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Caterpillar closes Electro-Motive plant in London, Ont.
American-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is closing its locomotive plant in London, Ont., after failing to win a labour agreement with the factory's 450 workers. Learn more.

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Robot sales soar in 2011, reaching record-breaking numbers
North American robotics companies sold more robots in 2011 than ever before, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association. Get the numbers here.

Recovery stalls as GDP records second weak month: StatsCan
The Canadian economic recovery is showing signs of stalling, with real gross domestic product surprisingly falling back by 0.1 percent in November after no gain the previous month, according to a report from Statistics Canada. How did manufacturing do?

Job creation stays flat as unemployment rate edges up in January
Canada's economy squeezed out a paltry gain of 2,300 jobs last month as the country's unemployment rate increased due to more people looking for work. Learn more.

Small, mid-sized businesses optimistic, but reserved: CFIB
Canadian small and mid-sized businesses continue to feel optimistic, but at a reserved pace, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. How optimistic are manufacturers?

Veyance Technologies closing Owen Sound plant; nearly 40 people to lose jobs
Veyance Technologies Canada has decided to close its Owen Sound operation, throwing almost 40 people out of work. Learn more.


New Products: 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

March 21: Machine Safety and Machine Vision and Sensors

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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

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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 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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