Are Ontario Manufacturers Ready for Industry 4.0?

November 28, 2019

Manufacturing technologies are changing rapidly. But are Ontario’s manufacturers ready to change?  In the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing’s latest report, Catching the Wave: Lessons from Ontario’s Digital Manufacturing Early Adopters, David Zhang, Paul Boothe, and Alister Smith explore how five Ontario firms adopted or developed some of the digital technologies and processes (DTPs) commonly […]

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Getting Left Behind by Digital Manufacturing?

March 28, 2019

by Omar Imambaccus The digital manufacturing revolution or Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is the latest in a long line of major disruptions in the manufacturing sector. In the past, we called these major disruptions “industrial revolutions”. With each revolution came skepticism and resistance. Yet, as firms began embracing disruptive technologies – steam power, electricity, computers — […]

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Seneca, KUKA partner to create robotics opportunities at Toronto campus

January 31, 2019

“Seneca College and advanced manufacturing and robotics company KUKA Canada Ltd. (KUKA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide Seneca students with state-of-the-art robotic equipment and the opportunity to enhance their advanced manufacturing skills. KUKA and Seneca will jointly develop strategic initiatives focused on technology innovation and work closely on skills development through […]

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Digital transformation is achievable for all manufacturers

January 29, 2019

“Digitization, Digitalization and Digital Transformation are a confusing mix of buzzwords that suggest something new but describe what manufacturers have been doing for years: using technology to plan, procure, produce and distribute products. Digitization is nothing more than converting analog information – text, audio, images, and video – into ‘zeroes and ones’ that can be stored, processed, […]

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Advanced Manufacturing in the Augmented Age

July 17, 2018

by Kevin Madden Much of the discussion surrounding artificial intelligence and robotics, especially when it comes to Ontario manufacturing, pushes the narrative that humans are losing their jobs to machines. As Trillium’s Managing Director, Paul Boothe, writes in an op-ed for Maclean’s magazine published last December, the focus should not be on the jobs that […]

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