Hannover Messe 2012:
Philip Harting interview
CAW says GM to go ahead with closure of one of its Oshawa plants by June 2013
The Canadian Auto Workers union says General Motors is going ahead with plans to close its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont. Get the details.
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RMT Robotics appoints new director for ADAM systems group
RMT Robotics, based in Grimsby, Ont., has appointed Bill Torrens as director of the ADAM Systems Group. In this new capacity, Torrens will lead the ADAM Systems Group in the continued accelerated global growth of ADAM AMR. Read more.
Chinese company to acquire auto parts maker Wescast for $195 million
A subsidiary of Sichuan Bohong Industry Co. of China has agreed to acquire struggling Canadian auto-parts maker Wescast Industries Inc. for $195 million. Learn more about the transaction here.
UN study foresees net gain of manufacturing jobs through greener policies
Some 15 million to 60 million jobs could be created worldwide over the next two decades, including in manufacturing, if nations took better care of the planet, according to a U.N. study released Thursday ahead of an international summit on sustainable development. Read about the study here.
Two new reports differ over Mulcair's Dutch Disease claim
Just as NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was set to visit Alberta's oilsands last week, a new report backs his claim that Canada's economy suffers from a form of Dutch Disease. A second study, however, says quite the opposite. To learn more, click here.
Manufacturing executives see large gaps in skilled labour, survey says
More than half of Canadian manufacturing executives who took part in a survey see large gaps in skilled labour, according to a new PwC barometer report for the first quarter of 2012. Get the details here.
Feature: Lean manufacturing
Woodbridge Foam leverages suppliers, customers using innovation
For managers in advanced manufacturing, knowing about the latest and greatest components and materials being created by their suppliers gives manufacturers a distinct advantage over less curious competitors. To learn how Woodbridge foam did this, click here.
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Power partners: Software-based safety controller keeps operators safe in the testing of transformers
The sound of success: Voice technology improves accuracy and throughput for Sony of Canada's distribution network
This hour has 15 minutes: Streamline processes to get the other 45 back
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Feature: Communications and Networking
Circular connectors are used in many automation technology applications, such as sensor signal transmission and low power supply, or for data communication in fieldbus technology. There are many connector formats available for the signals, power and data needs of these applications. This article guides you through the options available.
Installing a thread protector onto exposed threaded pipe on oil tools is a difficult and time-consuming job. But London, Ont.-based JMP Engineering found a way around this challenge by working with an oil industry manufacturer to develop a flexible automation process that uses two robots guided by machine vision to process a wide range of parts. We take a look at the solution.
Plus: News and trends, as well as a selection of the latest software offerings, hydraulics and pneumatics products, HMI offerings, robotics equipment, sensors, motors and drives, as well as test and measurement products.