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Mar. 27, 2015 - I started covering the industrial automation market last November, and since then, I have reported on the investigation findings of nearly a dozen recent injuries and fatalities that occurred in the Canadian workplace.
Mar. 24, 2015 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION March/April 2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on energy management, machine safety, cybersecurity and much more. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Feb. 23, 2015 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION January/February 2015 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on emerging trends and technologies, education, machine safety, control systems and much more. CLICK HERE to read the issue now!
Feb. 23, 2015 - Happy New Year! It’s a real pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION. I come to the publication from the Electrical Business Magazine Group, a sister magazine group at Annex Business Media where I spent four years as the associate editor covering Canada’s electrical and energy markets.
Feb. 4, 2015 - You know that desperate feeling when the battery in your phone dies? How the minutes seem to drag on forever while you wait for the charger to re-connect you to the world?  Imagine living in a time where the availability of energy is erratic and unpredictable. When, for example, flipping the switch doesn’t always turn on the light. In the developed world, this may be a worst case scenario, but the reality is that an energy crisis resulting from a widening gap between demand and supply is entirely possible.
Dec. 15, 2014 - The Manufacturing AUTOMATION November/December 2014 issue is now LIVE, with features and columns on robotics, innovation, machine safety, automation software and much more. Join editor Alyssa Dalton as she highlights the cover story of collaborative robots, an emerging trend of operator and robot working together. CLICK HERE to access the digital edition.
Oct. 21, 2014 - It’s happening. In many sectors of business, the great globalizing manufacturing transient is coming to an end. With long supply chains needing much inventory and babysitting, the so-called low-cost labour jurisdictions are out, and much shorter and more sustainable supply chains that put manufacturing and other value-adding processes closer to the customer (helping the planet with more sustainable business practices) are in.
Sept. 22, 2014 - All ERP solutions are not created equal. In fact, an ERP solution is not necessarily a manufacturing ERP solution. ERP customers need to understand what they don’t know about an ERP suite is extremely important.
Sept. 16, 2014 - A very wise man once told me that if we are not aware of certain things, we cannot acknowledge them, which means we won’t be able to change them. Wise words, indeed.
June 24, 2014 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s editorial advisory board recently gathered for our eighth annual roundtable meeting, which is the cover story for our June 2014 issue. During the meeting, the board members discussed four challenges that remain for Canadian manufacturers following the recession. Take a look at what they had to say.
The hype around “smart” products continues to grow as manufacturers, vendors and even customers speculate about the opportunities resulting from embedding sensors in passive objects that communicate information. Examples are everywhere - from the Nest thermostat, which uses a learning system to program itself, to Nike, which looks more like a tech company than a sportswear manufacturer. In fact, 50 billion devices are forecasted to be Internet-enabled by 2020, and somewhere between 40 and 60 per cent of the value of a modern product is now in its software.
It happened. Statistics Canada reported that Canadian manufacturing sales reached a post-recession high in March, increasing 0.4 per cent to $50.9 billion — the highest level since August 2008. That’s good news.
Our editorial advisory board recently sat down for our annual roundtable meeting. Among the topics we discussed this year were the positive trends our board members are seeing in the Canadian manufacturing industry. Watch the video to learn the five top positive trends they've noted. To learn more about the discussion, read the cover story of our June 2014 issue. Stay tuned for Part Two of the video, which will focus on the challenges that remain.Manufacturing AUTOMATION editorial advisory board members: Al Diggins, EMC; Don McCrudden, Festo; Bill Valedis, Precision Training, Products and Services; David Green, marketing professional; Piero Cherubini, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology (Absent from meeting: Sherman Lang, NRC)
The sentiment that I hear from many in the manufacturing community is that we have far too many policy research, planning and special interest groups debating the health of manufacturing, but not enough productive and focused action on the difficult task of taking back manufacturing.
Today’s manufacturers need to find ways to operate faster, more efficiently and on a larger-scale to keep up with competitors, especially those beyond our borders.
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