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College of the North Atlantic - Innovation at Work! Showcase

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College of the North Atlantic - Prince Philip Drive Campus

College Gymnasium

1 Prince Philip Drive

St. John's, NL A1C 5P7

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The College of the North Atlantic's Innovation at Work! event is a day-long innovation showcase highlighting novel projects and applied R&D at the College that are having a real impact on businesses, communities and post-secondary education throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Comprised of the Industry Innovation Challenge, the Student Business Solutions Showcase, dozens of applied R&D poster sessions and tours/demonstrations of key equipment and facilities that enable innovation with our partners, Innovation at Work! is the College's first public event showcasing how our 1200+ faculty and over 9000 students contribute to the innovation ecosystem throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We invite you to register and join us for all or some of the following events. Tea, coffeee and snacks provided throughout the day.

1. Innovation at Work Launch Event

Tuesday, May 15, at 0900 -0930 am in the Prince Philip Drive Campus Gymnasium.

To register, please click the link below

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cna-innovationwork-event-launch-tickets-45477934727?aff=es2

2. Student Business Solutions Showcase and Innovation Poster Sessions

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 0930

Location: CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus, College Gymnasium

Every year at the College of the North Atlantic, graduating students must complete capstone projects that showcase the skills they’ve developed through working on an industry/community problem requiring a unique solution. The Business Solutions Student Showcase is designed to highlight the real-world solutions that College students are regularly providing for our industry/community partners through course projects, capstone projects, and college-managed applied R&D co-op placements. If you want to witness real-world impact on business operations, we invite you to join us for this event that showcases a number of projects from CNA students and recent graduates that are making a difference for companies in Newfoundland and Labrador. So, whether its automation, robotics, process optimization or logistics, come by and join us to see what student innovation looks like at College of the North Atlantic. An industry panel will judge the Business Solutions Student Showcase presentations and offer a R&D award to the winning team to pursue their project with their industry/community partner.

To register for this event, pleae click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cna-business-solutions-student-showcase-tickets-45483068081?aff=es2

3.Seeing the World in a New Light- The Specim IQ Portable Hyperspectral Camera

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 1130 am -1:00 pm

Location: CNA Prince Philip Drive Campus

Everything in the world has its own unique light signature. One major problem, however, is that the human eye only has three colour receptors (blue, green and red). Bees have four colour receptors allowing them to distinguish 100 million colours - ten times the number of humans. But powerful devices – hyperspectral imagers - have been created that allow us to “see” billions of “colours” and, therefore, let us know the full composition of what we are viewing. Historically, these machines, unfortunately, have been large pieces of equipment that were limited to laboratories where samples are sent for characterization. To address this limitation, Specim has invented what is billed as the world’s first portable hyperspectral camera -the Specim IQ - that provides instantaneous hyperspectral imaging. Come and visit us at College of the North Atlantic where we will share some of the novel applications we are exploring with this technology, our experiences with the Specim IQ camera and for a conversation with the public on how it can be applied to your world.

Please note that the talk/demo will take place every 30 minutes from 1130 am - 1:00 pm.

To register, please click the link below

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seeing-the-world-in-a-new-light-the-specim-iq-portable-hyperspectral-camera-tickets-45529443792?aff=es2

4. INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS FOR LASER INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY

Date: Tuesday, May 15

Time: 1130 - 1:00 pm

Location: Prince Philip Drive, C Block Room 207

College of the North Atlantic took possession of its new Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) machine in February 2018 – the only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada. LIBS is an incredibly fast and efficient analytical technique for trace elemental analysis in gases, solids, and liquids. At CNA, we are particularly interested in its applications for the mining industry to assist us in characterizing drill core samples, but the applications of LIBS technology are legion. From metallurgical analysis to food safety to archaeology, LIBS is a powerful tool to help us better understand the composition of the world around us. We invite you to visit us, see the machine in action, review work conducted to date and discuss with us how we may work together to explore LIBS applications to address your challenges. *Please note that participants to this event are limited to 12 people per tour. Tours will take on the half hour starting at 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Host: Dr. Gary Thompson

To register, please click the link below

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/industry-applications-for-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-tickets-45485806271?aff=es2

5. Tour of CNA's Manufacturing Technology Centre

We invite the public to for a tour and discussion about the equipment and services available at the COllege's Manufacturing Technology Centre. If you are interested in manufacturing, fabrication, prototyping and 3D printing, come and join for a look the College's manufacturing hub

Date: May 15

Time: 1130 am - 1:00 pm (3 tours each starting on the half hour)

Location: Manufacuring Technology Centre, Prince Philip Drive Campus

To register, please click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cna-innovation-at-work-tour-of-the-manufacturing-technology-centre-tickets-45680266908?aff=es2

6. The Industry Innovation Challenge - Feature Event

In order to remain competitive in a global marketplace, businesses need to be dedicated to continuous improvement through innovations that target increased productivity, reduced operational costs, and better product quality. The industry innovation challenge is designed to harness the incredible problem-solving power that can be leveraged by bringing students from various program areas together to help an industry client find ‘real’ solutions to ‘real’ product, process, and/or organizational challenges.

Industry Client: Rock Spirits

Rock Spirits is the manufacturing division of the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). In operation for over 65 years, the company’s world class facility produces 15 NLC brands and provides co-packing services for 17 partner brands. The company offers comprehensive procurement, technical, quality and logistical support with blending and bottling capabilities for any size brand. Rock Spirit’s production facility is capable of specialty small production runs for start-ups to large scale high-speed production of established brands.

The Product: Crystal Head Vodka

Rock Spirits is a co-packaging partner with spirits brands sold across the globe including Crystal Head Vodka, which was originated by well-known Canadian actor, Dan Aykroyd, and his partner, John Alexander. Crystal Head Vodka is a unique achievement of creativity, craftsmanship, purity and quality. It is distilled from Canadian grown peaches and cream corn that achieves a creamy mouth feel with a hint of natural sweetness. It is blended with the pristine water of Newfoundland; a location where some of the purest, untouched water can be found. The skull-shaped bottle was proudly designed with a pure spirit in mind.

The Challenge: Labelling

Rock Spirits has been challenged with consistently locating labels in accordance with client requirements on the 50 ml Crystal Head Vodka bottles during the bottling operation. Although a mechanical labeler used in the bottling line performs as required, the orientation of the bottle on entry to the labeler is not consistent, thereby resulting in inconsistent locating of the label on the bottle. To overcome this in the short-term, an operator was assigned to the task of manually re-orienting the bottle prior to labeling. In an effort to find a longer-term more cost effective solution, Rock Spirits engaged the services of Proax Technologies Ltd to investigate and develop potential solutions to this problem. While some progress has been made, a final working solution has yet to be achieved.

In this innovation challenge, working in groups of four with the guidance of facilitators, College students are tasked with brainstorming potential solutions to this production problem and identifying 3 preferred alternative solutions that they consider worthy of further exploration and development by Rock Spirits in partnership with Proax Technologies Ltd. Students will need to document preferred solutions for presentation to an evaluation panel, who will select the group deemed to have the most viable potential solution. Opportunities for engagement of students from the selected group in a follow-up R&D project through the college’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation will be explored.

To register, please click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feature-event-the-industry-innovation-challenge-tickets-45515404801?aff=es2



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