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.

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