Women in Canadian Manufacturing

PODCAST: How to develop manufacturing partnerships to boost innovation

September 29, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart Avatar photo
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Women in Manufacturing

We’ve seen much innovation coming from Canadian manufacturers and the industrial automation sector this year as they provided new solutions to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

It’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what they’re capable of. But historically, the industry in Canada has been slower to capitalize on this innovative spirit than other countries.

We’re discussing the advancement of innovation in this episode of Machine Language: The Podcast, which features an interview with Michelle Chrétien, director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) at Sheridan College.

CAMDT connects SMEs with manufacturing partners and students to advance industry projects.

Chrétien discusses innovation in automation, how post-secondary institutions can play a valuable role in ideating, testing and developing new concepts, and provides some key tips on how to establish partnerships to ensure the long-term competitiveness of your business.

“I talk to manufacturers every day, and one of the things I hear most in terms of discussing what their barriers are to growth is access to talent,” she says. “One of the top reasons to partner with an academic institution is access to a pipeline of highly trained, work-ready potential employees.”

Every month, Machine Language covers the latest technologies and trends in industrial automation for the manufacturing market through interviews with industry experts. Topics are related to automation and machinery, including safety integration, robotics and sensors, motion control, software solutions, Industry 4.0 and the IIoT, cybersecurity and networking, and artificial intelligence.

Find all of our episodes on MA’s Podcasts page or on Annex Business Media’s site, as well as on Annex Business Media’s SoundCloud and iTunes accounts.

If you have an idea for a Machine Language podcast episode, email host Kristina Urquhart at kurquhart@annexbusinessmedia.com.