The goal of the project is to continue development started during a previous internship period, integrating hardware cores with production electronic gaming machine (EGM) systems. These cores will increase the performance of the EGM systems by accelerating the speed at which graphics can be rendered on the systems display.
The RigidReclaim™ technology under development by Entropex is an innovative process which converts a comingled, contaminated Mixed Rigid waste stream into highly pure, commercially valuable resins. The non-uniform natures of the plastic waste pose a significant challenge to satisfy the quality requirements for high-value applications. This project is a critical component of the RigidReclaim™ technology and it aims at tailoring the rheological properties of the recovered resin streams comparable to those of virgin resins with reliable novel chemical additives.
In this project, the research fellow will design and develop scale-up coating processes for the manufacturing of cost-effective nano-engineered functional coatings on industrial web-coating systems. Thin film coatings are often applied to manufactured components to enhance their functional characteristics, for example improving scratch resistance of architectural and automotive metals. Recent advances in nanotechnology have shown that nanostructured thin films can provide dramatically enhanced high-value functionality not possible with traditional materials or unstructured coatings.
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), which combine electronics with miniature-size mechanical devices, are essential components of the modern technology. In order to provide accurate, controlled, and stable locomotion for such microdevices, researchers have proposed a variety of models, based upon thermal, biological, or electrostatic forces. There are many industries and manufacturers in Ontario who rely on MEMS technology in a crucial way. Our objective is to use mathematical analysis to predict various phenomena related to some of these models.
Integrating human factors (HF) considerations into the design of production systems can improve productivity and quality results while reducing injury risks to system operators. The researchers are currently conducting an action research study with Canadian electronics manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) to improve their production system design process (PSDP) and thereby their production systems by integrating human factors (HF). One of the first requirements is a clear understanding of the PSDP as a means of identifying and coordinating process improvements.
The flying probe test is a standard method used to test circuit boards for defectiveness, using probes that are able to move and access various test points on the board. A circuit board consists of many electrical circuits, each of which has inputs and outputs. During a test, a probe is first placed on the input test point of a circuit, as it provides a voltage or current source to that circuit. Another probe is used to measure the corresponding output, monitoring whether or not the board produces expected values.
Nautel is an extremely innovative company which results in continual change to their product mix. This makes for a challenging production and inventory control problem that is the subject of the planned research. The research project aims at using customized control methods, together with optimization and simulation, with the goal of helping Nautel provide superior customer service while keeping costs as low as possible. This internship will provide a model based framework for developing the data necessary for production scheduling.
Ultraviolet photoreactors are commonly used to disinfect drinking water and wastewater. Recently these reactors have been proposed for treating liquid foods such as dairy products, which are much more opaque. The performance of a UV reactor is related to the distribution of UV dose delivered by the reactor. UV-sensitive microspheres have recently been demonstrated as a way to quantify the UV dose distribution in conventional reactors, but have never been used in liquid foods, which present new challenges.
The general purpose and nature of the project is about the economic and environmental costs and opportunities associated with carpet recovery and manufacturing in Nova Scotia. This project encompasses dimensions of research and development, landfill diversion, and value added manufacturing. There are an increasing number of initiatives taking place in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe involving the diversion of carpets from landfills, their recovery and the separation of materials for recycling.