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Manufacturing sector registers marginal improvement in January: report
The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (RBC PMI) pointed to marginal increases in both output and new orders in Canada's manufacturing sector in January—the first rise in production levels since last October. Read more.
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Fluke Corporation recalls digital clamp meters
Fluke Corporation is voluntarily recalling certain digital clamp meters that were manufactured between Sept. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2012. Find out more.
Yokogawa and McAfee partner for industrial control system security
Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee have signed a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world. Get the details.
Economy grew by better than expected 0.3 per cent in November: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says the economy grew by 0.3 per cent in November, following a 0.1 per cent rise in October, partly thanks to a boost in manufacturing activity. Find out more.
Canadian auto sales this year will be second highest on record: Scotiabank
Scotiabank predicts that Canadian auto sales will rise to 1.69 million units this year – the second-highest total on record. Read the report.
Economic indicator showing signs of growth in 2013
The Macdonald-Laurier composite leading index showed encouraging signs of growth in the Canadian economy in December. Read more.
Stand on guard: Preventing access is key to machine guarding
Sections 24 and 25 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments should be considered the primary but not the only requirements for machine guarding. Find out how to use them here.
Machine Safety and Enclosures & Workstations
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February 13: Interconnection Devices and Wireless Technology & Security
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March/April 2013 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup
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.