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.

Metal Supermarkets launches start of 7th “Metal My Way”

Metal Supermarkets, in partnership with sponsors OMAX Abrasive Waterjets and Cosen Saws, are kicking off the 7th annual "Metal My Way" contest, which gives individuals in the welding and fabricating community an opportunity to show off their metal creations.

Haimer, Fullerton sign licensing deal

Fullerton Tool Co., a solid carbide tool manufacturer, and Haimer USA have recently signed a licensing agreement for Haimer’s patented Safe-Lock anti-pullout system.

Mazak Canada automation event draws hundreds

More than 300 manufacturers and close to 200 high school students attended a Mazak Canada automation event in November at the company’s Cambridge, ON, facility.

Canadian light vehicle sales slump in May

For the many metalworking and mould making shops serving Canada’s automotive sector, new light vehicle sales for May are disappointing, down 8.5% for Canada as a whole, according to DesRosiers Automotive Reports (DAC).

Canadian auto associations investigate road to zero emissions

There are currently 68 zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) available to Canadians. By next year there will be 130 models to choose from. But will Canadian car buyers embrace such a transition to their car buying habits fast enough for Canada to meet its ambitious targets for ZEVs?

FedDev Ontario pumps $7.8M into 3 York region manufacturers

FedDev Ontario, the federal department tasked with boosting manufacturing fims in the province, has invested $7.8 million to help three manufacturers increase productivity, capacity and create 116 skilled jobs.

Welding group launches post secondary awards program

The CWA Foundation has introduced the Post Secondary School Awards program for Canadian welding students.

Primary metal manufacturing sales at record levels

The surge in durable goods, transportation equipment and fabricated metal product sales is helping raise primary metal manufacturing to record levels, the latest data from Statistics Canada indicate.

Morphing metal: future of robotics?

Engineers at Cornell Univeristy in Ithaca, NY, have developed a hybrid material comprised of stiff metal and soft, prorous rubber foam that combines the best properties of both-stiffness when it's required and elasticity when a change of shape is needed. And, perhaps of greatest importance, the material has the ability to self-heal if damaged.

Investing in Manitoba’s manufacturing sector

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched the Manufacturing Accelerator Program, designed to help Manitoba’s manufacturers to become more globally competitive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grinding Ambitions

United Grinding sets aggressive growth plan for 2015

If you've saturated a market but still have a need to grow, you focus on creating innovative machines that address you customers' needs and then proceed to take market share away from competitors. That's the plan the management team of United Grinding has laid out for 2015.

Sandvik Coromant announces new Ontario application specialist

Effective January 17, Nick Tomac will assume the role of application specialist at Sandvik Coromant, responsible for supporting the company’s machine tool manufacturers and dealers in Ontario.

Canadian women launch multi-million angel investment fund

A group of Canadian women in technology have launched Phoenix Fire, an angel stage investment fund with a systematic approach to investing in women entrepreneurs across Canada.

Magellan wins $140 M Airbus contract extension

Magellan Aerospace Corporation has secured a six year agreement with Airbus for a contract extension for the manufacture of A350 XWB centre wing box and keel beam detail parts.

$3 M for Windsor automotive manufacturers

Two Windsor manufacturers are the latest recipients in a recent slew of funding announcements by the Federal government. Newmak of Canada Corp. in partnership with Arbec Tool and Machine Ltd., both based in Windsor, ON, have received funding of up to $3 million to support development of stronger engine blocks made of lightweight aluminum.

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