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In Focus | June 2023 | The Canadian Tooling & Machining AssociationWorld-Class Tooling, World-Class TrainingMax Die Group

In Focus | June 2023 | The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association

World-Class Tooling, World-Class Training

Max Die Group

With roots going back a century, the Max Die Group designs and builds automotive stamping tools, prototype parts, and low volume production parts, and runs a training centre for young apprentices. The group consists of three locations—Manor Tool and Die Ltd. (Manor) and its Sigma Division, which are based in Oldcastle, Ontario; and Lakeshore Stamping, Inc., based in Tecumseh, Ontario. This powerhouse trio, each with its specialties, is strategically located near the North American automotive epicentre of Detroit, Michigan.

Logistics | May 2023Moving Forward Without a DriverAutomated Work Trucks

Logistics | May 2023

Moving Forward Without a Driver

Automated Work Trucks

On November 8, 2021, Walmart—the largest grocery retailer in America—made high-tech history in its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart announced it had successfully used fully autonomous vehicles (AVs) to transport goods along a two-mile route. This driverless pilot program, which saw Walmart partnering with AV firm, Gatik, began in August 2021.

April | AutomationAutomated Control Systems, Human RelationshipsThink-PLC

April | Automation

Automated Control Systems, Human Relationships


Think-PLC designs and builds new automation control systems and keeps legacy control systems running long after they were installed. Among key services offered by this Lexington, North Carolina-based company are installation, fabrication, manufacturing, consultation, training, maintenance, and repairs. The company is also a solutions partner with German technology giant Siemens, and works with clients worldwide in manufacturing, machine building and other sectors.

2022 | November 2022New Products and New Acquisition Equals Big GrowthJN White

2022 | November 2022

New Products and New Acquisition Equals Big Growth

JN White

JN White is a fast-growing firm headquartered in Perry, New York, that manufactures custom graphic overlays, membrane switches, display backlighting, and complex user interfaces. Its primary services are rapid prototyping, custom assembly, manufacturing engineering, vendor managed inventory, and switch testing. The company adheres to strict industry standards to maintain consistent quality.

2022 | September 2022Celebrating a Milestone with New Products and Big GoalsPerformance Plastics Ltd.

2022 | September 2022

Celebrating a Milestone with New Products and Big Goals

Performance Plastics Ltd.

Performance Plastics Ltd. (PPL) of Cincinnati, Ohio marked its fortieth anniversary this year as a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance thermoplastic components. The company works with specialized polymers and tight tolerances, and follows rigorous quality assurance protocols. It anticipates big growth shortly, based on its wealth of experience and cutting-edge products such as EnduroSharp® aerospace maintenance tools.

2022 | August 2022 | Engineering & DesignThis Unique Systems Integrator Celebrates a Corporate MilestoneProVantage Automation

2022 | August 2022 | Engineering & Design

This Unique Systems Integrator Celebrates a Corporate Milestone

ProVantage Automation

ProVantage Automation, a Brantford, Ontario-based systems integrator and custom machine builder, marked its tenth anniversary in business this April. With its three in-house engineering and design disciplines of automation control, data management, and mechanical design, the company designs and builds automated solutions for clients in the food and beverage, paper converting, and consumer products sectors. ProVantage’s industrial solutions boost productivity and improve quality and efficiency for clients. The team at ProVantage has the expertise to design and deploy a complete end of line packaging system or cater the solution to be a retrofit versus a new asset.

2022 | August 2022 | Engineering & DesignTechnical Skills, Customization Expertise, and Big AmbitionsPatriot Products Group

2022 | August 2022 | Engineering & Design

Technical Skills, Customization Expertise, and Big Ambitions

Patriot Products Group

Patriot Products Group designs and manufactures pump system packages. The company offers diesel dry prime, diesel wet prime, sound attenuated, electric dry prime, and electric wet prime packages that can incorporate skids, trailers, control panels, and fuel cells as well as pumps and engines from various manufacturers. The young business is presently in a growth spurt, spurred by technical know-how and a flair for customization.

2022 | July 2022Showing Grace Under Extreme PressureCO-AX Valves, Inc.

2022 | July 2022

Showing Grace Under Extreme Pressure

CO-AX Valves, Inc.

co-ax valves inc. (CVI) has come through the COVID crisis in a strong position, with new markets, new products, and new ways of doing business. The Bristol, Pennsylvania-based subsidiary of German parent company müller co-ax gmbh designs and manufactures valves for a wide array of customers. Its valves are used in industrial settings to control vacuums, liquids, gaseous substances, and gelatinous materials.

2022 | International Safety Equipment Association | June 2022Keeping Employees From Harm: The International Safety Equipment Association Advocates for a Safer WorkplaceThe International Safety Equipment Association

2022 | International Safety Equipment Association | June 2022

Keeping Employees From Harm: The International Safety Equipment Association Advocates for a Safer Workplace

The International Safety Equipment Association

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) represents companies that make the workplace safer. Due to COVID, the association’s mission has taken on a new urgency. When the pandemic began, ISEA worked with its members and the federal government to replenish depleted supplies of crucial protective equipment that would mitigate the spread of the virus.

2022 | June 2022 | ServicesMoving PartsHandling Systems & Conveyors

2022 | June 2022 | Services

Moving Parts

Handling Systems & Conveyors

Handling Systems & Conveyors, Inc. (HSC) of Little Rock, Arkansas, specializes in large material handling equipment used to transport parts and structures in industrial settings. More specifically, the company—which marked its thirtieth anniversary this year—designs, manufactures, builds, repairs, services, and installs cranes and industrial conveyor systems. Its clients are primarily found in the heavy manufacturing sector, where conveying and lifting large items are central to the workflow.

2021 | Engineering & Design | November 2021Shifting Gears with an Innovative Product LineLasX Industries

2021 | Engineering & Design | November 2021

Shifting Gears with an Innovative Product Line

LasX Industries

LasX Industries, Inc., founded in 1998 in St. Paul, Minnesota, has new products, a new customer service initiative, and a new focus. When profiled April 2018 in Manufacturing in Focus magazine, LasX custom designed and manufactured industrial laser systems for materials processing. Since then, the company has been shaping its most popular ‘Engineer to Order’ platforms to a ‘Configure to Order’ product line to offer customers more competitive options with quicker order fulfillment—still customizable, and tailored to meet customer requirements.


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