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CALGARY, Alta. - ABB has signed an agreement to acquire Ber-Mac Electrical and Instrumentation Ltd. of Calgary, Alta., greatly expanding its presence and capabilities in the oil and gas sector. Ber-Mac specializes in industrial automation, electrical, instrumentation design, process optimization, panel fabrication and field services. ABB did not disclose the value of the transaction.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Fluke Electronics Canada recently named ELP Marketing Limited, ITM Instruments, Chess Electric and Optimum Energy Products Limited as authorized distributors for its line of power quality tools.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - North American-based robot companies saw new orders from North American manufacturing companies decline 19 percent through September 2008 compared to the same period in 2007, according to statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.
TORONTO, Ont. - Canadian employers expect a mild hiring climate for the January to March period of 2009, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
AURORA, Ont. - Manufacturing Automation magazine now incorporates Advanced Manufacturing into its content, resulting in enhanced circulation and editorial coverage "from the shop floor to the top floor."
EDMONTON, Alta. - Precarn Incorporated, an Ottawa, Ont.-based independent not-for-profit company that supports the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies, recently announced that it would provide $2.8 million in funding to promote the research and development efforts of six first-of-their-kind intelligent systems projects in Alberta.  
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Internet-based attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized as profit-driven criminals continue to hone their approach to stealing data from businesses, employees and consumers, according to a recently released security report from Cisco.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Even in this economic downturn, half of manufacturing company CFOs recently surveyed expect their company's revenues to increase in the coming year, and nearly four in 10 (37 percent) predict increased profit margins, according to an annual survey of U.S. manufacturing company CFOs commissioned by Bank of America Business Capital. What's more, fifty-two percent of the CFOs say that the current state of the economy will have no impact on their growth plans.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters recently announced that it will conduct a monthly survey of its members, as well as manufacturers and exporters across Canada, to provide real-time statistical information to business leaders and government officials.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The surest way for Canada to boost its productivity is through investment in physical and human capital, according to a recently released Conference Board of Canada study, Sluggish Productivity Growth in Canada: Could the Urbanization Process Be a Factor?.
When it comes to ergonomics in the workplace, visibility is largely ignored - quite the oversight since vision plays a major role in nearly all of our daily tasks. That's why one Ryerson University researcher developed a model to assess visual perceptibility in a workspace, which could potentially decrease injury and increase productivity.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Employment levels in Canada increased by 107,000 in September, following a decline in July and a small gain in August, according to Statistics Canada's recent Labour Force Survey. Manufacturing employment, in particular, increased by 20,000 in September, bringing the industry back to a level similar to the end of 2007.
OTTAWA, Ont. - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), in partnership with Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada and Industry Canada, recently unveiled the first-ever Canadian State of Logistics Report. The study is intended to help Canadian supply chain managers better understand market trends, their competitive position within their sector and steps they can undertake to become more competitive.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Canadian Manufacturing Coalition recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper requesting immediate and strategic action to overcome current economic challenges.
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Organizations that offer overnight or day camp experiences that introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering are now eligible for funding. Grants ranging from $2,500 US to $5,000 US are available to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions in Canada and the United States who provide camp experiences in the summer of 2009.

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