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Windsor manufacturer makes a "Big Decision"


Labour productivity number one factor in global competitiveness, report says
What?s the most important factor for manufacturing success? A new report says it is labour productivity. The survey looked at 11 countries and found that labour productivity ranked highest as a factor for achieving manufacturing success. Get the rest of the results here.

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North American robotics industry posts best quarter ever
North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry?s trade group. Get the details.

Siemens earnings up in latest quarter
Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG saw earnings increase by 70 per cent in the April-June period as revenue climbed 10 per cent, but the company pointed to a difficult market environment and said reaching its full-year outlook has become ?clearly more ambitious." Find out more here.

Automation industry expert looks for new challenge
Long-time business development leader Andreas Sobotta is now targeting visionary manufacturers and distributors in the automation electrical and process industries who strive to increase their market share. Learn more here.

GM Canada makes $850 million investment in R&D at Oshawa facility
GM Canada says it will invest $850 million in Canadian research and development at its complex in Oshawa, Ont., as part of its obligations under the 2009 bailout. Get all the details here.

Toyota investing $100 million in Ontario plant, will hire 400 workers
Toyota's Canadian manufacturing arm says it's investing $100 million in its Cambridge, Ont., plant ? a move that will see it hire 400 workers. Read more here.

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Feature: Machine Safety

The probability paradox: Risk assessment and machine safety
In Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), risk is a function of severity of injury and the probability of the injury occur?ring. Understanding the severity portion is usually fairly easy. Probability, on the other hand, is a challenge. Click here to read more.

New Products: Machine Safety & Programmable Control

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

August 22: Motors & Drives and Power Supplies

August 29: Robotics and Hydraulics & Pneumatics

September 5: HMI/Operator Interface, and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

September 12: Machine Safety and Test & Measurement

September 2012: Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

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: Power supplies

  • A DC power supply is a critical piece of a control system. Power supply failure can lead to a process shutting down resulting in considerable lost revenue. To prevent unplanned shutdowns users often use redundant power supplies. In this issue, find out how to use redundant power supplies correctly to increase reliability and prevent failure.

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:

August 6: 2012 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars - Traverse City, Mich.

August 7:
2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium - Orlando, Fla.

September 6:
SSX ONTARIO: Solar Summit & eXpo! - Toronto, Ont.

September 9:
27th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference - Park City, Utah

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 acting editor Alison Dunn:

2012 CDN Manufacturing Study



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