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  • NSERC | CRSNG Sarox Technology

    Funding Agency/Program: NSERC/ Engage

    Industry Partner: Sarox Technology Inc.

    Principle Investigator: Dr. Daryoush Mortazavi, MEET

    Student Research Assistant: Alireza Bidkhori, MEET

    Technology Areas: Information Systems and Technology, Cloud Computing, Preventive Maintenance, Electrical Machinery

    Currently, Sarox provides predictive maintenance planning for many industries, conducted via collecting electrical machinery parameters and monitoring using wired sensors and a local PC. Development of remote monitoring of machinery parameters and analysis using an AI algorithm enables the possibility of more effective prediction of maintenance intervals.

    The Challenge: Cost-effective, smart electrical machinery malfunction detection and maintenance prediction is required to reduce the maintenance costs through predicting and/or preventing maintenance periods of electrical equipment, especially motors and generators in manufacturing industries.

    The Solution: Condition monitoring is one method to prevent outage costs via monitoring parameters of electrical machines on power lines, stators or rotors, such as voltage, current, temperature and vibration. This project utilized Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) based solutions that collect data from industrial sensors with machine-to-machine communications and automation technologies to monitor health conditions of electrical machines and predict maintenance period. This project utilized Python code and data received in RaspberryPi using serial TTY connection from an electric motor, and a GUI was created so that test parameters can be easily monitored and trigger alarms for preventive maintenance procedures.

  • NSERC | CRSNG Arshon Technology

    Funding Agency/Program: NSERC/ Engage

    Industry Partner: Arshon Silicon Technology Inc.

    Principle Investigator: Dr. Daryoush Mortazavi, MEET

    Student Research Assistants: Stephan Vorster, Jasprit Snght, MEET

    Technology Areas: Information Systems and Technology, Cloud Computing, IOT, Preventive Maintenance, Power Distribution

    Power outages in power distribution systems are one of the main concerns of the power industry. Therefore, developing solutions that can predict the maintenance periods and prevent unwanted maintenance is crucial in decreasing outage costs and improving system reliability.

    The Challenge: Cost-effective, smart electrical machinery malfunction detection and maintenance prediction is required to reduce the maintenance costs through predicting and/or preventing maintenance periods of electrical equipment, especially motors and generators in manufacturing industries.

    The Solution: The collaborative team researched, tested and explored multiple cross-platform frameworks for developing, implementing and testing an IoT and mobile solution to measure power quality. The project resulted in an enhanced mobile UI/UX for engagement, AI readiness activities, and a new channel of user data analytics. The team implemented LoRa communication to transfer data from PIC microcontroller to a Lora receiver. In addition to power line information, the location of the installed device was extracted using a GPS module and sent over the LoRa module. A metering IC chip was used to get power line data like RMS, Peak, and harmony values.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: HCI Lighting

    Principle Investigator: Dr. Ethan Shen, CAMDT

    Student Research Assistants:  Stavro Gentile (MEET), Darius Innis (MEET)

    Technology Areas: 3D Printing, IoT, Mechanical Systems, Automation

    Raising and lowering flags at locations that are not easy to reach is time consuming and labour intensive. With IoT technology becoming readily available, most flagpole operations could be carried out automatically. HCI lighting is investigating the incorporation of automation capability into flagpoles to enable remote flag motion control.

    The Challenge: Designing a combination of motor/pulley system and the integration of a micro-controller to communicate with user interface app on a mobile phone for remote control.

    The Solution: The integrated system prototype was designed based on appropriate components for the application, iterative design, and feasible use in industry.  A motor was chosen based on load, and 3D printed pulleys were custom designed to improve gripping on the rope. Bluetooth technology was used as the communication protocol between mobile phones and the micro-controller.  The prototype successfully fulfilled the industry partner requirements, and the technology was transferred to the industry partner.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner:Stern Laboratories Inc

    Principle Investigator: Joaquin Moran, MEET

    Technology Areas: Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Nuclear Power

    Modeling the flow field around the fuel bundle is essential for predicting the surface temperature of the radioactive fuel and has important safety and optimization implications.  Our goal is to utilize Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to predict the flow parameters and compare with existing experimental measurements.  The outcome of the research project will allow to develop safer reactors and is aligned with Ontario’s clean energy policies and objectives.

    The Challenge: Obtain an acceptable model to replicate experimental measurements of temperature in a CANDU fuel element.

