NGen’s

Collaboration Corner

Project Opportunities

Welcome to NGen's Collaboration Corner. This new feature is available for member companies looking to connect with other companies for partnering opportunities in Canada's advanced manufacturing ecosystem.
 

If you are interested in any of the opportunities please complete the following form. 

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Lion Electric Co.
Project description:

The Lion Electric Co. project targets the automation of their production line, more specifically the automation of the paint shop. Lion has identified a project partner based in Quebec named Genik. The automation of the paint shop will allow Lion to efficiently and safely paint the Lion truck chassis. Further, Lion did not have a paint shop as part of its production line and this process is entirely new to Lion, hence why it is crucial to automate this area of our production line.

Project objectives:

Develop an industrial paint booth for Lion Chassis

Automate the paint booth with robots to exceed health and safety standards; in fact, without automation, a human would be at great risk to perform the same tasks the robot will do without having to lift the chassis, breath excessive fumes, and overall safely operation issues we have identified that would be alleviated with the suggested robot

Significantly increase efficiency of the paint process with automation of the paint booth and overall paint process, resulting in additional revenues and decrease in fixed costs 

Identify the best, most efficient pattern for the robot to follow

Lion expertise in the project:

Designing and building all-electric vehicle chassis; in fact, Lion already builds its own chassis and has been doing so for the last 3+ years.

Lion already produces all-electric heavy-duty vehicles and continues to increase its production scale everyday.

Genik will provide the expertise when it comes to the robot and automation of the painting process

Expertise Lion is looking for:

How to combine automation with the electric chassis production

How to program the robot in a paint booth setting

How to maximize efficiency with the proposed robot patterns
If you are interested please complete the following form. 
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Apex Industries

Project description:

Apex is looking to establish a manufacturing process to produce a new composite material.  This material will provide a cost-effective alternative with superior hardness and heat resistance to current available artificial solid surface materials for counter tops, interiors and exteriors of buildings.

Through this project, Apex is looking to establish an advanced manufacturing process encompassing a viable printing technology, resin mixing, glass and paper impregnation, continuous in-line drying, in-line cutting and stacking capabilities.  The end product will incorporate 50-100 layers of impregnated material and printed product.

Company Description

Apex Industries is a manufacturer, distributor and solutions company located in Moncton, NB employing 265 people. The company has been established for over 60 years and has 5 distinct business units.

  1. Aerospace-Provides CNC machining and secondary finishing of parts for companies including Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, AVCORP, Bell Helicopter, Boeing.
  2. Steel Door Manufacturing Group – Is a manufacturer of hollow metal interior and exterior door entrances. This group also provides security door systems for Canadian Embassies worldwide.
  3. Door Opening Solutions Group – The sale of Steel Doors, Hardware and associated commodities and commercial overhead door systems.
  4. Contract Manufacturing Group-Provides CNC machining and fabrication services focused on the oil/gas and the defence industry.
  5. Product Development and Automation Group- Provider of custom machines with vertically integrated engineering design services.

Project Description:

Apex is looking to establish a manufacturing process to produce a new composite material.  This material will provide a cost-effective alternative with superior hardness and heat resistance to current available artificial solid surface materials for counter tops, interiors and exteriors of buildings.

Through this project, Apex is looking to establish an advanced manufacturing process encompassing a viable printing technology, resin mixing, glass and paper impregnation, continuous in-line drying, in-line cutting and stacking capabilities.  The end product will incorporate 50-100 layers of impregnated material and printed product.

Apex requires the following expertise:

Partner who can provide large format printing services and aid in the development of an advanced printing process providing high resolution images.  Key to the success of this will be the ability to fully saturate the paper product with ink.
Production equipment providers with expertise in advanced technologies in scaling volume mixing, impregnation and drying mat products using melamine and phenolic resin formulas.

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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Pacefactory

Project description: Pacefactory has developed a real-time production efficiency monitoring solution using video analytics to track combined machine and human performance metrics.  This analytical approach can simultaneously find quality and safety anomalies in production patterns, while visually representing problem solving examples for teams to collaborate on.  The result is a consultative problem solving tool that rapidly increases productivity and profitability of manufacturing operations

Pacefactory is a video analytics software company that uses computer vision, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to help manufacturing companies in the areas of worker safety, product quality and production efficiency. It is essentially a new technology for industrial applications to help improve safety and profitability of companies.

Project objectives:
Evaluate complex manufacturing environments
Identify top losses including labour utilization
Use video examples for problem solving and training
Use real time computer vision and AI to sustain results

Expertise and role in the project:

Providing software development resources
Engineering consulting expertise

 

Expertise needed:

Manufacturing sites with complex issues in efficiency, quality or safety
Labour or capacity constrained environments
Change management, training and implementation expertise
Manufacturing consultants

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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Aspire
Project description:

Aspire is a world leader in building the lowest cost, highest-density, and most ethical automated food-grade protein production system.
Aspire uses industrial automation and robotics, IoT, and deep learning/analytics to farm crickets that have a similar protein quality to meat and an environmental footprint similar (or even better) than plants.
Aspire will build the first-of-kind high-density protein production facility in the world.

