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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.
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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.

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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 TECHNOLOGIES INC.

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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TRENCH LIMITED, A SIEMENS COMPANY

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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KEYSCAN

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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CIMETRIX

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

Ignite – Boardroom Competition

The final step in the Ignite process – the 4 Ignite finalists will each deliver a 20 minute investment presentation to the Ignite Power Panel. The presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A session, where team will face real scrutiny from entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders who have been there and done that. Following the Boardroom Presentations, our Ignite Power Panel will select the two Ignite winners! Registration opens at 5:00pm. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Meet the Ignite Final Four! Young Entrepreneur Finalists Dash MD: Providing patients with the tools and resources they need to successfully traverse their road to recovery after a visit to the hospital. MIR: Creators of a drone that can carry multiple or large packages, expanding the capabilities of current delivery drones. General Entrepreneur Finalists Cliply Corp: Leveraging computer vision technologies and the latest advances in machine learning to automatically create “video-stories” from raw video footage. Hexyoo: Creators of a proprietary gel based pressure ulcer pad with embedded sensors for the treatment and prevention of pressure...

Meet The Ignite Final 4 And Student Winner!

Spark Centre is very pleased to announce the Student Entrepreneur winner and the Final Four Finalists after an incredible evening at Ignite’s Round 2: Pitch Competition. The Top 25 competitors gave their best three minute pitch in front of the Ignite Power Panel. The Student Entrepreneur winner was chosen and awarded $5,000! After much deliberation, the panel also chose the Final 4 to move on to the Boardroom Competition on November 15th and continue their quest for $25,000. Spark Centre would like to congratulate the winner and finalists!   Student Entrepreneur Winner Ultima Apparel: Creators of compression athletic wear with embedded wearable technology. Young Entrepreneur Finalists Dash MD: Providing patients with the tools and resources they need to successfully traverse their road to recovery after a visit to the hospital. MIR: Creators of a drone that can carry multiple or large packages, expanding the capabilities of current delivery drones. General Entrepreneur Finalists Cliply Corp: Leveraging computer vision technologies and the latest advances in machine learning to automatically create “video-stories” from raw video footage. Hexyoo: Creators of a proprietary gel based pressure ulcer pad with embedded sensors for the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers. Come cheer on the Final 4 at the Boardroom Competition!  Tuesday, November 15th 5:00pm – 8:00pm Whitby Council Chambers – 575 Rossland Road E REGISTER...

Spark Centre Opens Applications for the 2016 Ignite Start-up Competition

Spark Innovation Centre pleased to announce that applications are now open for its fourth annual Ignite Competition. Two start-up companies will be awarded $25,000 to use towards their business. Along with the monetary prize, the two winners will be given free office space in The Loft and will also join Spark Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program which offers significant advisory and business support services to achieve a faster market entry. Spark Centre continues its strategic focus on youth entrepreneurship and accordingly, Ignite will once again include the Student Entrepreneur category for a second year, giving away $5,000 to a post-secondary entrepreneur. The 2015 Ignite winners, IFTech and Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments have gone on to do extraordinary things with the help that they received after winning Ignite. “Ignite was a great experience for us throughout the competition. Not only did we develop great contacts and start mentoring relationships that have helped drive our sales,” says Michael Chrostowski, PhD, President and CEO of Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments. “Winning Ignite also allowed us to create the momentum towards our entry into the US market.” “Ignite is more than just winning a contest, it gets companies ready to meet the demands of financing. All companies need money to run and Ignite helps with that,” says IFTech Co-Founder Micheal Stanfield. “Working with Spark Centre throughout the competition helped us with our confidence and they continue to help us handle the constant ups and downs of business.” Applications for the Young and General Entrepreneur categories must be received by 5:00pm on September 9th. Student Entrepreneur applications will be extended until 5:00pm on September 16th. Please...
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