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Power transmission industry expands, but at slower pace
The power transmission/motion control industry expanded for the 10th consecutive time in the third quarter of 2012, but at a slower pace compared with the second quarter. Get the details.
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NAIT launches "trades to degrees" initiative
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has launched one of the first pathways in North America to allow certified tradespeople the opportunity to move directly from a trades certificate to the third year of a degree program. Learn more.
Saskatchewan posts best manufacturing gains in Canada
Saskatchewan's manufacturing shipments set a new record for the month of September, according to figures released by Statistics Canada. Read the report.
Manufacturing sales up 0.4 per cent in September: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 0.4 per cent in September to $49.8 billion, reflecting higher production in the aerospace industry and higher sales of primary metals. Learn more.
Sensors and transmitters markets make a comeback, study finds
The global markets for level sensors and transmitters will make a recovery on the back of revived projects that were shelved or postponed during the economic recession, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan. Get the details.
New Canadian website to promote careers in trades
Two national organizations, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills/Compétences Canada, have partnered to revamp the popular Careers in Trades website and ensure Canadian youth have to access up-to-date information on skilled trades careers. Click here.
Training your robot the PaR-PaR way
Teaching a robot a new trick is a challenge. You can't reward it with treats and it doesn't respond to approval or disappointment in your voice. For researchers, however, the future training of robots has been made much easier thanks to a new program called "PaR-PaR." Click here to learn more.
New Products: Electronic Components and Robotics
Upcoming Online Spotlights:
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
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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.
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.