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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Applications for the International Society of Automation's (ISA) Educational Foundation Scholarships are due by February 26, 2009.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ASQ (American Society for Quality) has learned that when it comes to kids' dream jobs, engineering is not on the list.
Fergus, Ont. - A Portuguese software company has inked a three year deal with Imperial Automation Technologies to bring its unique PLC training product to Canada.According to Bill Valedis, with Imperial Automation Training, the deal will see the company become the exclusive distributor of Real Games LDA's ITS PLC product in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. ITS PLC is a 3D virtual simulation software package that works with any type of programmable logic controller or PC-based controller, bringing virtual reality into the world of PLC training.Each system is a visual simulation of an industrial system including virtual sensors and actuators, so their state can be sensed by the PLC. The objective is to program the PLC to control each virtual system as if it was a real system. The information is exchanged between the PLC and the virtual system by a data acquisition board with 32 I/O isolated channels and USB interface. ITS PLC works with any PLC from any manufacturer.
Oshawa, Ont. - General Motors of Canada says its new Automotive Centre of Excellence has taken the next step toward reality, racking up more than $120 million in contributions.The centre, set to open at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), will be the hub of the broader Automotive Innovation Network linking automotive engineers, auto suppliers and Canadian universities. When completed, the centre will house state-of-the-art research and development tools in the areas of vehicle dynamics, noise and vibration, thermal climatic wind tunnel, structural durability testing and the ability to accommodate future automotive fuels like hydrogen."Our vision has been to create a new advanced automotive technology cluster centered at UOIT that links together our best Canadian companies, universities, students and engineers with companies in the Canadian automotive supply chain," says Arturo Elias, president of General Motors of Canada.The new centre will partner with PACE, (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) a consortium of companies with five partners (GM, EDS, HP, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems) and 10 other PACE contributors. PACE will provide an initial investment of more than $60 million in state-of-the-art computer-based hardware, engineering software, student and instructor training and academic support. That level of support is expected to grow over time as it is integrated into new curricula. The Ontario government is investing $58 million in the centre as part of its $235 million auto strategy investment.GM and the Government of Canada also announced further support in the form of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant to co-fund an NSERC-GM of Canada Chair in Innovative Design Engineering. NSERC and GM of Canada will contribute $1 million each over a five-year period, in combination with UOIT's contribution of $250,000, to fund this new academic position.
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