Innovative medical technology for aging population CHALLENGE Bisep Inc., a Niagara Falls-based innovation start-up, invented a device that connects a patient’s wheelchair to their walker, acting as a security bridge to enable unaided movement and solve the common issue of understaffing in long-term care homes. The device, named the ARMM (Ambulation, Retraining, Mobility, and Mechanism), needed thorough design engineering improvements in order to be mass-produced … Continue reading Bisep Inc.
Family farm quadruples strawberry juice output thanks to Niagara College engineers CHALLENGE Simcoe, Ont.-based Meadow Lynn Farms is a mixed farming enterprise that includes cash crop, dairy, CSA market gardens and strawberries. The farm has been family-owned for 73 years. The owners wished to capture a niche market for the thousands of pounds of wasted strawberry seconds (imperfect, under-or over-ripe berries). After designing a larger-scale … Continue reading Meadow Lynn Farms
Sewer Guardian: creating a watertight enclosure and improved circuit board for backwater valve CHALLENGE Residential sewer systems require backflow prevention devices to protect the home from sewage entering into the home. The current technology of backflow preventers poses a problem in that there is no way to determine if the backflow prevention device is operational. Failures of the backflow prevention device can be catastrophic. … Continue reading Rock Bar Construction
Developing a Winterized De-Icing Proof-of-Concept Spray Head PROJECT TYPE Mechanical Engineering Design and Improvement CHALLENGE Based out of Niagara Falls, Snow-lutions Inc., is a technology and services company that has developed an all-season snow melting and fertilizing / irrigation application with its patented spray head system. This company has developed a method and system for distributing snow-melting fluid in the winter and nutrients during … Continue reading Snow-lutions Inc.
The Heartnut, a Hard Nut to Crack PROJECT TYPE Mechanical Engineering Design and Improvement CHALLENGE Grimo Nut Nursery, a company and farm based out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is best known for selling Canadian hardy nut trees to backyard growers and nut-tree farmers alike. It is also currently breeding a newer walnut variation known as the heartnut (named after the Valentine shape of the shell and … Continue reading Grimo Nut Nursery
Advancing Orthotics Manufacturing with Laser Technology and Additive Manufacturing PROJECT TYPE Mechanical Engineering Design and Improvement CHALLENGE Footwork Orthotics London Inc. creates custom orthopedic footwear, medical bracing, and compression garments for its patients, with a focus on customized orthopedic footwear. Customized footwear addresses the specific needs of individuals that may suffer from structural foot deformities and/or special mechanics deficiencies. The company highlights the need … Continue reading Footwork Orthotics