Canadian Plastics

Robots & Automation

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.

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.