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A first in Canada: CRIQ unveils its cyber-physical training factory at the 25th annual Salon MPA 2017

November 15, 2017,  8:00 -  5:00
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Frédéric Otis, Communications Adviser, CRIQ, 418-456-8488, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Québec City, November 15, 2017 — On November 16 Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) showcases the main components of its cyber-physical training factory—acquired this year from Festo Didactic—at the Salon MPA best business practices gathering held at the Palais des Congrès convention and exhibition centre in Montréal.

The cyber-physical training factory is a fully automated production chain in which every piece of equipment is interconnected so that data can be utilized to simulate and optimize processes, as well as predict how order fulfillment will be impacted.

“We are immensely proud to provide innovative Québec manufacturers access to this experimental facility, the first of its type in Canada. We invite all companies to come and explore this truly futuristic training factory at Salon MPA,” remarked Denis Hardy, CRIQ President and CEO.

“It’s a privilege for Festo Didactic to contribute to a project that advances Québec’s transition to Industry 4.0,” declared Michel Lessard, President and CEO of Festo Didactic Ltd. “The inauguration of the cyber-physical training factory at Salon MPA represents an important step in the increasing adoption of digital technology by Québec businesses.” he added.

According to Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier; Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation; and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy: “We are particularly pleased to see that the shift toward digitalization is gaining traction among Québec companies thanks to the involvement and determination of all economic stakeholders. To this end, CRIQ’s cyber-physical training factory meshes perfectly with the overall transition toward innovative manufacturing, one of the three pillars—along with entrepreneurship and exports—of Québec’s economic development.”

The CRIQ cyber-physical training factory is located in the very heart of the brand new Pavillon 4.0 at Salon MPA. This pavilion, dedicated to Factory 4.0 technology, provides visitors with information on initiating the 4.0 transformation. They will meet companies already headed down this path and partners to assist them in their own endeavour.