AV&R wins FANUC Innovative System Award. Left to right: Mick Estes, FANUC; Guillaume Couture Armand, AV&R; Lou Finazzo, FANUC America; Raad Asmaro, FANUC America; Brian McHugh, AV&R; Wes Garrett, FANUCClick image to enlargeQuebec-based industrial automation company AV&R has won the Innovatve System Award presented at the FANUC Annual Integrators Conference in April. The company won the award for its jet engine blades weld blending and profiling system.

 AV&R was selected as four of the finalists among 21 participants. The four finalists presented their innovation systems in front of a crowd of 330 people during the conference, held April 21 in Orlando, FL.

175 FANUC integrators voted to select the winner.

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Bystronic hits manufacturing milestone

Fabricating machine manufacturer Bystronic has hit a major North American milestone as the first-ever laser cutting machine assembled at Bystronic’s new facility in Hoffman Estates, IL has rolled off the line. 

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Process controlled hard turning cell pays for itself in 18 days for bearing machine shop

Conroe Machine is doing what most machine shops only dream of–hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a "self controlled" process. The company, based in Conroe, TX, is proof that the dream is achievable for any shop ready to use the talents of today's young automation experts to exploit new technology, like Renishaw's programmable Equator gauge.

Walter Tools acquires U.S. business Melin Tool Company

German tooling manufacturer Walter AG has reached an agreement to acquire the Ohio-based Melin Tool Company, a privately-owned manufacturer of solid carbide and HSS end mills, drills and countersinks.

Renishaw breaks ground on new NA headquarters

Renishaw has broken ground on its new  12,356 sq m (133,000 sq ft) facility in West Dundee, IL, which will become the company's North American headquarters. The facility is slated for completion in June 2016.

Energizing a business

by Tim Wilson

The Problem: Build long term capabilities to serve Alberta's energy sector

The Solution: Cross-train a skilled workforce on advanced machinery

Alberta manufacturer looks to position itself for the future

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.

Canada shuts door on cheap metal imports

One day after a phone meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump, Ottawa announced measures to prevent Canada being used as a back door for the import of cheap offshore steel imports destined for the US.

A critical link

by Ethan Weikleenget

Grinding wheel flanges and personal safety

Ottawa invests $20 M in Ontario steelmaker upgrades

Ottawa has announced a $20-million investment to support an $81.2-million project that will create 108 jobs and maintain 710 more in Whitby and Cambridge, ON.

André Belisle joins Bystronic as direct sales engineer

Bystronic Canada has added André Belisle to its Canadian division as direct sales engineer.

Auto industry sees ongoing surge, may not last suggests report

In light of the ongoing bleak news about Alberta's oil and gas industry, the automotive industry's positive performance is welcome news for Canada's manufacturing sector. Recent reports about recording breaking sales for Toyota Canada and Mercedes Benz and record results for Linamar lend support to this statement. However, the positive short-term results may not last, suggests a report from The Conference Board of Canada.

Absolutely Anything

by Noelle Stapinsky

Striving to be that one stop shop is one small fabrication shop’s secret to its growth

When and How to Sharpen Gundrills

by Ryan Funk (left) & Eric Krueger (right), UNISIG

Gundrills are excellent candidates for re-sharpening

1,400+ attend Swiss grinding event

For the third time, the United Grinding Group held the largest symposium in the international grinding machine industry from 21 to 23 May in Thun, Switzerland.

Advanced manufacturing gets major financial boost

Ontario manufacturers will soon be getting support for advanced manufacturing practices through a newly announced Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

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