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Part 1: Highlights from Festo's Mobile Mechatronics Lab WATCH


Economy grew in July, helping dispel fears of another recession
Midsummer growth in the Canadian economy should help calm fears that the country is in or about to enter another recession, economists said after the release of data for July by Statistics Canada. What role did the manufacturing industry play in this growth?

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Manufacturers show strength in face of global downturn: RBC
A new report suggests Canada's factory sector is continuing to expand despite growing concerns about the global economy. Learn more.

University engineering competition uses Siemens' Plantville simulation
Engineering students from Ryerson, Waterloo and the University of Toronto recently competed against one another to be the ultimate plant manager by utilizing Siemens' online gaming platform, Plantville, at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at Ryerson University. Learn more about the competition and winners.

Chrylser, Ford report strong September sales despite faltering economy
Chrysler Canada and Ford Canada both reported a double-digit increase in September sales — some of their best sales in a decade or more. Learn more.

Companies fined $125,000 after worker shocked servicing door
Cimco Refrigeration, a division of Toromont Industries Ltd. that manufactures and maintains refrigeration systems, was fined $95,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Sobeys Capital Inc., carrying on business as Sobey's Whitby Retail Support Centre, a grocery distribution centre, was fined $30,000 in relation to the same incident. Learn more.

Autodesk introduces Cloud collection
Autodesk, Inc., a provider of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, recently introduced Autodesk Cloud, a collection of more than a dozen web-based capabilities, products and services designed to enable customers to extend their desktops with greater mobility, new viewing and sharing capabilities, and more computing power. Learn more about their Cloud suite.

Vickers Warnick and Darlex move to new location
Vickers Warnick and Darlex have moved Canadian operations to an updated and larger facility. Learn more.

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Feature: Education and Training

A manufacturing renaissance: Industry-academic partnerships are key in this new era
We're in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance in North America. While we've seen most low-tech and labour-intensive manufacturing move offshore, the advanced and sophisticated capabilities of remaining plants enable the production of high-tech and high-margin goods. Advanced manufacturing continues to be the driving force behind the sector's growth in North America, and the technology powering it requires a special set of skills that comes quite naturally to many young people. Learn how industry-academic partnerships can fuel this growth.

New Products: Motors and Drives
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

October 12: Power Supplies

October 19: Energy Management

October 26: Test and Measurement

November 2: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

November 9: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

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September 2011 Digital Edition: Our special 40-page 25th anniversary edition!

Industrial automation: Past, present and future

Through the years: An evolution of an industry through the pages of Manufacturing AUTOMATION

2011 Software Case Study Guide: Manufacturers reach new heights with advanced software solutions

Software selection success: Controlling procurement and minimizing sales bias

Canada's safest manufacturers: Meet the five recipients of the 2011 Canada's Safest Employers Award

October 2011 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: 2011 Canadian Manufacturing Study

  • This sixth annual industry study, conducted in collaboration with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, will provide readers with insight into the state of the Canadian manufacturing industry. Based on the results of a survey of Canadian manufacturers — our best response rate yet — this feature will provide statistics, graphs and year-to-year analysis with a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Feature: Sensors

  • Today's wireless sensor networking technology is being used in a wide variety of applications spanning many industries, including automotive. This article will highlight applications on the automotive factory floor that can benefit by going wireless.

Feature: HMI

  • Today, HMIs are much more than the high-tech push button replacers of the past. This article will describe three considerations to help you select the right HMI to optimize efficiency and productivity.

Column: Machine safety

  • Professional engineer Franco Tomei will detail the circumstances under which a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review is required in machine safeguarding.

Plus: Lean manufacturing and a selection of the latest motion control offerings, data acquisition products, HMIs and operator interfaces, hydraulics and pneumatics products, machine vision equipment, sensors, as well as test and measurement technology.

Calendar of Events:

Sept. 7 - Oct. 7: Fluke Networks' Canadian tour of "First Network Analysis Tablet" - Various cities throughout Canada

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

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

Oct. 25-27:
International Conference for Vision-Guided Robotics - Plymouth, Mich.

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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