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Manufacturing growth slows in July, report says
After registering strong growth in May and June, Canada's manufacturing sector slowed to a four-month low in July, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (RBC PMI). Read more.
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Two of Canada's largest unions look to merge
Two of Canada's largest private sector unions formally acted on a long-simmering plan last week to merge the two organizations. Read more.
Fees on skilled trades and employers help fund new Ontario College of Trades
Critics warn a new Ontario College of Trades will drive up the cost of everything from haircuts and homes to building new roads and schools. Get the details here.
Siemens PLM software to offer free software to students
Siemens PLM Software has announced it will offer a free student edition of its Plant Simulation software as part of its Tecnomatix portfolio. Find out more here.
Canada's economy disappoints in May as manufacturing declines
Canada's economy nudged forward a disappointing 0.1 per cent in May, partly due to underwhelming manufacturing numbers, falling well back of analyst expectations for a robust advance, prior to the anticipated summer slowdown. Get the numbers here.
If economy turns bad again, response should be more stimulus, say economists
The clouds gathering beyond Canada's borders are so ominous that CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld recommends Canadian governments, and particularly Ottawa, start thinking about a contingency plan – or Plan B – should the world be plunged into a second crisis. Find out why here.
Getting value from your new ERP system
The delivery of actual business value – and return on ERP investment - happens later on in an ERP system's lifecycle, during the post-implementation optimization phase. It's during post-implementation optimization where organizations should be looking to leverage ERP-driven benefits of integration, transparency and automation. Want to know how? Click here.
CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Interconnection Devices
Upcoming Online Spotlights:
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 19: Education & Training and Wire & Cable
|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.
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.
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.