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Toyota to invest $80 million in Woodstock, Ont., plant
Toyota's Canadian manufacturing arm announced that it will invest $80 million to increase production at its Woodstock, Ont., assembly plant, a move it says will create some 400 new jobs. Learn more.

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ERP Software Boosts Productivity 30 Percent at Higginson Equipment
Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Higginson Equipment was founded in 1945 as a manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic NFPA-style cylinders, and as a distributor of fluid power and industrial product lines. A 20-person company, with revenues in the seven-million-dollar range, Higginson recognized the necessity of optimizing itself for the future.

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SME continues its push to 'Take back manufacturing' in Canada
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Toronto chapter was at Fabtech Canada this month educating attendees about its "Take back manufacturing" (TBM) campaign, which is aimed at getting government, educators and industry leadership to work closer together to plan the recovery of the declining manufacturing sectors in Ontario. Learn how you can get involved.

Siemens Canada launches three new product lines designed to help customers increase industrial productivity
Siemens Canada's Industry Automation division officially launched three new product lines in the area of industrial control this week in Toronto. Get the details here.

Manufacturing services can spur growth and profits for SMEs in Quebec
Small and medium-sized manufacturing firms that add services to their product offerings can enjoy higher profit margins, more stable revenues and greater competitive advantage, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada and McGill University. Learn more.

Leading indicators rise in February, pointing to modest economic upswing
Gains on the Toronto Stock Exchange in February helped push Statistics Canada's composite leading index higher last month, pointing toward a likely pickup in the economy over the coming months. What role did the manufacturing sector play in these gains?

TD Bank upgrades outlook for Canadian economic growth for 2012
TD Bank is upgrading its outlook for the Canadian economy for the first time in a year, boosted by an improved forecast for the global economy. But the bank warns that concerns at home remain amid rising debt levels and government deficits. Learn more.

Coverage from Fabtech Canada 2012
Fabtech Canada, a fabricating, welding and metal forming event, took place in Toronto from March 20-22. The event featured hundreds of products and solutions, as well as sessions aimed at presenting relevant and important information on industry standards, challenges and trends. Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio was at the event with camera and Blackberry in hand. Click here for a summary of our live tweets from the show, as well as snapshots taken from the show floor.

Feds announce investments in auto innovation
Six new projects that focus on auto innovation at Canadian universities have been approved for funding under the federal government's Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) initiative. The projects advance R&D in Canada's automotive industry by supporting new technologies that will provide lighter material alternatives for cars and significantly enhance battery efficiency for vehicles. Learn more.

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Features: Test and Measurement, and ERP Software

Thermal imaging cameras help to ensure consistent quality of Fiat cars
Cars need to be light to be efficient in their fuel use, but they also have to be strong. To achieve both of these goals, modern car panels are made of a combination of a metal layer on top and a structural adhesive layer underneath. These layers are glued together using induction. But this is a tricky process. The temperature has to be exactly right for the adhesion to work properly. To ensure that the adhesion goes smoothly, Fiat has started to use Flir thermal imaging cameras to provide automatic feedback during the process. Learn more.

Defining business requirements for ERP
By now you know that ERP should be treated as a business project, part of a larger transformation project. You probably also know that ERP success depends on your business' ability to find an ERP vendor that's capable of meeting your business' key requirements. But, you're probably wondering, "What the heck are business requirements?", "When should we define them?" and "Where should we start?". Read on for the answers to these burning questions.

MEET 2012
New Products:
Test and Measurement, and CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

April 4: Education and Training, and Robotics

April 11: Material Handling/Packaging and Power Supplies

April 18: Energy Management and Programmable Control

April 25: Interconnection Devices, and Communications and Networking

May 2: Wireless Technology and Security, and Wire and Cable

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March/April 2012 Digital Edition

All in the family: With a little creativity, a Canadian family-owned manufacturer proves it's easy being green

How to improve energy management: The right device can drive home savings

Plant simulation: A new production plant is fully optimized before construction thanks to plant simulation software

March-April Digital Edition
May 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Machine safety

  • Learn how Guelph, Ont.-based Hammond Power Solutions is decreasing workplace accidents and increasing productivity in the manufacture and testing of its transformers with the help of Omron's software-based safety controller and integrator Bellamy Electric.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • Find out how Sony of Canada reduced errors and improved throughput by implementing voice-directed picking technology.

Feature: Process improvement

  • Imaginit's Scott Hale reveals how to identify and target inefficiencies within your design process, and yield productivity gains through automation.

Column: Machine safety

  • InSight Consulting's Doug Nix examines the misconceptions and challenges that designers face when selecting the most basic elements in interlocking systems.

Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as a selection of the latest communications and networking products, power supplies, process control offerings, wireless technologies, data acquisition products, motion control offerings, and wire and cable products.

Calendar of Events:

April 3-4: The Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum 2012 - Toronto, Ont.

April 23-27:
Hannover Messe 2012 - Hannover, Germany

April 30 - May 2:
The Ontario Technological Skills Competition - Waterloo, Ont.

May 1:
The first annual MIN Manufacturing Summit - Kitchener, Ont.

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.

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