Collaborating with Conestoga gives industry and community partners access to faculty expertise, student employees, and the college's innovative lab spaces and equipment.
Here are some of the applied research projects we conducted:
Electric Tractor Inc.
Motoring to success with Conestoga's Centre for Smart Manufacturing and Digital Innovation
With gas and diesel-powered machines currently dominating the small utility vehicle market, Niagara-based Electric Tractor Inc. (ETI) is working to develop electric alternatives. These options will provide residential and commercial-use vehicles that are emissions-free, quiet and easy to handle. ETI is currently enrolled in a research partnership with Conestoga College to design a prototype vehicle. They embarked on a concurrent project to identify the best electric motor and controller for the job.
Finding new life for the world's growing supply of electric vehicle batteries
Conestoga and Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) have embarked on a research partnership to enhance e-waste recycling. The research team worked with students to identify best practices for re-manufacturing, re-purposing, and recycling electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries. They recognize the immense economic and environmental opportunities for the growing supply and demand of lithium-ion batteries. The partnership with Conestoga aims to research and explore options for repurposing these batteries and making use of their energy-storing capacity.
Industrial Cyber Sensing Inc.
Prototype development puts Ontario-based company on the road to product commercialization
Industrial Cyber Sensing (ICS), an Internet-of-Things company that develops real-time sensors for the trucking industry, is developing an integrated sensor system. This system permits managers and owner-operators with access to real-time data on the trailers in their fleet with the company's mobile app. A research partnership with Conestoga offered an opportunity to leverage faculty and student expertise to accelerate the time to market for the company's innovative system.
James E. Wagner Cultivation
Augmented reality yields promising results for local medical cannabis producer
James E. Wagner Cultivation, a Kitchener-based producer of medical cannabis, was seeking a way to facilitate training and knowledge-sharing for senior staff members and their junior counterparts, in the company’s new 345,000 square-foot growing facility.
Meal in a Jar
Meal in a Jar is a Waterloo-based business that provides ready-to-eat meal solutions using ingredients such as fresh vegetables, cooked meats and grains in glass jars. While the company had experience running a successful meal delivery business, they were interested in getting their products onto grocery store shelves. To do this, Meal in a Jar required the necessary expertise and equipment to determine the shelf-life of their products.
Niagara Belco Elevator Inc.
Niagara Belco Elevator Inc. has been manufacturing elevator swing doors for over three decades. To satisfy both fire and building codes, two different locking mechanisms were required for the doors. The company wanted to develop a single-point latching system that would meet the criteria for both codes and simplify the design.
Partnership with Conestoga leads to key growth for assistive device developer
Novalte is a home and wellness solution provider that helps people with disabilities live independently. Their device, the Emitto, is an assistive technology that controls electronic devices remotely. Novalte needed custom systematic testing for the Emitto to scale up and empower more people with smart-home solutions.
P&P Optica Inc. (PPO) developed a unique solution for assessing and sorting food in-line and in real time. Their Smart Imaging System combines patented imaging technology with artificial intelligence to effectively read and understand food chemistry. The Waterloo-based company wanted to tackle an important issue in the beef industry: steak tenderness and flavour. Market studies show 1 in 10 steaks is considered tough, and therefore low in quality. Previous approaches to assessing tenderness involved error-prone visual inspections and time-consuming laboratory testing.
Terahertz technology casts a new light on black plastics recycling
TeTechS has partnered with Conestoga College's Advanced Recycling and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Lab to explore a novel application of terahertz technology. Invisible to the human eye, terahertz light falls in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwave and infrared light. It then passes harmlessly through materials like clothing, ceramics, wood, and plastic.
It's the latter application that has proven promising in tackling one of the most challenging issues existing in the segregation process of e-waste; black plastics. Black plastics can be found in daily products such as coffee cup lids, take-out containers, computer monitor casings, cellphones, laptops, and keyboards.