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Autodesk University 2012:
Design & Manufacturing
Process Automation


Prime Minister Harper announces subsidy renewal for auto industry
Ottawa is extending an auto sector fund that provides a $250-million pool of investment cash over five years for car companies and their suppliers. Get the details.

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Sabian Cymbals and Syspro ERP – Rock On!

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Canada adds 40,000 jobs in December; unemployment rate hits 4 year low: StatsCan
The Canadian economy created 40,000 jobs in December – all of it in full-time work – and drove the unemployment rate to its lowest in four years, Statistics Canada said Friday. Read the report.

Chrysler Canada says December sales up 1% over 2011
Chrysler Canada reported its 37th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth in December as the automaker closed out a strong year. Get the numbers here.

RBC says manufacturing index stagnant in December, but sees improvements ahead
Royal Bank of Canada says the Canadian manufacturing sector was stagnant in December, but there's reason for optimism ahead. Find out why.

Research firm predicts strong 2013 U.S. auto sales as economy continues to rebound
An auto industry research firm says an improving economy and a host of new models should push U.S. auto sales above 15 million this year. Read the report.

U.S. manufacturing expands modestly last month, survey finds
U.S. manufacturing grew slowly last month after shrinking in November and hiring increased. The modest gain suggests the economy entered the new year with some momentum. Learn more.

ARC Advisory Group
Feature: Education & Training

Loyalist College wins big with virtual manufacturing simulation
With a little help from some high tech, Loyalist College captured the 2013 International Learning Resources Network (LERN) Award for Programming at the LERN 40th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Get the details.

New Products: 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

February 13: Interconnection Devices and Wireless Technology & Security

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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