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Magna invests more than $400 million in electric vehicle R&D, creating hundreds of jobs
Magna International Inc. is spending $430 million to research and develop electric vehicle technology in Ontario, a move that will create more than 700 jobs in the province. Learn more.

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Rebound in the manufacturing sector expected to be sluggish, new report says
A new report predicts several major sectors in Canada's manufacturing industry won't return to pre-recession production levels until the middle of the decade. Learn more.

Kruger expands in U.S. instead of Quebec, drawing criticism from Parti Quebecois
Kruger Products LP, Canada's biggest tissue maker, will spend $316 million US to expand a mill in Tennessee — a move that the Parti Quebecois says will hurt Quebec's economy. Get the details.

Last chance to take the Canadian Manufacturing Study survey and enter to win
Today is the last day to take the Canadian Manufacturing Study survey, an annual study conducted by Manufacturing AUTOMATION, in conjunction with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Take the survey and enter to win.

Welders needed: Nova Scotia wind farm parts maker encounters delays due to lack of welders
A spokesman for a Nova Scotia wind farm parts maker says a lack of welders has caused delays in production. Learn more.

Motion control market recovery continues
Statistics from the Motion Control Association (MCA) for the second quarter of 2011 indicate a continuation of the recovery in the motion control market. Learn more.

Honeywell completes acquisition of EMS Technologies
Honeywell has completed its acquisition of EMS Technologies, Inc. for approximately $491 million US. Learn more.

Industrial products, raw materials prices drop in July: StatsCan
The Industrial Product Price Index declined 0.3 percent in July, while the Raw Materials Price Index fell 1.2 percent, according to data from Statistics Canada. Get the details.

MainTrain 2011

Features: Machine Safety

Shifting prevention roles draws mixed reaction
Bill 160, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, received Royal Assent on June 1, 2011, shifting the responsibility of prevention from the Workplace Safety Insurance Board to the Ministry of Labour. The MOL's new prevention role has caused some controversy, with stakeholders raising arguments both in favour and against the shift in responsibility. Learn more.

Injury rates for women not getting any better, says WorkSafeBC report
Recent statistics from WorkSafeBC indicate that while the number of workplace injuries among male workers is on a decline, the statistics for women workers are not quite as positive. Get the details.

New Products: Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

September 7: HMI/Operator Interface

September 14: Machine Safety

September 21: Wire and Cable

September 28: Machine Vision and Sensors, and Material Handling/Packaging

October 5: Education and Training

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June 2011 Digital Edition

The next chapter: Our editorial advisory board discusses the manufacturing industry's recovery, the challenges that remain, and the opportunities for growth

Innovation through Automation: Connecting field staff and experts remotely across continents with mobile video collaboration

2011 benchmark study: The secret recipe for ERP success

ERP overhaul: CB Engineering saves $250,000 annually and reduces operating expenses

The power of simulation: Virtual 3D simulation tools bring increased productivity and ROI

September 2011 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

The September 2011 issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION marks our 25th anniversary! We are celebrating this milestone with a new look! When the September issue arrives on your desk, it will be in a smaller footprint, but it will still contain the great, informative content you've grown to expect over the last 25 years. The September issue will include:

Cover story: Happy Anniversary – MA celebrates 25 years!

  • A look at Manufacturing AUTOMATION over the last 25 years. Plus, industry analyst and futurist, Jim Pinto, will highlight how industrial automation has changed over the last 25 years, and what's to come.

Feature: 2011 Software Case Study Guide

  • We present a collection of case studies that look into how some Canadian manufacturers are leveraging CAD/CAM, PLM and ERP in their facilities to streamline their processes and maintain a competitive edge.

Feature: Safety

  • Who is Canada's safest manufacturer? We reveal the results of Canada's Safest Employer contest, brought to you by our sister publication, Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, with profiles of the winners.

Plus: Lean manufacturing, and a selection of the latest enclosures and workstations, power supplies, programmable control products, RFID offerings, wire and cable products, as well as the latest in wireless technology and security.

Calendar of Events:

Sept. 7 - Oct. 7: Fluke Networks' Canadian tour of "First Network Analysis Tablet" - Various cities throughout Canada

Sept. 18-21: 26th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference - West Allis, Wis.

Sept. 21:
Festo's Automation Technology Expo and Conference - Mississauga, Ont.

Sept. 26-28:
Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 - Las Vegas, Nev.

Sept. 27:
Festo's Automation Technology Expo and Conference - Montreal, Que.

Oct. 13-15:
PTDA 2011 Industry Summit - Washington, D.C.

Oct. 17-20:
Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2011 - Toronto, Ont.

Oct. 25-27:
International Conference for Vision-Guided Robotics - Plymouth, Mich.

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Manufacturing AUTOMATION website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

Got an event you want us to include on the website? Please send an e-mail to editor Mary Del Ciancio:

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