SUDBURY, ON - Cambrian Innovates, the applied research arm at Cambrian College, will receive $190,000 to support applied research through a Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge grant from Ontario Centres for Excellence(OCE) and its partner, the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN). The grants will allow students and faculty to develop commercially-viable new technologies that aim to enhance the safety of underground workers.
Cambrian Innovates will collaborate on two projects with two industry partners. The first project with Rock-Tech, a manufacturer of equipment engineered specifically for underground mining, aims to improve rock breaking. During this operation, ore, which is rock containing a valuable mineral or metal, is collected and passed through a steel screen. A person operating a rock breaker crushes the ore that is too large to pass through the screen. This process is expensive, time-consuming and poses inherent safety risks. Rock-Tech and Cambrian Innovates aim to build a new customizable steel screen system that will be able to better handle ore chunks of various sizes. The goal is to make deep mining safer and more efficient.
The second project, which is with Jannatec Technologies, aims to develop the wiring system for a wearable piece of technology to be used in a heavy industry setting. The wearable platform will integrate and streamline technologies such as displays, digital voice communication, position tracking, and collision avoidance. This new piece of technology will improve overall safety and protect the health of personnel as they go deeper underground. In the future, Jannatec Technologies would like to integrate other features, including a biofeedback mechanism, to monitor a user’s state of health, which could assist in evacuation or rescue efforts, if necessary.
Both Jannatec and Rock-Tech are members of the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN), which is managed by the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), aims to solve challenges in deep mining. “UDMN members strive to achieve innovative solutions for the global mining industry within the ultra-deep mining environment,” said Bora Ugurgel, Managing Director of UDMN. “Ultimately, these partnerships will strengthen commercially-viable innovations in northern Ontario and give us the capacity to deliver new technologies to the Canadian and global industry.”
“Ultra-deep mining poses some unique challenges,” says Dr. Tom Corr, OCE’s President and CEO. “We have had many successes working with Cambrian Innovates, and we welcome the opportunity to make advances in mining safety and productivity.”
Cambrian Innovates is creating new partnerships with businesses to further improve safety in mining, and to enhance the learners’ experience at Cambrian College. Each of the projects will challenge students and faculty from various programs to apply their skills and find a viable multi-disciplinary solution. For these two projects, faculty and students with expertise in welding, fabrication, instrumentation, and physical fitness management will be engaged.
“Industry-college collaborations are a win-win for everyone involved,” said Stephen Gravel, Cambrian Innovates applied research developer. “The students receive paid working experience, faculty members keep their industry-specific skills current, and the industry partner connects with bright, upcoming thinkers. They may also find solutions for specific challenges using fewer in-house resources.”
Both projects will be completed in the dedicated applied research lab at Cambrian College’s Glencore Centre for Innovation.
About Cambrian Innovates:
Established in 2009, Cambrian Innovates is Cambrian College’s research development arm. Our mission is to create an environment of partnership, development and learning that will benefit our industry partners, students, faculty and our community. Cambrian Innovates works with businesses small and large to find market solutions to an industry-related problem. We bring together industry, funding partners and Cambrian faculty and students for current business challenges. Ranked among Canada’s top 50 applied research colleges in 2014, we continue to act as a catalyst for innovation in order to enhance our community. For more information, visit cambrianinnovates.ca.
About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.:
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting edge research to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, domestic and foreign investors, and government ministries. A champion of leading edge technologies, best practices, innovation, entrepreneurship and research, OCE invests in such areas as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), which helps Ontario based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs.
About the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN):
Hosted by CEMI, UDMN (a Business Led NCE network), aims to become the leading expert in Ultra-Deep (below 2.5km) research and innovation and to solve the challenges that impact resource extraction in these environments. By supporting solution providers capable of creating the industry needed tools and technologies in the short term, it will lead the way in helping ultra-deep mines to operate more effectively and safely, generate more value, improve the human environment and enhance mine productivity. www.miningdeep.ca
Lynn Bulloch, Communications Officer
705-566-8101, ext. 6375
Stephen Gravel, Applied Research Developer
705-566-8101, ext. 6242
Shannon Katary, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
705-673-6568, ext. 71