The state of manufacturing in Canada 2012
Carlo Gavazzi donates equipment to Fanshawe College
Carlo Gavazzi has donated approximately $11,000 worth of equipment to help train future automation engineers at Fanshawe College in London, Ont. Get the details.
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Canadian unemployment rate dips to 7.2% in June, but few jobs created
The national unemployment rate inched down to 7.2 per cent last month as Canada's employers added 7,300 jobs overall, although manufacturing jobs in the country continued to decline. Read more.
Food processing training centre looks for multinational partners
Economic development executives from the Ontario Food Cluster recently spent time in Brazil, promoting the new Conestoga College Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) to international companies that want to invest in Ontario's expanding $34 billion agri-food sector. Learn more here.
Chinese PLM market grew 22% in 2011, study finds
The market for PLM software and services in China grew by 22.3 per cent to US$640.9 million in 2011, according to CIMdata's 2012 China Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Market Analysis Report. Learn more.
Intelligrated earns robotics integrator certification
Intelligrated, a North American-owned automated material handling solutions provider, has received certification as a robotics integrator from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's largest trade group representing more than 265 corporations. Click here to read more.
Chinese wind turbine manufacturer to open plant in Thorold, Ont.
A former auto parts plant in Thorold, Ont., is getting new life as a new facility to manufacture towers for wind energy turbines. Get the details.
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|June 2012 Digital Edition
Issues and opportunities: Our editorial advisory board is optimistic about manufacturing's future in Canada, but there is still work to be done
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Feature: Innovation through Automation
The Canadian government spends $7 billion annually on direct (grants, repayable loans) and indirect (tax credits) support for research and development. Manufacturers can use these funds to buy new equipment and automate their manufacturing processes – if only they knew how. This article will examine how to navigate the government funding landscape to help bring automation to life on the shop floor.
Feature: Lean manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is never easy to implement, but when it's done right, the benefits can be enormous. In this issue, learn how one Canadian company operates on a just-in-time basis thanks to a cutting-edge, fully flexible plant that runs 24 x 7.
Lockout is always the preferred method to controlling hazardous energy, but it is not always practicable. In this month's column, professional engineer Franco Tomei will detail how to assess whether lockout is the appropriate measure, and what to do when it's not.
Plus: Plus: A selection of the latest enclosures and workstations, power supplies, programmable control products, RFID offerings, wire and cable products, as well as the latest in wireless technology and security.