BackUniversity of Windsor – Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre
c/o Professor Hoda A. ElMaraghy, Ph.D., P.Eng., Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems
401 Sunset Ave.
Centre For Engineering Innvoation - University of Windsor
Phone: (519) 253 3000 ext. 3439
Assets And Services
The IMS Centre, located in the Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI), provides advanced research environment conducive to research excellence and innovation for developing new product ideas, innovative manufacturing systems paradigms, processes and tools. The IMS Center facilities are designed to allow users to experiment with the entire chain of products and manufacturing systems innovation. The Centre includes specialized labs and equipment including: 1) The Modular, Reconfigurable and Changeable Assembly System, the iFactory, 2) Rapid Prototyping facilities (Dimension SST and programming software), 3) Digital Metrology facilities include Coordinate Measurement Machine (MISTRAL) and PC-DMIS CAD/CAD++ software, and 4) The iDesign Studio which has 10 high end PCs, 2 LCD touchscreens, and CAD/CAM applications software. The center offers engineering consulting services in products design and manufacturing and engages in collaborative R&D projects with industry locally and internationally.
Advanced Sensing, Internet of Things
The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre of Research Excellence was founded by Professor Hoda ElMaraghy and Professor Waguih ElMaraghy at the University of Windsor in July 1994. The objective and vision are to pursue leading edge research in the multidisciplinary field of manufacturing systems and related topics from products design to manufacturing and the complete product life cycle. The IMS Center is recognized for its high impact research and innovation. It is home to the only Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems since 2002. Its research is supported nationally and provincially. It engages in many projects with industry, networks and centers of research excellence, as well as international collaborations and exchanges. The center also conducts research and industrial projects on intelligent manufacturing and Industry 4.0 including internet of things, sensing, autonomous control and adaptive variety-oriented manufacturing.
Changeable and Reconfigurable Manufacturing System (iFactory): This truly reconfigurable assembly system is the first of its kind in North America and second in the world only after the one installed at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. It is a “factory in a lab” that contains robotic assembly and inspection stations, automated retrieval and storage systems, and material handling systems. It can easily be changed into several configurations and layouts within less than an hour and its intelligent control does not require re-programming or set-up. It is built to the latest standards in automation used in industry. The IMS center offers expertise and solutions in design, modification and automation of manufacturing systems.
Prototyping and design
Design Innovation Studio (iDesign): A state-of-the-art facility with equipment to foster innovative design and group interactions including interactive multi-touch displays supported by powerful PC-based applications and high end graphics and computing environment for design synthesis, configuration, modeling and analysis that integrates products, processes and manufacturing systems development throughout their life cycle. Developed products would be physically realized using rapid prototyping machines. Designed manufacturing systems are virtually simulated and physically prototyped and tested. The IMS center helps users verify new and innovative designs through 3D rapid prototyping.
Research into Flexible, Reconfigurable and Changeable Manufacturing Systems; Product Variety Management, Product Families and Platforms Design and Configuration; Design, Synthesis, Process and Production Planning, Simulation of Modular Manufacturing System; Products and Systems Design and rapid prototyping, Scalability, Sustainability, Complexity, Evolution/Co-evolution, Quality and Innovation, Mass Customization, Personalization, and Design Verification/Physical Realization and Quality Verification.