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O'Leary advises Canadian manufacturers during CMTS keyote address WATCH


Engine shortage results in rotating layoffs for Chrysler Windsor plant
Chrysler started rotating layoffs at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., this week, as it reacts to a supply problem with its new engines. Learn more.

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Automotive leaders discuss industry challenges at CMTS
Leaders from the Canadian automotive sector discussed the challenges facing manufacturers and what it's going to take for the industry to thrive during the APMA Automotive Summit at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show last week. Learn more.

Production returns to normal at the Honda Canada plants in Alliston, Ont.
Production has returned to normal at Honda Canada's assembly plants in Alliston, Ont., after being severely slashed as a result of fallout from last March's natural disaster in Japan. Learn more.

Maple Leaf cutting 1,550 jobs, closing plants under major restructuring
Maple Leaf Foods is cutting 1,550 jobs, closing plants in four provinces and streamlining distribution in a continuing efficiency drive by the food processor. Get the details.

Schneider Electric Canada shows off new green facility at customer day in Mississauga
Schneider Electric Canada invited customers and media to its new corporate head office in Mississauga, Ont., recently to demonstrate its commitment to the environment with its construction upgrades, and to highlight its own solutions for energy management. Learn about the company's energy conservation efforts.

General motion control market driven by demand for capital equipment
The worldwide market for general motion control systems increased by a double-digit percentage since ARC Advisory Group's last analysis for base year 2009, according to the group's latest study. Suppliers who endured as much as 50 percent declines in business during the downturn reported a tremendous rebound in shipments. Learn more.

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Feature: Test and Measurement

Making the most of multivariable sensors
Using a single sensor to provide multiple measurements has many benefits, including huge cost savings. In this article, Ian Verhappen, with Industrial Automation Networks Inc., discusses multivariable transmitters and highlights the associated benefits. Learn more.

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Upcoming Online Spotlights:

November 2: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

November 9: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

November 16: Electronic Components

November 23: Enclosures and Workstations

November 30: Programmable Control

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

Nov. 8:
Total Machine Safety Seminar - Mississauga, Ont.

Nov. 10:
Total Machine Safety Seminar - Cambridge, Ont.

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.

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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