Prototypes are initial concepts or proof-of-concept samples developed to test a product or larger scale industry application prior to launch or commercialization.
Learn how NAIT works with companies to develop electronic, electro-mechanical and optoelectronic prototypes, or larger systems with multiple functional components.
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Sensors, optics, and electronics
The integration of sensors allows the collection of data such as plant monitoring and predicting trends for optimal performance of the plant. These technologies enable automation.
Automation is crucial in supporting economic success for an ever-growing number of businesses and industries.
Learn how NAIT works with industry to develop solutions that support sensor system applications:
- sensor-based data acquisition
- control and system integration
- data archiving through cloud interfacing
- cloud computing
- data visualization
- data analytics
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Internet of things (IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) provides real-time data collection and analysis. It builds on automation through exchange of data between numerous devices to further increase productivity and improve quality.
IoT technology allows larger scale data acquisition and remote connectivity through low-footprint low-powered systems. Sensors are integrated into devices and can be controlled remotely.
- large-scale mining operations
- pipeline networks
- agriculture operations
- home automation
- urban utilities
- environmental monitoring
Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
Additive manufacturing refers to computer-controlled 3D printing of functional components by depositing layer-upon-layer of a material such as a metal.
Additive manufacturing is most suited to high value, low run projects where multiple versions of a single prototype or design can be made in a cost-effective and timely manner. This contrasts with traditional manufacturing where design modifications can be time-consuming and costly.
Metal additive manufacturing, including stainless steel, titanium and aluminum, is applicable to:
- mining, power generation
- consumer products and oil and gas industries