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Machine Safety, Machine Vision and Sensors
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Manufacturing sales down in January: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.9 percent to $49.6 billion in January, the second decrease in seven months. Get the numbers here.

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North American machine vision sales up in 2011
Sales of machine vision components and systems in North America climbed five percent in 2011, according to new figures released by AIA, the industry's global trade group. Get the details here.

Manufacturer fined after worker injured
Surteco Canada Ltd., carrying on business as Doellken-Woodtape, an international manufacturer of plastic edging for use on furniture, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Learn more.

Auto sales reach 15-year high in January: StatsCan
Canadian sales of new cars and trucks opened the year on a resoundingly positive note, but may have fallen off last month, according to Statistics Canada. Learn more.

Fabtech Canada highlights importance of youth in manufacturing
As Canada continues to grapple with the challenges of an aging workforce, there's no better time to consider today's youth as potential skilled workers for tomorrow. That's why Fabtech Canada 2012 is hosting student tours on March 22. Learn more here.

Solid start for U.S. manufacturing technology orders in 2012
January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totalled $401.69 million US, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders program, was down from December, but up when compared with January 2011. Get the numbers here.

CATAAlliance singles out embedded systems as key to reindustrializing Canada
A new Sciencetech report released in partnership with the Canadian Alliance for Advanced Technology (CATAAlliance) asserts that the control of embedded systems is crucial for the future of Canada's manufacturing industry. Learn more from the analysis here.


Features: Machine Vision

Vision system helps automate ore conveyor in an underground mine
In the past, operators of a boring machine in an underground potash mine were responsible for controlling a device called a bridge conveyor that drops ore onto a long main conveyor. The main conveyor hauls the ore to the loading pocket and from there it is transported to the surface by the skip. The operators had many other jobs to do, so the conveyor was often loaded unevenly, which could create spills that took hours to clear. Another problem was that the mine operators had no way of knowing how much potash was loaded on the conveyor, which made it challenging to plan shift changes that minimized downtime for the skip. Learn how machine vision solved these challenges.

The ROI of machine vision
At Polaris Industries, implementing a vision system reduced scrap in a high-mix welding environment and paid for itself in two weeks. Learn how.

New Products: Machine Safety, Machine Vision and Sensors

March 28: Test and Measurement, and CAD/CAM, ERP and PLM Software

April 4: Education and Training, and Robotics

April 11: Material Handling/Packaging and Power Supplies

April 20: Energy Management and Programmable Control

April 25: Interconnection Devices, and Communications and Networking

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March/April 2012 Digital Edition

All in the family: With a little creativity, a Canadian family-owned manufacturer proves it's easy being green

How to improve energy management: The right device can drive home savings

Plant simulation: A new production plant is fully optimized before construction thanks to plant simulation software

March-April Digital Edition
May 2012 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover story: Machine safety

  • Learn how Guelph, Ont.-based Hammond Power Solutions is decreasing workplace accidents and increasing productivity in the manufacture and testing of its transformers with the help of Omron's software-based safety controller and integrator Bellamy Electric.

Feature: Innovation through Automation

  • Find out how Sony of Canada reduced errors and improved throughput by implementing voice-directed picking technology.

Feature: Process improvement

  • Imaginit's Scott Hale reveals how to identify and target inefficiencies within your design process, and yield productivity gains through automation.

Column: Machine safety

  • InSight Consulting's Doug Nix examines the misconceptions and challenges that designers face when selecting the most basic elements in interlocking systems.

Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as a selection of the latest communications and networking products, power supplies, process control offerings, wireless technologies, data acquisition products, motion control offerings, and wire and cable products.

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

April 30 - May 2:
The Ontario Technological Skills Competition - Waterloo, Ont.

May 1:
The first annual MIN Manufacturing Summit - Kitchener, Ont.

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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