Description of the Project

Our fully-automated and modular technology can be scaled to any size in any geography.

Aspire targets markets utilizing insects and their by-products for applications in nutrition, biomedicine, and agrochemicals with a vision to mitigate climate change and alleviate global food insecurity in a sustainable, regenerative way.

The project will build a new industry and a new agricultural sector. Cricket protein will displace premium meat and fish in a variety of applications with a significant impact on the environment.

The Aspire facility will transform protein production and processing by introducing for the first time ASRS (Dematic Canada), Bluetooth mesh and sensor technologies (TELUS) in the context of intensive micro-livestock farming and production.

Aspire will employ an array of scientists and engineers, opening new avenues of employment.

Expertise we are looking for…

AI, machine learning, and analytics

Aspire currently has a robust network of sensors in the current R&D facility and an extensive database of readings going back years

Aspire is looking for partner(s) who can develop tools that will:

interrogate existing datasets for missing insights

analyze new data from our new facility in near-real time to adjust variables and facilitate machine learning

Material separation

Aspire has developed patent pending processes to separate a variety of mixed products that are generated by our manufacturing process.

Aspire is looking for partner(s) who has:

existing gravimetric, density, air classification or related sorting equipment or expertise

the engineering experience to work with this type of equipment and adapt it to our needs

Injection molding

Aspire has need for high volume, high-throughput, high-pressure, structural foam injection molding using large molds

Aspire is looking for partner(s) who have:

Large scale equipment suitable OR

Who are willing to partner to increase their capacity so that they can fulfill Aspire’s requirements

Dry Material Pasteurization

Aspire has a volume of relatively low moisture-content material that would be improved through the application of heat to reduce microbial load, but cannot be cooked at a very high temperature. The material is of low value but high volume

Aspire is looking for partner(s) who have:

A high throughput system that does not add more than a few pennies per kilogram of cost to treated material

The expertise to adapt an existing system or design and manufacture a novel system

HVAC

Aspire needs to maintain fairly tight environmental tolerances in large, full enclosed spaces with substantial vertical columns

Aspire is looking for partner(s) who have:

Significant experience or equipment that will prevent environmental stratification in extremely high-bay spaces

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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CCRM Enterprises

Project description:

  • CDMO to support the process development and manufacturing needs of CDN SME’s
  • Implement Quality Management Systems (QMS) and advanced technology platforms to meet the needs of the market and align with regulatory bodies for approval
  • Redefine and deliver improved training, logistics, supply chain, and distribution for the CGT sector in Canada / North America

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

Process development and scale-up for 5-7 SME’s with novel CGT IP

Develop a novel platform technologies for advanced CGT manufacturing

Integrate SME processes and manufacturing platforms into a best-in-class CDMO serving the North American CGT market

OUR EXPERTISE AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT:

Process development (PD) and scale-up for new CGT technologies and products.

Facilities for Phase I and II clinical grade production of GMP products.

Advanced manufacturing platforms (e.g. closed, automated, scalable, and quality systems) for CGT manufacturing.

Understanding of industry and global network.

EXPERTISE WE ARE SEEKING:

Companies with CGT therapy products at TRL 4 – 6 requiring PD and GMP manufacturing.

Companies with CGT manufacturing platform technologies that can be developed and integrated into the CDMO as a service offering to SMEs.

Partners in regulatory approval; training; logistics; supply chain; and distribution.

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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JITbase

Project Description: Dynamic scheduling for CNC production.
Complete integrated dynamic scheduling solution that includes optimal scheduling, GPS for the CNC machinist on the shop-floor (JITbase current product), and automatic rescheduling based on live production data.

  • Develop and deploy the complete solution
  • Prove productivity improvement and capability to face the machinist shortage

JITbase will provide:

  • Technology provider & software development
  • ArtificiaI intelligence, Operational Research
  • Big data
  • IIoT, CNC machine connectivity

Looking for:

  • Manufacturer with CNC production, CNC production expertise.

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

Sanofi

Sanofi Pasteur

Project Description: “Advanced Formulation”

Advanced Formulation is a biotech advancement pertaining to a digital transformation initiative at Sanofi Pasteur in Toronto, Canada. Currently, formulation production is a manual paper based process with limited digital capabilities. This development intends to modernize analytical techniques and equipment used in the formulation process by becoming a paperless, data driven & fully digital automated process.

Looking for:

  • New Generation of Equipment (Single Use)
  • Digital Solutions
  • Process Analytical Technologies 

If you are interested please complete the following form.