BackMcMaster University – Manufacturing Research Institute
c/o Stephen Veldhuis, Director
1280 Main Street West
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 27044
Assets And Services
The MMRI is one of the largest university manufacturing research institutes in Canada… the 15,000-sq.-ft. facility houses 13 industrial machines and a robot, and is designed to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the polymer, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the tool, die and mold industry.
The Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory is an extensively equipped research facility. The laboratory is supervised by Dr. Gary Bone. The laboratory features: Three industrial robots (PUMA 762 with 20 kg payload capacity, PUMA-560 with 5 kg payload capacity and a CRS-F3 with 5 kg payload capacity); Two mobile robots (holonomic and nonholonomic); Three real-time vision systems; PC-based open architecture control systems; Custom Robotic Hands and Grippers; A variety of sensors and actuators for building prototype robotic systems.
The Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design is involved in research, education and technology transfer in the area of polymer processing and rheology. Projects involve formulation, conversion and characterization of plastics, mathematical modeling of single and twin screw extrusion, coextrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, rotational molding, film blowing, reactive extrusion, mixing and coating. The Metal Forming Laboratory (MFL) of the MMRI is engaged in a wide range of scientific and applied research on many aspects of sheet metal forming to provide a basic understanding of the factors that control the formability of sheet materials into desirable components.
The Micromanufacturing Laboratory (MML) is involved in a wide range of scientific and applied research on many aspects of manufacturing small objects and components.
tool and machinery design and/or production
The Machine Systems Laboratory is focused on the area of machining systems, including studies related to advanced machine tools and metal cutting. In general, all research projects are rather fundamental in nature; however they are strongly linked to industrial R&D of interest to manufacturing industries involved in machining.
Process Improvement and innovation eg. Automation, supply chain management, etc.
The Thermal Processing Laboratory undertakes Both Experimental and Computational investigations incorporating fundamental and applied research in the field of Thermal Engineering.