Providing Space for Industry to Replicate Operations
The MMRI is one of the largest university based manufacturing research institutes in Canada, supporting academic research and education programs spanning many manufacturing processes. The institute’s core focus is on enhancing productivity, quality and product/process innovation while helping companies reduce cost.
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Introduce your team
My name is Steven Remilli. I am a mechanical engineer and project manager here at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute which is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. We’re a group of about 30 PhD students and master
So we at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute are focused on partnering with industry to combine academic research to deliver meaningful productive results for a manufacturing facility. We provide an open space for our industry partners to replicate their operations on our shop floor using our industry level computer-controlled machines.
We also like to provide an opportunity for our industry partners to view emerging technologies. We can showcase new and exciting technologies that might be beneficial to their processes without having to disrupt their shop floors or interrupt their production operations.
Our research is mainly focused in the areas of advanced manufacturing and tooling. Other focuses are the development of custom coatings for machine tools. We have researchers involved in advanced polymer processing techniques and testing as well as micro scale machining and additive manufacturing or 3d printing.
Explain its significance
So what we do here at the MMRI is very important to industry because we’re working to combine academic research and the knowledge that already exists in production facilities to increase the overall productivity of our industrial partners.
The needs of manufacturing are always changing consider demands on manufacturers to produce lighter weight parts for example in automotive or aerospace. The only way you’re going to be able to reduce the overall weight without reducing carrying capacity for example is to use lighter weight parts. Lighter weight parts means stronger materials and stronger materials demand new techniques for being able to machine them and produce parts in a relatively similar level of productivity.
Our goal here is to leverage our academic research our industry level machinery and our information that comes from our strong partnerships with industry to provide meaningful and productive results for our industrial partners.