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VIDEO: Siemens Canada launches three new product lines


Conference Board discusses future of manufacturing in Canada
After declining throughout the second half of last year, the Conference Board of Canada's Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability has yet to show any real signs of improvement. Does the manufacturing industry have a future in Canada? Click here to read what the Conference Board says.

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Manufacturing sales down in February: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.3 percent to $49.1 billion in February, following a decrease in January. Which sectors contributed to the drop?

GE inks deal to supply turbines to wind developer giant
NextEra Energy Canada, the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America, has selected GE advanced wind turbine technology for six new wind farms in Ontario. Learn more.

Ontario government launches Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy
The Ontario government has launched its Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy with the goal of creating more jobs in the clean energy sector. What are the priority areas? Click here to find out.

NAIT and Edmonton host first solar energy research project of its kind in Alberta
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the city of Edmonton are collaborating on a solar energy research project that's evaluating the potential of the sun to produce green energy in Edmonton, one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Learn more.

Skills Canada signs another Premier Sponsor for 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 the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) has signed on as a Premier Sponsor of the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition. Learn more.

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Feature: Energy Management

Sustainable metalworking: Why aren't more manufacturers using minimum quantity lubrication?
Metalworking operations have an obligation to develop sustainable manufacturing solutions. However, many manufacturers are still not taking the necessary steps to implement newer proven technologies that foster sustainability. Learn how minimum quantity lubrication can help.


Upcoming Online Spotlights:

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

May 30: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software, and Interconnection Devices

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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 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:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Mississauga, Ont.

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

May 2:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Mississauga, Ont.

May 8:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Quebec City, Que.

May 10:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Montreal, Que.

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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