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3D Printed Exoskeleton
Lets Little Girl Lift Arms, Play


Manufacturers less optimistic despite growth predictions, report says
Manufacturers' optimism about the Canadian economy dipped 22 points from last quarter's high of 76 per cent despite indications that revenue and growth is looking stronger, according to the PwC Manufacturing Barometer report for the second quarter of 2012. Click here to learn more.

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Designer and Distributor of Residential Lighting Looks to the SYSPRO ERP to Boost Efficiencies and Improve Processes

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SolidCAD becomes Autodesk's first Canadian platinum partner
Autodesk has named Canadian firm SolidCAD as Canada's first Platinum tier partner, a designation that shows a company has made a significant investment in consulting and development services. Learn more.

PLM market grew faster in 2011 than in 2010, report finds
Despite a sputtering in the global economy, the global market for PLM software grew faster in 2011 than it did in 2010, a new study says. Find out more here.

Elizabeth McDonald named president and CEO of energy alliance
Industry veteran Elizabeth McDonald is joining the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance as president and CEO. Read more.

3D printing impacts manufacturing and product design
With a little help from 3D printing and some robotics, four-year-old Emma Lavelle has overcome the limitations of a congenital disorder and can use her arms for the first time. Learn more about it here.

Global spending on capital projects returns to pre-recession levels
A new report from A.T. Kearney has found that companies are spending as much money on capital projects as they did before the recession, but that bump in spending is bringing with it new challenges. Get the details.

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Feature: PLM Software

Without restructuring, ERP is an expensive waste
If your organization is planning to implement ERP software without restructuring its operations, you can stop reading right now. In fact, you may as well take the money you're planning to spend on the project and throw it in the bin. Find out how to do it right.

New Products:
HMI/Operator Interface, and CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software

September 12: Machine Safety and Test & Measurement

September 19: Education & Training and Wire & Cable

September 26: Machine Vision & Sensors

October 3: Education & Training and Communications and Networking

October 10: Machine Safety and Programmable Control

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: 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:

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

September 10:
International Manufacturing Technology Show - Chicago, Ill.

September 10:
Industrial Automation North America - Chicago, Ill.

September 13:
ISA Inside: Training Sessions at Industrial Automation - Chicago, Ill.

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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