Canadian Plastics

Robots & Automation

December 15, 2021  

ABB expands installation products plant in Canada

The $16-million expansion will create over 60 full-time jobs in ABB’s upgraded 75,000-square-foot facility in Pointe-Claire, Que.

December 7, 2021  

ATS Automation completes acquisition of SP Industries

SP designs and manufactures biopharma processing equipment, life sciences equipment, and lab apparatus products.

November 22, 2021  

ABB and Zume partner on new sustainable packaging application

ABB is providing robots that will enable Zume’s production of bio-based packaging on a global scale, helping to reduce reliance on single-use plastics.

November 18, 2021  

Pleora Technologies expands North American distribution with Futura Automation

Pleora’s AI solutions include a “no code” software platform that simplifies development, testing and deployment of AI and computer vision algorithms.

November 8, 2021  

ATS Automation acquires SP Industries

SP designs and manufactures biopharma processing equipment, life sciences equipment, and lab apparatus products.

November 5, 2021  

Festo appoints new director of sales for Canada

The industrial control and automation manufacturer has named Jean-Francois Paquette to the position.

October 15, 2021  

Automation maker Reko International reports year end profit

Fourth-quarter sales were impacted by pandemic-related border restrictions, the Ontario-based company said.

September 29, 2021  

ATS Automation acquires packaging equipment maker DF S.r.l

Italy-based DF will join ATS’ Comecer radiopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical market business.

September 1, 2021  

ATS acquires conveyor systems maker NCC

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., NCC provides turnkey automation solutions under the NCC and Nutra-Pack brands.

August 24, 2021  

Beckhoff Canada opens office in Greater Vancouver

Originally planned to open in 2020, the 2,950-square-foot office is located in Burnaby, B.C.

August 12, 2021  

Linamar signs manufacturing agreement for robotic gearbox company IMSystems

Guelph, Ont.– based Linamar will bring the Archimedes Drive transmission system to market once the design has been proven and production is at the point where it requires scale-up.

August 6, 2021  

ATS Automation acquires German process engineering consultant BLSG

BLSG will join ATS’ process automation solutions business, which is an independent provider for the process and manufacturing industries.

July 28, 2021  

Wittmann Battenfeld sets monthly sales record for robots in the U.S.

The company sold more than 80 robots in the U.S. in June, and says it’s on track to have a record year in 2021.

July 19, 2021  

Piovan Group building new Asian headquarters in China

The 10,000-square-meter site in the city of Suzhou will be dedicated to the design and production of complete automation systems for the treatment of plastics, food powders, and refrigeration solutions.

July 12, 2021  

Researchers from Germany and Canada work on new AI methods for picking robots

The researchers are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, from multiple plants, or even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive company data.

June 30, 2021  

New elastomers pave the way for smarter robotic arms

The intelligent polymers created by researchers at Saarland University enable novel, soft robotic tools that are lighter, more agile, and more flexible than today’s rigid technical components.

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.