Rohm and ATS Mobile Technology CentreClick image to enlargeRohm 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.

The tour showcases new technologies from Rohm, ATS and other suppliers, such as InoFlex chucks from German manufacturer HWR.

ATS Mobile Technology Centre and the H-Bot lathe parts loaderClick image to enlarge

Wayne Felker, regional manager for ATS Systems, who is based in Ontario, says he hopes to show local manufacturers the unique capabilities of many of workholding, automation and machine tool accessories that can help them reduce operating costs. He cites H-Bot, a lathe parts loader as one example of the innovative products people can see in the moblie Technology Centre. It provides automatic lathe locating for parts that can't be bar fed and is simle to use requiring only a 10-minute changeover. The flexible system can handle up to hundreds of parts, can load round bar slugs, castings and forgings up to 22 kg (50 lb), and fits most 8 in. and 10 in. chuck lathes, single or sub-spindle systems.

Stelco National Steel Sponsor for Mind Over Metal camps

 

Stelco has announced that it is the National Steel Sponsor for over 80 CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal (MOM) camps that will run throughout Canada in 2018/19.

ABB to manufacture robots in US

ABB plans to produce robots in the US, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing operation, according to the company. The new production facility will serve customers in Canada and Mexico, in addition to the US.

Balancing act

by Tim Wilson

Automotive OEMs challenged by market demands for innovation at a low cost

CGTech, Zoller partner for new tool management solution

CGTech, developer of Vericut CNC verification and simulation software, and Zoller, a supplier of presetting and measuring machines and tool management solutions have developed a new product, a direct interface to Zoller's TMS tool management solutions.

New head for Sandvik Coromant

Nadine Crauwels is the new president of Sandvik Coromant. She  has more than 22 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and most previously worked as VP and head of customized solutions and strategic relations for Sandvik Coromant.

Riding high

by Tim Wilson 

The problem
Workholding that can’t handle production volumes for niche industrial demand.

The solution
A high density, low profile clamp to improve machining efficiencies, cut material waste.

Winds of change

In Canada over the last ten years more wind energy capacity has been built than any other form of electricity generation, says Richard Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

Automotive advances: self-driving cars in real traffic

Volvo has launched a technology that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic, with people in the driver's seat.

Canada's bedrock: Job shops in Canada

G B Fabrication
Ghislain Levasseur, a certified truck and car mechanic, and his brother Bruno,

Abicor Binzel forms NA agreement with Canadian robotics firm

Abicor Binzel and Canadian robotics company Novarc Technologies, based in Vancouver, BC, have formed a North American sales agreement.

Western provinces to lead economic growth in 2017

Western Canada is finally getting some good economic news: Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to emerge out of recession and lead the provinces in economic growth in 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada's Provinical Outlook: Spring 2017.

SW North American opens new NA manufacturing faclity

SW North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, headquartered in Schramberg-Waldmössingen, Germany, celebrated the opening of its new 40,000 square foot, $12 million manufacturing facility in New Hudson, MI, in November.

Economic outlook brightens for Ontario, Maritime provinces

Despite the economic uncertainty many of Canada's provinces have faced in the past year, Ontario and the Maritime provinces are expected to grow in 2016, according to the Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook Spring 2015.

Locweld wins $50m contract from Hydro-Québec

Locweld, a Candiac, Que.-based metal fabricator, has been awarded a major contract by Hydro-Québec for the new Micoua-Saguenay 735 kV transmission line.

Best quarter ever for North American robotics

North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

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