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Safety in a tight economy


Manufacturing sales slipped 1.4 per cent in October: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 1.4 per cent in October to $48.8 billion, reflecting drops in aerospace products and parts, motor vehicle assembly and the primary metal industries. Read the report.

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Advanced process control market to be driven by need to improve performance: Study
After emerging from the recent global recession, the ensuing recovery in the economy and cost of energy has increased the pressures on the process industries to improve performance, according to new research from ARC Advisory Group. Read more.

SME issues call for speakers for RAPID 2013
Are you an expert in additive manufacturing? The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is looking for presenters for the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition to be held in Pittsburgh, Penn., from June 10-13, 2013. Get the details.

Canadian aerospace profits expected to drop on lower sales: Conference Board
Canadian aerospace industry profits will decline through the end of 2013 because of a slowdown in new aircraft orders, uncertainty in Europe and a six-month delay in Bombardier's CSeries aircraft, the Conference Board of Canada said. Read the report.

Hiring climate for manufacturing remains favourable: Survey
Canadian employers expect the manufacturing hiring climate to remain favourable for the first quarter of 2013, particularly in the durable goods sector, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Get the results.

New immigration program targeted at skilled trades to start next year
A new immigration program aimed at getting skilled workers into Canada faster will start on Jan. 2. Learn more.

ARC Advisory Group
Feature: Machine Vision & Sensors

10 questions to ask when buying a vision system
With so many vision systems available today, it can be a daunting task trying to figure out which one is right for your particular application. There are several factors that need to be considered to ensure a successful deployment. What are they? Click here.

New Products:
Machine Vision & Sensors and Hydraulics & Pneumatics

January 9: Education &Training and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

January 16: Machine Tools and Machine Safety

January 23: Energy Management and Hydraulics & Pneumatics

January 30: Material Handling/Packaging and Wire & Cable

February 6: Machine Safety and Enclosures & Workstations

November/December 2012 Digital Edition

Creating a safety culture: Our fourth annual roundtable participants look at how to get the whole organization focused on safety

More than a flash in the pan: Arc welding takes on a new look as a robotic system improves high-volume production

Getting to know Object Oriented Programming: Leveraging OOP with IEC 61131-3 can help program leading-edge automation systems

November/December Digital Edition
January/February 2013 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover Story: Automation Education and Training

  • The 14th Annual Automation Education and Training Guide: A directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada. Keep it as your reference guide year round.

  • Moulding the future: The cost of education and training can be off-putting, and for some, it's almost out of reach. But that doesn't have to be the case. In this issue, we look at a unique new program in Windsor that allows young workers to earn while they learn – and it attracts new skilled workers at the same time. In addition, we'll look at a few other programs that are looking outside traditional areas to help manufacturers fill the skills gap.

  • Plus: The latest education trends and news.

Feature: Top 5 in 2013

  • What are the top technologies you should have on your plant floor in 2013? We've asked a handful of industry experts to name the top five automation technologies and trends they think will make a difference in 2013. Don't miss what our experts have to say.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • Cambridge, Ontario's Eclipse Automation had a problem most manufacturers would kill to have – rapid growth. But that growth didn't come without some pain, and the company knew it was time to re-evaluate its processes and procedures. Eclipse Automation underwent a massive streamlining initiative to ensure every process was automated, standardized and as efficient as possible. The company met that goal – in an astounding four months. In this issue, we'll find out how.

Calendar of Events:

January 21: Automate 2013 - Chicago, Ill.

January 28:
DesignCon 2013 - Santa Clara, Calif.

February 11:
ARC 2013 World Industry Forum - Orlando, Fla.

February 13:
Logistics Link South - Esher, U.K.

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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