Manufacturing AUTOMATION

CRIQ, Festo open “Canada’s first” cyber-physical laboratory

April 23, 2017
By Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec

Apr. 23, 2017 – The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) has opened what it says is Canada’s first-ever cyber-physical laboratory in Saint-Laurent, Que., describing it as an investment that will give Quebec-based manufacturers access to a “real factory of the future.”

Described as a comprehensive, smart factory to be used as a learning and research platform, the CP Laboratory will allow participants to  observe and understand the effects of Industry 4.0 technologies before having to commit to the investment required to transform their own company.

“Thanks to our partnership with Festo — a worldwide giant in Industry 4.0 technologies — we will be able to provide value-added services to companies along with the innovation ecosystem and thereby accelerate the digital transition in the Québec manufacturing sector,” said Denis Hardy, president and CEO of the CRIQ.

“Festo Canada regards Industry 4.0 as a group of key technologies which together can enable smart and agile manufacturing systems. An increasingly productive manufacturing sector is a major contributor to a thriving economy. Investment in Industry 4.0 technologies can make that vision a reality for Quebec. We are delighted to be a part of this initiative in Quebec through our highly constructive co-operation with our colleagues at CRIQ,” added Roger Hallett, president and CEO of Festo Canada.

Lab equipment will be provided by Festo Didactic, the professional trainer of automation industrial and subsidiary of Festo Canada.


“Saint-Laurent is ripe with innovation, and we’ll continue to work closely with vocational schools, colleges and universities to ensure the Canadian workforce receives the technical training and equipment it needs to be at the forefront of industry advancements. After successfully providing educational training and industrial solutions in Québec for forty years, opening the cyber physical with CRIQ to fuel the advanced manufacturing sector is a natural next step,” said Thomas Lichtenberger, CEO of Festo Didactic North America.
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