The federal government is looking to help Western Canada agricultural machinery manufacturers get the tools and resources they need to innovate.
Daniel Vandal, the federal minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, announced funding of $602,510 to support the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute with a major upgrade to their hydraulic machinery testing system.
The new digital equipment at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba will help improve product design and performance opportunities for manufacturers while reducing product failure rates.
The testing equipment makes it possible to simulate the lifecycle of a component in a matter of days. Early testing enables manufacturers to rapidly innovate and adopt advanced materials and manufacturing techniques. Access to early testing in developing and validating new materials and methods reduces the failure rate of components or systems.
“Clients will experience less set-up time to get their testing done meaning they will be able to make informed decisions about their product development and performance quicker,” said Leah Olson, President, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute.
The digital testing equipment also ensures manufacturers can confirm product performance against global regulatory standards in multiple sectors, potentially opening new market segment opportunities for manufacturers in the Prairie Provinces.