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Is GBC’s Automation Technician Program Right For You?

In the past few decades, automation has rapidly disrupted and changed industries by redefining responsibilities of existing jobs, and introduced new fields and roles. For example, consider the evolution of Amazon’s warehouses—self-organizing robotic shelves now work with workers to fulfil a high volume of orders quickly and efficiently for rapid delivery, which would not have been possible decades ago!
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Why Virtual Commissioning is the Future of Development for Automated Systems

A virtual commissioning is one of the most exciting new developments in the world of automation. It allows the full testing of automated systems, virtually saving time and money in the implementation process.Here’s an overview of virtual commissioning and why it’s the future of development for manufacturers using automated systems.
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How Open Source Systems are Changing the Manufacturing Industry

Open source systems have been around in the world of computing for quite some time, but have been slow to impact industrial automation. Open source systems allow for greater standardization and integration of automated systems, making their implementation easier and more affordable.
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The Difference Between a Certificate and Certification

Two commonly misunderstood types of training are certificates and certifications. Both provide important value, but are quite different in terms of purpose, content, oversight and commitment required to complete them.
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How the Automation Boom Is Impacting These Top Industries

With advancements in automation technology, you may wonder if we’re headed for a jobless future. Many futurists and economists are considering this as a possibility. However, as seen in the Industrial Revolution, technological progress was benefiting all sections of society, including the working class. Automation may replace human jobs, but they also create new ones.
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5 Reasons Why US Manufacturing Needs Automation More Than Ever

The US has revolutionized the manufacturing industry with its numerous contributions, such as introducing the assembly line. But in today's industries, it's falling behind. Robotic technology for automation continues to develop at a rapid pace—and the US manufacturing industry needs to catch up. Here are five reasons why US manufacturers need to invest in automation more than ever.
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TTC Automated Train Control Soon to Be a Reality

TTC's decades-old subway trains, most which date from the 1970s, will soon be replaced with shiny new trains by 2020. However, it’s not just the trains that are being replaced. Much like their counterpart the self driving car, a new automated signalling system that can run without human input will drastically improve the lives of Toronto commuters. Below’s an overview of the TTC project, highlighting the advantages of replacing our current system with an automatic train control system.
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The Assembly Line is Dead: Custom Manufacturing is the Future

The manufacturing industry is experiencing a radical shift from the mass production of near-identical products in the early days of Henry Ford. Rather than having “a car painted any colour that he wants, so long as it is black,” today, people want to have products that are unique and reflect their personal tastes.
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Humanoid Robots Are Becoming More Like Ninjas (and What This Could Mean for Us)

You may have seen walking humanoid robots before, such as Honda’s ASIMO robot or Boston Dynamic’s Atlas. But with the latest developments in technology, today’s humanoid robots can do more than walk and pick up boxes—they can also perform backflips.
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Building Automation Experts in Demand

Building Automation Systems are the next step in the increase of automation in the workforce. It only makes sense to utilize technology in order to make the work of running a building or home a little easier.
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The Rise of Canadian Automation Industries or The Return of Canadian Manufacturing Industries

In spite of the uncertain fate of NAFTA, the world’s largest free-trade agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Canada’s tech sector continues to thrive.
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Global Industrial Automation Market to Reach $179.3 Billion by 2025

The automation industry is growing at a rapid pace, with the market predicted to expand even more so, within the next 10 years. As industries move toward and implement processes that align with robotics, automation is the clear way of the future.
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Demand increase for energy-efficient system leads to growing need for the automation

Robotics and automation can seem inaccessible at times to the vast majority of the population. There is this illusion that it is kept separate from everyday people and limited to science labs or high-tech industries.
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The New Age of Manufacturing: Why Skilled Workers are in high demand?

Everybody knows that the job market is a rough place these days. Whether you’re young and fresh out of school, hitting close to retirement, or are not even close to leaving the workplace, the changing workplace can be difficult.
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Will automated cars save time, money and lives in the near future?

When people think of automation and robotics they often assume that it is out-of-sight and operating in a lab or warehouse far away. But the truth is that they might be coming to your streets very soon.
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Take Advantage of Automation Module Exemptions to Earn Another Technical Certificate

Setting yourself apart from the competition isn’t always easy. Now that you have completed the Automation (AT) Technician Certificate there are several ways to continue to distinguish yourself and push your career ahead. We offer a number of pathways which will allow you to continue your studies and earn another certificate in Electromechanical, Robotics or PLCs.
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Density of Robot Use in Manufacturing Automation Continues to Climb!

