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    New software manages small job shops

    February 3, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Using Axles Workshops. Photo: IPSO Technologies VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que.: Small job shops now have access to an integrated mini-ERP/MRP solution under $1,000 that will increase productivity through application integration, reduce lead time and improve customer service. IPSO Technologies’ Axles Workshops is

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    CT12 single-board computer boosts control performance

    January 14, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    CT12 6U CompactPCI singleboard computer. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.: GE Intelligent Platforms’ CT12 6U CompactPCI ups the performance per watts for a broad range of applications including telecommunications, industrial control, test equipment, server blades, supervisor and monitoring systems, security and surveillance. This

  • Getting tough with industrial computing

    December 10, 2009 by Luigi Benetton

    Oops! A good soaking doesn’t slow down this Hydrus ultra-rugged handheld computer from Two Technologies Inc. in Horsham, Penn. Photo: Two Technologies The brake disks of a HumVee military vehicle are not mounted at the wheels but near the differentials

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    Robot orders down in Q1/2

    August 19, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    ANN ARBOR, Mich.: North American robotics companies saw new orders robots decline 36% in units and 47% in dollars through the first half of 2009, according to an industry market outlook.The Robotic Industries Association (RIA)  reports the second quarter alone

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    RFID: More than just readers and tags

    June 24, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Forklift featuring M/A-Com’s broad and narrow beam antennas. Photo: M/A-Com Imagine tracking assets throughout your facility beyond choke points or without operators having to use traditional manual data collection methods. Forklifts are part of most material handling or supply chain

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    Parts vending made easy

    May 13, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Whether machines are being built or repaired, it’s common for automation parts and other small component inventories to get lost in the shuffle. At some large facilities, it takes up to 10 minutes to retrieve a part from a supply

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    Sensor mirror alerts forklift drivers

    April 21, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    The convex Mirror Alert Sytem displays a caution message to warn workers a forklift is approaching. Photo: Albert Safety Products Material handling safety is an ongoing issue for many manufacturers, with forklifts and other lifting devices continuing to be a

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    Resin Systems rolls out durability

    March 5, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    Resin System’s RStandard roller tubing for conveying idlers lasts four to five times longer in corrosive and abrasive environments than steel rollers. Photo: FMC Technologies In the world of bulk material handling, steel roller conveying systems have been unrivalled for

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    Christie lights up projection technology

    December 19, 2008 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Influenced by Toyota, Christie implemented one-piece flow for its cinema projection assembly line by replacing moveable carts with a u-shaped line of roller conveyors with fixed stations. Photo: Rodney Daw It’s not just about brightness; it’s about being the brightest.

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    Combilift strikes a new balance

    December 19, 2008 by Joe Terrett

    Combilift Ltd. has been helping companies move loads in and out of tight spots for 10 years now, and to mark its first decade of operation, the Irish forklift manufacturer has introduced a new counterbalance truck called the Combi-CB. This

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    Alberta-bound through Thunder Bay

    December 1, 2008 by Deborah Aarts

    Ship-mounted cranes lower the 1.3 million-pound reactor off the M/V Daniella at the Port of Thunder Bay. As an oil company operating in Northeastern Alberta, you may be in the market for a big-ticket capital item. There’s likely a manufacturer

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    Integran’s “nanovation”

    November 27, 2008 by Ron Richardson

    Rich Emrich, Integran Technologies’ program manager, business development, and Jonathan McCrea (foreground), principal nanomaterials engineer, display a piece of carbon fibre after an application of Nanovate-NV.Photos: Stephen Uhraney In the rarefied and complex world of nanometallurgy, reducing the grain in

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    Monitor pipe corrosion in real time

    November 27, 2008 by Luke Miller

    A Pepperl+Fuchs CorrTran corrosion detection transmitter installed on a pipeline, providing general and local corrosion rates, as well as conductivity, via a two-wire loop powered 4-20 mA signal with HART protocol. Oil and gas recovery systems vary around the world,

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    SRP applies 3D heat to its design

    November 27, 2008 by Luigi Benetton

    A Superior Radiant Products operator spot-welds sheet metal parts to produce an enclosure for a gas-fired, infrared patio heater at the company’s Stoney Creek, Ont. plant.Photo: SRP Patio lizards who pursue their outdoor socializing late into the fall tend to

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    SkyHook: Handling the heavy lifting

    November 1, 2008 by Noelle Stapinsky

    SkyHook’s JHL-40, a new aerospace innovation, makes remote oil and mining projects accessible and could create more jobs in Alberta. Photo: SkyHook Why didn’t I think of that? It’s the question many people have asked since Calgary-based entrepreneur Peter Jess