Dr. Hoda ElMaraghy leads the iFactory at University of Windsor. PHOTO: University of WindsorClick image to enlargeUniversity of Windsor professor Hoda ElMaraghy has been awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions to the field of mechanical engineering.

ElMaraghy is notable for her work in advancing manufacturing systems in Canada and abroad as director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre at the university.

ElMaraghy’s appointment was one of 114 announced by governor general Julie Payette.

The IMS Centre provides an advanced research environment for research and innovation of new product ideas, innovative manufacturing systems research, processes, and tools. The facilities allow users to experiment with the entire value chain of a product or system and is separated into two main streams:

Design Innovation Studio (iDesign)

A state-of-the-art facility fosters design synthesis, configuration, modeling and analysis that integrates products, processes and manufacturing systems modelling, simulation and development. Developed products come to life at the facility using rapid prototyping machines.

Changeable and Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (iFactory)

This truly reconfigurable assembly system was the first of its kind in North America and second in the world only after the one installed at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. This “factory-in-a-lab” contains robotic assembly and inspection stations, automated retrieval and storage systems, and material handling systems. It can be reconfigured within hours and its intelligent control system does not require re-programming or set-up after re-configuration. It is built to the latest standards for industrial automation and control.

Lockheed Martin makes 1st solar investment in Canada

Lockheed Martin has singed a $5.6 million agreement with Metamaterial Technologies (MTI), representing Lockheed Martin's first solar investment in Canada.

MTI is developing a new product called metaSOLARTM, incorporating advanced materials and its proprietary ultra-lightweight, high efficiency NanoWeb technology, suitable for flight.

Doosan teams up with Titans of CNC

Doosan Machine Tools has announced a new strategic partnership to become the exclusive machine provider for YouTube machining sensation Titans of CNC. 

Newfoundland and Labrador welding group holds inaugural event

The Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Canadian Welding Association held its inaugural event in late November with close to 70 people in attendance.

TPP of dubious benefit, Canadian auto parts makers say

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U.S. backs down on aluminum tariffs

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Philip Fassnacht joins M4Sciences

Philip Fassnacht is the new vice president of sales and marketing for M4 Sciences LLC, a manufacturer of drilling systems for CNC machining operations.

Seco, MachineMetrics to offer manufacturing analytics

Seco Tools has announced a partnership with MachineMetrics to offer manufacturing analytics.

GM Canada commits to job support for Oshawa assembly workers

GM Canada says it plans to provide financial support to the close to 3,000 workers who will be losing their jobs at the Osahwa, ON, assembly plant when it closes in 2019.

Mark Cadogan joins Tebis America

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Manufacturing business conditions post best improvement since 2011

The IHS Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for May reached the highest level in over seven years.

1,800+ attend first Montreal CanWeld event

More than 1,800 people attended CanWeld 2017 in Montreal, QC. Held at Place Bonaventure September 12 and 13, the event included the welding industry's well-known CanWeld conference with 346 attendees and a trade show featuring close to 50 exhibiting companies.

Revealing hidden costs

What is the true cost of financing machinery and equipment?

by Daniel Wittlin and Adrian Isaacs

When looking to get a bank loan to finance machinery many companies only consider the rate of interest quoted by their bank.

Cost savings on abrasives: White Paper

Walter Surface Technologies has publsihed a white paper that illustrates how manufacturers can achieve cost savings with abrasives in metal finishing applications.

Komet, Castelar celebrate unique partnership

Komet and its Ontario Service Partner, Castelar Tool & Grinding Inc., celebrated their partnership and the opening of a new facility in Mississauga, ON, the first shared facility between Komet and a Service Partner.

EMEC Montreal open house draws crowds

EMEC Machine Tools held its Montreal open house recently to showcase the latest in machine tool technologies.

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