REDwire CRIQ and Festo to open Canada’s first cyber-physical lab in Quebec

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The CP Laboratory allows participants to observe and understand the effects of Industry 4.0 technologies before investing.

Festo and the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) are proud to announce the opening of Canada’s first-ever cyber-physical laboratory in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent. Known as the CP Laboratory, it will give Quebec-based manufacturers access to a real “factory of the future” that integrates new production technologies with online systems that will help them develop Industry 4.0 projects.

Accelerating a digital transformation

The CP Laboratory will be used as a learning and research platform. Its operations allow participants to observe and understand the effects of Industry 4.0 technologies before committing to the investment required to transform their own companies. The cyber-physical laboratory has the potential to incorporate new available technologies and represent several domains along the value chain.

“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 Quebec manufacturing sector,” explains Denis Hardy, president and CEO of the CRIQ.

Festo Canada president and CEO Roger Hallett is equally excited about the impact this partnership will have on the Quebec manufacturing industry.

“We are delighted to be a part of this initiative in Quebec through our highly constructive co-operation with our colleagues at CRIQ,” Hallett says. “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.”

Additional details

The equipment for the CRIQ cyber-physical laboratory will be provided by Festo Didactic, a world leader in professional training in industrial automation, and a subsidiary of Festo Canada.

To learn more, contact Festo Canada

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