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McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute


>>[Background music] Welcome
to McMaster University. I’m Stephen Veldhuis. I’m a Professor in
Mechanical Engineering and also the Director of the McMaster Manufacturing
Research Institute. The McMaster Manufacturing
Research Institute is focussed on developing technologies
for our industry partners to help them improve
productivity, quality, and reduce their cost. We’re also very interested
in adding an element of product innovation. A lot of product innovation
is driven by advancements in materials and
manufacturing and we want to be at the forefront of that
enabling technology. We also like to take
technology that’s available to our industry partners
and provide them with demos, allow them to see how that technology would
impact their production and give them a sense
of what kind of improvements they can
make in their processes if they implemented that
technology in their site.>>My name is Dave Edstrom and I am the Chief Technology
Officer at Memex Automation. And what we do is we
create hardware and software that connects to the manufacturing shopper
plant floor to machine tools. And then we turn that into
common information and we make that available for
management and for operators to see how efficient or
how productive they are. And then we provide reports so that they can increase
their productivity. You know, while we
do RMD at Memex, we don’t have the resources. And quite honesty, we don’t
have the time to do some of the research that
McMaster can clearly do so I think that’s
extremely valuable for us.>>So, our research
areas are mostly focussed on advanced manufacturing. We’re looking at a lot of
developments and tooling. We’re also looking at
process optimization and then development of unique
and innovative processes that ultimately will
result in new products that can be sold both
in Canada and globally.>>My name is Mike Gardiner. I’m the Director of
Industry Solutions at Siemens Industry
Software in Canada. It’s been a good relationship. I mean, we have a good
track record with McMaster. They’ve worked it with
us in the past with some of other collaborations
in terms of technology and using our software in
their engineering department. And so we’re really
just expanding that and really blowing it up. So, you know, we’re happy
with how things have developed and they worked with us and
integrated some of our stuff into their curriculum
and we hope to take on more advanced
applications with them.>>So there are number of
challenges within industry that are very difficult to
solve given the fast pace that’s taking place on the plant floor. Our students have an
opportunity to step back, apply some academic
research, and really dig deep into the problem and
be able to apply some of the work that’s being done
around the world to the nature of problems that they see
here in Canadian industry. This represents a really
unique learning opportunity and also an opportunity to
validate and commercialize some of the research that
they’re working on.>>My name is Melissa
Frizzy [assumed spelling]. I’m in my fourth year of mechanical engineering
here at McMaster. I think coming into a job, it’s nice if you have seen
these processes before. Especially in the MMRI, there were so much
hands-on experience, not just watching someone use
a machine but really they said, “Figure out how to do this, go
ahead, go try pushing buttons on the machine, try writing
some g-code, testing it out.” And I really, I got to
do a lot of stuff myself that I didn’t expect to do on
these very expensive machines. So having had that experience to really learn myself hands-on
makes me better prepared to do something like
that in the workplace. I’m less afraid now to go and
approach a machine like that or approach a project like that that I spent four
months working on. It makes me a lot
more comfortable in situation like that. And really when you’re
working in manufacturing, understanding the processes that
are going on and not just being on the people and of things.>>So within the MMRI,
we’re very focussed on improving productivity,
quality and reducing costs for our industry partners. We got a number of technologies
that we’ve been developing and we’re looking to apply
them now to operations to have an impact and really
improve the productivity and help and assist with developing innovative
products with our partners.>>In terms of partnership,
I think, you know, it could go in any
direction, right? I mean, the beauty about
software especially is that there’s– it’s really only
limited by your imagination. We certainly provide a lot
of capability but really, it’s what the students
want to do with it, what the faculty can, and
what we can do to help them. And so, you know,
we see more advanced automotive applications. That’s a place where
McMaster has being strong. We see advanced manufacturing
applications. We’ve seen a lot of that today. You know, there’s a big
push towards, you know, the Industry 4.0
and the internet of things and so, you know. And part of that is merging between the virtual software
world and the physical world and kind of blurring
the lines there. And our technology has
a big role to play there and we’re hoping that we can
work with McMaster’s faculty and students to really
kind of develop that– those concepts and make
them become a reality.

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