Ontario’s colleges help bring technology to market

Getting any new technology to market is often a team effort that brings together public and private sector players from across the supply chain.

Take Muse, a brain-sensing headband that provides real-time neuro feedback to help users meditate. The company behind it is InteraXon, a Toronto-based innovator in the field of brain-sensing technology.

InteraXon has an advisory board drawn from a number of Canadian and U.S. research institutions. Its path to market included commercialization support from the University of Toronto, the MaRS Discovery District and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

But even after InteraXon brought Muse to market and began generating revenue, it still needed external support to to refine its quality control processes.

That’s when CPEIA Member Centennial College, Ontario’s first public college, came into the picture.
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Montreal’s OMSignal has been making waves for two years now with its Smart Apparel that tracks biometric and workout metrics like heart rate, breathing, activity intensity, calories burned, steps walked and how much push you’re putting into your workout.

The company has brought to market a range of machine-washable apparel options for men and women. Its products also offer innovative features such as post workout fitness reports, biometric training workout videos, and more. In addition to its own app, OMSignal lets users share their data with other fitness tracking programs like Apple Health, Nike+ and Runtastic.

OMSignal made a splashy debut in the summer of 2014, when it partnered with fashion brand Ralph Lauren to outfit ball boys at the U.S. Tennis Open with shirts woven with conductive fibres that could monitor and transmit biometric data. Since then, the company has earned top-notch media coverage from the likes of Forbes, The Verge, Inc. and Digital Insider.

Aldjia Begriche, Smart Textile Director at OMsignal, will be presenting at CPES2016 on the trends and technical challenges around smart garments.

Another new Member is Shimifrez, from Concord, Ontario.

For the past 30 years, Shimifrez has delivered precision metal fabrication, precision photo etching and electro-forming to more than 20 industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace, medical instrumentation and microelectronics.

One of Shimifrez’s specialties is photochemical machining (PCM), also known as photo etching, photo fabrication or photochemical milling. This non-traditional micro-fabrication/manufacturing method is based on the combination of photo-resist imaging and chemical etching.

CPES2016 welcomes new sponsors

CSA Group as a Gold Sponsor -CSA Group works with businesses, organizations and code authorities around the world to help create a safer, more sustainable world for people and for business. From testing and certifying products today for safety and performance requirements, to developing leading-edge, consensus-based standards to support tomorrow’s technology.

Anderson & Vreeland Canada as a Bronze Sponsor - Anderson & Vreeland supplies its customers with the most innovative material and technological solutions available in the flexographic industry. 

The MGI Group as a Bronze Sponsor - MGI Group includes MGI Digital Technology and CERADROP. MGI Digital Technology designs and manufactures a range of award-winning digital presses and a complete line of versatile finishing solutions. CERADROP designs and markets materials deposition digital printers for printable electronics and Smart 3D Printing.


May 3-5: Hands-on learning in the fundamentals of printable, flexible electronics

As part of its Technical Program, the CPEIA is offering a three-day Training Course in partnership with the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

The CPEIA Technical Program provides our Members with exclusive access to the resources and expertise critical to developing and bringing to market new products and applications enabled with printable, flexible or wearable electronics.

Through this Training Course, participants will receive high-value, hands-on learning about the design, processes and materials for new product development. This training is a must-have starting point for those who want to learn the fundamentals.

The Training Program is open to anyone. CPEIA Members, as well as Members of Impression 2020, will receive a 10 per cent discount.

The first course takes place at ICI in Montreal, May 3-5.
Learn more and register.


Secure your spot at CPES2016: Early bird pricing ends Monday!

CPES2016 will take place April 19-20 at Sheridan College's new conference centre in Toronto.

CPES2016 is the key Canadian event for the printable, flexible and wearable electronics industries. We expect over 100 organizations and 200 attendees.

Conference registration is now open. Sign up now to take advantage of our early bird rates. Check out our growing speaker lineup.

CPES Innovation Awards

The nomination period for the inaugural CPES Innovation Awards is still open. Be recognized for your accomplishments in printable, flexible and wearable electronics before an international audience. Learn more and submit a nomination.
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Take the XRCC Facility Tour after CPES2016

CPES 2016 attendees can spend a third day in the Toronto area and benefit from an exclusive tour of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC).

During the tour, attendees will be shown XRCC’s print labs, which house a variety of tools for 3D printing and printable electronics, as well as the 24,000-square-foot chemical pilot plant, a flexible and modular facility which can accommodate a variety of chemistries and processes.

The tour will take place on April 21, beginning at 9:00 am, at 2660 Speakman Dr., Mississauga, Ontario. and will run until approximately 10:00 am. Advance registration is required and all participants must sign-in on the day of the tour.
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ISCAS 2016: Special Session, Printable Electronics, May 23, Montreal

The IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) is the world’s premier networking forum of leading researchers in the highly active fields of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems.

The 2016 edition takes place in Montreal May 22-26. On May 23, a Special Session on Printable Electronics will feature presentations on:
  • Flexible Electrical Circuits Printed on Polymers Using Graphene-Cellulose Inks
  • Flexible Printed Organic Photovoltaic Antennas for the Internet of Things
  • Fully-Additive Printed Electronics: Process Development Kit
  • Aerosol Jet Printing for Printed Electronics Rapid Prototyping
  • Low-Cost Trimmable Manufacturing Methods for Printable Electronics

Learn more about this Special Session.

Learn more about ISCAS 2016 and register

CABA’s Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26 - 28, San Diego

Program information and registration for attendees is now open. Please visit the website. Discounted early bird pricing and hotel rates are available for a limited time.

CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum brings together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 150 industry stakeholders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent and integrated buildings and connected home sectors.
Visit the CABA website to register


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