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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

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