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Sensor guides robotic vehicles


Manufacturing sector registers marginal improvement in January: report
The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (RBC PMI) pointed to marginal increases in both output and new orders in Canada's manufacturing sector in January—the first rise in production levels since last October. Read more.

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Fluke Corporation recalls digital clamp meters
Fluke Corporation is voluntarily recalling certain digital clamp meters that were manufactured between Sept. 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2012. Find out more.

Yokogawa and McAfee partner for industrial control system security
Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee have signed a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world. Get the details.

Economy grew by better than expected 0.3 per cent in November: StatsCan
Statistics Canada says the economy grew by 0.3 per cent in November, following a 0.1 per cent rise in October, partly thanks to a boost in manufacturing activity. Find out more.

Canadian auto sales this year will be second highest on record: Scotiabank
Scotiabank predicts that Canadian auto sales will rise to 1.69 million units this year – the second-highest total on record. Read the report.

Economic indicator showing signs of growth in 2013
The Macdonald-Laurier composite leading index showed encouraging signs of growth in the Canadian economy in December. Read more.

ARC Advisory Group
Feature: Machine Safety

Stand on guard: Preventing access is key to machine guarding
Sections 24 and 25 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments should be considered the primary but not the only requirements for machine guarding. Find out how to use them here.

New Products:
Machine Safety and Enclosures & Workstations

February 13: Interconnection Devices and Wireless Technology & Security

February 20: Education & Training and Power Supplies/Process Control

February 27: CAD/CAM, ERP & PLM Software and Motion Control

March 6: HMI/Operator Interface and Programmable Control

March 13: Communications & Networking and Motors & Drives

January/February 2013 Digital Edition

Moulding the future: Earn-while-you-learn program gives new meaning to ''home grown talent''

Automation Education and Training Guide: Our 14th annual listing of automation education and training options in Canada

Astronomical growth: After rocketing to success, a four-month streamlining initiative helped keep Eclipse Automation on course

Top 5 in 2012: The top technologies that will impact the plant floor in the coming year

January/February Digital Edition
March/April 2013 Manufacturing AUTOMATION Lineup

Cover Story: Green Manufacturing / Energy Management

  • 3M Canada's Brockville, Ontairo, tape manufacturing facility is the first of its kind – the first in Canada to use the ISO 50001 international standard. The state-of-the-art facility is also only the second in the world to meet the ISO standard, a voluntary international standard promoting energy management. Not only has the plant reduced its energy use by a staggering 15 per cent since 2007, it can also now prove it promotes energy efficiency throughout its entire operation. How did the team do it? We find out in this issue.

Feature: Automation Software

  • Want to streamline operations? There's an app for that. Boost productivity? There's an app for that too. Being able to download an app onto a mobile device is the next step in the evolution of automation software, and it could change the way we run our plants.

Feature: Lean Manufacturing

  • So you want to go Lean? Most companies embark on Lean initiatives simply by looking at how to streamline their processes. But they may be forgetting one very important factor: people. In this issue, a Lean expert gives his advice on embarking on implementing a Lean system that capitalizes on the knowledge and skills of employees.

Column: Machine Safety

  • New technology exists where safety functions can be removed from the main safety controller (PLC) and integrated into a de-centralized I/O platform, creating a more cost-effective and easy-to-retrofit-solution for manufacturers. But how do these systems really work? A machine safety specialist shows you how.

Plus: The latest news and trends, as well as electronic components, HMIs, machine vision and inspection technologies, sensor products, enclosures and workstations, programmable control products and RFID technologies.

Calendar of Events:

February 11: ARC 2013 World Industry Forum - Orlando, Fla.

February 13:
Logistics Link South - Esher, U.K.

February 25:
CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Newport Beach, Calif.

February 25:
ISA Tech Tour - Baton Rouge, La.

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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