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The sun rises in the west when it comes to salary increases


Contest aims to raise safety awareness amongst youth
The federal, provincial and territorial governments have launched a national video contest to help raise awareness of the need for workplace safety for today's youth. Learn more.

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Manufacturing sales off in December, biggest drop since 2009: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 3.1 per cent in December to $48 billion, the largest decline since May 2009 and worse than expected. Read the report.

Swedish court rules for criminal conviction in SKF counterfeit court case
A Swedish court has sentenced one person to a one-year jail term and a five-year ban from trade, as well as awarded damages to SKF, after finding the man guilty of violation of Swedish trademark law in relation to the SKF trademark. Get the details.

Optimism for Canadian manufacturing outpacing other sectors: Study
New research indicates a positive outlook for the Canadian manufacturing sector in 2013—including business leaders' expectations of increased revenue growth, profits, orders, as well as plans to invest for growth. Find out more.

Automate 2013 boasts record number of attendees
Automate 2013, North America's leading automation event, was attended by a record 10,975 attendees from 56 countries. The event took place Jan. 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Read more.

Siemens Canada opens new manufacturing facility for Trench Limited
Siemens Canada has officially opened its newest manufacturing facility in Pickering, Ont., for instrument transformer production by Trench Limited, a Siemens company. Get the details.

Feature: Education and Training

Are manufacturing salaries in decline?
Pipe fitters and plumbers in the oil and gas industry in Western Canada can expect higher salaries this year than workers in manufacturing, says a new study. Get the details.

New Products: Power Supplies and 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 27: Test & Measurement and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

January/February 2013 Digital Edition

Moulding the future: Earn-while-you-learn program gives new meaning to ''home grown talent''

Automation Education and Training Guide: Our 14th annual listing of automation education and training options in Canada

Astronomical growth: After rocketing to success, a four-month streamlining initiative helped keep Eclipse Automation on course

Top 5 in 2012: The top technologies that will impact the plant floor in the coming year

January/February Digital Edition
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

  • Want to streamline operations? There's an app for that. Boost productivity? There's an app for that too. Being able to download an app onto a mobile device is the next step in the evolution of automation software, and it could change the way we run our plants.

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.

Column: Machine Safety

  • 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.

Calendar of Events:

February 25: CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Newport Beach, Calif.

February 25:
ISA Tech Tour - Baton Rouge, La.

March 21:
OPC-The Windows to the World are Open - Toronto, Ont.

April 8:
Hannover Fair - Hannover, Germany

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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