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March 15, 2016

Advanced Materials

The Cégep de Thetford’s Industrial Research Chair for Advanced Materials focuses on manufacturing polymer and nano-object nano-composites according to industry processes. Current research, led by Dr. Philippe Bébin, focuses on how to control the organization of nanometric components to obtain new levels of performance using traditional materials. To do this, the research team is working to control interfaces and adjust manufacturing processes. The chemistry and physical chemistry of different components’ surfaces can be modified to allow a specific structure of material to be selected for certain desired end qualities. The Research Chair is located at the Cégep’s Centre de technologie... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Composite Aerospace Component Manufacturing

In the aerospace field, the quality and reliability of manufacturing processes is vital. Research and development are the very core of this industry and are key to growth and development through innovation. The use of new materials, such as composites, is increasingly common to reduce the weight of aircraft and improve performance. The Industrial Research Chair in Composite Aerospace Component Manufacturing at Edouard-Montpetit was created from a need expressed by the industry. This research chair facilitates knowledge acquisition and offers access to a team of specialized workers, factors that can help companies remain competitive in an international market. It also... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Clear Skies with Advanced Green Technology

Clear Blue Technologies designs on-grid and off-grid wind and solar energy devices for renewable energy manufacturers. In 2012, Clear Blue and George Brown partnered to develop, manufacture, and test 20 prototypes of a key product. Clear Blue and the college have partnered again recently to develop a manufacturing process for Clear Blue’s Blackbird and Eagle releases. The goal is to improve and scale the current manufacturability of its products and automate the existing manual manufacturing and testing of their systems. The company expects product quality and reliability to improve with proper reliability testing. This latest phase has supported Clear Blue... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Oilseeds to Environmentally Friendly Bioproducts

Cégep de Thetford and its Centre collégial de transfert de technologie en oléochimie industrielle (OLEOTEK) operate a pilot factory and sophisticated processing equipment for applied research into oilseed use in industrial applications to produce technical materials and fluids. OLEOTEK develops new oils with a biosourced functionalized base for Elevance Renewable Sciences, a company that processes renewable materials into a wide variety of bio-products including performance waxes, detergents, cleaners, and solvents. The project is in a pilot stage of development with the goal of knowledge transfer to industry. Funding received from an Applied Research Tool and Instruments grant led to the... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Creating Innovative Fibres from Recycled Wood Biomass

Innofibre is a College Centre for the Transfer of Technology (CCTT) at Cégep de Trois-Rivières focused on production of cellulose products made from wood, pulp, and paper biomass. Every year, the recycling firm BRQ Fibre & Broyure reclaims more than 100,000 tons of residual biomass, including wood from demolition, deconstruction, and pruning. Traditionally, the biomass has been re-purposed in the energy sector but, as a leading-edge company, BRQ wants to break new ground by introducing innovative products. That’s why its executives called on Innofibre. In their first partnership, BRQ and Innofibre designed a product made of 100 per cent recycled... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Making the Shoe Fit Every Time

Science has solved many conundrums, but finding the shoe that fits perfectly was never on the list. At Centennial College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre, researchers are dedicated to using science to solve practical, real-life problems. Custom shoe manufacturing typically requires complex processes like plaster casts. Toronto firm PodoTech aimed to create a three-dimensional foot scanning system to make measurements simpler and more accurate. Waterloo University researchers developed a proof-of-concept Orthotic Design System, which led to the creation of photo scanner hardware and basic software to make a 3D model from the image. However, the software had been created using... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Improving Highway Line Painting Technology

Niagara College’s state-of-the-art capacity in 3D design and 3D printing has offered local companies exciting new possibilities to improve their products and services. One such company is Linetech Equipment Mfg. Ltd., one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of equipment to paint lines on roads and highways. About 100 of the company’s truck-mounted machines are in use across Canada, the United States, and in other parts of the world. Several years ago, Linetech worked with the college’s digital media team to update software and test a mobile monitoring device that gauges the thickness of existing road markings. After a successful research partnership... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Beacons for Airplane Safety

Tall structures such as wireless communication towers or windmills can be hazards for air traffic. A Québec company has developed specialized protective lighting for these structures to help aircraft see these obstacles. Technostrobe approached the Centre collégial de transfert technologique en optique-photonique (Optech) at Cégep André-Laurendeau for help increasing the efficiency of their beacons, which are installed on radio broadcasting and wireless communications towers and on wind turbines. Meeting Transportation Canada’s very strict photometric standards, the beacons are exposed to severe climatic conditions over very long periods. “Optech’s participation clearly and greatly sped up Technostrobe’s product development,” according to Francis... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Skate Manufacturing Analysis for Graf Canada

Graf Canada Ltd. is working with researchers at SAIT Polytechnic’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department to develop better performing, lighter-weight skates. SAIT’s Sports and Wellness Engineering Technologies specialists are hoping to provide Graf with the necessary information to manufacture more of its skate components in Canada at a higher quality with shorter lead times and smaller batch orders. The project will also provide Graf with some preliminary models of a skate that incorporates new materials and manufacturing processes. Graf approached ARIS for assistance in reviewing the manufacturing processes and materials used in the production of its ice hockey... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Giving the Aerospace Industry an Upgrade

Aerospace manufacturing companies build parts using computer numerical control (CNC) machines, high-tech sculpting machines that program the path of the cutting tool in core materials. In this rapidly changing technology field, parts often become obsolete and cost-effective solutions must be found to replace them. When one of its aerospace clients’ CNC machines needed new memory cards, Nexas Networks collaborated with Centennial College to find a solution. Partnering with the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC), Nexas Networks and Professor Glen Taylor worked with students to design and prototype a new memory card for the CNC machines. In four months,... Read more
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