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 dual: 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

DICE creates opportunity:

  • Retains 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.
  • Delivers solutions to small start-ups bringing new and innovative sensor systems to market.
  • Delivers solutions to 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:

  • Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance can be applied to 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.
  • A TSN demo will showcase technologies from multiple companies working together on a TSN network to showcase flexible manufacturing by a number of industrial suppliers.

Microgrid communication and control:

  • A microgrid demonstrator will focus on open technologies that can help monitor and control a microgrid at the cloud edge while maintaining scalability and interoperability between different vendors and protocol standards.
  • The microgird testbed will focus on open technology that can help monitor and control a microgrid at the edge while maintaining scalability and interoperability between different vendors and protocols to increase resiliency and easier integration of distributed renewables.

Internet of things will save industry billions of dollars each year.

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic BioScience Applied Research Centre (BARC) builds on the strengths of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic BioScience Technology program, complementing its academic reputation at the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredited bioscience technologist level.

BARC offers state-of-the-art applied research expertise and infrastructure to industry in support of process, product and business innovation. It 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

Saskatchewan Polytechnic facilities follow high standards of waste handling and material disposal, ensuring the health and safety of personnel and laboratories.

In addition, Saskatchewan Polytechnic 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

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers Natural Resources Applied Research services to complement projects that examine the health of fish and wildlife populations and/or the status and sustainability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. These services harness the academic expertise and leading-edge technology that exemplify Saskatchewan Polytechnic's three Natural Resources programs:

  1. Geographic Information Science for Resource Management - Certificate
  2. Integrated Resource Management - Diploma
  3. Resource and Environmental Law - Diploma

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.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic natural resources faculty and researchers specialize in:

  • Fish and wildlife population assessment
  • Aquatic and terrestrial environmental effects monitoring
  • Pollution control and mitigation
  • Forest health, silviculture and mensuration
  • Rangeland management
  • Reclamation and remediation
  • Geographic positioning systems (GPS) survey technology
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and analysis
  • Investigation and field forensic techniques
  • Aboriginal resource rights

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 (ARCMAP) for remote sensing (LIDAR, SPOT, RADARSAT), mapping, analysis and hard-copy production

In addition, Saskatchewan Polytechnic OARI provides research management services, ensuring an industry-focused engagement process:

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

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Associate Vice-President
Dr. Susan Blum