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Video: The launch of Omron's Machine Automation Controller


Manufacturing sales down in October after three straight increases
Manufacturing sales fell 0.8 percent in October to $48.7 billion after three straight monthly increases. Learn more about the StatsCan report.

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Machine vision market sales in North America up 15 percent
Machine vision sales in North America rose 15 percent through the third quarter of 2011, according to new statistics from the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the industry's trade group. Learn more.

Kuka Robotics Canada opens new facility
Kuka Robotics Canada, a subsidiary of Kuka Roboter GmbH, a supplier of industrial robots, has opened a new facility in Mississauga, Ont. Learn more.

Waterloo Engineering spin-off recognized for smart materials technology
Less than a year after spinning off from the University of Waterloo's faculty of engineering, Innovative Processing Technologies has been recognized by the Ontario government for its breakthrough Multiple Memory Material (MMM) technology, known for making smart materials smarter. Learn more.

Lenze Americas announces new addition to its team
Lenze Americas, a manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has appointed Tom Jensen as program manager, OEM business development, Lenze Americas. Learn more about the new addition.

SafeFlo Technologies launched to provide high efficiency, pneumatic-controlled storage systems
Three seasoned industry executives with a combined 100 years of experience have formed a new firm that designs, builds and retrofits material handling and storage systems. Get the details.

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New Products: Machine Safety, Machine Vision and Sensors

December 21: Hydraulics and Pneumatics

January 4: Education and Training, and CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

January 11: Machine Tools and Machine Safety

January 18: Energy Management and Hydraulics and Pneumatics

January 25: Material Handling/Packaging and Wire and Cable

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November/December 2011 Digital Edition

Making machines safe: Our third annual machine safety roundtable participants discuss the keys to safeguarding success

Innovation through Automation: Instead of bending to pressure to move overseas, one manufacturer finds a way to boost productivity and improve safety, while still keeping jobs in Canada

The gift of sight: A four-step approach to setting up a machine vision system for robot-based manufacturing

November-December Digital Edition
January/February 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Automation Education and Training

  • The 13th Annual Automation Education and Training Guide: A directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada. Keep it as your reference guide year round.

  • Share your skills: We have been hearing about the looming skilled trades shortage for years, but what are you doing about it? This article will highlight some of the options available to individuals and companies interested in helping to shape the next generation of skilled workers — from volunteering as a mentor to sponsoring a team of elementary or high school students — and provide information on how to get involved.

Feature: Top 5 in 2012

  • What are the top technologies you should have on your plant floor in 2012? We've asked a handful of industry experts to name the top five automation technologies and trends they think will make a difference in 2012. Don't miss what our experts have to say.

Feature: Top tips for retooling equipment in manufacturing

  • Most manufacturing equipment was purchased for the lifetime of one particular product. As this product is phased out, the equipment becomes obsolete. What if you could use this existing equipment to manufacture a new product? This could translate into huge savings and allow Canadian manufacturers to guard their investment and be more competitive. In this article, Konnexio's Konrad Konnerth will highlight how manufacturers can gain competitive advantage by reusing existing equipment — and how to do this with minimum disturbance to your existing production. He will also cover determining the feasibility of the machine upgrade/retool, and what to look for when purchasing new equipment to ensure that it can be upgraded easily.

Plus: The latest power supplies, test and measurement equipment, interconnection devices, wire and cable products, machine tools and motion control offerings.

Calendar of Events:

Feb. 6-9: ARC's 16th Annual World Industry Forum - Orlando, Fla.

March 20-22:
FABTECH Canada - Toronto, Ont.

April 23-27:
Hannover Messe 2012 - Hannover, Germany

May 14-16:
Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show - Montreal, Que.

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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