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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Empower Operations
Project description:

Many manufactures already collect production data, but rarely exploit it. This project aims to exploit existing manufacturing process data (additional data acquisition also possible). The data provided by the partner will be analysed and utilized in support of machine learning in order to improve the manufacturing process.

About Empower Operations

Empower Operations is an AI algorithm company specializing in industry applications including product design, process improvement, and data management and analytics. Clients include a number of Fortune 500 companies.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

Link defects to their causation

Determine appropriate thresholds for manufacturing parameters based on data (not engineers experience / guessing)

Improve product quality

Reduce/remove reliance on experience and trial-and-error methodologies

Create software tools for efficient future application of technologies

THEIR EXPERTISE AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT:

Machine learning and AI algorithms

Data acquisition and processing

Optimization algorithms

Software development

EXPERTISE THEY ARE SEEKING:

Manufactures in metals/plastics industries (e.g. casting, injection molding)

Preferably medium to high volume

Preferably with existing production data acquisition systems in place

Desire to improve one or more of: quality, yield, process control, process understanding (link defects to causation)

Ability to quantify improvement that the application of technology has yielded

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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Cast Analytics
Project description:

For a manufacturing process, via the use of; computational modeling, optimization & software tools:

  • Undertake development in a virtual environment (computational model)
  • Define key process parameters via AI-driven optimization
  • Create custom software tools

About Cast Analytics

Cast Analytics is focused on improving manufacturing processes via the application of computational modeling tools and numerical optimization.  A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamental physics of the  manufacturing process and validation against acquired high resolution production data sets.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

Reduction in process development time and cost

Increase productivity

Improve product quality

Reduce/remove reliance on experience and trial and error methodologies

Create software tools for efficient future application of technologies

THEIR EXPERTISE AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT:

Developing validated computational models

Optimization and AI algorithms

Software development

EXPERTISE THEY ARE SEEKING:

Manufactures in metals/plastics industries (e.g. casting, injection molding)

Preferably medium to high volume

Desire to improve one or more of: quality, productivity, development process

CAE software tool providers

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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Boardera Software Inc.
Project description:

Boardera and its partners intend to create an online marketplace to provide a fair, open platform for electronic manufacturers and customers to connect and quickly turn designs into finished products.  This marketplace will utilize Boardera’s eManufacturing software to accurately capture the design intent and drastically reduce the time and cost required to bring a new PCB product to market.

About Boardera Software Inc.

We are a Canadian software company enabling other Canadian companies to bring their electronic products to market faster, with fewer errors and for less expense.

We are significantly lowering the barrier to market for start-ups and at the same time allowing large companies to reduce their R&D expenses and time to market.

All of this is accomplished by virtually manufacturing their product in Boardera’s webapp before the first prototype is built, which identifies problems not only with the design but also with the supply chain. Once all the issues are corrected the customer can simply 'add to cart' and receive their products.  www.Boardera.ca

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

Launch a Canadian based PCB/PCBA marketplace

Increase Canadian Contract Manufacturer’s global competitiveness 

Remove barriers for hardware start-ups to get to market

Simplify PCB/PCBA manufacturing processes

THEIR EXPERTISE AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT:

Contribution of background IP of webapp for PCB and PCBA intent capture

Industry leading software automation development team

Extensive experience digitizing the electronics manufacturing process

Project leadership, sales, marketing and project management 

EXPERTISE THEY ARE SEEKING:

1.Electronics Engineering to assess onboarding and ordering of PCB/PCBAs, contribute to requirements and overall user experience.

2.Manufacturing partner to test and provide input regarding manufacturing packages, patterns and processes .

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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AutoMetrics
Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
Project description:

This project leverages a tier 1 and 2 metallic structural component manufacturer’s process data and automated welding facility to elevate AutoMetrics’ machine learning-powered system for production-level deployment and to equip the manufacturer with the latest intelligent welding process monitoring technology capable of providing automated feedback and integration with closed-loop control systems.

About AutoMetrics

AutoMetrics is an industrial automation startup company focused on development and commercialization of automated and responsive process monitoring systems primarily for robotic welding industry. The company is committed to deploying advanced technologies to give machines the intelligence to understand welding and quality!
Our team has an excellent track record in developing enterprise-level machine-learning powered software solutions with expertise in modern manufacturing technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence, software development, and hardware design.
At AutoMetrics, our product design, and development is aligned with three key features: remote monitoring, modular integration, and robust performance.

Project objectives:

Deploy real-time monitoring system in a large-scale operation platform

Aggregate data for further development, via field-tests and existing data

Pilot finalized welding monitoring system with automated feedback module

Validation tests as required for launching a seamless-integrable system

Their expertise and role in the project:
AutoMetrics will incorporate their monitoring system featuring camera, electrical, and positional sensors. This includes process deviation detection components that are tested for accuracy and real-time performance. They look to aggregate data for validation, performance improvement, and development of the automated feedback module. Their system is modular and will monitor ongoing operations without interruption.
They will base the deployment in operation lines on our in-house developed user interface and systematically work with partners to customize to their operation. They are open to discuss exclusive software/user-interface customizations given the scope of the partnership.

