Plant Management

Probing is the best choice over scanning if you have to inspect a part with a limited number of geometrical parameters.

May 4, 2016

by Daniel Brown & Bob cramblitt

New portable 3D scanning and optical CMM technologies allow even novice operators to capture data anywhere

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The SmartBox is the newest addition to Mazak's iSmart factory concept.

April 5, 2016

by Kip Hanson

Driving out the fear: using shop floor data to produce higher quality parts

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Universal Robots mobile fleet

March 28, 2016

Human robot collaboration

Mobile robot colleagues on wheels increase productivity and worker safety at Scott Fetzer Electrical Group The fleet of Universal Robots will now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks with high mix - low volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG) in Tennessee. The collaborative robots have optimized production by 20 percent, taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks from employees now reallocated to more rewarding jobs.

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September 4, 2015

Renishaw demonstrates its Sprint verification of on-machine capability, performed in less than one minute.

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Ontario manufacturer Minus Forty

June 5, 2015

A surge in employment in the manufacturing sector helped Canada's economy gain 58,000 jobs in May, the biggest gain in employment in seven months, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

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Jamie King joins Blum-Novotest as Canadian regional manager

June 3, 2015

Jamie King has joined Blum-Novotest as Canadian regional manager.

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Software upgrades on the Mitutoyo CMM at Vector's facility have helped the company better manage greater quantities of data.

June 2, 2015

by Jim Barnes

Aerospace shop boosts metrology throughput with upgrades

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Creaform and Stratsys form partnership

June 1, 2015


3D printing and additive manufacturing supplier Stratasys Ltd., and Levis, QC-based Creaform, a supplier of portable 3D mesurement solutions, have formed a joint marketing partnership in North America.

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AGT Robotics partners with Creaform to create new 3D scanning solution

May 27, 2015

Two Quebec businesses are partnering to create a turnkey 3D scanning solution for automated quality control applications.

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Linda Hasenfratz

May 27, 2015

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar Corp., Guelph, ON, is among 65 people competing for a world entrepreneur award. The winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year will be announced on June 6 in Monaco, the event's location.

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The initial launch of the Memex machine monitoring software started with a handful of machines, including this Mazak five axis machining cell. Koss plans to roll out the software on other machines.

April 27, 2015

by Kip Hanson

The Problem: Understanding machine efficiency

The Solution: Machine monitoring software

Ontario aerospace shop implements machine tool monitoring system

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Miltera job shop in Kitchener, ON

April 11, 2015

By Tim Wilson

Most companies set their cost targets based on what they’ve done already. There are two problems with this: first, it limits opportunity for improvement; and second, it doesn’t help much with new jobs. As the saying goes: if you look in the rear view mirror, you might drive off a cliff.

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Lincoln Orbital MIG Welding

February 12, 2015

Lincoln Electric Co. has introduced an orbital MIG welding system for industries where orbital welds are subject to high standards, such as pipeline, construction or process piping.

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A small QMS implementation can be accomplished in as little as 10 to 15 days of billable consulting, about the price of a mid-sized sedan.

August 3, 2014

by Kip Hanson

Software is your best bet for managing shop quality levels

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Zeiss CALYPSO pg40

February 3, 2014

Knowledge is just as important as the program when measuring with an automated CMM

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June 16, 2013

by Kip Hanson

Automated vision machines measure parts quickly and accurately

If you have a handful of parts to check, you'll probably pick up a micrometer. If you're going to measure a truckload of them, only an automated solution will do. But measurement systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and offer more options than a new car. Deciding 

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May 26, 2013

Magnetic filtration solves fine grinding swarf issue at Linamar plant

When driveline and engine component manufacturer Traxle, Guelph, ON, part of Linamar Industries, started to experience surface finish problems during a final valve sealing ring grinding operation, it turned to a magnetic filtration system, the Micromag MM5 supplied by Eclipse Tools North America, Stoney Creek, ON.

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May 21, 2013

by Mary Scianna

Multisensor technology gives Ontario blow mouldmaker a competitive edge

Mistakes are costly in manufacturing, and in today's competitive environment, your mistake may mean a new customer for your competitor.

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April 9, 2013

The problem
Managing simultaneous three-spindle operation on a deep hole gun drill machine

The solution 
Retrofitting the deep hole gun drill machine with two new controls

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February 24, 2013

by Mary Scianna

Quebec aerospace centre focuses on productivity solutions for SMEs

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