Advanced Manufacturing

Industry Highlights

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Historically one of North America’s largest manufacturing producers, Durham Region has experienced a significant economic change in this industry. This highly concentrated skilled and knowledgeable manufacturing workforce is embracing advanced and emerging technologies such as, 3D printing for both prototyping and on-demand specialized manufacturing needs.
Photo from the Robotics Competition

Advanced manufacturing is continually impacted by technology efficiencies such as, improved robotics, disruptive software technology, and automation techniques. Durham Region is home to two of Canada’s most recognized learning and research institutions, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College. Recently these institutions hosted the International Robotics Competition where 80 robotics teams from across North America contended for a spot at the first Robotics Canada World Championship.

Photo at the Automotive Centre of Excellence
The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), operated by UOIT is the first testing and research centre of its kind in Canada and in many respects the world. ACE offers a full range of test chambers including one of the largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels on the planet.

featured Manufacturing employers

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Omachron combines imagination, advanced research, rapid manufacturing, hard work, and a genuine concern for the future of our world to develop “Sustainable Technologies for a Better Future”(TM). These “Sustainable Technologies” are then developed into leading edge products and services that allow current and future generations to live better. Visit Website
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Increased product demand for the oil insulated instrument transformers led to the decision to build the new advanced manufacturing facility, allowing Trench to substantially expand existing production and build a dedicated high voltage testing laboratory capable of testing products rated up to 800,000 volts. The plant is also home to a Research and Development department designed to keep the company at the forefront of innovation within the energy sector. Visit Website
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Established in 1984, Keyscan has been equipping businesses, organizations, and institutions with integrated access control systems that regulate and monitor building access. The mission at Keyscan has always been to engineer and market the best in access control systems and offer unsurpassed customer service and technical support within the security industry. Visit Website
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Specializing in advanced manufacturing using 3D technology, Cimetrix has a wide variety of solutions including advanced 3D production around tools, such as jigs, fixtures, drill guides, and check gauges can be quickly and cost-effectively produced through additive fabrication systems – a process called direct digital manufacturing (or rapid manufacturing). This process eliminates machining or tooling, shaving months and tens of thousands of dollars off scheduling. Visit Website

Advanced Manufacturing News

Durham Region companies and schools benefitting from 3D printing technology

by Dominik Wisniewski, durhamregion.com While he’s seen a heightened awareness of 3D printing technology in Durham Region, James Janeteas has also seen a fair share of “outlandish claims” being made about its capabilities. Sitting inside the Oshawa headquarters of Cimetrix Solutions Inc., a company he founded in 1993, CEO and president Mr. Janeteas said some people have called 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, the next industrial revolution, a viewpoint he does not share. “There is a lot of hype around our industry,” he said. “When you start seeing articles written in Forbes, Better Business News, Economist and the Wall Street Journal, all of a sudden institutions and the investment community are aware of it.” Originally focused on supporting Canadian manufacturing firms with its design and manufacturing initiatives, Cimetrix started specializing in 3D printing technologies in the late 1990s. “We are still supporting the product development and manufacturing process… but 3D printing, or rapid prototyping as it was called back then, was used to help support the design process and to validate the design for form, fit and function,” Mr. Janeteas said. Today, he said it’s more about leveraging the same capabilities to support manufacturing initiatives. (Click Here to read the full story)...

Durham College students win big at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

by Jillian Follert, durhamregion.com  Several Durham College students recently won big at the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. The Ontario Technological Skills Competition gave students a chance to face off against the best of the best in more than 60 skill areas. Durham College student Adam Leadbetter, 23, scored a gold medal in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright category. “I was pretty pumped, I was ecstatic,” he says. “This is awesome to put on your resume.” His section of the competition involved designing and building a cascading pneumatic circuit on a short timeline. It may sound daunting to those who aren’t familiar with his trade, but Mr. Leadbetter says using the skills learned through his apprenticeship, made it “pretty straight forward.” This year’s competition in Waterloo saw more than 2,100 elementary, secondary and post-secondary students compete in front of 20,000 spectators. (Click Here to read the full...

GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa to focus on the Connected Car and Green Technology

GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced today that GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre is growing into an innovation hub for the “connected car” and green technologies, two areas of growing importance for automotive customers and the future of the auto sector. The Oshawa-based centre is now hiring for the addition of more than 100 software and controls engineers to support a new mandate related to “connected car” systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions. GM Canada manages approximately $190 million research and development work per year with a wide range of leading Canadian suppliers and universities.  Work at the GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa and its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ontario is helping to make the automobile more connected and environmentally sustainable.  These activities include the development of new software and active controls that allow customers to take advantage of high-speed data links between automobiles and mobile networks. “Connected car” technologies are enabling an exciting range of new safety, environmental and infotainment applications. Innovation at the Canadian Engineering Centre also focuses on the use of alternative fuels, light-weight and advanced materials which help improve fuel economy and offer customers new and more sustainable technology solutions. Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, GM Canada said, “We have long been proud of GM Canada’s unique capability in Canada to design and engineer future products for our customers and our solid portfolio of patents and project breakthroughs,” said Carlisle. “We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading...