Sault College’s Newest Applied Research Project Supports Local Business

Robotics Students provided a demonstration to representatives from Sault College and Rector Machine Works

Today, representatives from Sault College showcased their most recent applied research project developed in collaboration with Rector Machine Works. Project Manager, Paul Larsen, Robotics students, Amy Martin, Ayush Patel and Suvir Anaghan, and advising Professors Donovan Kennedy and Chris Beauchamp demonstrated the proof-of-concept project that included a robotic solution for detangling parts to assist in Rector’s operations.

The project, which took approximately three months, was funded through a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The goal of the grant program is to transfer knowledge from the College to Canadian industry while helping to solve a company specific manufacturing issue.

 Throughout this project, students were exposed to experiential learning and the opportunity to research and develop a concept that Rector Machine Works can adapt and implement to help streamline their operations.

“It has been amazing to see this project through to fruition and realize the many benefits of this work. This project not only helps local industry, but also gives our students valuable career-building work experience,” said Paul Larsen, Project Manager. “Additionally, the College is able to keep the vision system purchased for the project, which is another great addition to our lab for future learning and use,” he added.

For Rector Machine Works, this research project offers various benefits. “Our main goal was to improve health and safety and create a safer work environment. It simply minimizes the exposure to risks associated with repetitive stress, injuries and muscle fatigue. A robotic solution also offers repeatability and improves efficiency for labour intensive processes,” added Brian Belec, Rector Machine Works.

Sault College’s Applied Research Centre continues to look for opportunities that not only support student learning and an opportunity for students and staff to participate and solve real-world challenges, but also help our local enterprises adapt new technologies and develop new and improved products and processes that enable them to be competitive in today’s global marketplace. For more information about applied research at Sault College, visit Applied Research Centre | Sault College.