Canada’s aerospace industry is robust and dynamic, with a long history of innovation and success throughout the world. Home to leading aviation and space companies, Canada is a global market leader in producing regional aircraft, avionics, business jets, commercial helicopters, aircraft engines, flight simulation, landing gear, and space systems and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Expertise.
Automation & Controls
Automation is the use of control systems (such as numerical control, programmable logic control, and other industrial control systems) to control industrial machinery and processes, reducing the need for human intervention.
Food & Pharmaceuticals
The food and pharmaceutical industries develop, produce, and market either food or drugs (licensed for use as medications). System controls and automation and implemented to improve product quality control and manufacturing throughput.
Forestry is the art and science of managing forests, tree plantations, and related natural resources. Modern forestry generally concerns itself with: assisting forests to provide timber as raw material for wood products.
Many research facilities are involved with “Long Term Research”, which can be characterized by the statement, "creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications”. Sensors play an important role in testing, data gather and sensing event of particular interest in the research process.
Industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Modern manufacturing includes all intermediate processes required for the production and integration of a product's components. The manufacturing sector is closely connected with engineering and industrial design. Common categories include, chemical, pharmaceutical, tire, automobiles, food and beverage etc.
Medical equipment is designed to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of medical conditions. Sensors play in important role in measuring specific criteria in the medical equipment. Common medical applications utilizing sensors, includes, blood pressure monitoring, infusion pumps, scanners, medical monitors etc.
Military applications for sensor technology include the development of transportation systems (eg. tanks and aircraft), weaponry and communication and monitoring systems.
Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually from an ore body, vein or (coal) seam. Materials recovered by mining include base metals, precious metals, iron, uranium, coal, diamonds, limestone, oil shale, rock salt and potash. Heavy machinery is a common application for sensor technology.
Packaging is the science, art and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use. Sensor technology is often utilized in the production of packaging machinery such as Blister Packs and Vacuum Packaging, Cartoning, Conveyor Systems, Filling and Feeding Machines etc.
Power Generation & Alternative Energy
Electricity generation is the process of creating electricity from other forms of energy. Sensor technology is utilized in the production of energy by such techniques as hydro-electric, nuclear, fossil fuels, solar and wind generation. Research and development in power generation is also a key market.
Research & Development
New product design and development is more often than not a crucial factor in the survival of a company. In an industry that is fast changing, firms must continually revise their design and range of products. This is necessary due to continuous technology change and development as well as other competitors and the changing preference of customers.
Transport or transportation is the movement of people and goods from one location to another. Transport is performed by modes, such as air, rail, road, water, cable, pipeline and space. Sensor technology can be utilized in the production and control of the operations, infrastructure or vehicles.