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Hannover Messe 2012:
Festo chairman interview


Canada's economy adds 7,700 jobs in May, unemployment rate stable
Canada's job-creation machine slowed in May following two massive months of employment gains but it still managed to squeeze out 7,700 additional jobs – slightly more than expected and enough to keep the unemployment rate steady. Get the stats here.

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Kitchener manufacturing expert wins Queen's medal
David Hogg, a Kitchener, Ont.-based management consultant, has won a top honour for his work promoting lean manufacturing. Click here to read more.

Jobs and growth will come through innovation, Feds tell APMA
Automotive parts manufacturing plays a significant role in the Canadian economy, and innovation is the key to success, Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont, told the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. Read more.

Forum issues call for apprenticeship champions
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) launched its first membership campaign, calling for champions of apprenticeship to come forward to support a national research, discussion and promotion mandate. Get the details.

Automakers report surging sales in May
Canadian auto sales jumped nearly 18 per cent last month, with both domestic and foreign automakers reporting a surge in vehicles leaving their lots compared to May 2011. Learn more.

Famic Technologies opens office in Germany
Montreal-based Famic Technologies Inc., creator of the Automation Studio design and simulation software for hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical and automation systems, has opened a new office in Munich, Germany, to provide better support and sales in Europe, primarily in German-speaking countries. Get the details.

Feature: Machine Vision

Turnkey systems use line-scan cameras to provide high-performance inspection
Whether the goal is to reduce waste, ensure consistency, maintain quality, or increase throughput, manufacturers look for – and need – high-performance turnkey inspection systems. That's why Active Inspection, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., designs vision systems for machine builders to incorporate into printing presses, packaging machines and other web/sheet-fed or form machines. Learn how they do it here.

New Products: Machine Vision and Sensors

June 20: Machine Safety and Power Supplies

June 27: Material Handling, Packaging and Motors and Drives

July 11: Education & Training, CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

July 18: Energy Management and Enclosures & Workstations

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May 2012 Digital Edition

Power partners: Software-based safety controller keeps operators safe in the testing of transformers

The sound of success: Voice technology improves accuracy and throughput for Sony of Canada's distribution network

This hour has 15 minutes: Streamline processes to get the other 45 back

May Digital Edition
June 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Editorial advisory board meeting

  • We sit down with our editorial advisory board for our sixth annual roundtable discussion to talk about trends and challenges in the Canadian manufacturing industry. Find out what our group of experts has to say.

Feature: Communications and Networking

  • Circular connectors are used in many automation technology applications, such as sensor signal transmission and low power supply, or for data communication in fieldbus technology. There are many connector formats available for the signals, power and data needs of these applications. This article guides you through the options available.

Feature: Robotics

  • Installing a thread protector onto exposed threaded pipe on oil tools is a difficult and time-consuming job. But London, Ont.-based JMP Engineering found a way around this challenge by working with an oil industry manufacturer to develop a flexible automation process that uses two robots guided by machine vision to process a wide range of parts. We take a look at the solution.

Column: Machine safety

  • Professional engineer Franco Tomei will evaluate the incentive to defeat safeguards. Find out who he says is responsible when operators defeat safeguards, and how to prevent this from happening.

Plus: News and trends, as well as a selection of the latest software offerings, hydraulics and pneumatics products, HMI offerings, robotics equipment, sensors, motors and drives, as well as test and measurement products.

Calendar of Events:

June 20: Fundamentals of ISA-100.11a - Research Park Triangle, N.C.

June 25:
SSX ONTARIO: Solar Summit & eXpo! - Toronto, Ont.

June 26:
Transform Your Value Chain in Operations - Webinar

July 3:
MTA Vietnam 2012 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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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