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Manufacturing not so weak, as factory production continues to gain strength
Canada's factories were humming in November as manufacturing sales rose, a strong signal for the economy. Get the details from the latest Statistics Canada report.

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ERP Packs Corporate Change and Growth for Industrial Packaging Manufacturer

InterWrap Industries manufactures and distributes plastic and paper products for packaging and industrial use. You may see its product wrapped around a stack of lumber, a hay bale, or a roll of steel. The company has a reputation for relentless research and development, innovative value-added services, and the strategic adoption of technology.

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U.S. factory output up in December
U.S. factory output surged in December by the most in a year, thanks to stronger demand for business equipment, vehicles and energy. Learn more.

Automation Technologies Council changes name
The umbrella trade association for the Robotic Industries Association, AIA and the Motion Control Association has changed its name from the Automation Technologies Council to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Learn more.

CSA updates workplace electrical safety standard
Since its launch in December 2008, the first edition of CSA Z462-08 Workplace Electrical Safety has had a significant impact on the electrical industry. Next to the Canadian Electrical Code, it has become the best-selling CSA standard. This January, CSA has published the second edition of CSA Z462. What changes are included in the 2012 edition?

Lack of contracts forces Nova Scotia wind farm parts plant to layoff 32 workers
A shortage of contracts has resulted in the layoff of 32 workers at a Trenton, N.S., wind farm parts manufacturer. Learn more.

CAW chief calls for end to Electro Motive lockout as workers rally
The chief of the Canadian Auto Workers union has urged American heavy-equipment giant Caterpillar to end the lockout at its locomotive plant in London, Ont., and return to the bargaining table. Get the details.

Processing plant fined $50,000 after worker injured
Scotlynn Investments Inc., the Norfolk County operator of Scotlynn Farms, a ginseng farm and processing plant, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

Manufacturer fined $70,000 after worker injured
Washington Mills Electro Minerals Corporation, a manufacturer of mineral products, was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

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Feature: Material Handling

Five ways to increase picking productivity
Organizations often implement new picking techniques, new order picking equipment or new processes in an attempt to gain productivity in their operations. While these endeavours are successful and lead to big jumps in productivity, there are ways to achieve smaller productivity gains without revising your entire picking operations. Learn five ways.

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New Products:
Material Handling and Packaging, and Wire and Cable

February 1: 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

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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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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.

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