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Machine Vision and Sensors, and Material Handling/Packaging
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Bombardier to reduce aircraft production in January without layoffs
Bombardier plans to reduce production of its marquee CRJ commercial regional aircraft starting in January due to a shortage of new orders, but doesn't plan to slash jobs as part of the move, the company said. Learn more.

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Leading indicators show little growth for third straight month in August
Statistics Canada is reporting its composite leading index was little changed in August for the third month in a row. The results could have been worse had there not been a recovery of manufacturing from supply disruptions in the second quarter. Learn more.

Fears mount about double dip recession, could mean job losses, more debt
The prospect of a second recession two years after the last one has people worried that record Canadian debt and slower growth could make another downturn feel worse than before. Learn more.

Festo seminar and tour highlight company's latest innovations
Festo held a seminar series in Mississauga, Ont., and Montreal, Que., this month, to provide details on the company's latest developments and automation strategies. Attendees also had the opportunity to tour the company's Mobile Mechatronics Lab, which is currently touring Ontario and Quebec. Learn more.

New online course for supervisors provides free access to valuable safety resources
Supervisors, workers and employers in any industry in B.C. may benefit from a new WorkSafeBC online safety training course that can be accessed any time, free of charge. Learn more.

Lapp Group North America launches new website
Lapp Group, a manufacturer of wire, cable and cable accessories, has unveiled its new North American website — Learn more.

Lovato Electric

Feature: Machine Vision and Packaging

Vision automates high-speed loading of transparent cartons
It is difficult to automate the loading of bottles into transparent cartons because of the need to orient the bottles so that the right part of the label is visible. In the past, a major beverage producer had 15 people dedicated to the task of manually orienting the bottles. Recently, this producer has become the first to successfully automate high-speed carton loading with the use of a bucket autoload cartoner that orients the bottles and places them into cartons at a speed of 450 bottles per minute. Learn more.

New Products:
Machine Vision and Sensors, and Material Handling/Packaging
Upcoming Online Spotlights:

October 5: Education and Training

October 12: Power Supplies

October 19: Energy Management

October 26: Test and Measurement

November 2: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

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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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