Centre for Sensors and System Integration
(CSSI)

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Edmonton, AB

ABOUT CSSI

NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI) is a Technology Access Centre (TAC) staffed with professional researchers to support businesses on applied research and development projects that deliver a new product, an improved service, or a more efficient process.

Businesses across all major Alberta industry sectors have identified digital transformation as being the critical next step in their operational evolution. CSSI helps address parts of these digitization challenges through prototyping activities in preparation for later commercialization, which in turn enhance a company’s productivity, competitiveness, and innovation.

We may be automating a manual process, trialing the use of existing technology in an innovative way, sourcing an idea from another industry and developing a tool to meet the application, or designing and building something brand new.


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CSSI Jared Coulombe

Jared Coulombe
Operations Manager, CSSI

+1-780-471-8421

JAREDC@nait.ca


nait.ca/cssi

11762 - 106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1

Services offered in: English and French

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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION EXPERTISE

EXPERTISE

  1. Sensor Development
  2. Prototyping, Fabrication, and Installation Services
  3. Embedded System Design
  4. Concept or Process Validation
  5. Technology Workflow Consultation
  6. Project Management
  7. Business Mentorship
  8. Early-stage business development
  9. Non-destructive inspection (NDI)
  10. System Performance Monitoring
  11. Test and Characterization
  12. Sample Analysis and Testing
  13. Literature reviews
  14. Field trials / Simulations
  15. Technology Evaluation / Validation

TECHNOLOGY SECTORS

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Agriculture
  3. Clean Technology
  4. Energy
  5. Environmental Technology
  6. Forestry
  7. Information and Communications Technology
  8. Mining

EQUIPMENT AND LABS

Equipment Function
Micro/Nano technology Lab
TESCAN VEGA3 LMU Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) SEM is used to produce images of a sample by scanning the surface with a focused beam of electrons. This system is intended for both high- and low-vacuum operations. It also has a variety of imaging modes with valuable capabilities.
Multi-Target DC Metal sputter deposition system DC Sputtering is a thin-film PVD-coating technique where the coating is bombarded with ionized gas molecules causing atoms to be “sputtered” off into the plasma. It is used extensively in the semiconductor industry to create microchip circuitry on the molecular level.
Materials alteration/machining lab
5-Axis OMAX MAXIEM 1515 Abrasive Water Jet This system uses water jets to cut and machine a wide range of materials from metals and composites to glass and plastics. Its cutting bed size is 48 in × 48 in and can handle a variety of material thicknesses.
Universal Testing Machine Tribometer A Universal Testing Machine (UTM) Tribometer is used to test the tensile strength, friction, and wear of a diverse range of materials, components, and structures to several ASTM test standards. 
Sentek L0620M-PAS106/AIF/DMF Vibration Test System This test system is ideally suited to vibration-test small electronic parts, connectors, hand-held units, and mechanical assemblies. It simulates real-world industrial environments. The system is designed to endure severe vibration and shock forces and extreme temperature conditions while testing.
Renishaw AM400 3D Metal Printer This metal-sintering 3D printer is used for rapid-prototyping of metal parts and components. The printer can print parts in stainless-steel, aluminum, and titanium, with a maximum build size of 250 mm x 250 mm x 300 mm.
Stratasys F370 Plastic 3D Printer This plastics-based 3D printer is used for rapid prototyping for the manufacturing or medical devices industries.  It uses FDM technology where parts are built layer by layer by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. The F370 prints in multiple plastics (ABS, PLA, ASA, PC ABS, FDM TPU 92A) in extremely precise 0.005 in. layer thicknesses, and features a medium build size of 355 mm x 254 mm x 355 mm.
Artec Space Spider 3D scanner This high-resolution 3D scanner is based on blue-light technology. It accurately captures small objects or the intricate details of larger industrial objects in high resolution, with steadfast accuracy and brilliant color. Each scanned 3D point has an accuracy of 50 um with a minimum geometry resolution of 100 um. The minimum size for an object to be scanned is 5 mm.
Stratasys Polyjet 3D Printer The PolyJet printer is a powerful 3D printer that uses technology similar to inkjet printing, where the print head jets liquid photopolymer onto the build tray and then cures it with UV light. This technology produces smooth, accurate parts, prototypes and tooling. With microscopic layer resolution and accuracy down to 0.1 mm, it can produce thin walls and complex geometries using the widest range of materials including precise plastic prints. It has a part build-area of 294 mm x 192 mm x 148 mm.
Electronics and Lasers Lab
High/low speed data acquisition setup for test, characterization:  MCC DAQ USB-201 National Instruments PCI-5122 National Instruments PCI-6115 Oscilloscope Devices are flexible, software‐defined instruments that are versatile enough for both time‐ and frequency‐domain measurements. They are used to display, analyze, and log the waveform of electronics signals from components or circuits for troubleshooting or characterization purposes. This test suite can accept a variety of input types: thermocouples, analog voltages, 4-20mA currents, digital I/O, etc.
Filmetrics Profilm3D Optical Profiler This thin-film and surface-topography profiler uses state-of-the-art white light interferometry (WLI) to create detailed 3D images of a surface. It features a film thickness range of 50 nm to 10 mm, with vertical feature resolution of 50 nm.
High precision 7.5 Digit Keithley DMM7510 multimeter This multimeter provides High-precision readings for sensitive electronic measurements such as 4-point probe tests for resistivity.
Tektronix MSO54 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope A Mixed Signal Oscilloscope is used to measure voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency, rise time, etc. Applications include troubleshooting, production test, and design. It has 4 FlexChannels with extended 125M/channel record length, 2 GHz Bandwidth, including serial triggering for automotive, embedded, computer, and USB applications.
IBL SV260 Vapor Phase reflow oven and surface mount rework station The IBL SV 260 is an easy to use vapour phase soldering machine for circuit boards. The temperature profiles are adjusted by a variable heating power control. It is ideal for low to medium volume production and prototype work.  
Electronic test and characterization equipment Electronic test equipment is used to test components and electronic devices to determine if they are functioning correctly. The inventory includes: A triple channel DC supply, arbitrary function generator, benchtop and handheld multimeters, high voltage DC supply, and inductance/capacitance meter.
LabVIEW Professional Software LabVIEW is a system engineering software package for applications that require test, measurement and control. Capabilities include custom user interfaces, high speed data acquisition, data output, low-level control, and the ability to compile standalone executable programs.
Rockwell PLC Software Used to program and control Rockwell Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), this software package provides the user the ability to include Ladder logic and function block diagrams with networking capabilities and to interface between PLC and HMIs. It also includes industrial controls with interlocks and fail-safes.
Mathworks MATLAB Software This software provides an Image processing toolkit, image acquisition toolkit, and compiler. It is used to plot functions and data, implement algorithms, and create user interfaces.    
FLIR T640 Thermal Camera This high-resolution thermal imaging device is operated by our in-house certified Thermographers. The T640 can produce imaging of temperature ranges from -40 to 2000 Celsius. 
Class 3B and Class 4 Laser lab setup This suite of tools and protective equipment allows staff to safely work with Class 3B and Class 4 laser systems. It includes blinds, protective equipment, beam profilers, laser power meters, optical components, breadboards, alignment targets, and test/characterization tools to perform tests on laser-based systems such as thermal stress tests, long-term operation tests, and baseline laser noise tests.