Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Funds Deployment of Flexible Automation Solutions

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Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has co-funded a private sector consortium led by MDA that will enable the integration of artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, data sharing, and collaborative robotics into highly flexible, adaptable manufacturing environments.

MDA along with partners Promark Electronics (Montreal, QC) and AV&R (Saint-Bruno, QC) seek to transform the Canadian manufacturing landscape by applying advanced manufacturing technologies into production environments where constant changes and the ability to maintain flexibility are essential competitive advantages.

“CANADA’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY FLEXIBLE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED, THANKS TO INITIATIVES SUCH AS THE INNOVATION SUPERCLUSTERS. THIS NGEN PROJECT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW COLLABORATION BETWEEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPERTS CAN GIVE CANADIAN COMPANIES A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN GLOBAL MARKETS. WE’RE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS ONCE AGAIN PROUDLY CANADIAN COMPANY, AS IT EXPANDS ITS OPERATIONS IN CANADA.”

Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

The Supercluster project demonstrates a leading collaboration between Canadian companies of varying size and capability and will improve the capacity of Canada’s manufacturers and technology companies to manage technology development, adoption and scale-up for manufacturing in Canada.

Each project partner will develop highly transferable technologies that can assist other Canadian manufacturers achieve long term success. Aimed at New Space manufacturing challenges, MDA will develop industry 4.0 solutions in automated assembly and testing for high-volume satellite constellations. Promark Electronics will develop new solutions in flexible robotic systems for small parts electronics assembly, and use artificial intelligence for production planning and business insights. AV&R will develop new solutions to apply AI in manufacturing for robot & cobot task management and optimization, data management and analysis inside automated systems, 3D metrology capabilities and reconfigurable robotic systems.

The resulting responsiveness opens opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to out-compete global producers who rely on traditionally slower, inflexible, labour-intensive production methods. This improved competitiveness can increase penetration into existing markets and expand the partners’ reach to compete in novel, non-traditional markets.

“THIS PROJECT DEMONSTRATES THE ROLE THAT NGEN CAN PLAY IN FACILITATING INITIATIVES WHOSE OUTCOMES PRESENT A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE FOR CANADIAN MANUFACTURING. THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS, COMPANIES ARE SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND RISK, LEADING TO TRULY TRANSFORMATIVE OUTCOMES.”

Jason Myers, CEO, NGen

These projects are part of the increasing portfolio of NGen-funded advanced manufacturing initiatives under the Canadian Government’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative. Rather than small, incremental improvements to stretch existing manufacturing systems, NGen support and funding allows project teams to reach beyond and rebuild operations that ensure long-term competitiveness.

“THE SUPERCLUSTER CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTNERS TO COLLABORATE AND LEARN FROM SHARED EXPERIENCE. NGEN SUPPORT MAKES POSSIBLE THE AMBITIOUS VISION OF THIS PROJECT THAT WILL ALLOW PARTNERS TO LEAPFROG AHEAD OF INCREMENTAL CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS TO TRULY LEAD MARKET DEMAND.”

Mike Greenley, CEO, MDA

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