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RDC doles out $1.6 million for Atlantic R&D projects

Funding will assist R&D in priority sectors such as natural resource, ocean technology, and advanced manufacturing.


ST. JOHN’S, NL—Making working conditions safer for offshore employees and developing production efficiencies for the lumber industry are among the 18 business-led projects receiving more than $1.6 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).

The projects will assist companies with R&D projects in Newfoundland and Labrador’s priority sectors such as natural resources, ocean technology, and advanced manufacturing.

The Research & Development Corp. (RDC ) is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance, working R&D stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments.

In the 2012 federal budget, the corporation was allocated $19 million.

While RDC is investing a total of $1,669,699 in 18 Newfoundland and Labrador-based projects, the total project costs are $3,467,295.

Some of the projects include:

ACAN Windows, a local window manufacturer, will collaborate with the College of the North Atlantic’s (CAN) Manufacturing Technology Centre to improve the CNA’s capacity in injection molding and improve ACAN’s existing manufacturing processes.

Eastern Analytical Ltd., a privately owned Springdale-based, NL-based company that provides sample preparation and assay techniques to the mining industry, will develop proficiency in lab testing and research in methods of platinum, palladium, and gold fire assay, as well as uranium testing in rock and soil. The proficiency testing is required for method validation and ISO 17025 certification.

Blue Oceans Satellite Systems Inc. plans to develop a satelite called SkyHawk Next, which will allow user-friendly, two-way real time satellite communication. The product will be designed and tested to allow real time communications in remote or isolated areas.

Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Ltd. will develop an automated scaling system to allow the company to measure the volume of wood that can be used for lumber using mathematical models and 3d laser scanners. The company currently uses a manual system to scale sawlogs and would be the first company in Canada to introduce a laser-assisted system.

Hyflodraulic Ltd., a provider specialized hydraulic services and solutions to the commercial, industrial and marine industries, has designed a winch system with a constant tension device to assist oil and gas operators to offload crude oil from offshore oil platforms.

Industrial Engineering and Automation Solutions Ltd., an engineering services company, provides electrical instrumentation, controls and system integration, and R&D services for offshore oil and gas, pretroleum, mining, power generation and industrial markets. The company has developed an industrial and commercial grade product for eliminating rodent problems, which generates a pulsating high-frequency sound barrier that irrirates the sensitive auditory nerves of mice and rats.

Quinlan Brothers Ltd., a family-owned snow crab and shrimp processor, will partner wih an Icelandic manufacturer and seafood processor to conduct research and testing on existing technology currently used in the groundfish industry to determine if the technology can be adapted to its shrimp maturation process.