    The Solution: Numerical Simulation and High-Performance Computing were successfully used to study the effect of different mesh densities and turbulence models in the solution of this problem.  The final approach, which included a complex 3D mesh and used RSM for modelling of flow turbulence, could reproduce the temperature profiles obtained in practical experiments.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: COSM Medical

    Principle Investigator: Dr. John Phillips, CAMDT

    Technology Areas: 3D Printing, Design, Biomedical Engineering, Women's Health

    The current Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantifications System (POP-Q) is quantified by using finger measurements, which suffers from subjectivity and inconsistency amongst clinicians. It was hypothesized that using a mechanical measurement tool will increase accuracy and repeatability of clinicians recording POP-Q alongside other assessments associated with pessary fittings.

    The Challenge: There were currently no medical instruments available that can measure the parameters related to pessary fittings and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantifications System (POP-Q).  The tool needed to be single use, relatively inexpensive, biocompatible, ergonomic, and able to accommodate the anatomical constraints of the human vaginal canal.

    The Solution: Multiple mechanical tools were designed, and prototypes were developed that could measure key parameters of pelvic floor and vaginal assessment including the POP-Q.  The tools were evaluated by bench testing and clinician feedback.  3D printing was extensively explored as a manufacturing strategy to produce both the prototypes and the short run of tools for clinical testing.  Different 3D printers and materials were explored to evaluate the biocompatible, durability, and functionality.  One of the designs was refined through multiple iterations and was developed to meet the need of the company to explore clinical trials.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Acrebot Inc.

    Principle Investigator: Ramzy Ganady, CAMDT

    Student Research Assistants: Mohamed Kasim (MEET), Darius Inniss (MEET), Yashkumar Rajeshbhai Patel (MEET)

    Technology Areas:Robotics, Vision, Mechanical design, and programming

    In this project, we developed a vision-guided robotic harvester capable of harvesting tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. This project addressed the advanced prototyping of end of arm tooling for a robotic arm, and the testing of all parts of the system together (navigation, vision, harvest).

    The Challenge: The main challenge of this project was developing a system that is both reliable and repeatable.

    The Solution:Multiple prototypes have been designed, fabricated, and tested. Various cycles of teaching the vision system were also performed. In the end, the system was able to harvest different types of vegetables successfully.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Compact Mould Ltd.

    Principle Investigator: Dr. John Phillips, CAMDT 

    Student Research Assistants: Drew Pitchford (MEET)

    Technology Areas: Metal 3D printing, Metal mold cooling

    A key challenge in the manufacturing of parts via blow moulding is the cooling time required; cooling typically makes up 80 to 85 percent of the overall cycle time. Proper cooling time is not only a major factor in the end quality of a part — it's the most time consuming component of a molding cycle.

    The Challenge: Molds and blow pins are typically manufactured using CNC machines and are therefore limited to designs that are achievable with subtractive manufacturing processes.

    The Solution: Three different blow molding components with custom cooling strategies were designed and manufactured using Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D metal printing technology. The designs were analyzed and optimized before manufacturing using CFD thermal modeling and compared to traditional conventionally machined cooling strategies. The parts were made using 316L stainless steel which is suboptimal for mold tooling and cooling but were successfully tested. The 3D metal printed parts were shown to decrease molding cycle times when compared to the conventionally machined parts.

  • Sonami Logo Simplified Automation logo

    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Simplified Automation Inc.

    Principle Investigator: Nicholas Johnston (Applied Computing, FAST)

    Student Research Assistants: Imaan Kamau-Wanjiru (ACOMP), Omar Kooliyat (ACOMP)

    Technology Areas: Cybersecurity, Authentication, Software Security Controls

    This project reviewed the current login flow in detail so the existing security controls can be documented and assessed. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for login was later introduced to support users without email addresses. Secure password and other MFA credential resets were also enabled.

    The Challenge: Missing or outdated security controls of the web application login and password reset workflow results in vulnerability to attack and compromise. An approach needed to be taken to introduce industry standard and appropriate security controls for industrial applications.

    The Solution: Identified security control gaps were addressed by a solution proposal. The environmental constraints of the factory environments necessitated the research and development of authentication workflows beyond standard authenticating factors such as email addresses or mobile devices. The newly developed security workflows were implemented into a testing environment, with security and functionality testing carried out.  The security controls test solution was then transferred to SA for implementation into the production environment by the industry partner (execution is underway).

