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Skills Canada announces
2013 World Skills team


Job gains stall in October as unemployment rate remains at 7.4 per cent
Canada's surprisingly strong job creation performance in recent months slowed to a crawl in October, as the economy added a meagre 1,800 jobs and the unemployment rate remained at 7.4 per cent. Read the report.

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Semiconductor market to hit $150B by 2018, report says
The demand for semiconductors – particularly those with advanced, innovative features – is continuing to grow with the market expected to top $150 billion by 2018, according to a new study. Read more.

RIA announces milestone for Certified Robot Integrator program
Ten leading system integrators have now received the new Certified Robot Integrator designation from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. Find out more.

Canada needs a more aggressive approach to spur innovation, investment: CME
Canada must strengthen its support for research and development (R&D), commercialization, and advanced technologies to sustain the economic recovery and remain a competitive location for business investment, according to a new report by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Read the report.

Economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in August: StatsCan
The economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in August, the first decline in real gross domestic product since February, Statistics Canada reported. Get the details.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to continue operations
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's Board of Directors says it will continue operations beyond March 31, 2013, when operational funding through the federal Sector Council Program ends. Get the details.

ARC Advisory Group
Feature: Machine Tools

Aerospace firm increases machining capacity with new profilers
Can an investment in new machining equipment make a big difference to an operation? That's certainly what aerospace manufacturer Aerospace Dynamics International, Inc. (ADI) is doing. Learn how.

New Products: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

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

November 21: Electronic Components and Robotics

November 28: Enclosures & Workstations and Programmable Control

December 5: HMI/Operator Interface and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

December 12: Machine Safety & Motors and Drives

October 2012 Digital Edition

2012 Canadian Manufacturing Study: The seventh annual industry survey finds manufacturers building toward a bright future

Crowd noise: Social media creates a new age of manufacturing

Look out below! Faced with falling debris, a machine vision system helps eliminate equipment damage

October Digital Edition
November 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover Story: Machine Safety Roundtable

  • We gather a handful of experts for our fourth annual machine safety roundtable to discuss the trends and challenges associated with machine safety — everything from standards and implementation issues to the importance of safety in a tight economy. The coverage will provide insight to machine builders, integrators and manufacturers looking to stay safe while maintaining productivity.

Feature: Communications & Networking

  • Object Oriented Programming (OOP), with its clear modular structure, is an exciting programming methodology emerging in the area of automation and controls. Many programmers, particularly those who are versed in the IEC 61131-3 standard, stand to gain numerous advantages by becoming more familiar with OOP. This article will help you do just that, as you get to know OOP.

Feature: Innovation through Automation – Robotics

  • Innovation is the norm at Harley, Ont.-based Titan Trailers. It's not just about innovation in the design of its lightweight and strong extruded-aluminum double-walled trailer panels that help optimize load capacity and fuel efficiency. The company also stresses innovation in manufacturing techniques – including a new arc-welding cell that has reduced the average cycle time to just 90 minutes.

Column: Machine safety

  • ISO standards for safety are complicated and changing – and this fall, committees are continuing work on standards such as ISO TC199. In this issue, Doug Nix from Compliance InSight Consulting gives us an inside look at the new standard and what it means for manufacturers.

Plus: A selection of the latest CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM software, communications and networking products, machine safety, motors and drives, material handling products, process control offerings, and robot technologies.

Calendar of Events:

November 8: Green Business Strategy Summit - Toronto, Ont.

November 12:
Introduction to Industrial Automation Security - Toronto, Ont.

November 14:
ATX Montreal 2012 - Montreal, Que.

November 19:
MainTrain - 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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