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Altium crosses ECAD-MCAD divide at SolidWorks World 2012


Canadian Manufacturing Network launched to connect manufacturers
The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada (EMC) and the Textiles Human Resources Council (THRC) have launched the Canadian Manufacturing Network, an initiative focused on engaging manufacturers through knowledge, innovation, workplace learning and best practices. Learn more about this comprehensive online resource.

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ERP Empowers Equipment Manufacturer to Reduce Lead Times, Reduce Cost and Improved Productivity.

Hayward Gordon designs, manufactures and distributes process equipment; products and systems relating to pumping, mixing, filtration, and bulk solids handling. With 78 employees and branch locations in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, Hayward Gordon is headquartered in Ontario, home of its custom-built 50,000-sq.ft. office and plant facility, opened in 2006.

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New website aims to bridge skills gap for Canadian manufacturers
A new online tool connecting skilled workers with employers in Canada's industrial sector is tackling fears of a looming labour crisis that is expected to produce up to 500,000 vacant jobs across the country over the next decade. Learn more about this new, national website.

Nissan recalls 7,400 vehicles in Canada
Nissan says it is recalling 7,400 vehicles in Canada to fix possible gasoline leaks. Get the details.

Honda recalls more than 2,700 minivans in Canada
Honda is recalling 2,790 Honda Odyssey vans in Canada as part of a larger recall because the rear doors can fall on people unexpectedly — and have on at least two occasions in the U.S. Learn more.

Electro-Motive workers ratify closeout deal with Caterpillar
About 95 percent of the unionized workers at Electro-Motive Canada have ratified a closeout deal that will allow the orderly shutdown of the U.S.-owned company's locomotive manufacturing plant in southwestern Ontario. Get the details.

Canadian manufacturers invest in productivity, new products and markets to compete in uncertain economy
The financial prospects of Canadian manufacturers in three industries — chemicals, non-metallic mineral products, and plastics and rubber products — are improving, according to a new outlook report published by The Conference Board of Canada in association with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Learn more.

Retain older workers rather than replace them, says Canadian Chamber of Commerce
In its discussion paper, "Incenting Seniors to Continue Working," the Canadian Chamber of Commerce reinforces the argument that retaining older workers in the workforce is part of the solution to avoid Canada's impending skills crisis. Get the paper here.

Wago launches 2012 Innovation in Automation tour
Wago Corporation's 2012 Innovation in Automation Tour (IIAT) across Canada and the U.S. commences in March with vans in Mississippi and southern California. Find out when the IIAT will be in your area.

Siemens Canada launches Sirius Innovations Tour 2012
Siemens Canada has launched a new line of modular "click" technology designed to limit the amount of wiring and adjustments needed during panel assembly, and it's taking this technology on a cross-country tour between March and May. Learn more.


Features: ERP and PLM Software

Searching For ERP-related business value? Look at planning activities
Most companies haven't come close to realizing the value achieved by those featured in various ERP case studies. Revenues haven't leapt 20 percent. Operating costs haven't been slashed by 15 percent. And on-time deliveries haven't reached record highs of 95 percent. Find out what's holding them back.

Seeing past the clouds: PLM and what's what
There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly product life cycle management (PLM). Cloud-based PLM is receiving more support and higher adoption as companies start to deploy newer technology and more evolved IT computing environments. However, there is still quite a bit of education needed of cloud-based PLM in the market overall. Learn about different strategies.

New Products: CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

March 7: HMI/Operator Interface and Programmable Control

March 14: Communications and Networking, and Motors and Drives

March 21: Machine Safety, Machine Vision and Sensors

March 28: Test and Measurement, and CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

April 4: Education and Training, and Robotics

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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:

March 5-7: Omron product training (PLCs) - Scarborough, Ont.

March 9:
Increasing Productivity through the Adoption of ERP Systems - Markham, Ont.

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.

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