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Video highlights:
Rockwell's Automation Fair
Part 2 — IT and Automation


Canadian manufacturers want to hire next year, but can't find the right people: PwC
Half of Canadian manufacturers surveyed in a poll say they're looking to hire next year, but they expect to face trouble finding workers with the right expertise. Learn more.

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Honda recalls 304,000 vehicles globally for airbag problems responsible for injuries and deaths
Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles globally for airbags that may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, send metal and plastic pieces flying and cause injuries or deaths. Learn more.

Canadian economy sheds 18,600 workers, manufacturing continues to struggle
Canada's mostly rosy jobs picture of the last two years appears to be darkening as the economy shed workers for the second consecutive month in November and the unemployment rate moved up one notch to 7.4 percent. Get the manufacturing employment statistics.

Canadian auto industry investment down sharply, putting brakes on future output
A sharp drop in investment in Canadian carmakers this year will likely put the brakes on future output from the industry, according to a report by Scotia Economics. Get the startling details.

Economy's strong 3.5 percent growth in third quarter unlikely to be sustained
Surging exports helped revive Canada's economy in the third quarter after an unexpected spring swoon that now appears to have been solely attributable to temporary factors. Learn more.

Omron unveils "revolutionary" new technology in Toronto
Omron Industrial Automation has released a new class of controller — the Machine Automation Controller (MAC). Learn more.

Autodesk introduces cloud-based PLM offering at Autodesk University 2011
Autodesk previewed a new solution designed to transform how manufacturers manage the entire life cycle of a product at its Autodesk University 2011 conference in Las Vegas at the end of November. Learn more.


New Products: 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

January 18: Energy Management and 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

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:

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

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

April 23-27:
Hannover Messe 2012 - Hannover, Germany

May 14-16:
Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show - Montreal, Que.

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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