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VIDEO: Sony of Canada improves accuracy and throughput with voice technology


Manufacturing slows in April, as global headwinds hit Canadian economy
Production at Canada's factories fell for the third time in four months in April in yet another signal the global slowdown is starting to hit the domestic economy. Get the details.

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Wanted: Machine safety enthusiasts for roundtable
Are you an end-user of machine safety products? Have something to say about machine safety in Canada? Now's your chance to tell us what you think! For details, click here.

OECD sees signs of Dutch Disease affecting non-resource provinces in Canada
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development warns in a report that the run up in commodity prices is leading to an uneven economy in Canada. Click here to learn more.

Ontario to lower hydro rates for large industries
Large industries looking to expand or set up shop in Ontario will be able to qualify for lower electricity prices starting next year. Get the details.

High-tech manufacturing one of Canada's hottest sectors, study finds
Canadians say high-tech manufacturing is one of the most desirable sectors for employment, according to a new study from Randstad Canada. About 47.5 per cent of the survey's 7,000 respondents said high-tech manufacturing was the most desirable sector in which to work. Learn more.

Employers expect weakest hiring climate since 2010, survey says
A new survey of Canadian employers suggests businesses expect the hiring climate this summer to be the weakest in more than two years, particularly in the manufacturing sector. Learn more here.


Feature: Machine Safety

Interlocking devices: The good, the bad and the ugly
When designing safeguarding systems for machines, one of the basic building blocks is the movable guard — doors, panels, gates or other physical barriers that can be opened without using tools. Every one of these guards needs to be interlocked with the machine so that the hazards covered by the guards are effectively controlled when the guard is opened. Learn how here.


New Products: Machine Safety and Power Supplies

June 27: Material Handling, Packaging and Motors and Drives

July 11: Education & Training, CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

July 18: Energy Management and Enclosures & Workstations

July 25: Test & Measurement

August 1: Machine Safety and Programmable Control

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May 2012 Digital Edition

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

May Digital Edition
June 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Editorial advisory board meeting

  • We sit down with our editorial advisory board for our sixth annual roundtable discussion to talk about trends and challenges in the Canadian manufacturing industry. Find out what our group of experts has to say.

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.

Feature: Robotics

  • 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.

Column: Machine safety

  • Professional engineer Franco Tomei will evaluate the incentive to defeat safeguards. Find out who he says is responsible when operators defeat safeguards, and how to prevent this from happening.

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.

Calendar of Events:

June 25: SSX ONTARIO: Solar Summit & eXpo! - Toronto, Ont.

June 26:
Transform Your Value Chain in Operations - Webinar

July 3:
MTA Vietnam 2012 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

July 9:
Intersolar North America 2012 - San Francisco, Calif.

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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