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ABB RoboticsA partnership between Sheridan College and ABB Canada has given birth to a new Robotics Centre in the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton,ON. 

The ABB Robotics Center will allow both students and industry partners to receive training robotic welding, picking, packing and palletizing, machine tending, material handling and product assembly, and advanced vision-related programming.

“This is the best of both college and industry: creating together an optimized experience for students and industry professionals is the value-added of a partnership between ABB and Sheridan,” said Chris Poynter, vice president and general manager, Discrete Automation and Motion Division, ABB Canada.

The centre will house over 12 robots and their related work cells, software and controllers.  “Our partnership with ABB will extend far beyond supplying this new equipment to outfit the Centre,” said Dr. Farzad Rayegani, associate dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Sheridan.  “ABB will be involved in educating our students and staff in its use, building a strong foundation for co-op opportunities and future full-time employment.” 

ABB and Sheridan will also offer consulting and training to third-party industry partners looking wish to work with CAMDT on robotics projects. “The goal is to create an ecosystem where multidisciplinary teams can come together to solve advanced technical challenges that enrich the community as a whole,” said Rayegani.

L to R: Chris Poynter, Vice President and General Manager, Discrete Automation and Motion Division, ABB Canada,Casey DiBattista, General Manager, ABB Canada, Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Associate Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Sheridan, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO, Sheridan

LFI Innovation AwardsThe celebrated LFI Innovation Awards marked the opening this week of the 2019 Lightfair International Trade Show and Conference with a dramatic showcasing of the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.

The 2019 awards and trade show opening mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s largest annual lighting and technology event. The 2019 awards saw entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking. 

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Automation LabourforceBy: Thomas Donato, Rockwell Automation

We all are consumers. We all have expectations of quality and service.

When I talk to our customers, I do so with that experience and mindset. If we don’t deliver – we lose. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. It’s as simple as that.

I just lived through a great example of this. Every morning I use our blender. One of the parts broke, and the manufacturer made it quite difficult and cumbersome to get a replacement.

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OmnicableOmniCable was founded in 1977 by partners with deep experience in the US electrical marketplace. With their clear understanding of the industry, they were able to identify an opportunity for the founding of a unique company. At the time, there was a disconnect between electrical distributors and electrical wire and cable manufacturers due to a growing demand that needed to be fulfilled under strict timelines.

The nature of the industry required a wide range of product types and configurations on a “just-in-time” basis. As a result, distributors were unable to stock enough cable products to meet the demands of their customers. 

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BritechBritech Corp, one of Canadas largest heating cable companies has signed a formal agreement with Heat Trace Limited, of Cheshire, England. Heat Trace, founded in England in 1974, Heat Trace is one of the world’s leading industrial heat trace cable manufacturers.

The company is known mainly for innovative solutions in self-regulating high temperature heat tracing cables up to 275°C, their exclusive high temperature, 425°C, cut to length, industrial, in the field replacement for mineral insulated cables, and their high temperature Long Line heating cables that can be installed on pipes in one length up to 10 kilometers long.

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