Video: Highlights from Solar Canada 2011 — Minister Bentley
Vehicle part manufacturer fined after worker injured by press
KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, a maker of vehicle parts, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured while working on a press. Learn more.
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Consumer confidence index drops in December: Conference Board
The Conference Board of Canada says consumer confidence has hit its lowest level in more than two and a half years. The think tank says its Index of Consumer Confidence posted a 6.5-point drop in December, bringing 2011 to a disappointing close. Learn more.
Gross domestic product unchanged in October after four monthly increases
Real gross domestic product was unchanged in October after four straight monthly increases, according to Statistics Canada. Get the details.
Green manufacturing network aimed at connecting and educating manufacturers
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association is inviting manufacturing executives to join its new Green Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members working together to drive the transition toward environmentally friendly manufacturing. Learn more.
Average weekly earnings up in October: StatsCan
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.4 percent to $885.36 in October. Learn more from the Statistics Canada report.
Features: ERP and PLM Software
ERP solution drives 15 percent more business for Lakeside Plastics
Faced with shipping errors, inventory accuracy issues and weak supply chain management, Lakeside Plastics, a mid-sized Canadian plastic injection moulder, implemented Solarsoft iVP to solve its issues and strengthen enterprise-wide control. Get the details.
Avid implements Omnify software to streamline design and manufacturing processes
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week with worldwide partners and suppliers, Avid needed to create a unified environment for its global product development teams to easily find and share product information in real-time. Learn how they did it.
SaaS ERP is coming of age — But is it right for your business?
Jonathan Gross outlines the factors you should think about if your business is considering SaaS ERP in its ERP selection project. What are the factors?
New Products: CAD/CAM, ERP Software
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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 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 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.