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Video highlights:
Rockwell's Automation Fair
Part 1 — Education


Flaherty moves to eliminate $32 million in manufacturing tariffs
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is eliminating $32 million in annual tariffs on some of the goods used in Canadian manufacturing. Learn more.

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Honda plants in Canada to return to normal production after cuts due to Thailand flooding
Honda says it will ramp up production at its North American plants — including its major assembly operations in central Ontario — due to an improvement in the overall parts supply shortage caused by flooding in Thailand. Learn more.

Labour productivity up in all provinces and Nunavut in 2010: StatsCan
Labour productivity in the business sector increased in every province and in Nunavut in 2010, thanks to increased activity in manufacturing, among other industries. Get the details.

Company and supervisor fined $171,000 after worker injured
A provider of warehousing, packaging and transportation services was fined $160,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. A supervisor was fined $11,000 in relation to the same incident. Learn more.

Canadian wage gains continue to fall, workers falling behind inflation: report
Canadian workers are failing to keep up with the rising costs of living as real wages continue to fall dramatically, new data from Statistics Canada shows. Learn more.

New aerospace centre to study recycling aircraft parts opens in Quebec
A new aerospace research and training centre dedicated to finding ways to recycle materials from old aircraft is now in operation in St. Hubert, Que. Learn more.

Datalogic to acquire Accu-Sort Systems
Datalogic has entered into an agreement to acquire Accu-Sort Systems Inc., a supplier of automatic identification products in the United States. Learn more.

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New Products: Programmable Control
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

December 7: HMI/Operator Interface

December 14: Machine Safety and Machine Vision and Sensors

December 21: Hydraulics and Pneumatics

January 4: Education and Training, and CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

January 11: Machine Tools and Machine Safety

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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

November-December Digital Edition
January/February 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Automation Education and Training

  • The 13th Annual Automation Education and Training Guide: A directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada. Keep it as your reference guide year round.

  • 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 5 in 2012

  • What are the top technologies you should have on your plant floor in 2012? We've asked a handful of industry experts to name the top five automation technologies and trends they think will make a difference in 2012. Don't miss what our experts have to say.

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.

Calendar of Events:

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.

March 20-22:
FABTECH Canada - Toronto, Ont.

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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