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Windsor company gets ready for its close-up
With a little help from a popular TV ''dragon,'' Radix Controls, a Windsor, Ont.-based automation technology provider, is ready to launch a new vision-based camera system. Find out how here.

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The Altivar™ 32 drive provides simple, safe device communications, reduces enclosure space up to 40%, and cuts wiring costs by 30%.

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Part supplier's manufacturing problem caused Ford Escape recall, report says
A manufacturing problem at a company that makes fuel lines forced Ford to recall thousands of its brand-new Escape small SUVs and tell owners to stop driving them right away. Read more here.

CSIA offers certification boot camp
Control system integration firms that want to excel in business and technology now have the chance to enrol in the Control System Integrators Association Boot Camp. Get the details.

Manufacturer fined $55,000 after worker injured
Amhil Enterprises Ltd., an Ontario manufacturer of plastic products, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Find out more here.

Manufacturing sales down in May, fourth drop in five months
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.4 per cent to $48.7 billion in May, the fourth decrease in five months. Read the full report.

Partners in Project Green launches materials exchange
Partners in Project Green has launched a new By-Product Materials Exchange Program. The program will help manufacturers within Toronto's Pearson Eco-Business Zone adopt the 4Rs of waste management (refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle) by facilitating by-product material exchange opportunities. Learn more.

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Feature: Test & Measurement

Customizing COTS testing systems: From off-the-shelf to a total solution
By definition, the off-the-shelf modular instruments used to create automated test and measurement systems are designed to be general purpose. However, 100 per cent COTS are generally inadequate for complex, commercialized measurement systems. Find out why here.

New Products: Test & Measurement

August 1: Machine Safety and Programmable Control

August 8: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Interconnection Devices

August 22: Motors & Drives and Power Supplies

August 29: Robotics and Hydraulics & Pneumatics

September 5: HMI/Operator Interface, and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

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

A new vision: Vision-guided robots automate oil tool assembly

Specifying circular connectors: Six factors to consider for industrial automation and communications applications

June Digital Edition
September 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: 2012 Software Case Study Guide

  • We present a collection of case studies that look into how some Canadian manufacturers are leveraging CAD/CAM, PLM and ERP in their facilities to streamline their processes and maintain a competitive edge.

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: Power supplies

  • A DC power supply is a critical piece of a control system. Power supply failure can lead to a process shutting down resulting in considerable lost revenue. To prevent unplanned shutdowns users often use redundant power supplies. In this issue, find out how to use redundant power supplies correctly to increase reliability and prevent failure.

Column: Machine safety

  • 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.

Calendar of Events:

August 6: 2012 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars - Traverse City, Mich.

August 7:
2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium - Orlando, Fla.

September 6:
SSX ONTARIO: Solar Summit & eXpo! - Toronto, Ont.

September 9:
27th Annual Material Handling and Logistics Conference - Park City, Utah

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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