Understanding information security
21,900 Canadian jobs lost in January but unemployment rate falls to 7.0 per cent
Statistics Canada says Canada's economy lost 21,900 jobs last month – many of them in manufacturing – but the official unemployment rate fell slightly as many people stopped looking for work. Read the report.
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German industrial production rises 0.3 per cent in December as economy ends year on soft note
Industrial production in Germany rose 0.3 per cent in December, not enough to significantly help Europe's largest economy as it ended the year on a soft note. Find out more.
Canada facing critical shortage of engineers
Canada is facing a short supply of engineers with more than 10 years of specialized experience, according to a new study released by Engineers Canada. Read more.
North American robotics market sets new records in 2012
The North American robotics market has recorded its strongest year ever in 2012, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. Get the details.
Enterprises focused on internal clouds: Study
Almost half of enterprises are planning internal cloud projects in 2013, according to a new cloud computing study from TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research. Find out more.
Chrysler posts 38th consecutive month of auto sales growth in January
Chrysler has begun 2013 as the No. 1 seller of vehicles in Canada as its sales continued to improve in January despite what auto industry analyst Desrosiers says was a 2.2 per cent decline industry wide last month. Learn more.
Feature: Wireless Technology & Security
Threats step out of the shadows
Today's businesses, including manufacturers, are facing increased security risks as threats are becoming magnified by the world's next generation of workers' online behaviour. Click here to find out more.
Interconnection Devices and Wireless Technology & Security
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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
March 13: Communications & Networking and Motors & Drives
March 20: Machine Safety and Machine Vision & Sensors
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.