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Feds announce new immigration program to bring skilled trades to Canada
To fill Canada's growing labour shortages in construction, natural resources and manufacturing, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans to make it easier for skilled trades workers to immigrate to Canada. Learn more about the program.

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Ford recalls 140,000 Focus cars in North America
Ford is recalling more than 140,000 Focus compact cars in North America because the passenger side windshield wiper can fail. Learn more about the recall in Canada.

Manufacturing conditions in March jump to highest level so far this year
Operating conditions in Canada's manufacturing sector strengthened in March, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index, a monthly survey that offers a comprehensive and early indicator of trends in the Canadian manufacturing sector. Get the details.

Economy has best job creation month since recession
After months of stagnant or even falling employment, Canada's economy has just had its biggest surge since before the last recession, adding 82,300 workers to the labour force in March. Learn more.

Deloitte study calls for the growth of a redefined manufacturing sector
In early February, the Quebec offices of Deloitte released a new study discussing the challenges of Quebec's manufacturers. It is a no-holds-barred look at how manufacturing is struggling in the province, and how it can reinvigorate itself with the right approach. It's also a document manufacturers from across Canada can benefit from. Get the details.

Funding boost helps Alberta businesses enhance productivity, build skilled workforce
Alberta businesses will get a $10.3-million productivity boost thanks to funding for Productivity Alberta, provided by the Government of Alberta and Western Economic Diversification Canada. Learn more.

U.S. manufacturing technology orders continue to rise in 2012
February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totalled $444.06 million US, up 35.2 percent from February 2011, according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Learn more.

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New Products:
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

May 23: Sensors, Motors and Drives

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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 1-2:
Partners in Prevention 2012 - Mississauga, 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.

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