April 14, 2021

    Automation and Robotic technologies are some of the critical building blocks for advanced manufacturing. To better understand how NGen can work with its membership to improve adoption of these technologies in Canada a survey of 25 member experts was conducted.

    The survey was to better understand the issues around A&R adoption in Canada, and strengths and weaknesses in the ecosystem. It was then followed by one-on-one interviews to explore individual experiences, opinions, and suggestions for action. The survey group is only a sample of Canada’s significant A&R ecosystem, but common themes still frequently emerged. This report summarises the survey results and discusses the interview findings.

    Below is NGen’s Automation & Robotics Advisory Board (A&RAB) companies who are deeply involved in Canada’s A&R ecosystem and who graciously shared their expertise for this report.

     

    Advanced Intelligent Systems

    ABB

    AIS Technologies Group

    ATS Robotics

    ATSI Robotics

    Attabotics Inc

    Automate Canada

    Automatix

    Clearpath

    CRIQ

    Eclipse Automation

    Festo

    Hattin Foundation

    Humber College

    Integra-Co / Eficio

    Kinova

    NRC

    Omni Robotics

    REAI

    Sensor Tech Canada

    Siemens

    Taiga Robotics

    Whitfield Welding

    The initial survey questions were designed to give an overview of solutions offered by the respondents to different markets, and the specific application areas for Automation and Robotics.

    Unsurprisingly the automotive sector was one of the largest cited, after “other sectors” where aquaculture, medical, mining, defense and lumber were mentioned.

    The application areas were consistent with global use cases, with handling and assembly being dominant. Other use cases were vision guided quality control, teleoperation, and additive manufacturing.

    Read the full report.