Cutting Edge Assembly Technology – Transformix – Tour Stop #1

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Transformix Engineering, a local success story, was founded in 1995 by 3 brilliant engineers and dynamic entrepreneur, Peng Sang Cau. While a lot of people in Kingston know the Transformix name, not many people know exactly what the company does or why it has such great growth potential.

The Innovation

Transformix developed and patented a technology called CNCAssembly®. The technology is an automated assembly machine for global manufacturers in industries such as Consumers Packaged Goods, Medical Devices, Automotive, etc. If you think about products you see every day, like the pump on a container of soap or the spray head on a bottle of sunscreen, there are a number of small pieces that need to be put together. Transformix builds machines that assemble and inspect products like these at rates of 400 parts per minute, or almost 7 parts in 1 second!  CNCAssembly® has revolutionized world assembly automation with breakthroughs in speed, flexibility, precision and efficiency. This means big savings for manufacturers that want to assemble a variety of products and it means that they no longer need to go somewhere internationally for their production to stay competitive.

The Future

The assembly machines made by Transformix have attracted a lot of interest globally. During our tour we saw machines  destined for Germany, Brazil and the USA  and I met a few of their clients from Poland there to observe a final test run of their new assembly machine. Transformix sees itself as the ‘Tesla of Automation’ with a whole team of engineers (many of them Queen’s grads) who can build you an automated machine for just about any assembly task imaginable.

The Tour

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Commuter Challenge & Cycle Week!

 

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June 5-11 is Commuter Challenge and Cycle Week 2016!

The Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces that encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home and instead use active transportation and log commutes using alternative transportation. Over the past several years Kingstonians have taken the challenge and ranked first in the medium- sized city category for the past four years and last year had the second highest participation rate in all of Canada!   

To learn more about the Commuter Challenge click here and to register to participate click here 

In honour of this years’ commuter challenge KFL&A Public Health asked me to answer four questions for commuter challenge participants, here they are: 

What does a ‘Smart and Livable City’ mean to you?

The vision to be a smart and livable city is about the opportunity to build on our amazing assets and make Kingston an even better place to call home. Like cities across the country we face challenges – environmentally, socially and economically – but I believe these challenges are best tacked collectively. The vision is about big picture thinking and building partnerships to move our community forward together.  By harnessing our incredible assets, our collective creativity and energy we will improve the quality of life for all.
In recent years Kingston has represented itself very well in the Commuter Challenge, winning 1st place in our city size category for the past 4 years. Why do you think the Commuter Challenge fits so well with our city?

The Commuter Challenge is about leaving the car at home and exploring active ways to get around in our community. Kingston has emerged as a leader in this challenge over the years thanks to the dedication of volunteers and participants who take the challenge as an opportunity to showcase support for the continued investment in active transportation options and networks in Kingston.

How is the city working to support people using active transportation?

As a city we continue to work to enhance active transportation, making more options available and accessible across our community. Specific examples include working to complete the K&P trail by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, ongoing service enhancements to Kingston Transit and increasing the bike lane network. We are also working to connect and beautify spaces; examples include the Waterfront Master Plan to revitalize and connect our beautiful waterfront and a commitment to increasing the city’s tree canopy.

Can people get involved in this process?

One of Council’s top priorities for our term is fostering open government and encouraging more engagement. Community input is important to me and I am always seeking opportunities to hear from you.  Together we can all play a role in generating innovative and implementing solutions unique to our community. I want to hear from you, connect with me on social media, on my website, e-mail or in person at events or around the community.

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