  • Sonami Logo Rex Power Magnetics logo

    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Rex Power Magnetics

    Principle Investigators: Ramzy Ganady, CAMDT; Saleh Jiddawi, CAMDT Researchers

    Student Research Assistants: Drew Pitchford (MEET), Mohamed Kasim (MEET)

    Technology Areas: Robotics, Programming, Pneumatic Design, Industrial Automation

    The project aim was development of an alternative process to improve productivity, to replace a process that is highly repetitive and prone to injury. This project successfully automated the stacking of u-shaped, steel laminations, to create an industrial process that was repeatable and reliable without human intervention.

    The Challenge: In a single core, laminations varied widely in weight, rigidity, and length. The laminations were also extremely thin and non-rigid during movement.

    The Solution: The team solved this challenge using a magnetic gripper mounted onto one of the ABB Robots. The gripper had a custom cushion pad with a slight draft angle that would bend the u-shaped laminations outward. A spreader was used to spread the laminations apart before the stacking process to improve repeatability. The end of the process stacked laminations in an upright position, rotated to a horizontal position and ejected the stack to a nearby conveyor.

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    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Guelph Orthotics Inc

    Principle Investigator: Dr. John Phillips, CAMDT  

    Foot and skate position has been found to be significant in creating an efficient and powerful skating stride. Based on the natural position and alignment characteristics of feet some athletes are at either and advantage or disadvantage when it comes to their skating stride.

    The Challenge: The production of a hockey skate orthotic which may improve performance.

    The Solution: The production of a 3D printed prototype which can be used for real world testing by the industry partner.


    Funding Agency/Program: NSERC/ ARD

    Industry Partner: Hatch Ltd.

    Principle Investigators: Dr. Anita Usas Neving, CHEM and Dr. Karina Lopez, CHEM

    Student Research Assistants: Catherine Giu, Kevin Theodore, Gurvinder Singh Sekhon, Charnele Andrews, Bryn Smith, and Puneet Kaur Johal, MEET and CHEM

    Technology Areas: Chemical Analysis, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Design

    Liquid-liquid extraction is an important process in the mining industry to remove metals from water but can also have negative environmental impact and potential hazardous effects due to the large quantity of organic solvents (e.g. an organic solvent could be kerosene). The metal recovery process can also impact cost and production efficiencies for the company.

    The Challenge: To improve mixing performance and minimize separation time via a new in-line mixing process which separates and recovers the metals of a mining process.

    The Solution: During the course of this 3-year, multidisciplinary project, a prototype pilot plant was developed to test and evaluate different in-line mixers by mixing the water and organic solvent in the pipeline, pushing it through a settler, and testing the recovery of the metals. The work provided valuable expertise, insight and understanding of the technology, and laid the foundation for further development of this process.

  • Sonami Logo Guitar Pick

    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: Dapasoft Inc.

    Principle Investigator: Saleh Jiddawi, CAMDT

    Co-Investigators: Somayyeh Poshtiban, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology (MEET) / Douglas Whitton (Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD), IxD )

    Student Research Assistants: Sanket Patel (MEET) Yara Kashlan (FAAD)

    Technology Areas: Electronics prototyping, IoT, Interaction Design

    In the rapidly evolving pandemic, this research project will use cutting-edge technology to develop a geotracking wearable wristband.

    The Challenge: The main challenge addressed is that of monitoring and tracking individuals under the 14-day quarantine due to COVID19 regulations primarily related to travel restrictions.

    The Solution: Design and produce an aesthetically appealing, functional prototype(s) of the quarantine tracking wristband.

  • Sonami Logo Guitar Pick

    Funding Agency/Program: FedDev Ontario/ SONAMI

    Industry Partner: 2unify

    Principle Investigator: Saleh Jiddawi, CAMDT / Ramzy Ganady, CAMDT

    Technology Areas: AI, Prototyping

    This research project will work on improving their existing automated smart stand to ensure higher accuracy, easier assembly, and a smoother hands-free experience to guitar tuning. Next generation 2unify stands will be able to tune any stringed instrument for musicians and music institutions.

    The Challenge: Challenges addressed in this project were related to the cost of manufacturing, assembly time, safe transportation, cord management and the mechanical motion of the prototype.

    The Solution: Project produced 5 prototypes - each one incrementally better than the last. Each prototype focused on improving multiple aspects of the challenges shared above.

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