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Robots & Automation

June 3, 2021  

ATS Automation acquires automation system integrator CIM

Dublin, Ireland-based CIM will operate as part of ATS’ Process Automation Solutions business.

June 1, 2021  

Quebec technology centre gets $368,000 for new software and robots

The Centre de robotique et de vision industrielles is a key Quebec player in the implementation of advanced technologies that enable SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0.

May 12, 2021  

Q1 2021 robot orders surge 20 per cent over 2020, association says

The strong Q1 for robot orders was the second-best start to any year on record, the A3 association said, and the second-best quarter on record for non-automotive orders.

April 19, 2021  

ATS Automation buys fluid dispensing systems maker BioDot

The acquisition of California-based BioDot expands ATS’ life sciences capabilities in precise, low-volume fluid dispensing.

April 9, 2021  

Sepro establishes daughter company in Switzerland

The automation maker has staff in place to handle both French-speaking and Italian-speaking regions of the country.

April 7, 2021  

Sepro UK turns 30, opens expanded robot sales and service centre

The expanded centre offers robot sales, service, parts, and robot-commissioning activities.

March 26, 2021  

Canadian machinery supplier Proco unveils case packer for blow molded PET bottles

The Pakman case packer features a collating indexing accumulation system to accumulate complete layers of bottles inside the packaging cell.

March 23, 2021  

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March 18, 2021  

Firms partner on a new manufacturing cell for thermoplastic polymers

Developed by BASF, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and H + S Automatisierung, the cell can produce a wide range of different test specimens.

March 11, 2021  

Beckhoff Canada moves headquarters to Cambridge, Ont.

Located in the Waterloo Region technology hub, the new office increases sales, support, warehousing, and training capabilities.

March 2, 2021  

Sepro Group opens sales office in Singapore

The robotic automation maker has appointed plastics industry veteran Jimmy Teo as regional sales manager of the new division.

February 24, 2021  

Fanuc, Rockwell Automation launch automation apprenticeships

The two companies are collaborating on accelerated work and learn apprenticeship programs designed to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics, and automation.

February 16, 2021  

Kim Povlsen named as new president of Universal Robots

Povlsen has held various executive business and technology leadership roles at Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation company.

February 12, 2021  

CAMM, Automate Canada looking for new president

The position will be responsible for successfully aligning the visions, missions, and commitments of the associations.

February 8, 2021  

JLS Automation names national sales manager for Canada

The York, Pa.-based robotic automation supplier has appointed industry veteran Paul Swietlinski to the position.

February 3, 2021  

New CEO for Sepro Group

The France-based robotic automation maker Sepro Group has named Charles de Forges to the position.

December 17, 2020  

Engel creates new company for pre-owned machines

Engel Used Machinery will buy back both injection molding machines and used robots from the Engel series, and then refurbish them for resale.

December 16, 2020  

Universal Robots president to step down

Jürgen von Hollen is leaving the company at the end of the year, to be temporarily replaced on Jan. 1 by Gregory Smith.

December 10, 2020  

Stäubli names new CEO to lead global organization

The Swiss-based company has appointed Gerald Vogt, previously responsible for the global business of the robotics division, as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021.

December 2, 2020  

Fanuc America teams up with Plus One Robotics on AI-enabled logistics solution

The new automated fulfillment solution combines a Fanuc robot with Plus One’s AI-powered PickOne perception system.

November 30, 2020  

Researchers combine AI-guided robots and chemical recycling to address plastic pollution crisis

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are using a robotic sorting system as a key component in developing a novel set of tools that aim to reduce plastic waste.

November 24, 2020  

ATS Automation names Ryan McLeod as new CFO

McLeod, a 13-year veteran of the Cambridge, Ont.-based automation solutions provider, has served as its interim CFO since June 2020.

November 18, 2020  

Rockwell Automation buying Toronto-based computerized maintenance management system provider Fiix

Founded in 2008, Fiix’s cloud-native CMMS creates workflows for the scheduling, organizing, and tracking of equipment maintenance.

November 10, 2020  

Injection molder Hawk Plastics receives funding from feds

The Ontario-based company is receiving a $880,372 repayable contribution from the FedDev Ontario program to expand its production facility by 8,000 square feet to accommodate its new advanced and robotic production equipment.

November 4, 2020  

ATS Automation reports orders up in Q2 2021 results

In reporting its financial results for the three and six months ended September 27, 2020, the Cambridge, Ont.-based company cited a decrease in revenue of two per cent but an increase in order bookings.

October 19, 2020  

Take Automate Canada and CAMM’s wage survey by Oct. 31

The surveys are being offered industry-wide, not just to members, in order to collect data from a broader demographic.

October 6, 2020  

Quebec-based automation supplier Omnirobotic gets $6.5 million financing for AI development

The funding enables the Laval company continue building autonomous robotic capabilities for high-mix production environments.

October 2, 2020  

Cobots maker Rethink Robotics moves into new German HQ, partners with Siemens

The automation supplier has moved into a new company headquarters and production facility in the town of Bochum, and has had a minority of its shares acquired by Siemens Technology Accelerator.

September 16, 2020  

ATS Automation gets $20 million order for COVID-19 vaccine syringe manufacturing line

The Cambridge, Ont.-based manufacturer is developing the systems for a program related to the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed initiative.

September 10, 2020  

ATS Automation announces closures, layoffs in transportation segment

The Cambridge, Ont.-based company’s reorganization plan was brought on by a downturn in its transportation markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 1, 2020  

Motion Industries acquires Applied Machine and Motion Control

Kentucky-based Applied Machine and Motion Control is a supplier of motion control and automation products and services.

August 31, 2020  

Bosch Rexroth North America appoints new president and CEO

Industry veteran Greg Gumbs will take the role effective Dec. 1, replacing outgoing president and CEO Paul Cooke.