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Mike Harris exits role as chairman of auto parts maker Magna International
Former Ontario premier Mike Harris is exiting his role as chairman of auto parts maker Magna International Inc. Learn more.

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Real gross domestic product up in January: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says that real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 percent in January, driven by strength in manufacturing. Get the details.

Schneider Electric Canada names new president
Schneider Electric Canada has announced the appointment of Daniel Peloquin as president. Meet Peloquin and find out who else is on the move at Schneider Electric Canada.

Quebec manufacturers cite workforce productivity as major concern in 2012: SME
The most pressing challenge facing Quebec manufacturers in 2012 is the need to do more with less, reports a recent survey conducted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Get the details.

Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. fined after worker injured
Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. Ltd., a Simcoe, Ont.-based mechanical and electrical service provider, was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

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Features: Education and Training, and Robotics

Ontario students prepare to compete in Olympics-style skills competition
The world of skilled trades and technologies is wide-ranging and diverse, and nowhere is this more apparent than at the annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, an exciting display of 63 careers demonstrated simultaneously under one roof on May 1. Learn more.

Skills Canada signs TransCanada Corporation as Premier Sponsor of the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition
Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, has announced that TransCanada Corporation has signed on as Premier Sponsor of the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition, to be held in Edmonton, Alta., in May. Learn more.

Is conventional palletizing dead?: Conventional vs. robotic palletizing
Conventional automatic palletizers have been available since the 1950s. In the 1990s, gantry and then jointed-arm robots made significant inroads in palletizing, leading many to conclude that the conventional palletizer's days were numbered. This white paper looks at the specific applications that favour each technology to determine if the future of palletizing is exclusively robotic. Learn more.

MEET 2012
New Products: 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

May 9: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

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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 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 13-16:
Skills Canada National Competition - Edmonton, Alta.

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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