Expertise required:
They are looking for tier 1 and 2 manufacturers with expertise in metallic structures with mission-critical weldment. The manufacturer has strict weld quality requirements and facilities including multiple robots, welding machines, and ideally vision and control systems.

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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CAST Group of Companies
Project description:

To demonstrate tracking of employees, equipment, robots and carts exposed to hazardous areas, machinery and robotics in environments where humans and these factors interact on a daily basis. Ideal scenario would be multiple tiers of access to different areas. Using BlackTrax and some customized software we can provide the location (real-time and historical) to stop machinery, send alerts, or signals to managers as well as flag unauthorized access to areas where there are major safety and or security concerns.

About CAST:

At CAST, we value developing products that allow people to be more innovative and daring by realizing efficiencies through our technology. Our mission is to design products that are robust, practical, and adaptable. We believe that our products should interconnect with all the significant entertainment hardware available from various manufacturers.

CAST has over 25 years of experience in innovation development and fostering new ideas in technology and innovation. Starting with our CAD based lighting visualization software WYSIWYG we changed an entire industry, how they operate and turned a large energy consumption endeavor such as pre-viz for a live event and turned it green through digitalization.

CAST is proud to be a wholly Canadian owned company that has thrived on innovation and automation through its product offerings. We come to the table with a worldwide network of partners and distributors.

Project objectives:
Provide Historical and Real-Time location information via BlackTrax

Create series of alerts, flags and actions based on the movement of people

Intermediary software to layout floor plans, create zones, triggers and logging.

Partnership with experiences Manufacturing and warehousing company

Their expertise and role in the project:
We have an already tested and seasoned tracking system of 10 years +. Our Real-time tracking used in the live entertainment, broadcast industry and custom interactions deployments through the employ of lighting, robotics, media and more is used worldwide

Using our open sourced protocol we are able to connect to many and any systems simultaneously delivering sub-millimeter accuracy in X,Y,Z, Yaw, Pitch, Roll. We employ a fully aided tracking system through employing Visual based data, IMU and algorithmic data.

Depending on resources and funding we would be able to create the necessary interaction software and link it with our BlackTrax Tracking System as well as our WYSIWYG Visualization software.

Expertise required:
Manufacturing integration and infrastructure partners.

Robotics and Factory/warehouse/manufacturing partners.

Automation in Manufacturing and warehousing experts and influencers

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

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EPIC Semiconductors, Inc. 
Project description:

EPIC Semiconductors is looking to establish a partnership with an industrial manufacturer to develop and deploy a comprehensive blockchain secured, AI supported production chain using its proprietary Smart Dust sensors (microscopic AI sensor chips) for Industry 4.0 solutions.

About EPIC:
EPIC Semiconductors (EPIC) is a technology manufacturer founded in 2008 in Vancouver, Canada.

To meet the growing need for connectivity, EPIC Semiconductors has developed microscopic AI sensor chips featuring energy harvesting, sensing, processing and bi-directional non-magnetic communication (Smart Dust). Its small size allows it to be easily embedded into everyday objects and can sense “human actions, physical forces, chemical reactions and bio-effects”.

About the Project:
EPIC Semiconductors is looking to establish a partnership with an industrial manufacturer to develop and deploy a comprehensive blockchain secured, AI supported production chain using its proprietary Smart Dust sensors (microscopic AI sensor chips) for Industry 4.0 solutions.
Smart Dust can improve risk monitoring and prevention in manufacturing facilities. For instance, it can detect any tampering, damage, or quality issues, allowing manufacturers to tweak their operations and processes accordingly, without concern of tampering. Smart Dust enhances the features of machines and protects their operators by monitoring mistakes, unauthorized presence and quality issues. They ensure blockchain secured supply chains. Smart Dust can be installed without pause or change in the manufacturing process.

Their expertise:
To meet the growing need for connectivity, EPIC Semiconductors has developed microscopic AI sensor chips featuring energy harvesting, sensing, processing and bi-directional non-magnetic communication (Smart Dust). Its small size allows it to be easily embedded into everyday objects and can sense “human actions, physical forces, chemical reactions and bio-effects”. The Smart Dust is capable of harvesting power from low frequency electric fields to power itself up and also to provide efficient power to peripherals (e.g. other sensors and displays). This eliminates the need for toxic batteries (e.g. button cells). Also, the Smart Dust operates at a clock frequency below 500KHz. No harmful electromagnetic radio-waves are generated.

If you are interested please complete the following form. 

They are looking for:
Industrial manufacturer with facilities that are interested working with EPIC Semiconductor for an NGen project and protecting access to their manufacturing data.

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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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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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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.