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New licensing requirements will increase industrial safety: PEO
The Ontario government has approved a change to the Professional Engineers Act that will remove the ''industrial exception,'' a move that the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) says will improve workplace safety. Read the report.
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Mid-market companies can't afford to stand still in 2013: Ernst & Young
Canadian companies operating in the private mid-market, including small- to medium-size manufacturers will face a number of common obstacles on their road to growth and profitability in the year ahead. Get the report.
China manufacturing activity hits 2 year high in latest sign of economic recovery
China's manufacturing crept higher in January to the fastest pace in two years, a survey showed Thursday, in another sign the world's second-biggest economy is coming out of a downturn. Find out more.
Toyota Lexus plant in Cambridge, Ont., gets $34 million from Ottawa and Ontario
Toyota's Canadian manufacturing arm will receive nearly $34 million in seed money from Ottawa and Ontario as it builds a new assembly line at its plant in Cambridge, Ont. Get the details.
Next-generation leaders say organizations need to encourage innovation, report says
More than two-thirds of the world's future business leaders say innovation is essential for business growth – but only a quarter of them say businesses are actually encouraging practices that foster innovation. Read the report.
Increased demand for industrial automation to boost European electric drives market: Report
The demand for industrial automation, rising energy costs and improved understanding of the advantages of electric drives will encourage their uptake across Eastern Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States through to 2016. Learn more.
Feature: Material Handling
13 ways to improve material handling in 2013
Faced with an uncertain economy in 2013, organizations are taking a minute to review their current material handling strategies and operations, asking themselves "how do we do more with less?" Here are 13 tips to help get the most out of your material handling operations in 2013. Get them here.
Material Handling/Packaging and Wire & Cable
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February 6: Machine Safety and Enclosures & Workstations
February 13: Interconnection Devices and Wireless Technology & Security
February 20: Education & Training and Power Supplies/Process Control
February 27: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Motion Control
March 6: HMI/Operator Interface and Programmable Control
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Cover Story: Green Manufacturing / Energy Management
3M Canada's Brockville, Ontairo, tape manufacturing facility is the first of its kind – the first in Canada to use the ISO 50001 international standard. The state-of-the-art facility is also only the second in the world to meet the ISO standard, a voluntary international standard promoting energy management. Not only has the plant reduced its energy use by a staggering 15 per cent since 2007, it can also now prove it promotes energy efficiency throughout its entire operation. How did the team do it? We find out in this issue.
Feature: Automation Software
Feature: Lean Manufacturing
So you want to go Lean? Most companies embark on Lean initiatives simply by looking at how to streamline their processes. But they may be forgetting one very important factor: people. In this issue, a Lean expert gives his advice on embarking on implementing a Lean system that capitalizes on the knowledge and skills of employees.
New technology exists where safety functions can be removed from the main safety controller (PLC) and integrated into a de-centralized I/O platform, creating a more cost-effective and easy-to-retrofit-solution for manufacturers. But how do these systems really work? A machine safety specialist shows you how.
Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as electronic components, HMIs, machine vision and inspection technologies, sensor products, enclosures and workstations, programmable control products and RFID technologies.