Robots & Automation
ATS acquires conveyor systems maker NCC
Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., NCC provides turnkey automation solutions under the NCC and Nutra-Pack brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ATS Automation acquires automation system integrator CIM
Dublin, Ireland-based CIM will operate as part of ATS’ Process Automation Solutions business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sepro UK turns 30, opens expanded robot sales and service centre
The expanded centre offers robot sales, service, parts, and robot-commissioning activities.
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.
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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.
Beckhoff Canada moves headquarters to Cambridge, Ont.
Located in the Waterloo Region technology hub, the new office increases sales, support, warehousing, and training capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
CAMM, Automate Canada looking for new president
The position will be responsible for successfully aligning the visions, missions, and commitments of the associations.
JLS Automation names national sales manager for Canada
The York, Pa.-based robotic automation supplier has appointed industry veteran Paul Swietlinski to the position.
New CEO for Sepro Group
The France-based robotic automation maker Sepro Group has named Charles de Forges to the position.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.