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Canadian economy shrinks in second quarter, but growth expected to pick up
The Canadian economy shrank in the second quarter, as a number of one-time shocks rippled through the economy, taking their toll on the key exports sector. But economists say that it is unlikely that the country will slip back into a recession. Learn more.

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Honda recalls close to a million cars worldwide
Honda Motor Co. says it will recall a total of 962,000 cars worldwide — more than 13,000 of those in Canada — to fix power windows and computer systems. Get the details.

Canadian manufacturing purchasing managers index up in August
The Canadian manufacturing sector improved in August, with increases in both output and new orders, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index. It was the index's highest reading in four months. Learn more.

NAIT launches wireless systems engineering technology program
NAIT has launched a new Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program to address the privacy and security concerns associated with wireless technology. Learn more about the two-year diploma program.

Ontario appoints chief prevention officer
The Ontario government has named George Gritziotis as the province's first chief prevention officer. Learn more about Gritziotis and his new role.

Magna subsidiary acquires Grenville Castings
Magna International Inc. subsidiary Cosma International has acquired Grenville Castings Ltd., a structural casting supplier of aluminum components for the automotive, heavy truck and recreational markets. Get the details.

UBC and Toyota receive federal funds to re-invent wheel manufacturing
The University of British Columbia and Toyota have received a federal grant to develop a new process for producing stronger, lighter and lower-cost aluminum wheels. Learn more.

Timken to acquire Drives LLC
The Timken Company has agreed to acquire privately held Drives LLC for $92 million US in cash. Get the details.


Feature: HMI/Operator Interface

How to select the best touchscreen LCD monitor
Touchscreen monitors are everywhere — from ATMs to mall kiosks and hospital operating rooms to complex industrial machinery. The most important decision in selecting the best touchscreen monitor for your application is determining the type of touchscreen technology to use. What are the options?

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New Products: HMI/Operator Interface
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

September 14: Machine Safety

September 21: Wire and Cable

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

October 5: Education and Training

October 12: Power Supplies

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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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