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New job creation led by high-quality manufacturing, CIBC study finds
A new look at Canada's labour market reveals the first six months of 2012 has seen a big improvement in the quality of jobs that have been created, particularly in the manufacturing sector. But experts warn the trend likely won't last. Find out why here.
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Pfizer Canada to invest in Montreal manufacturing facility
Pfizer Canada has pledged $31.7 million to its Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) Montreal manufacturing facility to upgrade technology and increase capacity to accommodate growth from new export mandates. Get the details.
Laid-off auto workers struggle to pay debt, bills, CAW study finds
A new report on the CAW's three-year study of laid-off auto workers finds that more than half of them have had to seek financial help from family and friends to pay the bills. Learn more.
Industrial production increases in Europe
Industrial production in the European Union, an important predictor of future economic growth, rose in May compared to the month before, but was still significantly lower than it was a year earlier. Read more.
Manufacturing ''immune'' to rise in economic uncertainty, report says
The Canadian manufacturing sector has proven to be relatively immune to the rise in global economic uncertainty and weaker economic growth around the globe, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. Find out more.
Manufacturing improved in June, report says
June saw a further robust improvement in Canadian manufacturing business conditions, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index. Read more here.
Feature: Energy Management
The growing sustainability trend: Aberdeen Group
At the highest level, many manufacturing executives believe in the intangible values of green and sustainability initiatives. However, few have been able to quantify this value in real dollar terms and even fewer understand the relationship between productivity and sustainability. The study from the Aberdeen Group can help manufacturers do just that. Learn more here.
Energy Management and Enclosures & Workstations
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|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
September 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup
Cover story: 2012 Software Case Study Guide
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.
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.