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Manufacturing sales down in July, third drop in five months: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent to $48.3 billion in July, the third decrease in five months. Click here.
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Advanced Motion & Controls inks partnership deal with Hytrol Conveyor Company
Advanced Motion & Controls, headquartered in Barrie, Ont., has announced a new distribution and integration partnership with Arkansas-based Hytrol Conveyor Company. Get the details.
Mergers and acquisitions driving current wave of automation upgrades, CSIA says
More clients served by industrial automation are integrating automation equipment from several different vendors, according to the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). Find out more.
New contest looks for student engineers for motion control projects
Advanced Motion Controls has launched a brand-new, educationally-focused contest for students in both Canada and the U.S. The purpose is to advance motion control technology and knowledge as provided by educational institutions. Learn more.
Siemens to acquire Perfect Costing Solutions
Siemens Industry Automation Division is set to acquire German firm Perfect Costing Solutions, a developer and distributor of product cost management and estimation software for the discrete manufacturing industry. Get the details.
Look for 'respectable' hiring climate in 4th quarter, survey says
Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain ''respectable'' in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Manpower Inc. employment survey. Click here for more results.
Feature: Education & Training
Manufacturing education strategy could help solve skills gap
Manufacturers, educators, professional organizations and governments in both Canada and the U.S. need to coordinate and standardize efforts aimed at reversing the skills gap crisis and preparing a skilled workforce for the high-tech manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow. Find out how here.
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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
October 31: Test & Measurement and Wire & Cable
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Cover Story: 2012 Canadian Manufacturing Study
This 7th annual industry study, conducted in collaboration with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, will provide readers with insight into the state of the Canadian manufacturing industry. Based on the results of a survey of Canadian manufacturers, this feature will provide statistics, graphs and year-to-year analysis with a uniquely Canadian perspective.
Feature: Innovation through Automation
You've heard of social media and the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. But have you ever heard of social manufacturing? This new phenomenon could change the way we run our factories, and some pundits even predict it will empower small- and medium-size manufacturers to improve their production lines. In this issue, we give you your first look at social manufacturing and what it could mean for the future.
Feature: Machine Vision & Inspection
Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, Aluminerie de Bécancour is an aluminum smelter that produces 400,000 metric tons of aluminum annually and has been up and running since 1986. Well, up and running most of the time, that is. Once or twice a day, production was interrupted by pieces of metal falling onto the line during a crushing process. How did they solve the problem? With an integrated vision system.
Keeping up with occupational health and safety regulations and standards can be a confusing and challenging task, even more so if you work in multiple markets. And when it comes to functional safety standards, it can be even more confusing. In this issue, Doug Nix from Compliance InSight Consulting takes a look at the standards to help you make sense of it all.
Plus: A selection of the latest data acquisition, HMI & operator interface, hydraulic and pneumatic, machine vision & inspection, motion control and test & measurement devices, as well as the latest in new sensor technology.