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Cambridge manufacturer
reaches for the stars


Woodbridge manufacturer fined $50,000 for safety violation
Woodbridge Pallet Ltd., a Woodbridge-based pallet manufacturing and repair company, was fined $50,000 on Aug. 17, 2012, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

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Canadian Auto Workers union delegates vote to form super union with CEP
Canadian Auto Workers delegates have voted unanimously to merge with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, combining two of Canada's largest private-sector unions. Read the full story.

Ontario to launch new safety blitzes
Get ready to get inspected: Ontario is launching targeted safety blitzes at manufacturing facilities in October and November. Learn more.

Export manufacturers count on U.S., emerging markets for growth
Canada's export-dependent manufacturing sector continues to face challenges and is counting on emerging markets and recovery in the United States to sustain growth, according to a new study. Get the details.

Asimo's new friend? Honda robotics powers first real product for homes
Honda Motor Co. finally has its first home product packed with its prized robotics technology – a sensor-equipped lawn mower. Read more about the new technology here.

Kaman Industrial Technologies to acquire Zeller Corporation
Kaman Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Zeller Corporation by its subsidiary Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (KIT). The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Get the details.

Feature: Robotics

PLC-based robotic controls versus OEM robotic controls
As more manufacturing facilities and distribution centres discover the benefits of robotic material handling solutions, the decision of how best to control the robot must be made. How can you tell which one is right for you? Click here to learn more.

SOMMER automatic

New Products: 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

September 26: Machine Vision & Sensors

October 3: Education & Training and Communications and Networking

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:

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

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

September 10:
International Manufacturing Technology Show - Chicago, Ill.

September 10:
Industrial Automation North America - Chicago, Ill.

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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