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Machine vision sales up 3% in second quarter
Total machine vision sales in North America rose three per cent compared to the second quarter of 2011, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry's trade group. Get the report here.

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Energy demand to fuel global pressure transmitter market
Pressure transmitter shipments, after returning to pre-recession levels in 2010, saw strong growth in 2011, even besting 2010's growth by several percentage points, according to a new study from ARC Advisory Group. Get the details.

Drought and economic uncertainty squeeze outlook for food manufacturers
The Canadian food manufacturing industry is struggling through a tough 2012, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada's Food Manufacturing Industry-Summer 2012. Learn why.

Siemens Canada unveils upgraded facility in Newfoundland
Siemens Canada opened its doors to customers to mark the completion of improvements to the company's St. John's facility and showcase its capabilities. Get the details.

University of Alberta joins ASM Consortium
The University of Alberta has joined the ASM Consortium as a university member, to help the consortium build knowledge through research related to reducing and mitigating abnormal situations in process industries, particularly in the area of alarm management. Read more.

ISA members get behind-the-scenes look at Canada's Wonderland
On Sept. 15, members of ISA Toronto and their families had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Canada's Wonderland and see how their favourite attractions worked. Get the details.

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Feature: Sensors

Innovation promises expanded roles for microsensors
Researchers have learned how to improve the performance of sensors that use tiny vibrating microcantilevers to detect chemical and biological agents for applications from security to food processing. Read more.

New Products: Machine Vision and 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

November 7: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

September 2012 Digital Edition

2012 Software Case Study Guide: Sophisticated solutions put manufacturers on the road to success

Preventing the domino effect: Using diode protection properly can ensure one failure doesn’t lead to a complete shutdown

Jackpot or not?: Navigating the government funding landscape

September Digital Edition
October 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

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.

Column: Machine safety

  • 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.

Calendar of Events:

September 27: innovate > forward webinar - Online

October 2:
Wago's I/O Customer Training Seminar - Milwaukee, Wis.

October 8:
Motek International Trade Fair 2012 - Stuttgart, Germany

October 24:
Medical Manufacturing Innovations 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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