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Rittal shows off enclosure and power distribution capabilities


Polytechnique Montréal inaugurates NSERC research chair
Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and seven industry partners have joined forces to create a new chair to focus on non-polluting manufacturing technologies. Get the details.

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Ontario-based manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic NFPA-style cylinders and a distributor of fluid power and industrial product lines, reports that SYSPRO software has enabled the company to boost productivity by approximately 30 percent and enhance competitive industry positioning while maintaining the same employee head count.

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Ontario kicks off safety inspection blitz
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has kicked off a fall safety blitz in manufacturing workplaces across the province. Find out why here.

Economy continues to grow in July, fueled by strong manufacturing numbers
Canada's economy continues to defy adverse global conditions and the guarded expectations of experts, posting a 0.2 per cent advance in July that got the third quarter off to an encouraging start. Read more.

CAW says framework deals improve competitiveness of Canadian auto sector
The Canadian Auto Workers union says the new collective agreements it has negotiated with the three big U.S. automakers will protect workers by improving the competitiveness of the Canadian manufacturing operations. Find out why.

Manufacturing salaries expected to increase in 2013, study says
Salaries in Canada's manufacturing sector are projected to increase between 3.1 and 3.3 per cent for employees and 2.4 per cent for unionized workers in 2013, according to a new survey. Get the details.

Yaskawa acquires Wermac Electric
The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America Inc. has acquired the business and operations of Wermac Electric Ltd. in Calgary. Learn more.

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Feature: Communications & Networking

Industrial networking: Bridging the gap between enterprise and plant floor networks
An increasing number of manufacturing organizations are looking at industrial networking as a discipline. Many of these companies are bringing together traditional automation engineering with corporate IT to gain a cross-functional view of how industrial network performance can be improved. Read more.

New Products: Communications & 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

November 14: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Interconnection Devices

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:

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

October 24:
Medical Manufacturing Innovations Toronto 2012 - Toronto, Ont.

October 28:
Pack Expo - Chicago, Ill.

November 3:
Great Canadian Inventions Show - 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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