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Schneider Electric Canada
shows off new green facility


Honda cuts North American auto output in half due to parts shortage
Honda's assembly plants in Canada will be part of a dramatic international slowdown by the Japanese automaker. The company says it will cut output at its six North American factories by 50 percent, starting Wednesday, November 2. Learn more.

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Strong August, stronger July ends recession speculation in Canada
A surging energy sector gave a healthy 0.3 percent boost to the economy in August, suggesting Canada rebounded much more strongly than believed during the summer, following a surprising dip in the spring. Learn more.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers vows to take back manufacturing
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Toronto chapter has launched an aggressive campaign and is working with "like-minded organizations" to bring manufacturing back to Ontario and Canada. Learn more.

Latest safety blitz targets racking and storage hazards
Ministry of Labour inspectors will focus on hazards involving racking and storage systems at industrial workplaces in November as part of its latest safety blitz. Learn more about what inspectors are looking for.

Ontario's gross domestic product falls 0.3 percent in Q2 after seven straight gains
Ontario's gross domestic product fell 0.3 percent in the second quarter, and officials are blaming a weakened U.S. economy and an auto parts shortage caused by the tsunami in Japan. Learn more.

Canadian students eligible for SME Education Foundation scholarship
To honour the memory of Earl E. Walker, CEO, Carr Lane Manufacturing, and Chair Emeritus, SME Education Foundation, the board of directors of the SME Education Foundation has voted to move $835,000 into the Myrtle and Earl Walker Endowed Scholarship fund. The fund will pay out $100,000 a year in scholarships. Find out who is eligible and how to apply.

Siemens Canada offers first PROFIBUS certified training at its Peterborough Learning Centre
Siemens Canada has announced that a new PROFIBUS PA Certified Engineer training course will be offered in Peterborough, Ont. Engineers who complete this training are awarded certified engineer status by Profibus & Profinet International. Learn more.

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Feature: Machine Safety

A chat with Ministry of Labour engineer Don Caskie
I recently had a chance to chat with Ministry of Labour (MOL) engineer, Don Caskie, about machine safeguarding. Caskie has been with the ministry for 25 years. He assists inspectors on field visits, inspections and investigations. He talked about the challenges he faces as an MOL engineer, and the most common machine safety error he sees. Learn more.

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New Products: Machine Safety and Machine Tools
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

November 9: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

November 16: Electronic Components

November 23: Enclosures and Workstations

November 30: Programmable Control

December 7: HMI/Operator Interface

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October 2011 Digital Edition

2011 Canadian Manufacturing Study: The sixth annual industry study, conducted in collaboration with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, reveals that manufacturers are headed in the right direction.

Choosing the right HMI: Three considerations to help optimize efficiency and productivity

No strings attached: Wireless solutions for automotive factory floors

November/December 2011 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Machine Safety Roundtable

  • We gather a handful of experts for our third annual machine safety roundtable to discuss the trends and challenges associated with machine safety — everything from standards and implementation issues to the legal ramifications of non-compliance. The coverage will provide insight to machine builders, integrators and manufacturers looking to stay safe while maintaining productivity.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • OS&B, an Oakville, Ont.-based manufacturer and distributor of plumbing products, is a small Canadian manufacturer who had a choice — automate and continue to make things in Canada, or move production offshore. The company chose to stay in Canada, and is now able to compete with companies in China, thanks to the robotic work cell that it developed with AEMK in Waterloo and implemented on its shop floor. Learn how this company transitioned from manual processes to automation, and the opportunities this move opened up for them.

Feature: Robotics

  • This article will describe how to implement robot guidance for simple pick and place applications, and include details on how one manufacturer benefited from the application of vision-guided robotics.

Calendar of Events:

Nov. 8: Total Machine Safety Seminar - Mississauga, Ont.

Nov. 10:
Total Machine Safety Seminar - Cambridge, Ont.

Nov. 16-17:
Automation Fair - Chicago, Ill.

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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