Webinars, Videos & Technical Papers

Learn more about VTC through these videos and technical papers.


National Research Council – Advances in Electric Vehicle Battery Technology – October 13, 2021

The VTC hosted a session highlighting the National Research Council (NRC) Canada’s work in battery technology for electric vehicles.  Their presentation focused on the work they have done in the past and are continuing with energy storage including real case studies on the practical application of batteries in vehicles from a battery developer and integrators perspectives.   They also touch on the mitigation of battery events through their research.  Eddy Zuppel and Dean MacNeil of the NRC presented.

Engineering Drawing Process Automation – Is That Even Possible? – June 2, 2021

AXISCADES based in India and the United States presented on the topic of techniques and tools developed to automate the engineering process automation using the CAD and ERP tools we presently are using. Their presentation included intelligent automation in the engineering activities to improve productivity, quality, reduced cost and increased speed to market. Topics covered included auto-generation of manufacturing drawings, Computer Vision based engineering data extraction using Deep Learning.  They also covered Bots in Engineering (a technology tool that can help engineering in multiple fronts), process automation Bot extracting information such as No of Bends, Profile Cut Length, No of Holes etc to auto generate shop routings that get pushed to the companies business system.  




Digital Production Flow Optimization and Digital Inspection of really Large Assemblies – March 23, 2021

The Vehicle Technology Centre hosted a webinar focusing on digital production flow optimization and digital inspection of large and complex large objects and assemblies. This was presented by CAD Micro Solutions and Visual Components.

The presentation included 2 case studies (AGCO and NIMAK) that utilized 3D manufacturing simulation to optimize cell workflow.  It also included demonstrations of 3D scanning in large assembly enviroments.  We also got a sneak peak at some of the work Cad Micro did scanning a full size Avro Aero full model in southern Ontario which has applications to heavy equipment and vehicle manufacturers.


Advances in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology in Heavy Vehicle and Fleet Applications – April 14, 2021

Ballard Power Systems, Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation and the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association presented on the state of hydrogen fuel cell technology with a focus on heavy vehicle and fleet applications. We will also had the opportunity to learn about hydrogen fueling infrastructure required to support fuel cell operation. The presentation was followed by audience Q&A.
Our presenters were Terry Howe from Ballard Power Systems, Mitch Carlson from Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation and Mark Kirby of the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.





Siemens Future Trends in Heavy Vehicle and Equipment Electrification – Webinar Oct 14 2020

The Manitoba Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Cluster hosted a webinar by Siemens in October of 2020 where future trends in the electrification of heavy equipment and vehicles was addressed. The path to electrification of heavy vehicles operated on predetermined and repeated schedules in a local municipal area has some clarity. for high horsepower, high load applications (like agricultural tractors) the path to electrification is not as clear. In this webinar, David, Ray and Kyle from Siemens present their views on where they see the future of electrification of large vehicle going. Many thanks to David Wilson, Ray Little and Kyle Ferguson of Siemens for presenting and to Roberta Desserre of Siemens for coordinating the webinar presenters and material.

Next-Gen Wi-Fi Connected Assembly Tools in Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Production – Jan 20, 2021

The Vehicle Technology Centre hosted a webinar focusing on WI-FI connected assembly tools that electronically measure, collect, and store production data as assembly tasks are being performed. These tools eliminate the need to manually record data into assembly logs or books while ensuring that tasks are being done in the proper sequence by properly trained personnel. Applifast Winnipeg and New Flyer presented on the benefits and use of these tools including demonstration of the capabilities in actual production tasks. This webinar focused on advanced connected fastening systems available through Desoutter tools that can: • Achieve torque accuracy by measuring and recording actual torques applied (in comparison with current sign off sheets that confirm that a minimum torque was reached). • Can control who performs an assembly process and in what order steps are done to improve quality. • Electronically collects and stores all fastening data and can report on exceptions or prevent the next step if the prior step is not completed properly. • Enhance operator experience using quiet, ergonomic tools Applifast and New Flyer presented followed by Q&A from the attendees. Thanks to Brian MacKinnon of Applifast and Sheldon Schultz of New Flyer and Lance Mlodzinski at MCI for preparing and presenting this webinar.

Get to market faster utilizing virtual production planning techniques and tools

Getting products to market faster is key to maintaining competitive advantage. When manufacturing heavy equipment and vehicles, the complexity of the integration of systems as well as variable line loading leads to challenges both planning assembly and creating the standard operating procedures and other documentation required by the line personnel. Axiscades has works with a number of large equipment manufacturers all over the world and has experience in modeling the plant and the workload in a virtual environment allowing planning to occur concurrently with the design process, reducing time to market. Sanjay Rout, Subbu Vijayen, and Murari Seshadri from Axicades presented to the Manitoba Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Cluster in June of 2020.

Advanced Fastening Though Adhesive Technology – Lessons from the UK and Europe Webinar – May 12 2021

Europe and the UK have traditionally been ahead of North America in the use of adhesive technology instead of mechanical fastening. Forgeway Ltd from the UK shared some case studies of unique fastening projects they have undertaken. Based in the UK, Forgeway was established in 1995 have grown to become a global leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and sealants for the markets such as truck, bus, and couch building. Thanks to their focus on a developing their people and their products, they offer unrivalled advanced technology adhesives, with a market knowledge and experience to back it up. Working with companies like Alexander Dennis, they have developed a specialty in adhesives and sealant use in truck and coach building. Bruce Ellis of Forgeway presented.




Practical Utilization of Connected Wearable Technology for Assembly and Product Service – December 2020

Enterprise organizations are turning towards wearable technology across their manufacturing supply chain to unlock higher productivity and quality. In complex assembly scenarios, showing detailed assembly instructions on smart glasses enables workers to remain hands-free and focused on the job without losing their place or going back to a workstation for the next step. Upskill’s connected worker software platform, Skylight, is used at companies like Boeing to display assembly instructions on smart glasses to reduce mistakes and increase efficiency. Their technology can also train workers faster, allow workers to call for help digitally, use voice commands to navigate SOPs, and allow them to keep both hands on their work reducing task time.

During this webinar, Upskill will provide overview of their technology, a live demonstration using wire harness assembly and remote service call scenarios, and present on how companies can prepare their reference information to be ready to integrate this technology.

Technical Papers

COVID Impact on Manitoba Manufacturing Supply Chains

CME-VTC-COVID-19 Supply Chain Impact Study-Final Report – Feb21This study summarizes interviews done with Manitoba Manufacturers on the weaknesses exposed in their supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The data was collected through interviews in November and December of 2020.  This study was done by the CME Manitoba and the Vehicle Technology Centre with assistance from Dr. Paul Larson of the University of Manitoba.


To foster the continuing growth and profitability of Manitoba’s vehicle and transportation equipment manufacturers to make Manitoba a vehicle manufacturing centre of excellence.

New Report