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2011 Canadian Manufacturing Study highlights WATCH


Canadian, U.S. job gains beat expectations
The Canadian and U.S. economies appear to be weathering the economic storm after both countries reported positive employment gains in September, a month when financial markets retreated amid recession fears. Learn more about the jump in employment, and whether manufacturing played a part.

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Toyota's global vehicle production back at pre-tsunami levels
Toyota's global vehicle production reached pre-tsunami levels in September, Japan's top automaker said. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan disrupted production at Toyota Motor Corp. and other automakers because parts suppliers in northeastern Japan were damaged. Learn more.

Harting establishes subsidiary in Canada
Harting Technology Group, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic connectors, device terminations, network components and cable harnesses, recently opened Harting Canada, Inc. in Saint-Laurent, Que. Learn more.

Sixnet joins Red Lion
Spectris plc, an instrumentation and control company and parent of Red Lion Controls, has completed the acquisition of Sixnet LLC, a manufacturer of flexible industrial Ethernet switch, automation and wireless solutions for the industrial market. Learn more.

New robot safety standard draft released
The draft of the new ANSI RIA R15.06 Robot System Safety Standard was introduced at the 2011 National Robot Safety Conference in Knoxville, Tenn., last month. Developed co-operatively with CSA, the new standard is an adoption of the ISO standards for robots and their system implementation. Learn more.

Genivar buys industrial automation firm Isaction
Engineering firm Genivar Inc. is enhancing its industrial automation offer for Canada's mining sector by acquiring Quebec-based specialists Isaction Inc. Learn more.

USB3 Vision camera interface standard announced
A new camera interface standard that is based on the USB 3.0 interface is being developed specifically for the global machine vision market. Called USB3 Vision, this new standard will take advantage of the USB 3.0 ports that will be standard on most PCs. Learn more.

ARC Advisory Group

Feature: Energy management

Awareness of energy market trends is crucial for sustained profitability: Frost and Sullivan
The automation and compression control markets are dynamically shaping up with the onset of new technologies and the impact of energy-efficiency regulations. Maintaining sustained profitability in a highly competitive and challenging economic scenario requires an in-depth understanding of key trends that are expected to influence the automation and compression control markets. Learn more from Frost and Sullivan's Energy Efficiency and Technology Trends in Automation and Compression Control Markets analysis.

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Upcoming Online Spotlights:

October 19: Energy Management

October 26: Test and Measurement

November 2: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

November 9: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

November 16: Electronic Components

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October 2011 Digital Edition

2011 Canadian Manufacturing Study: The sixth annual industry study, conducted in collaboration with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, reveals that manufacturers are headed in the right direction.

Choosing the right HMI: Three considerations to help optimize efficiency and productivity

No strings attached: Wireless solutions for automotive factory floors

November/December 2011 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Machine Safety Roundtable

  • We gather a handful of experts for our third annual machine safety roundtable to discuss the trends and challenges associated with machine safety — everything from standards and implementation issues to the legal ramifications of non-compliance. The coverage will provide insight to machine builders, integrators and manufacturers looking to stay safe while maintaining productivity.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • OS&B, an Oakville, Ont.-based manufacturer and distributor of plumbing products, is a small Canadian manufacturer who had a choice - automate and continue to make things in Canada, or move production offshore. The company chose to stay in Canada, and is now able to compete with companies in China, thanks to the robotic work cell that it developed with AEMK in Waterloo and implemented on its shop floor. Learn how this company transitioned from manual processes to automation, and the opportunities this move opened up for them.

Feature: Robotics

  • This article will describe how to implement robot guidance for simple pick and place applications, and include details on how one manufacturer benefited from the application of vision-guided robotics.

Calendar of Events:

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.

Nov. 16-17:
Automation Fair - Chicago, Ill.

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

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