Canadore College in North Bay, ON, has opened the doors to its ICAMP 2.0 facility, an expansion to its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP).
The new facility houses a host of manufacturing equipment including two Doosan Infracore machine tools, an EOS metal additive manufacturing system, a YuMi collaborative robot from ABB, and design simulation software and metrology equipment.
Plans for ICAMP 2.0 were formally announced last summer in response to strong industry demand. The first phase of the Centre celebrated significant success, having created a unique partnership arrangement focused on business development and expansion, allowing companies to conceptualize, design, prototype and improve or test new products for the commercial marketplace.
“Canadore is proud to be bringing more resources to our region to fuel even greater levels of innovation,” says George Burton, Canadore College’s president and CEO. “ICAMP is a hub where entrepreneurs and industry is matched to technology and expertise through applied research and enthusiasm. We are grateful for the support we’ve received from government and industry, and we’re happy to have the trust of our partners and community as we work together to build a stronger northern Ontario through innovation.”
Since opening the doors to ICAMP in 2013, more than 200 companies have shown an interest in using ICAMP to develop or refine new products and processes for more than 166 projects. The facility is most frequently used for applied research and R&D initiatives, as well as technological equipment and services.
The Centre has also helped industry create and maintain 107 jobs in the region’s economy.