Part 1: Video highlights from our third annual machine safety roundtable
Manufacturer fined for non-compliance
Waldemar Kozuchowski, sole proprietor of Infinity Marble of Canada, a synthetic marble and granite manufacturing company, was fined $17,000 for failing to comply with inspectors' orders. Learn more.
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Solar plant closes in southwestern Ontario
A Lasalle, Ont. solar plant is closing just months after it moved into a renovated plastics factory. Learn more.
Robots to create more than a million jobs by 2016: global report
Robotics will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years, according to a study conducted by market research firm Metra Martech. Learn more.
Siemens Canada acquires Prairie West Technical Services
Siemens Canada has purchased Regina, Sask.-based electrical maintenance firm Prairie West Technical Services. The acquisition helps to support Siemens' existing mining and oil and gas customers in Saskatchewan, and advances the company's technical capabilities in the region. Learn more.
Valiant and ABB team up to support heavy industries
ABB and Valiant Corporation, a Windsor, Ont.-based manufacturer of automated production systems and tooling for the automotive, aerospace, mining, composites, construction and forestry industries, have announced a strategic systems integrator agreement between Valiant and ABB Robotics-North America. Learn more.
HMI software and services market driven by new mobile devices and server deployment
As the global economy stabilized in 2010, the worldwide HMI software and services industry experienced strong order recovery and growth. Higher HMI software and services revenues were driven by growing industrial demand for energy efficiency and sustainability. Modernization requirements to improve manufacturing productivity and safety, as well as investments for new and upgraded power and infrastructure projects, also drove growth, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. Learn more.
New Products: Electronic Components
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November 23: Enclosures and Workstations
November 30: Programmable Control
December 7: HMI/Operator Interface
December 14: Machine Safety and Machine Vision and Sensors
December 21: Hydraulics and Pneumatics
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|November/December 2011 Digital Edition
Making machines safe: Our third annual machine safety roundtable participants discuss the keys to safeguarding success
Innovation through Automation: Instead of bending to pressure to move overseas, one manufacturer finds a way to boost productivity and improve safety, while still keeping jobs in Canada
The gift of sight: A four-step approach to setting up a machine vision system for robot-based manufacturing
January/February 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup
Cover story: Automation Education and Training
Share your skills: We have been hearing about the looming skilled trades shortage for years, but what are you doing about it? This article with highlight some of the options available to individuals and companies interested in helping to shape the next generation of skilled workers — from volunteering as a mentor to sponsoring a team of elementary or high school students — and provide information on how to get involved.
Feature: Top tips for retooling equipment in manufacturing
Most manufacturing equipment was purchased for the lifetime of one particular product. As this product is phased out, the equipment becomes obsolete. What if you could use this existing equipment to manufacture a new product? This could translate into huge savings and allow Canadian manufacturers to guard their investment and be more competitive. In this article, Konnexio's Konrad Konnerth will highlight how manufacturers can gain competitive advantage by reusing existing equipment — and how to do this with minimum disturbance to your existing production. He will also cover determining the feasibility of the machine upgrade/retool, and what to look for when purchasing new equipment to ensure that it can be upgraded easily.
Plus: The latest power supplies, test and measurement equipment, interconnection devices, wire and cable products, machine tools and motion control offerings.