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While the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation builds on Humber’s expertise in areas including automation and robotics, systems integration and user experience testing, the need for the facility has been driven by demand and support from industry partners.

Partners of the Barrett CTI and Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium include:


Humber College and Javelin Technologies Inc. (formerly Cimetrix Solutions) launched a partnership agreement designed to give students a strong understanding of the latest applications of additive manufacturing (advanced industrial 3D printing). Javelin Technologies Inc. made an initial additive manufacturing equipment donation and will work with Humber to develop pathways for students and graduates by actively providing recruitment opportunities. Javelin Technologies Inc. will be the lead partner for additive manufacturing in Humber's Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium. and will make a significant contribution towards student scholarships.


Humber and Cisco Canada launched an initiative to engage students, faculty and companies in maximizing the opportunities presented by cyber, network communication and collaborative digital technologies. Cisco will provide equipment and infrastructure to help build and support Humber’s applied research network and activities. Collaborative audio-visual systems using Cisco Webex Teams technology will be installed throughout the Barrett CTI. It will also feature the Cisco Digital Transformation Zone that will showcase cutting-edge technology and assist small and medium-sized enterprises with the integration of automation and data exchange into manufacturing technologies. In turn, Humber will display how technology is transforming its approach to education and training at the Cisco Innovation Centre in downtown Toronto.


Humber and DMG MORI Canada Inc. entered into a partnership agreement to address skills needs for advanced manufacturing tooling processes and engage in applied research. The collaboration will focus initially on Industry 4.0 enabled 5 axis CNC technology (vital to automotive and aerospace manufacturing), and broaden to support outreach initiatives related to education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the course of the agreement. DMG MORI is making significant investments in Industry 4.0 development, including scholarships. DMG MORI will also work with the college to develop education to advance employment pathways and recruitment opportunities for Humber students and graduates.


Humber and Festo Didactic, Inc. entered a partnership agreement designed to address the skills gap between industry needs and educational programming. Students and employees of advanced manufacturing companies will benefit from this partnership by receiving hands-on training to learn the Industry 4.0 skills necessary to succeed in an evolving economy. Industry 4.0 places a high value on clean technology, renewable energy and robotics and transforming traditional factories into smart ones using the Internet of Things and cloud computing. The partnership also includes the installation of the first Cyber Physical Factory in English Canada. The factory is housed in the Barrett CTI and is a comprehensive and expandable model enabling companies to research and engage in industrial simulations using cutting-edge technology to support production, logistics and quality assurance.


Humber and KUKA entered into a partnership agreement focused on bringing the latest robotics technology to Humber and working together on robotics systems integration applications. KUKA will make significant investments in robotic equipment, advanced software and contribute to curriculum development for Humber. Humber will receive two state-of-the-art and Industry 4.0 ready collaborative robots as part of the partnership, which will complement the college’s extensive collection of robotic technology. In addition, Humber will also have access to KUKA's virtual reality and simulation technology that will assist small and medium-sized enterprises developing applications requiring vision or conveyor tracking technology. KUKA will participate in applied research projects as well as provide scholarships for students.


Humber and Rockwell Automation entered into a partnership agreement designed to address skills gaps in the advanced manufacturing sector and equip students for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers of the future. The partnership will expand applied research in advanced manufacturing related to power line communication (PLC) technology and connectivity in the digital factory environment. Rockwell Automation and Humber will assist applied research partners in better integrating control systems into advanced manufacturing processes. Rockwell’s investment of equipment will help Humber and Rockwell Automation work together to focus on the creation of mini-hubs (living labs) such as, industry automation, Industry 4.0, Mechatronics and the Internet of Things.


Humber and SEW-EURODRIVE entered into an agreement designed to narrow the skills gap between industry and education. Ontario students and employees will benefit from this partnership by receiving hands-on training on automated guided vehicles (AGVs). As part of the agreement, SEW-EURODRIVE will showcase their Industry 4.0 living laboratory for the first time in North America in the Barrett CTI. Industry 4.0 places a high value on clean technology, renewable energy, robotics and transforming traditional factories into smart ones using the Internet of Things and cloud computing. The showcase will include mobile logistics assistants, mobile assembly assistants as well as fabricated cells displaying factory automation interaction with mobile technology and humans. The showcase will be used by Humber for building awareness, education and corporate training.


Humber and SICK entered into a partnership agreement designed to build awareness of new industry automation sensor solutions and Industry 4.0 ready sensor technologies. SICK will provide sensor technologies and services, new training opportunities for Humber students and dedicated support through new scholarships. The partnership also includes: applied research opportunities related to Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, Industrial Automation and SICK Sensor Intelligence; employment and exchange pathways for Humber students to work at SICK; educational programs in the areas of smart sensors, SICK Sensor Intelligence, factory, logistic and process automation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things; and STEM outreach and awareness events to inspire secondary school students to consider industrial automation careers.


Humber College and Magna are working together to fill the skills gap in advanced manufacturing through the promotion of mechatronics and digital skilled trades. The collaboration focuses on mentorship for students in technology and trades, curriculum development to align with trends in Industry 4.0 and equipment and software licensing to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the industry. Magna is also providing scholarship support to remove financial barriers for students in the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology. This collaboration will set Humber students up for a bright future and will be a catalyst for innovation in mechatronics and advanced manufacturing.