System integration is the process of joining various subsystems used in a variety of industrial processes into a larger, more efficient, and cohesive system. Students working on applied research projects in this area combine existing components into an integrated system and ensure that each subsystem functions in sync, supporting innovation. Considerable work has been directed towards supporting Ontario’s manufacturing sector. These system integration projects often feature the skills demonstrated by students from Humber programs such as Electromechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics, and Industrial Design. By collaborating with Humber on these projects, partners have access to facilities such as the Robotics/Automation Lab, Instrumentation, Process Control, PLC Lab, and the Manufacturing Lab and Machine Shop.
Automated Aircraft Maintenance Data Processing and AnalyticsFunder: NSERC | Program: ARD | Mihai Albu / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
The industry partner for this NSERC ARD Grant is MHIRJ Aviation Group Heavy Industries - Regional Jet, formerly Bombardier Inc. Regional Jet). MHIRJ provides comprehensive critical operational, engineering and customer support solutions for the global regional aircraft industry. MHIRJ needs applied research assistance from Humber College to address two complementary maintenance-related needs. The first need is for Automated Maintenance Data Processing system that will work with maintenance data submitted - in multiple formats and over varying intervals - by aircraft operators (airline companies). This data will be ingested, processed, analyzed, and outputted as databases for further analytics of the individual performance of aircraft in the individual fleets; as well as how the overall performance of individual fleets compare to an aggregated and anonymized view of the fleets of competing operators. The proposed solution can reduce significantly the time and effort required by MHIRJ personnel to administer and maintain the process. The automated data processing is not time critical as long as the output is available within 24 hours of data submission. The second need is for an Integrated Analytical Tool to assist ground maintenance crews in their critical and time-sensitive 'dispatchability' decision: 'go,' 'go with limitation,' and 'no go,' in a very narrow window of time between flights, based on real-time operational data from each flight. The design of the Integrated Analytic Tool will be based upon the same data processing and analytics algorithms developed for Automated Maintenance Data Processing. This will result in more consistent data interpretation, improved efficiency by aircraft maintenance crews, faster turn-around times of aircraft with improved safety. Humber College's applied research team will provide relevant expertise in textual data mining, language processing, machine learning, data analytics, and database design, to assist in developing software algorithms and tools necessary for the intended solutions. The project will improve the competitiveness for MIHRJ and establish a stronger collaboration between MHIRJ and Humber College.
Automated Cell InspectionFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Lars Kristjansen / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Nahanni Steel is a tier II / tier III metal fabricator servicing the automotive manufacturing, mining and solar power industries. Nahanni Steel manufactures bracket cargo partitions and is in need of a quality control process. The proposed project will develop an automated cell to inspect and inventory manufactured pieces for Nahanni Steel. The cell will reject improperly manufactured pieces while allowing properly manufactured pieces to continue on to shipping. The technical objective is to integrate 3D vision system technologies into the manufacturing process to enhance productivity, quality assurance, and customer satisfaction. Currently, Nahanni's international customer is being shipped incorrect quantities as well as some partitions that are missing bolts. The aim of this project is to prevent their international customer from being shipped incorrect quantities and defective parts. As a result of the shipment of defective parts, Nahanni has implemented a final inspection step to their process conducted by an associate, adding production costs. Additional costs of sorting occur when the customer receives defective parts. By improving
Cloud-based load prediction system for smart gridsFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Saber Amini / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Power generation in Ontario and around the world is going towards a free-market platform. This means that power providers will be able to bid on the power that is needed. When demand is high, the cost of power goes up and the Utility companies ensure that the power needed is supplied to the grid by providing a higher price for each Kilowatt of power supplied at critical ties. For suppliers, such as wind or solar farms, it is advantageous to have a prediction of this power surge to optimize the delivery of power at the right time. For consumers, knowing the peak power times and more importantly, predicting future power surges allows them to reduce power consumption in peak periods reducing costs. In order to predict and analyze power costs, however, the power grid needs to be "smart" by installing meters capable of recording power consumption in realtime. Alphacor Sustainability Solutions is a Canadian company engaged in design, manufacturing and implementation of power meters for smart grids./p>
Combining Ring Vac and Air Amplifier and optimizing hole sizes and Coanda effects.Funder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Hamid Dehkordi / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Nex Flow Air Products Corp. is a manufacturer of compressed air-operated products made to improve plant efficiency, improve energy efficiency, improve quality, and enhance the environment. In this research project, Nex Flow needs assistance in designing a new pneumatic part by combining Ring Vac and Air Amplifier and optimizing its performance through sizes and noise reduction. Toe main challenge of the company is the expertise to design, test, and optimize; they have challenges in optimizing some of their products through redesigning for an optimal product. The goal of the research is to allow Nex Flow to conquer the design and optimize Vacuum and Coanda effects. Toe main outcome of the research is to help Nex Flow solve their challenges in design and optimization and to potentially finalize a new product. For Humber, our hope is to assist the client to optimize compressed air hole size to minimize air and maximize vacuum effects.
