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Applied Research & Innovation for Industry

For Industry

Sask Polytech’s applied research partners have access to exceptional facilities and faculty expertise, funding for research and development, and a wide network of connections. By partnering in innovation and testing we enable companies to capture new opportunities, solve everyday problems and contribute to economic growth and job creation in Saskatchewan. 

Sask Polytech delivers solutions to industry problems

Applied research projects at Sask Polytech are steered by industry, business and the community. Through a collaborative applied research approach Sask Polytech can help industry adapt to technological advancements, respond to changing needs and contribute to creating a stable economy.

Sask Polytech can help innovate and develop prototypes for industry partners

Sask Polytech has the in-house capacity to conduct experiential development, business validation, and technology adoption and provides the resources industry needs to innovate. Faculty and staff combine their expertise with a wide spectrum of leading-edge technology such as 3D printers, water and laser-jet cutters, and computer numerical control (CNC) machines to assist research partners with the capital-intensive components of the product development process.

Sask Polytech involves students in applied research and innovation

Students participate in applied research projects that offer team work and problem-solving experiences to solve real business challenges. The benefit of student participation is two-fold: businesses get access to an additional resource and students build their skills, ensuring graduates are ready to contribute on the job on day one.

Sask Polytech gets research and development funding

From start-ups to established industries, Sask Polytech knows where to find financial support. Whether you are looking to start a new project or take your business to the next level, Sask Polytech will put our knowledge to work connecting researchers and their industry partners with the funds they need.

 

The Innovative Manufacturing Centre (IMC) is home to the new Innovative Manufacturing program. Developed through a collaboration between Sask Polytech, industry and employers the program provides students with a broad knowledge and skill-set in manufacturing. Graduates will find jobs in the industrial, agricultural, mining, textile, forestry and food processing sectors, among others.
 
Manufacturers can access the latest tools, equipment and expertise to improve production methods and test new ideas, such as experimenting with bioplastics to make lighter, stronger, more environmentally friendly components for their products. Prototyping and emergency part creation are also possible through our facilities.

Partnering with Sask Polytech on applied research projects gives industry access to faculty expertise as well as opportunities for funding through federal agencies and all intellectual property belongs to the industry partner.

Biomaterials Testing and Prototyping (B-TAP) facility:

  • Located in Regina.
  • Focuses on custom prototype production.
  • Offers bioplastic production and expertise, including both injection and rotational molding, plus testing capacity.
  • Analyze and improve innovative materials, processing systems and machinery for manufacturing of bio-based materials such as bioplastics.

Research, Additive Manufacturing and Prototyping (RAMP) facility:

  • Located in Saskatoon.
  • Features a mature additive manufacturing (3D printing) program and facilities.
  • Provides manufacturing design, prototyping, fine-tuning of technologies and commercialization.
  • Offers the capability to rapidly produce prototypes and parts with plastic and carbon fibre composites.
  • Future plans include adding the ability to create products and items with metal and resin 3D printing.

Robotics:

  • Includes a track mounted welding robot capable of aluminum welding (TIG).
  • Will allow larger parts / multiple stations, plus addition of aluminum capability.
  • Industry is able to prototype new parts and have the ability to support the investigation of large parts.
  • Includes an assembly cobot, a robot shares a workspace with humans. Cobots allow the flexibility, intelligence and adaptability of a human to work in conjunction with the precision and accuracy of a robot.

 Mechatronics:

  • Includes equipment to support virtualization of industrial controls and automation, in a high speed mission critical factory floor control environment.
  • New technology allows much of the proprietary industrial control and automation to be centrally managed on reliable and redundant virtual systems, and do it at high speed. This protects against single point of failure and specialized knowledge required to keep older proprietary systems operational.
  • Industry can investigate and become comfortable with the technology before implementing it live on their shop floor.  
  • Industry can experiment on how to quickly deploy simple automation cells

For more information contact:

  •  Tim Muench, B.E., M.Sc., P.Eng, program head of Mechanical and CAD/CAM Engineering programs. 
  •  Grant Paul, academic chair for the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing
  •  Dr. Satya Panigrahi, research chair for Innovative Manufacturing. 

DICE creates opportunity:

  • Builds industry trained and experienced professionals across all aspects of Internet of things integration.
  • Works in a variety of industries, such as automotive, health care, animal care, municipal smart infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, mining, business and marketing.
  • Aids in the development of solutions supporting start-ups bringing new and innovative sensor systems to market.
  • Aids in the development of solutions for large multinational corporations looking to integrate new sensor technologies into their existing business model.

DICE will provide to industry and academia:

  • Incorporates sensors and corresponding analytics into aspects of business, manufacturing, processing, infrastructure, resource management, etc.
  • Ability to properly architect, secure, integrate, test and capitalize on the data being collected.
  • Prototyping of a wide variety of sensor integration scenarios across a diverse industry spectrum.

Asset monitoring and management:

  • Real-time monitoring and predictive maintenance can be applied as a result of Internet of things technologies imbedded in heavy assets by combining data acquisition, distributed analytics, edge computing, mobile computing, and software technology platforms.
  • Internet of things helps businesses make informed decisions that keep their operational assets working, while lowering maintenance costs.

