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Canadian corporate profits to weaken over next six months: Conference Board
The Conference Board of Canada says Canadian corporate profits are expected to weaken over the next six months, after its leading indicator of industry profitability fell 0.1 percent in July. Learn more.

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Spectris to acquire Omega Engineering
Instrumentation and controls company Spectris plc has signed an agreement to acquire the Omega Engineering business. Learn more.

Sick names new president of Canadian operations
Sick, a producer of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications, has appointed Craig S. Smith as president of Sick Ltd. in Canada. Meet the new addition.

Feds support innovation in Southern Ontario through funding
Companies in Southern Ontario, including some manufacturers, will have an opportunity to bring new products to market, expand and create new jobs thanks to a new partnership with the University of Waterloo and small and medium-sized businesses. Learn more.

KBC Tools names director of Canadian operations
KBC Tools & Machinery has appointed the company's first-ever director of Canadian operations. Who got the gig?

AIA names new director of standards development
The Automated Imaging Association has named a new director of standards development to work closely with Jeff Fryman, who has handled standards development for AIA and its sister trade group, Robotic Industries Association, for the last 15 years. Meet the new addition.

One week left: Take the Canadian Manufacturing Study survey and enter to win
There is just one week left to take the Canadian Manufacturing Study survey, an annual study conducted by Manufacturing AUTOMATION, in conjunction with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Take the survey and enter to win.

Grainger to acquire MRO product distributor
MRO product supplier Grainger has announced its intention to acquire the shares of Fabory Group, a European distributor of fasteners and related MRO products, for approximately $344 million US. Get the details.

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Features: Robotics

Machine shop increases productivity and supports Lean initiatives with robotic MIG gun
Watson Engineering is a Michigan-based machine shop that prides itself on one simple philosophy: "Customers come to Watson Engineering with problems they need help with - and we make the problems go away." As part of its ongoing Lean initiatives, Watson decided to look closely at its robotic welding cells to solve a long-standing problem: finding a durable gun that could maintain its accuracy after a collision. After converting to Tregaskiss' Tough Gun I.C.E. and air-cooled Robotic MIG Guns, the company saw a 25 percent increase in its overall productivity. Get the story.

Robotics visionaries to present at 2011 RoboBusiness Leadership Summit
The RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, now in its seventh year, has announced the lineup of keynote presenters for the 2011 event, bringing together nearly 100 years of practical robotics experience. Learn more.

MainTrain 2011

New Products: Robotics
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

August 31: Hydraulics and Pneumatics

September 7: HMI/Operator Interface

September 14: Machine Safety

September 21: Wire and Cable

September 28: Machine Vision and Sensors, and Material Handling/Packaging

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June 2011 Digital Edition

The next chapter: Our editorial advisory board discusses the manufacturing industry's recovery, the challenges that remain, and the opportunities for growth

Innovation through Automation: Connecting field staff and experts remotely across continents with mobile video collaboration

2011 benchmark study: The secret recipe for ERP success

ERP overhaul: CB Engineering saves $250,000 annually and reduces operating expenses

The power of simulation: Virtual 3D simulation tools bring increased productivity and ROI

September 2011 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

The September 2011 issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION marks our 25th anniversary! We are celebrating this milestone with a new look! When the September issue arrives on your desk, it will be in a smaller footprint, but it will still contain the great, informative content you've grown to expect over the last 25 years. The September issue will include:

Cover story: Happy Anniversary – MA celebrates 25 years!

  • A look at Manufacturing AUTOMATION over the last 25 years. Plus, industry analyst and futurist, Jim Pinto, will highlight how industrial automation has changed over the last 25 years, and what's to come.

Feature: 2011 Software Case Study Guide

  • We present a collection of case studies that look into how some Canadian manufacturers are leveraging CAD/CAM, PLM and ERP in their facilities to streamline their processes and maintain a competitive edge.

Feature: Safety

  • Who is Canada's safest manufacturer? We reveal the results of Canada's Safest Employer contest, brought to you by our sister publication, Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, with profiles of the winners.

Plus: Lean manufacturing, and a selection of the latest enclosures and workstations, power supplies, programmable control products, RFID offerings, wire and cable products, as well as the latest in wireless technology and security.

Calendar of Events:

Sept. 18-21: 26th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference - West Allis, Wis.

Sept. 21:
Festo's Automation Technology Expo and Conference - Mississauga, Ont.

Sept. 26-28:
Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011 - Las Vegas, Nev.

Sept. 27:
Festo's Automation Technology Expo and Conference - Montreal, Que.

Oct. 13-15:
PTDA 2011 Industry Summit - Washington, D.C.

Oct. 17-20:
Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2011 - Toronto, Ont.

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Manufacturing AUTOMATION website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

Got an event you want us to include on the website? Please send an e-mail to editor Mary Del Ciancio:

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