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

A catalyst for the future of advanced manufacturing

Every company looks ahead for what it can do to improve manufacturing, whether that’s imagining the future of the next quarter or of the next business cycle. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is doing that too, but it’s looking to what might happen decades ahead. And, to the surprise of some who may see universities as thriving in isolation of the real word, UOIT is looking at the future of advanced manufacturing in concert with business. UOIT demonstrated its engagement with advanced manufacturing at a half-day conference in April at the university’s campus in Oshawa, Ontario. Several Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) members participated at the conference, including Siemens Canada, IBM, General Motors and Cimetrix Solutions. UOIT is one of Canada’s newest research universities, having opened its doors in 2003. The university has grown to 10,000 students in seven faculties, with an emphasis on studies and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UOIT has earned 11 Canada Research Chairs (CRC); one, Dr. Dan Zhang, the CRC in Advanced Robotics and Automation, focuses on the next-generation of industrial robotics — innovations that help to perform tasks faster, more accurately and with greater adaptability to changing work assignment and conditions. (Click Here to read the full...

IFTech Announce The Release Of New SDK For ARAIG

IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc. are pleased to announce the release of their Software Development Kit (SDK) for ARAIG As Real As It Gets, a high-tech, multi-sensory gaming suit. Created by a Canadian father and son team, the ARAIG gaming suit provides a new unique immersive experience through multi-sensory feedback. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG can deliver the most cutting edge technology to its users. People wearing the ARAIG gaming suit will experience a level of immersion that has never been reached and felt before. “We have pushed technology in the creation of ARAIG and now there is a new standard for human perception based on sensory stimulation and sensory manipulation,” said Michael Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech. “The ARAIG technology provides real world sensory stimulation for all virtual world environments.” The ARAIG SDK is used to integrate the ARAIG gaming suit into a customer’s software and properly activate the suit’s various sensors. The software development kit is currently available to companies that have demonstrated they are leaders in their marketspace. ARAIG Software Development Kit provides: • Ability to learn how to integrate the ARAIG SDK into customers software • Access to developer support • Feedback to help IFTech better support a customer’s needs and development process “The ARAIG SDK is a big first step to providing developers and solution providers with a means of integrating ARAIG into their games and software,” says Brodie Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech.“We are looking forward to seeing how developers take the ARAIG SDK and create experiences that have never before...

Spark Client Tiko 3D Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Tiko 3D, the creators of the most affordable, elegant, and easy to use 3D Printer officially launched their Kickstarter campaign on Monday. Within three hours, they reached their goal of $100,000. As of right now, the campaign continues to climb! The company is bringing delta printing technology to the masses in a user-friendly, affordable desktop device called Tiko. Tiko 3D are clients of the Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre and were recently announced as part of the first Cohort of the Thrive Accelerator Program. The company are currently co-located with Spark Centre at The Loft in Durham Region. They are also the winners of the General Entrepreneur category at the 2014 Ignite Durham Startup Competition where they won $25,000 to use towards their business. To contribute to their Kickstarter campaign, please...