Time-sensitive networking (TSN):

  • Key for industrial applications such as process and machine control where low communication latency and minimal jitter are critical to meeting closed-loop control requirements.
  • TSN lab will allow for testing and simulation of technologies from multiple companies working together on a TSN network to prototype and test solution viability for a number of industries.

Mesh communication and control:

  • A mesh refers to rich interconnection among smart devices or nodes consisting of mesh clients, mesh routers and gateways in a relatively stable topology.
  • The mesh testbed will focus on open technology that can help monitor and control devices using machine to machine communication. This supports maintaining scalability, interoperability and fault tolerance between different vendors and protocols increasing resiliency and easing integration of distributed devices.

For more information contact:

The BioScience Applied Research Centre (BARC) offers industry experts access to applied research expertise to discover solutions to everyday problems. The BioScience Technology program at Sask Polytech is home to a team of instructors and research personnel whose strengths include: 

  • Agricultural Bioscience
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Biochemistry Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology 

BARC facilities offer: 

  • Analytical instrumentation facilities, including GC-MS (Triple Quad), ICP-MS (Triple Quad), Ion Chromatography, HPLC, Capillary Electrophoresis and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Capacity for library construction, PCR, qPCR, image analysis and enzyme kinetics
  • Capacity for plant tissue culture, including laminar flow hoods, media preparation areas, tissue culture cabinets, biofermentor and plant growth facilities
  • Cell culture facilities, including bio-safety cabinets, incubators and cryopreservation
  • Cutting-edge equipment for molecular biology, including isolation, quantization and analysis of DNA, RNA and protein
  • Research analysis and documentation, including equipment for image analysis, data integration software and electronic laboratory notebook documentation
  • Microbiology capacity, including a Level 2 laboratory facility with media preparation and sterilization area, fermenters, microscopy and incubators

BioScience facilities at Sask Polytech follow high standards of waste handling and material disposal, ensuring the health and safety of personnel and laboratories. 

In addition, Applied Research guarantees appropriate research management services, ensuring an industry-focused engagement process: 

  • Business and market intelligence
  • Industry-oriented intellectual property policy
  • Non-disclosure and strict confidentiality of partner information
  • Project management and technology transfer support
  • Research ethics and integrity oversight

For more information contact:

  • Blaine Chartrand, program head, BioScience Technology, School of Animal and BioSciences

From forestry to tourism, from First Nations to park users—we all enjoy Saskatchewan’s natural resources. Applied Research offers services to complement projects that seek to understand and protect the natural world around us. These services harness the academic expertise and leading-edge technology that exemplify Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Natural Resources programs.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Natural Resources Applied Research services provide industry partners with the technological tools and analytical expertise that can propel them toward greater understanding and enhancement of the natural environment. 

This initiative is facilitated through the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI) as one focus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's strategic applied research, congruent with Saskatchewan engines for growth and prosperity. 

Industry-driven research projects capitalize on Saskatchewan Polytechnic's: 

  • Field equipment for aquatic habitat assessment, fish and benthic macroinvertebrate collection and water-quality sampling
  • Capacity to assess terrestrial habitats and conduct rare plant and wildlife population surveys
  • Capacity for audio detection of amphibians, birds and bats; trapping of mammals; banding and tagging of birds; and documenting wildlife population movements
  • Laboratory facilities for microscopy, plant and animal identification; large mammal necropsy; and sonogram analysis
  • Advanced GPS survey technology that includes base-station correction capabilities for precise positioning. State-of-the-art hardware and software (ArcGIS) for analyzing remotely sensed data (LiDAR, SPOT, Photogrammetric), mapping, and hard-copy production.

Hannin Creek Education and Research Centre

In addition, Sask Polytech also maintains Hannin Creek – an educational facility north of Prince Albert on the shores of Candle Lake. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Hannin Creek provides industry experts and students with unique hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, conservation law, recreation and environmental, civil and water resources technologies.  

For more information contact:

  • David Halstead, MSc, BSc, senior researcher and project manager, School of Natural Resources and Build environment
  • Leila Benmerrouche, researcher, School of Natural Resources and Build environment
  • Scott Lipsit, program head, School of Natural Resources and Build environment
  • Ryan Galbraith, instructor, School of Natural Resources and Build environment

The Centre for Research and Scholarship in Health (CRSH) supports faculty in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences in achieving their scholarly development goals and aspirations.

Through the CRSH faculty can access support for publication and presenting, grant and funding applications, and request in-service sessions on a variety of scholarly topics. The CRSH also serves as a hub for research networking and allows faculty to connect with potential research partners within the Saskatchewan Polytechnic community and beyond.

Vision 

The CRSH will create a network to support excellence in the exploration, generation, critique, dissemination and application of contemporary healthcare, nursing and health science practice and teaching knowledge. The vision of the CRSH is to contribute to the delivery of quality healthcare to patients, families and communities in Saskatchewan.

The CRSH will reflect a culture of scholarship that is innovative, creative and collaborative and that seeks to provide leadership for, and engage in partnerships with regional, national and international healthcare and nursing communities. The CRSH will contribute to moving contemporary knowledge of nursing, healthcare and health sciences forward in ways that are innovative, practical, feasible, effective and efficient.

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Ready to start exploring a partnership with Sask Polytech? Complete a project inquiry form or contact us directly at the number below.

Associate Vice-President
Dr. Susan Blum
306-659-3756
susan.blum@saskpolytech.ca

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