented manufacturers provide employee training to support the adaptation of new technology, new processes or procedures that increase productivity and competitiveness.

"We are very grateful for the continued support from the Government of Canada. This re-investment supports southern Ontario manufacturers to undertake training or skills upgrading that will support innovation at the shop floor level, where it is needed most. By strengthening our labour force, we are better able to compete in the global marketplace," says Karyn Brearley, executive director, Yves Landry Foundation.

Nexwave Machinery distributor lands Bystronic exclusive

Nexwave Machinery has signed a deal to become the exclusive Eastern Canadian distributor for Bystronic's cutting and bending equipment.

Victor realigns Tweco brand

Victor Technologies has repositioned Tweco as its single brand for specialty welding products and arc accessories. Starting with the Tweco Fabricator 3-in-1 welding machines, and continuing throughout the entire Thermal Arc product line, all welding products will transition to the Tweco brand.

Fume extraction at the source

Translas has released two new fume extractors to reduce welders’ exposure to hazardous fumes and provide a healthier, safer work environment.

Cutting cycle times

Software enables Select Tool to reduce cycle times on three axis work

by Jim Barnes

Times are tight in Canadian job shops, and most owners are looking for effective ways to improve productivity without excessive cost or effort.

Toyota Canada invests in STEM education

Toyota Canada Foundation has announced a $150,000 investment in STEM education for youth.

Canadian firm to sell Toshiba industrial robots in Canada

A-Tech Instruments, with operations in Toronto and Montreal, has partnered with TM Robotics and Toshiba Machine to sell and support Toshiba Machine robots in Canada, coast to coast.

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

High speed CNC

The 8065 CNC is a high speed CNC built for demanding high performance machining centre applications with five axis machining capability. 

A Different Kind of Fast: Multi-Tasking

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New COO for Amada Canada

Peter Burrell has been appointed chief operations officer (COO) for Amada Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON.

Renishaw's additive technology and America's Cup

A British group is hoping that additive technology from Renishaw will help it to win the America's Cup, the oldest international trophy in sport, started in the UK but never won by a British team.

Thomas Skinner adds Tsugami machine tool line

Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd., Richdmond, BC, has been named the exclusive distributor in Western Canada for Tsugami/REM Sales, the sole North American source for machine tools from builder Precision Tsugami.

Inspection techniques

As anyone in the fabricating and welding business knows, process and part inspection is a critical component of a successful business. Build and weld a poor part will simply guarantee failure.

Maximum flexibility chuck jaws

Schunk’s ROTA-M flex 2+2, is a low-maintenance chuck jaw with a compensating mechanism that provides a very long compensation stroke.

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