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Hannover Messe 2012: EPLAN Engineering Center One documentation standardization


SME launches Canadian advanced manufacturing event
The Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AmExpo), Canada's exclusive manufacturing event dedicated to the advanced manufacturing sector, is joining forces with AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expo to provide a new event for Canadian manufacturers. Learn more.

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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.

Government dismissed OECD recommendations on SR&ED, CME says
The government should have listened to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2012 Economic Survey for Canada, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Find out why here.

Toyota plants in Cambridge, Woodstock win top honours
Two Toyota plants in Cambridge, Ont. and Woodstock, Ont. are among the best in the world, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) released on Wednesday. Find out more here.

Phoenix Contact opens new Canadian headquarters
Phoenix Contact officially opened its new state-of-the-art Canadian Headquarters in Milton, Ont., on June 18, the culmination of more than five years of planning. The new facility is equipped to offer training and proof of concept testing, as well as an extensive showroom and exhibition area. Get the details.

ODG celebrates 50th anniversary
Ontario Drive & Gear Limited (ODG) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at its manufacturing facility in New Hamburg, Ont. ODG first opened in the Waterloo region in 1962, and today, it manufacturers gears and transmissions, amphibious extreme terrain vehicles and rovers for future lunar exploration. Learn more.

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Feature: Material Handling

Using vacuum technology to improve material handling
The requirements of the automotive and sheet metal industries are increasing in complexity, and a large part of this is due to the fact that increases in efficiency and reductions in costs are of critical importance to the competitiveness of a company. But new vacuum suction pad technology can help manufacturers reduce costs and improve productivity when handling sheet metal. Learn how here.

New Products:
Material Handling/Packaging and Motors & 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

August 8: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Interconnection Devices

June 2012 Digital Edition

Issues and opportunities: Our editorial advisory board is optimistic about manufacturing's future in Canada, but there is still work to be done

A new vision: Vision-guided robots automate oil tool assembly

Specifying circular connectors: Six factors to consider for industrial automation and communications applications

June Digital Edition
September 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: 2012 Software Case Study Guide

  • We present a collection of case studies that look into how some Canadian manufacturers are leveraging CAD/CAM, PLM and ERP in their facilities to streamline their processes and maintain a competitive edge.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • The Canadian government spends $7 billion annually on direct (grants, repayable loans) and indirect (tax credits) support for research and development. Manufacturers can use these funds to buy new equipment and automate their manufacturing processes – if only they knew how. This article will examine how to navigate the government funding landscape to help bring automation to life on the shop floor.

Feature: Lean manufacturing

  • Lean manufacturing is never easy to implement, but when it's done right, the benefits can be enormous. In this issue, learn how one Canadian company operates on a just-in-time basis thanks to a cutting-edge, fully flexible plant that runs 24 x 7.

Column: Machine safety

  • Lockout is always the preferred method to controlling hazardous energy, but it is not always practicable. In this month's column, professional engineer Franco Tomei will detail how to assess whether lockout is the appropriate measure, and what to do when it's not.

Plus: Plus: A selection of the latest enclosures and workstations, power supplies, programmable control products, RFID offerings, wire and cable products, as well as the latest in wireless technology and security.

Calendar of Events:

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

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

July 9:
Combined Cycle Power Plant Fundamentals - Toronto, Ont.

July 16:
Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) - New Orleans, La.

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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