SMEs who have put manufacturing innovation on their to-do list for 2018 can hit the ground running with the information to be provided later this month in a webinar entitled “Funding for Collaborative Post-Secondary Research Projects.”
The event, taking place Tues., Jan. 30 from 1 to 2pm, is cohosted by the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, and Mentor Works Ltd., a consortium that steers SMEs through funding strategies for business growth.
The hour-long program will focus on those in the manufacturing sector, which means companies who make anything from axes (A) to zippers (Z) and who are looking for productivity or product improvements, prototypes or various other technical services to allow them to innovate, save money, become more efficient, or make more money.
Webinar takeaways include:
· How the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Centre supports industry-led R&D projects
· The three main ways industry can engage with a college for applied research projects
· Canadian government funding to access post-secondary institutions
· Government grants for co-op placements and hiring recent post-secondary graduates
The speakers include Jim Lambert, Centre Manager, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, and Ryan Fusina, Director of Sales at Mentor Works. Jim’s presentation will also include case studies on recent engagements with industry.
Plan the Work/Work the Plan: Reducing Costs by Leveraging 3D Scanning Technology in Industrial Applications
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Deadline to Register: Thursday, January 25, 2017
Time: 8:00am to 11:00am* *Tour of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre included as part of this workshop Cost: $25 includes breakfast and workshop Location: Niagara College, Welland Campus Room IC209 – Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre 100 Niagara College Boulevard, Welland, ON L3C 7L3
As-built documentation is crucial to the development, planning and refurbishment of industrial sites and facilities. But the challenge for existing assets is the ability to turn decades’ worth of operational information and experience from various sources and systems into ‘applicable information’. As-built documents are often incomplete, or outdated and hence unreliable. Currency and accuracy of data is critical in design environments:
MEC Interference Co-ordination
Brownfield Facility Refurbishment
Strategic Facility Planning
Come hear how sophisticated data acquisition technology, such as 3D Laser Scanning, can reduce your production schedule, minimize risks and improve operational efficiency.
When the Facilities Management Services division at the College needed to have a precise, as-built measurement scan prior to renovations to an auditorium, they needed only look to the technology already housed at the Welland campus’ Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
Armed with their 3D laser scanner, a team of students and a lab specialist with the Research & Innovation division recently headed to the Yerich Auditorium at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. It’s a space that’s about to get a complete overhaul: new seating, walls, flooring and some added services such as communications, mechanical piping and electrical.
The mission was to produce an “as-built” scan of the room to provide FMS with a data set of precision measurements so they can accurately design their new layout.
“We require the precise location of the walls to each other, the wall distances and related angles,” says Bart Lanni, FMS planning & development technologist. “This will be a great aid in helping us to accurately locate the new seating before drilling the floor slab for the electrical power to each row or fixed seating.
“The fixed seating supplier uses the scan to aid them in locating the floor levels where the transitions occurred from level, to sloped, and back to level.”
The research team utilized its FARO Focus 3DS 120 laser scanner to create a 3D image of the room using visible laser light to measure millions of points, explains Charles Lecompte, senior application specialist with R&I.
“The FARO Focus takes those millions of measurements and creates a ’point cloud‘ that represents every visible surface, which can then be imported into CAD software,” says Lecompte. “From there we can use the updated ’as-is‘ condition of the facility to plan and co-ordinate while mitigating risks that occur when working from incorrect data.”
Centre manager Jim Lambert says this type of technology can be beneficial to industry, particularly for plant design, and in construction and operations. The planning and co-ordination of work around existing facilities can represent large cost savings in labour and materials.
Lambert called the project mutually beneficial for the College; the FMS department gains this as-built model and students receive real world application knowledge by utilizing innovative solutions using advanced manufacturing technologies. “This experience makes them more marketable to [small- and medium-sized businesses] looking to improve their operations.”
Daniela Cortes, a second-year Mechanical Engineering Technology student and research assistant, agrees: “Working at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about and use leading-edge technology for various applications.”
While Niagara College celebrates its 50th anniversary, it’s also a great time for remembrances of things past: like the times that brothers John and Jim Lambert both graduated from the College and then each received a nomination for the prestigious Premier’s Award.
“Not sure if we are the only siblings to both have graduated from the college and also be nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award,” wonders Jim.
The awards, administered by Colleges Ontario, celebrate greatness in every field and those who excel in innovations and add to the “prosperity of their community.”
Jim was first to graduate in 1983 from the Mechanical Engineering Technician (Drafting Design) program. And in 2008 he was nominated for the Premier’s Award in the Technology category. This is for individuals that are trailblazers in growing the culture and improving lives by creating innovative and cutting-edge technologies.
It’s only fitting then that after a 33-year engineering career with Bosch Rexroth Canada, Jim returned home to NC as the Centre Manager for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, a position he’s held since 2015.
His brother, who is 20 years into his career with the University of Buffalo, graduated from the Retail Management program in 1986 and in 2002 was nominated by the College in the business category for the Premier’s Award.
2017 Breakfast & Learn Workshop Series at Niagara College
Practical Strategies to Develop, Grow Product Sales
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Deadline to register Friday, March 24, 2017
This workshop explores ways to grow your business using proven techniques for setting up independent sales reps who only get paid when they sell. It also delves into effective strategies for using LinkedIn and other social media.
Facilitated by Bryan C Webb, P. Eng.
One of the key elements of a successful business is growth of sales and sales revenue. Growth helps through scales of economies where your equipment and staff can be more efficient by maximizing use of fixed assets and adding people as needed. Many companies work very hard in their manufacturing facilities but don’t spend an appropriate amount of time planning for future growth and needs. They also rely on sales to their current customers within Ontario or Canada without considering these same types that operate in the United States.
In this morning session, you will learn:
what challenges other manufacturers in the region face with regards to product sales
what strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats exist in today’s economic climate
how to set up new sales channels in new territories when you’ve never done it, and don’t think you have the time, skills or resources to effectively execute.
Who Should Attend:
Owners, general managers, sales managers and anyone involved in the strategic planning for an industrial company.
Bryan C Webb, P. Eng. – Sales and Marketing Consultant
Bryan is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario with more than 30 years of sales and marketing of highly technical and sophisticated systems and products. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Electronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo with a minor in Management Science. He has also completed the four-year Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) program at York University.
He is a technical product sales and marketing professional whose expertise includes instrumentation, industrial and test automation in both hardware and software (control, capture, display, analysis and storage). In April 2010, he co-started Norton Scientific Inc, a biotechnology company designing and manufacturing analytical instruments. His recent efforts included setting up independent sales reps/agencies across Canada and much of the United States.
Bryan’s skills include sales and marketing of sophisticated technology products. His background is based on electronics engineering (and heavy computer usage) including the use of the Internet from its earliest days. He is a networker of note, primarily on LinkedIn where he has had a profile since April 2006 and presented “LinkedIn for Success” at least 20 times.
He recently served for two years as the Chair of the Niagara Industrial Association (continuing NIA Board member from 2009 to 2013); and served on the Board of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. In addition, he is involved with mentoring of new Canadian professionals with organizations such as the Niagara Immigrant Employment Council (NIEC, a part of NWPB).
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:00am to 10:30am* *Optional tour of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre included as part of this workshop
Niagara College (Welland Campus)
Room: IC209 – Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre
100 Niagara College Boulevard
Welland, ON L3C 7L3