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New government funding to help Ontario manufacturers with productivity improvements
An $18.9-million investment will help manufacturers in southern Ontario strengthen their overall competitiveness and access new business opportunities around the world, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Learn how much funding manufacturers are eligible to receive.

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Economy adds 17,500 jobs; unemployment also on the rise
Job creation in Canada resumed again last month after two straight setbacks, but details in the latest labour report from Statistics Canada pointed to an economy struggling to achieve lift. Find out what role the manufacturing industry played in this growth.

Canadian heads of Detroit big three foresee little sales growth in 2012
Automakers are bracing for another tepid year as consumer confidence in the world economy remains shaky, the Canadian heads of the Detroit big three automakers said. Learn more.

Alberta's 2011 health and safety penalties double from previous year
Alberta courts sent a strong message in 2011 that workplace health and safety must not be compromised, by doubling the penalty total collected in 2010. Learn more.

Ontario Premier "very concerned" about labour lockout at London locomotive plant
Premier Dalton McGuinty is offering his help to resolve a labour dispute at a locomotive plant in London, Ont. Learn more.

Iconics names industry business development manager for manufacturing industries
Iconics, a provider of Web-enabled, industrial visualization software for Microsoft Windows operating systems, has named Tim Donaldson as industry business development manager for manufacturing industries. Learn more about the industry veteran.

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Features: Machine Tools and Machine Safety

New CNC and AC servos revitalize old vertical turning centre
Revitalizing an old VTC with new CNC and AC servos ends a machine shop's downtime caused by chronic power lapses. Get the details.

Pre-Start Health & Safety Review: When is a PSR required?
Section 7 of the regulations, titled Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR), in its current form, has been around for more than a decade, yet it still causes confusion. In this article, professional engineer Franco Tomei outlines the circumstances under which a PSR is required. Learn more.

New Products: 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

February 8: Interconnection Devices, and Wireless Technology and Security

February 22: Power Supplies and Process Control

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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:

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

February 13-16:
MainTrain Toronto 2012 - Toronto, Ont.

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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