Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program
We are thrilled to announce we were awarded the Accelerating Manufacturing Grant we pursued back in March 2021. This grant opportunity will allow us to strengthen the provincial supply chains and create new opportunities. We are investing $315,000 to implement automation in Rainhouse’s machining processes.
We know automation is key to improving our processes, and now we will be able to do it sooner than we thought. We have until the end of January 2022 to source, purchase, and install a new robotic arm into our robodrill CNC machine. By implementing robotics, we will provide higher volumes of machined parts and relocate manual labor to more complex processes.
Currently, workers must load raw materials into highly sophisticated machines, then remove the machined or milled parts and visually inspect them to ensure quality control. This new process will allow our machinists to take on new responsibilities and continue applying their skills without facing repetitive stress injury and reducing human error.
We are excited to learn from the process of acquiring, installing, programming, and operating a robotic system. Once our setup and adapting period is completed, we will be happy to share the learned knowledge and any mistakes we made along the way to help support other local businesses who wish to implement automation and robotics in their production facilities.
To start the automation process, we invested $320,000, from which $62,000 was independently funded by Rainhouse. This significant investment required a lot of time, work in the purchasing process, logistics, and training.
We can’t wait to have the new addition to our machine family delivered and start seeing the transformative results from implementing automation at Rainhouse. We will continue to share updates, so get ready to see pictures of our final setup soon.