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COM 2012 - 51st Annual Conference of Metallurgists, held with Pressure Hydrometallugy 2012
Industrial Tours

Industrial tours are planned post conference. All tours are limited in capacity. MetSoc of CIM reserves the right to cancel 30 days prior should registration be insufficient.

Tour#1: National Research Council of Canada's Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre
Tour#2: Hydro-Québec's Research Institute (IREQ)
Tour#3: McGill Metals Processing Centre (MMPC)

Tour #1: National Research Council of Canada’s Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre

Symposium related: Advanced Materials, Processes and Evaluation Methods for Aerospace and Defence Applications
Date: Thursday, October 31
Maximum number of participants: 50
Length: 1 day (AM, Montreal facility/PM, Boucherville facility)
Included: Bus transport and lunch

The National Research Council of Canada's Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre is located on the campus of l'Université de Montreal. This world-class facility is home to over 100 expert staff, including guest workers from industry and universities, who work to develop core competencies and demonstrate cost-effective and modern aerospace manufacturing technologies that maintain high levels of quality, reliability and performance. The Centre supports the Canadian aerospace industry with critical expertise in forming and joining of metallic products; fabrication and joining of composite structures; automation, robotics and intelligent manufacturing systems; and advanced material removal. Established in 2004, the Centre is equipped with major research infrastructure that includes automated fiber placement machines, autoclaves, moulding and hydroforming systems, turning and machining centres, robots for welding, assembly and riveting, additive manufacturing and laser deposition facilities.

NRC facilities in Boucherville, Quebec are home to world-class polymer and metal processing research. R&D is focused on directly assisting Canadian industries such as the automotive, medical, mining and aerospace sectors. NRC Boucherville's integrated infrastructure supports proof of concept, simulation and prototyping activities as well as cutting-edge characterization and analysis facilities. Ground-breaking research activities include: nanofabrication, biomaterial development, advanced composites, process modeling and design software, powder metallurgy, spray coating research, surgical simulation and materials processing diagnostic equipment.

NRC's 150 on-site specialists provide science and technology based solution for companies looking for a completive edge through innovation. Their expertise supports the entire manufacturing value chain from primary materials producers, components manufacturing specialists to system integrators, instrumentation providers and equipment suppliers. Their leading-edge technologies are developed in collaboration with partners from Canada and around the world.


Tour #2: Hydro-Québec's Research Institute

Symposium related: Advances in Hydroelectric Turbine Manufacturing and Repair
Date: Thursday, October 31
Maximum number of participants: 50
Length: 1/2 day
Included: Bus transport

COM_2013_MontrealHydro-Québec's Research Institute (IREQ) is one of the largest integrated electrical research and testing centre in North America. Created in 1967, IREQ has developed large-scale expertise in electrical apparatus, network analysis and control, automation and measurement, materials, chemical and mechanical engineering and applications of electricity. It has impressive facilities at its disposal:  high-voltage laboratory, mechanical-thermomechanical laboratory, electrotechnology laboratory and a high performance simulation centre. It also houses numerous specialized laboratories, notably in metallurgical engineering in which turbines steels are put to the test. Fatigue, cavitation ans wear mechanisms are studied as well. IREQ also shelters robotics and welding labs where in-situ robotized repair processes and procedures are developed for turbines. IREQ facilities are located in Varennes, about 45 minutes from downtown Montréal.


Tour #3: McGill Metals Processing Centre

Symposium related: Light Metals for Transportation
Date: Thursday, October 31
Maximum number of participants: 45
Length: 1/2 day
Included: Bus transport

The Light Metals Committee Members intend to organize an exhibition with products and services offered by the McGill Metals Processing Centre (MMPC), the Centre de Métallurgie du Québec, and Centre de Transformation d'Aluminium, together with other research and industrial partners.





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