Caterpillar closes Electro-Motive plant in London, Ont.
American-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is closing its locomotive plant in London, Ont., after failing to win a labour agreement with the factory's 450 workers. Learn more.
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Robot sales soar in 2011, reaching record-breaking numbers
North American robotics companies sold more robots in 2011 than ever before, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association. Get the numbers here.
Recovery stalls as GDP records second weak month: StatsCan
The Canadian economic recovery is showing signs of stalling, with real gross domestic product surprisingly falling back by 0.1 percent in November after no gain the previous month, according to a report from Statistics Canada. How did manufacturing do?
Job creation stays flat as unemployment rate edges up in January
Canada's economy squeezed out a paltry gain of 2,300 jobs last month as the country's unemployment rate increased due to more people looking for work. Learn more.
Small, mid-sized businesses optimistic, but reserved: CFIB
Canadian small and mid-sized businesses continue to feel optimistic, but at a reserved pace, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. How optimistic are manufacturers?
Veyance Technologies closing Owen Sound plant; nearly 40 people to lose jobs
Veyance Technologies Canada has decided to close its Owen Sound operation, throwing almost 40 people out of work. Learn more.
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|January/February 2012 Digital Edition
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Automation Education and Training Guide: Our 13th annual directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada
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March/April 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup
Cover story: Green manufacturing
Calstone is a Canadian, family-owned business that creates and manufactures metal furniture products. The Scarborough, Ont.-based company prides itself on being green. We go inside Calstone's plant to learn about their many environmental initiatives, including their remanufacturing program, and talk to the company president about his goal of building a company that is both sustainable and successful.
Feature: Energy management
Feature: Plant simulation
To improve its position in the global energy market, Siemens Energy Power Transmission decided to increase its manufacturing capacity by building an entirely new conduit manufacturing plant. We take a look at how plant simulation allowed the company to lower costs and eliminate bottlenecks — all before the plant was constructed.
Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as electronic components, HMIs, machine vision and inspection technologies, sensor products, enclosures and workstations, programmable control products and RFID technologies.