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Sheridan College and ABB Canada team-up

ABB Canada does its part to help create a new robotics center at Canadian community college with partnership that enriches robotics education and support manufacturers.


June 11, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Brampton, Ont.—Sheridan (Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning) and ABB Canada have announced a partnership that has led to the creation of a new Robotics Centre in the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), located at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton.

The new ABB Robotics Centre will allow both students and industry partners to gain training in applications that include robotic welding, picking, packing and palletizing, machine tending, material handling and product assembly, and advanced vision-related programming.

The ABB Robotics Centre features over 12 robots and related work cells, software and controllers.

“Our partnership with ABB will extend far beyond supplying this new equipment to outfit the Centre,” says Sheridan associate dean of mechanical and electrical engineering Dr. Farzad Rayegani. “ABB will be involved in educating our students and staff in its use, building a strong foundation for co-op opportunities and future full-time employment.”

ABB will also team up with Sheridan in applied research initiatives through the Centre, providing consulting and training to third-party industry partners who wish to engage with CAMDT on robotics projects using the highly specialized equipment.

“The goal is to create an ecosystem where multidisciplinary teams can come together to solve advanced technical challenges that enrich the community as a whole,” says Rayegani.

“This is the best of both college and industry: creating together an optimized experience for students and industry professionals is the value-added of a partnership between ABB and Sheridan,” says ABB Canada vice-president and general manager, discrete automation and motion division  Chris Poynter.

(From left) ABB Canada vice-president and general manager of Discrete Automation and Motion Division Chris Poynter; Casey DiBattista, general manager, ABB Canada; Sheridan associate dean of mechanical and electrical engineering Dr. Farzad Rayegani, and; Sheridan president and chief executive officer Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.

(From left) ABB Canada vice-president and general manager of Discrete Automation and Motion Division Chris Poynter; Casey DiBattista, general manager, ABB Canada; Sheridan associate dean of mechanical and electrical engineering Dr. Farzad Rayegani, and; Sheridan president and chief executive officer Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.

“The new ABB Robotics Centre, together with our existing Product Innovation Centre, is a great example of our communities of expertise at work,” adds Sheridan president and chief executive officer Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.

“We are grateful that our partnerships are allowing us to bring together the ideas, experience and infrastructure needed to become a true technology hub and resource for the manufacturing sector in Peel and Halton regions.”

As one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions, Sheridan offers over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in visual and performing arts, business, community services and technical fields, serving approximately 18,000 full time students on campuses in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. In Canada, ABB employs about 4,600 people in more than 45 locations from coast-to-coast.

For more information, visit www.abb.ca.






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