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Industrial Show Unveils Innovative Products, Services

Toronto, ON -- From three-dimensional printers that turn ideas into hand-sized plastic models and laser systems that cut more parts in less time using less energy, to new developments in smart robotic...


November 1, 2009
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — From three-dimensional printers that turn ideas into hand-sized plastic models and laser systems that cut more parts in less time using less energy, to new developments in smart robotics, exhibitors at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2009 (CMTS 2009), held in Toronto Oct. 19-22, 2009, unveiled technological innovations available to manufacturers looking to reinvent their businesses on the heels of the economic downturn.

“More than 60% of Canadian manufacturers see their business increasing over the next 12 to 18 months,” said Mark Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), organizer of CMTS 2009.

A showcase for the latest machine tools, automation technologies, metal forming, measurement technologies, tooling solutions, production methods and management strategies, the event included a comprehensive exhibitor showcase, Town Hall meetings, panel presentations and a simultaneous technical conference called Automation Rendez-vous 2009.

“This is where they come to evaluate, purchase and compare the technologies that will take their business to the next level,” said Tomlinson, noting that manufacturing remains Canada’s largest business sector with more than $594 billion in manufactured goods and in excess of $400 billion in exports each year.

The exhibitor portion of CMTS 2009 featured a roster of more than 500 Canadian vendors, including such exhibits as:

• The first North American demonstration of the TRUMPF TruLaser 303, an innovative laser cutting machine that cuts more parts in less time, while consuming less energy.

• Automation Cell Live, a premiere event designed to display the latest developments in factory automation using real world settings. Representing a mini replica of a factory floor, it demonstrated the latest in smart robotics, including robots used for high-volume welding and cutting applications, as well as robots equipped with infrared vision systems that enable them to perform tasks normally carried out by humans.

• A Green Solutions Program featuring products designed to help manufacturers make their operations more environmentally friendly, including a heat exchanger that recycles heat from outgoing air, oil purification technology, an eco-friendly cutting fluid that extends the life of cutting tools, large ceiling ventilation fans that use 20% less electricity, and an electromagnetic control system that reduces the amount of non-productive current in electrical systems, helping to reduce electrical costs.

• Three-dimensional printers, including the uPrint Personal 3D Printer from Dimension and Simulate Complete from www.stampingsimulation.com, which turn ideas into durable plastic models users can hold, discuss and test right at their desk.

• Hearing protectors that custom fit to individual workers; high-performance plastic screws, nuts and bolts; a programmable band saw that stores up to 20 cutting jobs at a time; the latest in mobile communication technology; planning software that optimizes distribution centre inventory; new machine monitoring and control techniques, and more.