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Siemens Canada unveils new HQ at 100th Anniversary celebrations


Oil not responsible for manufacturing decline, Carney says
Canada's reliance on oil is ''unambiguously good'' for the country as a whole – not just the West – Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney said last week in a speech that called for more pipelines and dismissed fears about so-called Dutch disease. Read more.

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Canada's global competitiveness ranking slips to 14th place
Canada's economic competitiveness on the world stage is being pulled down by — among other things — government handling of the innovation file, says an annual report from the World Economic Forum. Read the report here.

Car part manufacturer fined $150,000 after worker injured
Linamar Holdings Inc., carrying on business as Transgear Manufacturing, a Guelph car part manufacturer, was fined $150,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Click here for details.

Manufacturing growth weakens further in August
Canada's manufacturing sector grew in August, although at its weakest pace in five months, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index. Read more.

Chrysler Canada sales for August up nine per cent from year ago mark
Chrysler Canada says August sales are up nine per cent from year ago, their highest mark for the month since 2000. Get the figures here.

Economy grew by 1.8 per cent in Q2, on stronger business spending
The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the second quarter, as companies increased investment in equipment and added substantially to their inventories. Get the details.

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Feature: Test & Measurement

Avoiding ''tombstoning'': Testing for process defects in electronics manufacturing
Electronics manufacturers share a common goal: to produce the highest-quality product possible. What they don't always share are the processes required to achieve that goal. Learn about a new process that could change that.

SOMMER automatic
New Products: 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

October 10: Machine Safety and Programmable Control

October 24: Energy Management and Power Supplies

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: 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 13: ISA Inside: Training Sessions at Industrial Automation - Chicago, Ill.

September 17:
BICSI 2012 Fall Conference & Exhibition - Anaheim, Calif.

September 24:
ISA Automation Week - Orlando, Fla.

September 25:
Advanced Manufacturing Expo - Mississauga, Ont.

September 25:
E-TEC Toronto 2012 - Toronto, Ont.

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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