Digital Transformation of Operational ProcessesFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Mark Stoiko / Faculty of Business
NTN Corporation, based in Mississauga, Ontario, manufactures and distributes a wide range of ball and roller bearings, serving the automotive, industrial and recreational markets. Existing operational processes are no longer effective, and so the technical challenge experienced in the company is around the lack of knowledge and resources of moving from legacy operations into digital operations using digital transformation modelling. The research outcomes would be implementing and testing digital transformation models in all aspects of operations, including manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain, which could contribute to the enterprise's survival within the pandemic and beyond. This research project will identify the best digital transformation model, digitally linking the operations of all three sectors, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain. The Engage grant will fund researching the digital transformation models to respond to disruptive changes caused by the pandemic.
Indoor Navigation System-WayfindingFunder: NSERC | Program: Engage | Daryoush Mortazavi / Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology
Daily shoppers who rely solely on walking through different aisles and floors, in groceries and department stores, to find their required items, spend at times hours shopping with constant interaction with others. Similarly, visitors and patients spend a long time finding their destined location within hospitals with continuous interaction with other patients and/or visitors. With the time spent to find required items or locations, people will be in constant contact with others, which increases the risk of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Circuit Plus Inc, an engineering firm incorporated in 1999, has more than 20 years of experience in Canada to design, develop, manufacture, and test electronic devices in different categories; Industrial, Commercial, and health care for low power, high-efficiency devices and can provide applied solutions for the enterprises which are currently being unfulfilled in the market. Circuit Plus is experiencing challenges in the form of a lack of knowledge in new technologies, including IoT and clout, and the lack of expertise in embedding this technology in products, potentially helping them become more competitive in the market. Circuit Plus will collaborate with Humber College to develop and test a mobile application and a most reliable solution for indoor wayfinding leveraging IoT technology, cloud computing, and mobile app development.
Leveraging design-driven data analytics for business innovationFunder: NSERC | Program: ARTP | Tania Massa / Office of Research and Innovation
Adopting business analytics can become a business accelerator for SMEs. Whether internal or cloud-based, adapting technologies – customized to industry needs – will allow SMEs to explore markets and talent pools, learn how to ‘fail fast’ and recover, take appropriate risks based on analytics, and capitalize on their potential for innovation. Via this ARTP initiative, Humber’s Institute for DDA (IDDA) will serve as a unique resource where local SMEs can propel business innovation, both immediately through asking the right questions of existing data and in the longer term through customized analytics processes and commercialization possibilities. Our partners will benefit from the expertise of Humber’s faculty and students to design, develop and implement innovative technology and business solutions. They will benefit in the near-term, and they will be more resilient to future market conditions – businesses that use big data and digitization were found to be more resilient to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (Nauck, et al., 2021). SME partners will also benefit by having access to big datasets and research databases within the academic environment that are too costly for the average SME.
The Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab: Positioning Canada as a Leader in ATSC 3.0 Adoption and Multisectoral Business ModelsFunder: NSERC | Program: Build IE | Orest Sushko / Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is requesting NSERC CCI Innovation Enhancement, Build funds to build applied research and innovation capacity in the Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab. The Lab will explore multisectoral business applications enabled by the new Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) 3.0 standard. ATSC 3.0 is the next-generation global television broadcast standard set to replace the current North American standard (ATSC 1.0). The new standard delivers content using internet protocol addressing and offers more robust and extended coverage on fixed and mobile devices, superior picture resolution (4-8K), immersive sound and integrates with web-based internet applications and content to provide new interactive broadcast television experiences. It also offers interactivity with broadband, wireless fidelity and fourth and fifth-generation cellular networks (4G, 5G), which enable non-television datacasting applications; and shares a common timing clock with 5G, which makes integration of television streaming and data delivery possible. This convergence of technologies will impact numerous industries including automotive (infotainment delivery, software updates), emergency alerting (geo-targeted messaging), advertising (targeted television advertisements) and online education (television interactivity, remote reach), among others. The core objective of the Broadcast-Broadband Convergence Lab is to position Canada as a leader in ATSC 3.0 technology, services and products by advancing the state of experimentation and adoption of the standard by Canadian businesses - providing Canadian businesses with an advantage as the standard is globally adopted.