The future has arrived for the manufacturing industry and how they will continue to operate thanks to the advancements in technology. The robotics takeover of the manufacturing industry has long been accepted as inevitable. People have been discussing the replacement of manual labour for decades, but it is only now seeming like a reality more than a fantasy of the distant future. Automated robots are making their debuts throughout many factories, and while they are still seemingly uncommon and more novelty than anything else, their numbers will continue to rise in the coming years. Since their development has reached a point that they’re efficient, and there are enough educated individuals to build and improve upon the robots, automation has become the next logical step in manufacturing.
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Industrial Automation Finally Available to Small Scale Manufacturing

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the topic of robotics and automation in manufacturing for the past number of years, if not decades. This subject has now become a reality since the beginning of the twenty-first century, but for most of that time robots were limited to large scale manufacturing operations. Those who were able to afford automated machines benefited from it increasing the gap between them and smaller companies. Luckily, due to advancements in the technology smaller scale manufacturing operations are now finally able to make use of robotics and automation after being locked out for so long. “Trainable robots” are now available to them so they too can now increase their productivity levels and narrow the gap once again.
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Industrial Automation Gets Help From Social Media Image Recognition

When we think of automation, we often think of the automotive manufacturing industry, where the use of robotic technology has remained the standard for decades.
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Flexible Versus Hard Automation: What Role Does Each Play in Manufacturing?

Society has changed considerably in the last hundred years. In fact, we take sometimes take for granted the way in which we live; how products are readily available due to mass production with the ability to ship anywhere in the world.
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Is the Reinvention of Manufacturing Around the Corner?

Manufacturing automation and technology has not only boosted the quality and quantity of produced goods but also significantly reduced the time and manpower required to accomplish production targets. Today U.S. factories manufacture twice as many products as they did in early 80's but with one third fewer workers.
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How Will Industrial IoT Cybersecurity Affect the Future of Automated Manufacturing?

Automated manufacturing is a hot topic lately, and it’s a trend that is likely to continue. The benefits of this technology are marked: lower costs, higher efficiency and greater productivity, but with any new technology, they come with some marked risks. One major issue is cybersecurity, with competitors, governments, and rogue hackers all posing potential threats to networked infrastructure. Gone are the days when to sabotage a competitor you’d have to physically break into their factory and meddle with their machines. Now, a denial of service attack, a virus, or a worm can cause damage without the attacker even having to be in the same country. However, it’s possible that some of the security issues with the Internet of Things (IoT) are overrated.
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Advanced Manufacturing Training Starts as Early as High School

Technical education in high school is a proven precursor to later academic success. Almost 80% of high school students who concentrated on career and technical studies pursued some type of postsecondary education within two years of finishing high school. But long gone are the days of widespread shop class, or even "vocational training"; however, in a limited number of schools, it’s making a high-tech comeback.
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Technology Looking to Replace Low-Skill Food Picking Tasks with Highly Skilled Labour

For those who’ve ever wondered why certain fruits and vegetables are so expensively priced at their local grocery store, the reason is a relatively simple one. More often than not, prices are high because there is a significant cost associated with getting it from the farm to the store. This distinction is generally found in produce that is cultivated by hand – the high cost of using human pickers are passed along first to the grocery store and then to the consumer. Contrary to what one might expect, the high price of these goods is not due to any particular skill the cultivator may possess (something which, if it were true, would make paying more for these products a little easier to swallow). Rather, it’s simply due to the fact that there is no equipment gentle enough that is capable of cultivation of certain fragile goods with finesse – until now...
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Advanced Robotics Technology Promises To Increase Factory Production

Identifying the wonders of the future is by no means a simple task for even the brightest contemporary mind. Technology, and the many uses society is developing for it, continue to shock and awe on a daily basis. And while the shape of the world in the not-too-distant future remains a mystery to most, there is one inalienable conclusion that can be drawn: the world of tomorrow will rely heavily on robotics...
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How Has 3D Printing Mutated Manufacturing?

Since the steam engine kicked off the industrial revolution, the manufacturing sector has pretty much followed the same fundamental rules governing the mass production of goods.To be fair, the sector is poised to see some tremendous advancements and efficiencies through the use of PLC programmers and automated robotic workforces but now, thanks to the rapidly evolving applications afforded by 3D printers, the manufacturing landscape is on the cusp of a truly remarkable and unprecedented change...
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Science Works to Make Robots Smarter With Swarm AI!

When we think of robots, what comes to mind these days is usually something like a Roomba, arobot vacuum, or a huge arm that can be used to assemble cars, or a walking, talking, bipedal science-fiction style android. What all of these seemingly disparate robotic forms have in common is that they’re individual ‘creatures’ with a central control...
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