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Economy sheds 54,000 jobs in October, manufacturing behind most of the losses
Canada's jobs market suffered its biggest loss in 2.5 years last month, driving the unemployment rate up two notches to 7.3 percent as the economy shed a massive 54,000 jobs overall, most of them in manufacturing and construction. Learn more.

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Toyota recalls close to 450,000 cars in North America
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide — mostly in North America — for problems that could make it harder to steer. Learn more.

Honda to adjust production in Canada due to supply problems from Thailand floods
Honda plans to make further temporary adjustments to automobile production at its North American plants over the next several weeks as it grapples with supply issues from flood-ravaged Thailand. Learn more.

Automate and ProMat to co-locate in 2013
Automation Technologies Council and the Material Handling Industry of America have announced that the Automate Show and Conference will once again co-locate with ProMat in 2013. Both exhibitions will be held January 21-24, 2013 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Learn more.

Ontario moves forward with FIT program
Ontario is moving forward with its commitment to review its clean energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. Learn more.

Sciemetric names Gescan as distributor in Ontario
Sciemetric Instruments has announced a strategic alliance with Gescan Ontario, a division of Sonepar Canada. The agreement provides Gescan Ontario rights to distribute Sciemetric products in Ontario. Learn more.

Isah Business Software launches in Canada, appoints business partner
Isah Business Software has launched in Canada and appointed its first Canadian business partner — GWA Business Solutions Inc. Learn more.

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Feature: ERP Software

ERP for the agile business: Innovations in mobility, business intelligence and cloud computing
Modern ERP systems provide businesses with significant opportunities to become more nimble by providing the ability to close gaps at all levels of business — with their customers, with their suppliers and among their various departments. Many of the most notable — and recent — innovations in ERP are materializing in the areas of mobility, business intelligence and cloud computing. Learn more.

Cosma International improves operations with ERP system
Unsatisfied with the lack of functionality and support for its legacy business management system, Cosma International searched for an integrated ERP system that allowed for real-time shop floor reporting and inventory management. The company selected Solarsoft's flagship ERP system for manufacturing and distribution, and has never looked back. Learn about the many benefits it has realized since implementation.

New Products: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

November 16: Electronic Components

November 23: Enclosures and Workstations

November 30: Programmable Control

December 7: HMI/Operator Interface

December 14: Machine Safety and Machine Vision and Sensors

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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:

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

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

Nov. 29 - Dec. 1:
2011 Autodesk University User Conference and Exhibition - Las Vegas, Nev.

Feb. 6-9:
ARC's 16th Annual World Industry Forum - Orlando, Fla.

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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