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Manufacturing expansion weakens in October: RBC
Canada's manufacturing sector grew only modestly in October, with the rate of expansion the weakest since January, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index. Read the report.

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Six S Partners wins prestigious award
Epicor Software Corporation has awarded Canada's Six S Partners its top honour at its prestigious Epicor Americas 2012 Premium Partner Awards. Find out more.

Federal government invests in Southern Ontario R&D facility
The federal government has made an investment in Western University's new Fraunhofer Project Centre and a centre for commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology. Read more.

Connectric Systems named exclusive Canadian Motrona distributor
Concord, Ont.-based Connectric Systems Inc. has been named the exclusive Canadian distributorship for Motrona, a German manufacturer of stand-alone motion controls, interface/signal converters, indicators, counters and speed monitors. Find out more.

PLM market grew faster in 2011 than 2010, report finds
Despite a sputtering in the global economy in 2011, a new report says the market for PLM products grew faster in 2010 than 2011 to the tune of 10.5 per cent in the Americas alone. Learn more.

85% of manufacturers need project ERP but few have it, study says
Traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is not meeting all the needs of project-driven companies, says a new study from IFS, the global enterprise software company. Read the report.

Feature: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

Medical manufacturer prepares for growth with new PLM
As a small medical device manufacturer, Vessix Vascular also faced a unique challenge. As a small group, Vessix could 'get by' with their paper processes for managing engineering changes, product documentation, and Bill of Material (BOM) information but knew this process would not be effective as it grew. Find out more.

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New Products:
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

December 19: Hydraulics & Pneumatics and Machine Vision & Sensors

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 19: MainTrain - Toronto, Ont.

November 20:
Partners in Prevention 2012 Health & Safety Conference - Niagara Falls, Ont.

November 26:
23rd Annual AIPMAC Conference - Calgary, Alta.

November 27:
Autodesk University 2012 Conference and Exhibition - Las Vegas, Nev.

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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