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Greenland: The land of irony

August 8, 2019
Greenland sounds like a beautiful land covered in lush green

A View of the Past -- No Time Machine Required

August 7, 2019
You don’t need a time machine to look into the past. While you would need a time machine to experience the past, all you need to do to see the past is to look up at the night sky. Because of the distance between objects in our solar system and other areas of space from earth, it takes an amount of time for the light that we see when looking at stars and planets to reach us – so by the time we see it, we are actually looking at a view of the past.

Messages from Space

July 10, 2019
Astronomers are trying to decipher sound waves that some believe could be messages from other galaxies after a radio pulse – also known as a Fast Radio Burst, or FRB – was detected and located by a radio telescope.

Ever wish you could have ultraviolet or infrared vision?

June 13, 2019
Going beyond what the eye can see Forget about Kodak, Nikon, Fuji, Canon and any other major lens companies. Nature is still the best vision manufacturer in the world. Regardless of the size or the angular degree of concavity, the light-capturing instrument we call the eye is both adaptive and one of the most complex biological systems functioning in our visually stimulating environment.

Worried a robot will take your job? Relax: artificial intelligence (AI) doesn’t terminate jobs, it can create them

June 13, 2019
  There’s a lot of talk about technology advancements, particularly with regard to automation and artificial intelligence. Some people worry that jobs will be eliminated, taken over by robots, and unemployment rates will skyrocket. But the reality, according to a number of recent studies, is the opposite: AI doesn’t eliminate jobs, it creates them.

Plastic Ubiquity and a Circular Economy

May 21, 2019
Single-use consumption of your favourite coffee pod, TV dinner tray and the conventional thin plastic bag have the potential to be highly desirable, recyclable items by today’s  manufacturing industry. But is there a way to protect the environment while also preserving the disposable economy? A revolving-door alternative may prove more sustainable in the long run.

How disruptive technology is transforming buying behavior

April 24, 2019
When you think of garage sales, auctions, and collectible shows, you can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia. Think of any toy that was popular 20 or 30 years ago; as you peruse the vast and eclectic display of goods for sale, you know somehow, someone has managed to break the tight grip of their past. It’s all fair game in pursuit of the highest bidder. Many common online marketplaces offer classified-style listings including: eBay, Kijiji, and Craigslist.

New PMS Ultrasonic sensors meet highest hygiene standards

January 28, 2019
Microsonic has incorporated four different measuring ranges in a new single sophisticated and easy-to-clean stainless-steel design without crevices and dirt-collecting edges.  

AISTech 2019

January 22, 2019
AISTech 2019, the steel industry's biggest annual trade show, is set for May 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. With over 500 exhibiting companies, AISTech 2019 will showcase cutting-edge, steel-related technologies that are designed to help steel producers compete in a challenging global market. AISTech 2019 is Steel's Premier Technology Event and is expected to draw over 7,000 visitors. Hope to see you there!

We've got the wire draw encoders you want!

January 7, 2019
Wire Draw Encoders String Pots, Yo-Yos, Yo-Yo Pots, Draw Wire Sensors, String Encoders, Cable Actuated Position Sensors, String Position Transducers, Cable Retractors – whatever name you use, we've got them!

Meet our new Michigan Distributor

October 31, 2018
Have you met John Hice? John is the newest member of the TR Electronic sales team and he’s happy to be serving our Michigan area customers. Having spent over a decade in  the sensor industry, John brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

Join us at PCC's Oktoberfest!

September 19, 2018
If you’re headed to PCC’s Oktoberfest - Tap into Technology event next week, we’d be delighted to see you! It’s a great opportunity to connect with Product Specialist Patrick Kornmayer and participate in a discussion about:   Intelligent Compact Drives – The Evolution of Motion Control

TR Feature: Jason Teunissen from Mechatronics

August 3, 2018
Can you guess what year Jason Teunissen first got into automation distributor sales? Here’s a few hints:      

What’s the latest word on the I/O Link protocol?

July 31, 2018
You’ve likely heard about the I/O Link protocol but do you know how it helps sensors? This relatively new sensor interface protocol was developed with the end user in mind. It came from the combined efforts of PLC manufacturers, sensor manufacturers, software providers and IC providers, all working together on the best sensor solution for Industry 4.0 and beyond. I/O Link protocol sets the foundation for smart sensors. An I/O Link system includes:


June 15, 2018
In response to popular customer demand, TR Electronic introduces the FIRST Ethernet IP Through Hollow Shaft Encoder on the market today. Our through hollow shaft encoder is more convenient and less time-consuming than a solid shaft encoder. Rather than having a solid bar, matching the exact size of the motor, a through hollow shaft encoder is clamped into the appropriate place – eliminating the need for a perfect fit for your application because it’s easily adjustable.

TR Electronic Staff Feature: Paul Evans

May 3, 2018
  “As long as I can remember, I have always dabbled in electronics, robotics and computers. Even as a kid, whether it was the early computer programming or the DIY electronics and robotics kits they used to have. It’s always been an interest. The understanding of how things work and being able to fix them myself (or at least try).”

AISTech 2018

April 27, 2018
AISTech 2018, the steel industry's biggest annual trade-show, is being held May 7th-10th, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pa., USA. With over 500 exhibiting companies, AISTech 2018 will showcase cutting-edge steel-related technologies that are designed to help steel producers compete in a challenging global market. AISTech 2018 is Steel's Premier Technology Event and is expected to draw over 7000 visitors.

Announcing a new member of the TR Team!

April 18, 2018
In high school, Robert Zuniga was awarded first prize by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologies through a school science project at his regional Science Fair. That set the stage for an unquenchable thirst for knowledge through language and the lure of ever-evolving technology.

TR Distributor Feature: Cornerstone

March 12, 2018
Daryl Dennison had an introduction to problem-solving at an early age. He gives three reasons why it stuck:

Meet Our Trusted TR Distributor in Quebec

February 6, 2018
For Gilles Laberge, getting into the electronics business seemed pretty natural. “I came from an electrical family. At some point, all the family was involved in the electrical world. My mother owned a lighting store, my brother was an electrician, and my father and step father were both electrical contractors.”