Salary gains continue to be strong in Alberta and Saskatchewan at approximately four per cent this year, compared to three per cent nationally, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Mid-Year Pulse Check of its annual compensation planning outlook survey.Watch as Allison Cowan, Senior Research, Compensation and Industrial Relations for the Conference Board, discusses the issue of salary increases and how it’s affecting the manufacturing sector.
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Cisco’s John N. Stewart, senior vice president, chief security officer, Global Government and Corporate Security, talks information security and how to understand a global picture in a local context.
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Roboteq, Inc. has introduced a magnetic guide sensor capable of detecting and reporting the position of a magnetic field along its horizontal axis. The sensor is intended for line following robotic applications, using adhesive magnetic tape to form a track guide on the floor. The sensor can be interfaced directly to any of Roboteq’s motor controllers in order to create an effective Automatic Guided Vehicle solution with just two components. The sensor can also be connected to any PLC using a choice of Analog, PWM, RS232 or CANbus interfaces. Using USB, the sensor can easily be interfaced to any PC compatible computer.
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Harting is developing sensor-equipped passive UHF RFID systems, a concept with great potential to unlock new productivity and product quality benefits for a wide spectrum of businesses. This video illustrates the newest innovations the company is pursuing to become a leading global one-stop shopping resource for all RFID requirements: software, hardware, systems integration as well as consulting.
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At Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas, Luke Mihelcic, Simulation Product Marketing Manager at Autodesk, explains the experience and possibilities of the next generation of simulation tools – Autodesk Simulation 360. The simulation in the cloud service provides: • Full scope flow, thermal, and stress analysis capabilities for predicting and optimizing designs • Cloud integration offering unrivaled computing power • Intuitive CAD-driven interface built for mechanical engineers • A solution said to be a fraction the cost of traditional simulation tools
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Caleb Funk, a solutions consultant with IMAGINiT Technologies and Autodesk University 2012 presenter, explains how the Autodesk Product Design Suite offering assists designers with providing the correct tool for the task at hand. The Product Design Suite takes the design workflow from conceptualization and engineering through to simulation and documentation.
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Scott Hale, IMAGINiT Technologies director of Consulting Services, Manufacturing Solutions Division, describes the 4/50 rule at Autodesk University 2012. The 4/50 rule states that 4% of existing business processes, including design and manufacturing, typically represent 50% of the inefficiencies. Hale talks about how to recover productive design time and to streamline workflow by identifying and eliminating wasteful processes.
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Most Canadian manufacturers are well aware of their responsibilities when it comes to safety, but in a tough economy, safety isn’t always a priority. The problem is that when government regulators come calling or someone gets injured in an accident, it’s too late to implement safety in a cost-effective manner.  This was the message from the group of 10 safety experts who took part in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's fourth annual machine safety roundtable. Take a look at some of the highlights here.
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All the safeguards and standards in the world won’t help manufacturers keep employees safe if they don’t have a culture of safety. That’s the key message from the group of 10 safety experts who took part in Manufacturing Automation’s fourth annual machine safety roundtable. Take a look at some of their best advice on how to create a culture of safety here.
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Avnet Velocity Global VP Douglas Kent talks to Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s sister publication, Canadian Electronics, at electronica 2012. Here, he describes "profitable proximity," a way for manufacturing businesses to succeed anywhere in world.
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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, security enthusiasts participated in Symantec's Cyber Readiness Challenge at the Design Exchange in Toronto. The event kicked off with a keynote presentation by Clint Sand, senior director of Symantec's Security Business Practice, on the current threat landscape, followed by an interactive "capture the flag" game that saw the top player going home with a $2,500 grand prize. Check out some of the highlights above.
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Skills/Compétences Canada, a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, has announced the 35 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2013 who will compete at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition being held in Leipzig, Germany, from July 2-7, 2013. The 35 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2013 represent Canada's best in skilled trades and technology. More information on WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 can be found at
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If you’re a small manufacturer in Ontario that buys electricity directly from your local utility, take note. The Ontario Energy Board has released its Regulated Price Plan (RPP) electricity commodity prices that take effect Nov. 1, 2012. This video will help you make sense of the changes.
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The aerospace manufacturing sector in Ontario is strong, but to continue growing and thriving, it needs to collaborate more with government, education and research and innovation. That’s the main message coming out of the Ontario Aerospace Council’s annual general meeting, where more than 170 people gathered to discuss the issues facing the industry.
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Watch as Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, discusses the federal government's new Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, designed to meet the needs of small businesses in Canada, including small- to mid-side manufacturers.
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This year’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo), hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, showcased a number of technologies manufacturers can use to improve processes from design right down to the shop floor. While additive manufacturing and 3D printing are around 20 years old, their use in manufacturing is increasing. James Janeteas, president of Cimetrix Solutions Inc., takes us through the basics of the technology.
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In this video, Tim Rourke—Rittal’s business operations manager—shows off some of the enclosure manufacturer’s offerings, including customized enclosure capabilities, specialized hygienic cabinets for the food & beverage industry, and busbar power distribution system.
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RMT Robotics of Grimsby, ON, a Cimcorp Oy company, has developed a layer picking system using its patent-pending robotic layer picking tool.  
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Thirteen Canadian employers – including three manufacturing companies – have been honoured as Canada’s Safest Employers in 2012. The awards, sponsored by Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, were handed out to those employers for outstanding achievements in promoting health and safety in the workplace.
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Siemens Canada’s unveiled its new corporate HQ, which also officially marked the company’s 100th anniversary in Canada. Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada’s president & CEO, described some of 110,000-sf building’s features, including the pursuit of LEED Gold certification and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Siemens AG’s top man, CEO Peter Loscher, explained the company’s commitment to Canada, which he sees as a growth leader.
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