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Shortage of minerals and metals a concern for manufacturers: PwC
A new study finds that global manufacturers are sounding a cautious note over the scarcity of minerals and metals they need to build everything from cell phones and jet planes to cars and trucks. Learn more.

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Canadian exports expected to grow in 2012: EDC
Canadian exports will continue to grow this year in the face of a global slowdown, and it's the U.S. consumer that's likely to come to the rescue, the federal government's export agency said. Get the details.

Corporations face increased challenges to profitability, says Conference Board
The Conference Board says the increasingly hostile economic climate is impacting Canadian firms' profitability. Get the results from the think tank's latest profitability index.

Western cities to top Canadian growth: Conference Board
Cities in Western Canada will lead the country in growth and prosperity over the next couple of years, according to an outlook released by the Conference Board of Canada. Learn more.

Magna International raises sales outlook
Magna International Inc. is raising sales predictions by as much as eight percent in 2012, as the auto parts maker looks to new markets for growth. Learn more.

Packaging manufacturer fined $55,000 after worker injured
Sealed Air (Canada) CO/CIE, a Nova Scotia manufacturer of packaging products, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

Fluke acquires Martel Electronics
Fluke Corporation, a provider of portable electronic test and measurement technology, has acquired Martel Electronics Corporation, a Derry, N.H.-based manufacturer of electronic test tools and OEM products. Learn more.

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Energy Management and Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Six ways to boost energy efficiency in industrial machines with pneumatics optimization
When generating and using compressed air, there are many places in the system where energy can be lost; however, targeted measures within a comprehensive energy saving concept can prevent these losses and significantly reduce energy consumption at the machine level. Read about six tactics to avoid dead volumes and optimize the use of compressed air.

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New Products:
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

February 29: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM 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

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.

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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