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Labour markets in Canada to tighten after 2016
Canada's labour market is not expected to return to full employment for another four years. After 2016, however, tight labour markets will curtail long-term potential growth in the national economy, according to the Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Outlook Long-Term Forecast 2012. Get the details.

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Automakers rethink "just in time" parts supplies as crises put production at risk
For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they're used. Learn more.

Toyota shows off production innovations in Japan
Toyota says it is putting renewed focus on innovation in production methods and design after getting a wake-up call from its massive recalls. Learn about the innovations.

CAW urges government to protect auto sector, reduce loonie, change trade policy
The Canadian Auto Workers union is calling for an end to free trade negotiations with automaking countries in Europe and Asia unless they first open their markets to foreign imports. Learn more.

Ford Motor plans $760-million assembly plant in east China
Ford Motor Co. plans to build a $760-million US auto assembly plant in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, part of a doubling of its production capacity in the world's biggest vehicle market as it strives to catch up with rivals. Get the details.

Ontario proposes to merge energy agencies, save millions
Ontario wants to merge the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator into a single organization that the province says would save ratepayers millions of dollars a year and better meet today's electricity supply needs. Learn more.

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Interconnection Devices, and Communications and Networking

May 2: Wireless Technology and Security, and Wire and Cable

May 9: Machine Safety and Machine Tools

May 23: Sensors, Motors and Drives

May 30: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software, and Interconnection Devices

June 6: HMI/Operator Interface, and Test and Measurement

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March/April 2012 Digital Edition

All in the family: With a little creativity, a Canadian family-owned manufacturer proves it's easy being green

How to improve energy management: The right device can drive home savings

Plant simulation: A new production plant is fully optimized before construction thanks to plant simulation software

March-April Digital Edition
May 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Machine safety

  • Learn how Guelph, Ont.-based Hammond Power Solutions is decreasing workplace accidents and increasing productivity in the testing of its transformers with the help of Omron's software-based safety controller and integrator Bellamy Electric.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • Find out how Sony of Canada reduced errors and improved throughput by implementing voice-directed picking technology.

Feature: Process improvement

  • Imaginit's Scott Hale reveals how to identify and target inefficiencies within your design process, and yield productivity gains through automation.

Column: Machine safety

  • InSight Consulting's Doug Nix examines the misconceptions and challenges that designers face when selecting the most basic elements in interlocking systems.

Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as a selection of the latest communications and networking products, power supplies, process control offerings, wireless technologies, data acquisition products, motion control offerings, and wire and cable products.

Calendar of Events:

April 30 - May 2: The Ontario Technological Skills Competition - Waterloo, Ont.

May 1:
The first annual MIN Manufacturing Summit - Kitchener, Ont.

May 1:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Mississauga, Ont.

May 1-2:
Partners in Prevention 2012 - Mississauga, Ont.

May 2:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Mississauga, Ont.

May 8:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Quebec City, Que.

May 10:
GE Intelligent Platforms Innovation Showcase - Montreal, Que.

May 13-16:
Skills Canada National Competition - Edmonton, Alta.

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.

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