After recently attending a conference in Nuremburg, Germany and after being soundly defeated by an autonomous robot at air hockey, it dawned on me how far automation has come in helping companies improve their manufacturing capabilities. Companies that use the cloud to help manage the internet and precision engineered products like sophisticated sensors, truly demonstrate how robots and other forms of networked automation can now do things that were, until recently, only seen in science fiction movies.
In cooperation with the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, I attended the SPS IPC Drive exhibition and conference in Nuremburg, Germany. This annual event brings together 1,602 exhibitors and 56,787 visitors. While at the exhibition, we conducted nearly 20 business meetings with European companies interested in learning more about the Greater Toronto Area as a possible location to expand their business operations.
As a nation, Canada is behind in robotics adoption in manufacturing compared to other G20 nations, but thankfully, Mississauga is currently home to some of the largest and most successful global industrial automation and robotics companies like; Fanuk Robotics, Festo, Schneider Electric, Yaskowa Motoman Robotics, to name a few.
To help build and support this sector, the SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth Program seeks to help Ontario manufacturers accelerate their investment in these advanced technologies.
Next week, we will post more about this important program.