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Canadian economy adds 52,100 jobs in September
Canada's domestic economy turned in one of the strongest job creation months of the year in September, adding an eye-popping 52,100 new jobs that was five times more than economists expected. Get the details.
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Global auto sales remain strong, Scotiabank report says
Global vehicle sales enjoyed a good ride this summer, up eight per cent year over year in July and August, led by a double-digit boost in South America, according to a new report from Scotiabank. Find out more.
Canadian manufacturers have difficulty finding the right talent, survey says
The country's growing shortage of highly skilled labour is critical, with shortages being felt in the manufacturing, automation and energy and utility industries, according to a new survey by Randstad. Learn more.
Poor innovation ranking dims the lights on Canada's competitiveness and prosperity
Canada's sliding global competitiveness ranking is due to its weak innovation performance, according to a Conference Board of Canada analysis of World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index 2012-13. Get the details.
AUTOMATICA 2014 already breaking attendance records
It may be more than a year and a half away, but AUTOMATICA 2014 has already broken a registration record. Read more.
U.S. manufacturers bringing work home from overseas, study finds
Increasingly, U.S. firms are moving or considering moving their manufacturing operations back to domestic soil from overseas, according to a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University supply chain expert. Find out why.
Reading the signs: Appropriate signage can boost machine safety
Appropriate signage and labeling by an employer or manufacturer can help reduce the likelihood of machine guards being removed or circumvented. Providing such visible reminders for employees can be a life-saving addition to any safety program. Click here to read more.
New Products: Machine Safety and Programmable Control
Upcoming Online Spotlights:
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
November 21: Electronic Components and Robotics
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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.