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Drop in petro products drives manufacturing sales down in June
Manufacturing sales in Canada fell in June, dragged lower by falling oil prices and refinery shutdowns. Economists had been expecting a gain of 0.3 per cent. Find out what happened here.
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Have your say in the Industrial Networking study
Increasing numbers of manufacturing organizations look at industrial networking itself as a discipline. A new study is going to help quantify that – and you can take part. Learn how here.
U.S. factory output increases, helping economy look more resilient
The U.S. economy looked more resilient last week after reports showed factories produced more goods in July. Get the details.
ATS Automation posts Q1 profit as sales rise, solar division cuts loss
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. had a $9.8-million profit in its latest quarter, as the Ontario-based manufacturing equipment maker reduced losses from its troubled solar equipment arm. Read more here.
ISA Toronto to host event at Canada's Wonderland
If you're an ISA member near Toronto looking for a thrill, ISA Toronto is hosting a social day at Canada's Wonderland on Sept. 15, giving members a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the park's rides operate. Learn more.
North American auto sales highest since 2007; global sales up 6%
North America is posting double-digit increases in car sales so far this year, lifting purchases to their highest level since 2007 in a trend that reflects a global surge in buying, according to a new report from Scotiabank Economics. Read more here.
Efficient gear system helps Canadian OEM find the right conveying solution
Motion Industries' two new Canadian facilities might not have an actual bottling line, but that didn't stop the company from adopting a conveyor solution widely used in the bottling industry, where the system's low-friction components have proven to reduce operating costs. Find out how they did it here.
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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
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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.