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Video: Autodesk enters
the PLM market


General Motors to invest $68 million in Oshawa plant
General Motors will invest $68 million at its plant in Oshawa, Ont., to build the new version of its Chevy Impala sedan — a move that will save 350 jobs as the automaker streamlines its Canadian operations. Learn more.

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Nominations for Canada's Safest Employers Award now open
The hugely successful inaugural year of the first-ever Canada's Safest Employers Award has led its organizers to launch a bigger and better competition for 2012. The search for Canada's Safest Employers has expanded to all major industries across Canada, including manufacturing. Learn more.

Conference Board expects aerospace production to face slow rebound in 2012
The Conference Board of Canada expects aerospace production will slowly rebound next year amid fierce global competition after the sector suffered its third year of decline in 2011. Learn more.

Magna opening Arizona plant to supply metal structures for solar industry
A subsidiary of global auto parts maker Magna International Inc. is opening a plant in Arizona to produce metal structures and components for the solar power market. Learn more.

Global automation markets on track to return to pre-recession levels this year: ARC
Based on the growth in incoming orders for new project business seen throughout the year, ARC expects a rebound to healthy growth for automation shipments to many of the "hot" developing countries for 2011. Learn more about the forecast and remaining challenges.

Fieldbus solutions market driven by emerging markets: ARC
The worldwide market for fieldbus solutions in the process industries is expected to grow at an above average compounded annual growth rate for the next five years, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. Learn more.

Harting Canada opens first office with ceremonial ribbon-cutting
Harting has officially opened its first-ever Canadian sales office in Montreal with the intention of building a much closer relationship with the marketplace from coast to coast. Learn more.

New Products: 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

January 25: Material Handling/Packaging and Wire and Cable

February 1: Machine Safety, Enclosures and Workstations

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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 will 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 3-4:
The Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum 2012 - 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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