Optimizing productivity for local robotics company

A local robotics company has seen their assembly times cut in half and has experienced a “drastic” reduction in rework and quality issues. This is thanks to an engineering productivity assessment completed by Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC). St. Catharines-based Factory Surplus Direct (FSD) is a source for automation and robotics parts …Continue reading »

Reverse engineering a game changer for industry partner

left: The 115-tonne gantry crane at CMI Heavy Industries that needed to get back into operation; right: Dave McKechnie, research laboratory technologist at WAMIC, performs the tricky laser scanning procedure in order to get precise measurements. Reverse engineering is the process of extracting design information from a device, object, or system through analysis of its …Continue reading »

Hamill Machine expands business thanks to WAMIC expertise

UPDATE June 24, 2020: This past February, Hamill Machine Company finalized a project with R&I’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC) to develop an industrial fixture/jig for Hamill’s new robotic welding cell. The WAMIC research team used Computer Aided Design (CAD) in its engineering design ofhamh the pneumatic clamping system to hold the parts of …Continue reading »

Using metrology expertise to practise ‘tolerance’

According to the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving – the Russian translation from the acronym TRIZ – a systematic process of creativity forms the foundation for innovative design engineering or product development. These inventive principles draw on adaptive lateral thinking solutions, with re-usable methodology across industries. In revealing patterns of technical evolution, the theory is …Continue reading »

Mechanical engineering grad never stops learning

Mike Granton is a 2017 graduate of Niagara College’s Mechanical Engineering Technologist program. He did his co-op with the Research & Innovation division’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre as a research assistant and was then hired as research associate after graduating. He also graduated from NC’s Computer Engineering Technology/Technician program in 2003. Mike is employed …Continue reading »

POSITION AVAILABLE: Project Manager – Greenhouse Technology Network

Project Manager – Greenhouse Technology Network Applications are invited for the position of Project Manager – Greenhouse Technology Network in the Research & Innovation division located at our Daniel J Patterson (NOTL) Campus. This is a term certain contract position for 35 hours per week ending December 31, 2023.  The Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN), is …Continue reading »