Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC)

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Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC)

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TAC Name:Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC)
Affiliated With:Lambton College
TAC awarded: 2013, 2018
Short Description:BTAC is a One-Stop-Innovation Hub that supports the manufacturing and fabrication industry, businesses and organizations with access to expertise – students, faculty and infrastructure at Lambton College. Emphasis is on product and process development and/or improvement. These collaborative projects between companies and Lambton College create an enriching student learning experience, train highly qualified personnel and support innovation within organizations.
Twitter Pitch:With enhanced capabilities in additive printing and product/process/materials development, BTAC is an innovation hub for regional advanced manufacturing
Address:1086 Modeland Rd. Building 1010, Sarnia, ON N7S 6L2
Point of Contact:Name: Rick Williston, Project Manager/Engineer


Phone: +1-226-778-0045



Services offered in: English

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Areas of Innovation Expertise:·         Additive manufacturing (laser sintering and fused deposition modeling) including printing prototypes and end use parts

·         Precision metrology (including reverse engineering, inspection, and alignment) with portable metrology equipment

·         Manufacturing process design and improvement

·         Advanced materials engineering

·         Process design, control and optimization

·         Fire exposure and heat testing (largest site in Canada)

Technical and Business Services·         Business Mentorship referrals

·         Concept ideation & design review

·         Consumer focus groups

·         Design services

·         Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

·         Facilitation service (introduction)

·         Ingredient selection and recommendations

·         IP Protection facilitation

·         Market analysis

·         Marketing Advisory Services referrals

·         Performance Monitoring and Management

·         Problem solving

·         Proof of concept

·         Technology & workflow consultation

·         Commercialization referrals

·         Competitive assessments

·         Components/parts fabrication

·         Field trials/simulation

·         Literature reviews

·         Product testing

·         Project management

·         Prototyping

·         Rapid prototyping / 3D printing

·         Sample analysis & testing

·         Scientific and technological monitoring

·         Technology development

·         Technology evaluation / validation

·         Testing Services

Applied Research and Development·         3D design & rapid prototyping

·         Coaching

·         Composite manufacturing

·         Concept validation

·         Design of Experiment

·         Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

·         Pre-commercialization

·         Product design & development

·         Product re-design & Improvement

·         Reverse engineering

·         Robotics and automation and imaging

·         Technology transfer

·         3D Printing services

·         3D Scanning

·         Human Factors Studies

·         Industrial scale prototyping

·         Manufacturing process design and development

·         Measurement inspection and alignment

·         Optimization

·         Performance monitoring and analysis

·         Provincial and federal grant proposal development

·         Report preparation on R&D results

·         Technology validation

Training·         Corporate on-site & in-house training

·         Interactive workshop sessions

·         Needs assessment and gap analysis

·         Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

·         Train the trainer

·         Connections to co-op placement opportunities

·         Curriculum development

·         Design, development, and delivery of customized training

·         Qualitative & quantitative research

Technology Diffusion·         Customized technology demonstrations

·         Field site product demonstration

·         Networking events

·         Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

·         Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

·         Industry-specific events & symposia

·         Presentation of results at conferences

·         Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

·         Rental of space & equipment

·         Seminars and Workshops

Specialized Equipment Available·         Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

·         EOS Formiga P110 SLS 3D Printer :: selective laser sintering

·         Stratasys uPrint SE Plus Printer :: fused deposition modeling

·         UP 3D printer :: fused deposition modeling

·         Portable Metrology Equipment

·         FARO Edge :: 9 ft (2.7m), 7 Axis

·         FARO Laser Line Probe HD

·         FARO Vantage Laser Tracker

·         Advanced Material Processing Equipment

·         Leistritz Twin Screw Extruder :: pilot scale

·         Xplore Micro Compounder

·         Kawaguchi KM 50 injection molder

·         PHI press

·         Advanced Material Testing Lab

·         Scanning Electron Microscopy

·         Atomic Force Microscopy

·         Thermal Analysis Units

·         Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

·         Advanced Goniometer/Tensiometer

·         Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

·         Fourier Transform Infrafred Spectroscopy

·         Particle Size Analyzer

·         Qualitest Test Sample Clicker Press

·         Tinius Olsen Testing Machine

·         CSI IZOD Impact Tester; Gardner Impact Tester

·         Maple Instruments Rheological Dynamic Analyzer

·         Fire Ground – training and research facility

·         Fire tower :: residential prop

·         Industrial props :: mainly oil and gas sector

·         Burn cells

·         Emergency management scenarios

·         Hazardous materials scenarios

·         Bio Analytical laboratory infrastructure

·         Water Centre laboratory infrastructure

·         Control, Instrumentation, Automation laboratory infrastructure

·         Electrochemical and Nano Material lab infrastructure



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