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May 16, 2018

Asset and Inventory Management System

Keeping track of the conditions of the thousands of poles, holes, signs and lights that line the streets of cities and towns — keeping track of the streets themselves — is a huge job. Traditionally, municipalities have left the task of keeping track of the state of road conditions and infrastructure to staff (sometimes driving around for other reasons), or random checks and public complaints. It’s a haphazard approach that may or may not get the job done, and North-Line Canada Ltd., recognized an opportunity to create an inventory-management system that could be installed in any vehicle and tailored to... Read more
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May 16, 2018

Connecting Link2Feed to Collective Impact Platforms

Link2Feed is a Sarnia-based company that has created software to help food banks and other non-profits across North America (including Sarnia’s Inn of the Good Sheppard) to use data to understand and increase the impact of their work. The software is designed to collect and manage client data in ways that help organizations better understand the people they serve, increase their resources, and demonstrate their value to donors. The work was a collaboration between Link2Feed and Lambton College's Information Technology Research Group, led by faculty researcher Len Payne. Their challenge was to enhance the integration capacity of Link2Feed’s software, to... Read more
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May 16, 2018

Aclarus

Easy access to high-quality drinking water can be a challenge for people outside urban areas — and it was to improve that access that Aclarus Ozone Water Systems approached Lambton College in Sarnia for help to test, develop and optimize its ozone water purification system. Aclarus, based in Peterborough, Ontario, specializes in water purification through the use of ozone technology. Ozone, an inorganic molecule, is extremely efficient at removing bacteria, pesticides, odours, chemicals (and more) from water. In June of 2015, Aclarus partnered with the Lambton Water Centre at Lambton College on a research project to validate its system’s effectiveness... Read more
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April 20, 2018

Chopping chopper waste

Airbus Helicopters Canada came to Niagara College seeking help to improve the productivity of a workstation in its Fort Erie plant. The company had established that the station (which trimmed, drilled and routed carbon fibre parts) was a bottleneck in the manufacturing process and was also wasting too much material. Airbus hoped a partnership with Niagara College would help improve the function of the station by reducing scrap and increasing its rate of production. The research team, made up of an engineering instructor and a student on his senior co-op placement, used a GoPro camera to film workers at the... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Cutting-edge technology makes prize-winning cutting edges

Joseph Hofer is an award-winning industrial designer based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. He was intrigued by the possibilities of 3D printing but wanted to take it outside the realms of the aerospace and medical industries where it is most often used. In his own words, he was seeking to create “something more human as a product, something understandable. Something people could see in their lives.” Hofer started by considering how some common household items are made, leading him and his team to come up with the “pair knife,” a design that combines the two most commonly used kitchen knives: the paring... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Making power wheelchairs smarter

Many people who use power wheelchairs have poor manual dexterity because of spinal cord, stroke or head injuries, or because of degenerative diseases. Even getting in and out of an accessible vehicle can be time-consuming, and sometimes dangerous, for them. Other tasks — such as taking a shower — require an attendant to drive the wheelchair away. SmartChair gives people who use wheelchairs more freedom and self-reliance while significantly improving their safety and mobility. SmartChair is a control system which can easily be integrated with any existing power wheelchair. The goal of the project is to give users added independence... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Deep down safety for miners

Ultra-deep mines are those that reach 2.5 kilometres below the earth’s surface. They are not an easy place to work; as the depth increases, so does the temperature. In an ultra-deep mine, ambient heat from rocks and humidity meets heat from machinery and human activity to create a hazardous mix. Miners in ultra-deep mines follow a reduced work-rest cycle to prevent heat stress. Modified hours are only part of what it takes to keep miners safe and Jannatec Technologies, which has been developing safety products for the mining industry for over 25 years, undertook to design a new kind of... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Glasses-free 3D Technology for iPads

Humber College’s School of Applied Technology has recently completed a research project that involved designing and patenting 3D software for iPads. Humber faculty member Odin Cappello partnered with Ooyavah Inc., a leading Ontario business in stereoscopic technology, to develop a prototype for glasses-free 3D visualization on the Apple iPad. Ooyavah’s innovative technology required that users could easily mount the lens to their iPad with high precision, that iPad aesthetics and functionality were not compromised, and that the lens could be conveniently stored when not in use. To address this design challenge, Cappello led a team of Humber students who worked... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Computerizing Homecare for Kidney Patients

A new technology for doing kidney dialysis at home is being developed by Sault College in partnership with a small Ontario engineering company. Sault College has collaborated with eQOL Inc. to develop a prototype of a microcontroller-based device that will improve the connectivity of their eQ Connect™ technology (formerly called DiCAT). Kidney dialysis treatment usually requires several hospital visits a week, which can be onerous for people living several miles from a hospital but impossible for patients living in rural communities or on reserves 50 or more kilometres from treatment. eQOL Inc. is a process engineering company that builds devices... Read more
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