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The Company: On October 23, 2008, NASA caught the attention of the world by announcing the detection of snow on Mars. The discovery was made by Canadian-made lidar (light detection and ranging) technology aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, which touched down near the Martian North Pole on May 25, 2008.
The Company: Hockey rinks have come a long way since the wood and chicken-wire fence of the early days. As the preferred rink equipment supplier to the NHL, Sport Systems Unlimited Corp. is leading the effort to produce rink board systems that look better, last longer and are easier to maintain. One of the fastest-growing companies in Canada, Sport Systems Unlimited manufactures hockey boards that feature mechanically fastened anodized aluminum frames, high-density polyethylene puckboard, tempered safety glass and stainless steel hardware.
The Company: JSP Industries is a Canadian-owned family business with 60 employees and $10 million in sales. The Quebec-based company, which has been designing furniture since 1989, manufactures wood furniture, and specializes in home theatre and hospitality furniture.
The Company: Dynamic Paint Products Inc. is Canada’s largest specialty manufacturer and distributor of Paintware products. Their products range from paint brushes and rollers to wallpaper tools and accessories. Dynamic has its head office located in Mississauga, Ontario, with a distribution centre in Delta, B.C., and manufacturing operations in China.
The Company: For more than 60 years, family owned Avmor Ltd. has been manufacturing and distributing quality cleaning products used by industry. Its manufacturing facilities are housed in a 155,000-square-foot, ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified plant. The plant includes liquid and powder blending facilities, a reactor for forming acrylic polymer emulsions, complete packaging facilities, and on-site printing capabilities. While most of the company's business is conducted within Canada, it has a growing presence in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The Company: Tillsonburg, Ont.-based Marwood Metal Fabrication is a multi-facility, stamping and modular assembly supplier. Marwood produces an extensive range of components for use in the automotive manufacturing industry.
The Company: Calgary, Alta.-based Tektelic Communications develops cellular radio solutions for the telecommunications market. The company's products include wireless backhaul solutions, high power radios, remote radio heads, repeaters and micro-base stations designed to address the needs of wireless networks.
The Company: Jelinek Cork Group is an Oakville, Ont.-based cork producer with offices worldwide.
This year's Software Case Study Guide features more than a dozen examples of how manufacturers in Canada are leveraging sophisticated software solutions to streamline processes, improve efficiencies, compete with low-cost countries, reduce design time and machine downtime, and much, much more. Read on for some out-of-this-world examples of how advanced software solutions - including PLM, ERP and CAD/CAM - are helping manufacturers reach new heights.
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. recently unveiled SolidWorks 2012, a 3D design solution designed to enable users to work more efficiently and have the data they need to make better design decisions throughout the product development process. The latest release features more than 200 improvements in such areas as assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing, routing, image and animation creation, and product data management.
The Company: Nelson Industrial designs and manufactures precision fabricated metal products for customers throughout the world. Its 150,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and warehouse facility in Pickering, Ont., produces a wide range of proprietary and OEM products, and markets them through six divisions: access doors, architectural metals, automotive, contract manufacturing, storage products and mission critical.
The Company: Polycontrols Technologies Inc. specializes in products and services related to process control and flow measurement. Its strength is designing gas mixture systems for applications that require precise concentrations. Today, Polycontrols operates the largest flow calibration laboratory in Canada at its headquarters in the Montreal suburb of Brossard.
The Company: The Whiting Group of Canada is a designer and manufacturer of transportation-grade rollup doors and LED lighting focusing on the truck and trailer market, as well as the emergency vehicle markets. Located in Burlington, Ont., The Whiting Group is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has three companies operating under one roof. The company was looking for an integrated software solution that could manage all of its business units on one system and was positioned to grow with the company.
The Company: Windsor, Ont.-based NeoVision Technology Inc. is a leader in the machine, tool, die and mould market. Launched in 2005, the company and its staff of more than 20 manufacture injection moulds for a variety of industries, including the sports and automotive industries, at its 10,000-sq.-ft. facility.
The Company: Since its founding in 1983, Benshaw, a division of Curtiss Wright Flow Control Company, has grown to become a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of mission critical motor controls and drives. Benshaw's Canadian headquarters, located in Listowel, Ont., house a state-of-the-art low/medium-voltage motor control manufacturing facility that serves customers in Canada and beyond. The company's dedication to making the best solid state starters for critical applications in harsh environments - along with its commitment to superior customer service - has allowed Benshaw to achieve a leadership position in the markets it serves.

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