CTI building

As the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI) continues to take shape, the list of partners also continues to grow.

A recent partnership agreement between Humber and SEW-EURODRIVE will bring in more than $4 million of technology to build awareness, expand knowledge and provide training and applied research opportunities related to Industry 4.0 technologies.

Industry 4.0 is concentrated on clean technology, renewable energy and robotics, as well as transforming traditional factories into smart ones using the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as cloud computing.

The partnership will provide a new scope of knowledge to students, faculty and employees alike, while also enabling large Canadian companies and small and medium-sized enterprises to explore how aspects of Industry 4.0 can enhance their manufacturing processes and increase their productivity.

“By collaborating with SEW-EURODRIVE, we are finding new ways to invest in our students and strengthen Humber’s expertise in advanced manufacturing education and training,” said Dr. Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College. “This partnership reflects how in our polytechnic approach to education we are working closely with industry to engage students and faculty through emerging technologies.”

SEW-EURODRIVE will also be contributing $125,000 towards establishing new scholarships through the SEW-EURODRIVE Ernst Blickle Awards.

“At SEW-EURODRIVE, we see great value in investing in Humber students and providing the opportunity for students to develop the skills and gain the practical experience that today’s employers demand,” said Anthony Peluso, SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, COO.“We look forward to working with other industry partners to lead and build a world-class automation and learning systems centre at Humber.”

As well, for the first time in North America, SEW-EURODRIVE will showcase their Industry 4.0 laboratory in Humber’s Barrett CTI, which will involve demonstrations of how mobile technology interacts with both people and stationary automation.