CRIQ teams up with Industry 4.0 global giant

MUNICH, Germany, July 15, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - During the economic mission to Germany organized by Quebec's Ministry of Economy, Science, and Innovation, Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and internationally renowned company Festo signed an agreement to help speed up introduction of the principles of Industry 4.0 and smart factories in Québec's manufacturing sector.

Smart factories—a core element of Industry 4.0—are characterized by continuous communication between the various tools and work stations of supply and production lines.

Under this agreement CRIQ now enjoys access to new specialized resources and to some 30,000 avant-garde automation technologies tried and tested in over 175 countries. The Festo team will collaborate with a research team from CRIQ that specializes in robotization, artificial intelligence, telematics, numerical control, production systems organization, and Big Data management.

Ultimately, this collaboration will give rise to factory technology showcases that other companies can look to for inspiration, and will breathe new life into Quebec's industrial sector.

"This partnership is a clear commitment by CRIQ to the digital shift our Quebec companies are undertaking, and it speaks to the importance we place on the modernization of industry in our research activities," noted Denis Hardy, President and CEO of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec.

For his part, Roger Hallett, President and CEO of Festo Canada, stated that "Festo is delighted to have signed this collaboration agreement with Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec. In our ever-changing environment, our partnership will ensure the competitiveness of Québec's manufacturing sector thanks to the adoption of the principles of Industry 4.0."

About CRIQ
For over 45 years, the mission of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) has been to make Québec industry more competitive and boost growth by supporting innovation, productivity, and exports, as well as fostering partnerships to improve products and services. With over 200 employees, and labs in Québec City and Montréal, CRIQ carries out close to 2,000 projects each year.

About Festo
Headquartered in Germany, Festo is a globally renowned supplier of industrial automation technologies and education systems. Its 16,200 employees are committed to ensuring its customers enjoy optimal productivity and competitiveness. Every year Festo provides 10,000 customized solutions to manufacturing companies, and its 30,000 plus products are available in over 175 countries.

Carole Roch, Communications Advisor
Tel.: 514-383-1550, ext. 3254
Toll-free: 1-800-667-4570, ext. 3254
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SOURCE Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec

For further information: Carole Roch, Communications Advisor, CRIQ, Tel.: 514-383-1550, ext. 3254, Toll-free: 1-800-667-4570, ext. 3254, Cell: 514-946-0226


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