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Solar execs predict future of manufacturing in Canada


ABB to acquire Thomas & Betts for $3.9 billion
ABB, a provider of power and automation technology, will acquire Thomas & Betts Corporation, a provider of low-voltage products, for $72 per share in cash, or approximately $3.9 billion US. Get the details.

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CME to host workshops on SMART funding opportunities
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters will host a series of workshops across Ontario in February to educate manufacturers on how to be a part of the SMART program, which provides funding to eligible companies. Find a workshop near you.

Mazda recalls 52,000 Tribute SUVs in North America
Mazda says it's recalling just under 5,000 Tribute SUVs in Canada from the 2001 and 2002 model years because of possible brake fluid leaks. This is part of a broader recall of 52,000 Tributes in North America. Get the details.

Siemens Canada to acquire RuggedCom for $382 million
Hardened network equipment supplier RuggedCom has agreed to a friendly deal with Siemens worth $382 million, giving Siemens Co. more access to North American and Asia-Pacific markets. Get the details.

Average weekly earnings for manufacturers on the rise: StatsCan
Year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings exceeded the national average in the manufacturing industry, according to a recent Statistics Canada report. Get the numbers here.

Apprenticeship community comes together to address skills shortages
Shortages in the skilled trades are already having an impact on Canadian employers. The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's upcoming conference is designed to address this by facilitating the development of new ideas, solutions and partnerships. Learn more.

Two major Canadian unions exploring merger by mid 2013
Two of Canada's biggest private-sector unions are considering a merger. Learn more.

Inductive Automation announces security vulnerability fix
The ICS-CERT (Industrial Controls Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) has received a report concerning a vulnerability in Ignition software from Inductive Automation. This vulnerability allows unauthorized users to download files containing important information about the system and project. Learn how to fix this.

Boca Bearing Company launches global contest to recognize innovation
The Boca Bearing Company, a provider of ceramic bearing and lubrication technology, is celebrating its 25th year in business by giving away more than $20,000 in cash and prizes as part of its international 2012 Boca Bearings Innovation Contest. Learn more.

New Products:
Machine Safety, Enclosures and Workstations

February 8: Interconnection Devices, and Wireless Technology and Security

February 22: Power Supplies and Process Control

February 29: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

March 7: HMI/Operator Interface and Programmable Control

March 7: Communications and Networking, and Motors and Drives

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January/February 2012 Digital Edition

Helping hands: Learn how to attract the next generation of skilled workers

Automation Education and Training Guide: Our 13th annual directory of automation-specific education and training courses offered at colleges and universities across Canada

Top 5 in 2012: The top technologies you should have on your plant floor in 2012

Tooling tips: Six steps for re-tooling success

November-December Digital Edition
March/April 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Green manufacturing

  • Calstone is a Canadian, family-owned business that creates and manufactures metal furniture products. The Scarborough, Ont.-based company prides itself on being green. We go inside Calstone's plant to learn about their many environmental initiatives, including their remanufacturing program, and talk to the company president about his goal of building a company that is both sustainable and successful.

Feature: Energy management

  • Industry accounts for more than 40 percent of worldwide energy consumption. This article will examine the energy savings and efficiency enhancement that can be achieved through the use of variable frequency drives and more intelligent industrial automation devices communicating over Ethernet technology.

Feature: Plant simulation

  • To improve its position in the global energy market, Siemens Energy Power Transmission decided to increase its manufacturing capacity by building an entirely new conduit manufacturing plant. We take a look at how plant simulation allowed the company to lower costs and eliminate bottlenecks — all before the plant was constructed.

Column: Machine safety

  • This month's column outlines the role arc-resistant motor control centres (MCCs) play in helping contain arc energy, as well as best practices for implementing an effective arc-resistant MCC to help reduce risk.

Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as electronic components, HMIs, machine vision and inspection technologies, sensor products, enclosures and workstations, programmable control products and RFID technologies.

Calendar of Events:

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

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

April 3-4:
The Ontario Feed-In Tariff Forum 2012 - 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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