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Humber College brings “SICK Sensor Intelligence” and Industry 4.0 readiness to campus

Devin Jones   

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Various educational programs will co-exist alongside employment and exchange pathways for students.


Humber College and SICK—a manufacturer of sensors, machine vision, and encoder products for Industry 4.0 ready applications—are entering into a three-year partnership agreement designed to build awareness of industry automation sensor solutions and Industry 4.0 ready sensor technologies.

The company will provide sensor technologies and services worth $765,000, new training opportunities for Humber students and dedicated support through new scholarships called the SICK Canada Leadership & Vision Awards.

The company is now considered a founding member of Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium. It’s a group comprised of industry partners working with the college to train students and employees of Canadian companies within the new Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI). The consortium will integrate learning pathways and opportunities for students, faculty and industry experts to collaborate on the latest technology to solve real-world industry automation and Industry 4.0 business challenges.

“Partnering with SICK enhances Humber’s sensor and industry automation expertise, providing our students and faculty with new learning opportunities,” says Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, Humber College. “SICK sensors are found in manufacturing environments and in key equipment used in consumer markets, transportation, health care and other sectors.”

Additionally, the partnership will provide applied research opportunities with SICK related to Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, Industrial Automation and SICK Sensor Intelligence. Educational programs in the areas of smart sensors, logistic and process automation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things will co-exist alongside employment and exchange pathways for Humber students to work at SICK.



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