Techopia Live: Demand for manufacturing insights fuels growth at Kanata’s Sciemetric

Modern manufacturing requires a holistic view of a company’s assembly line, increasing the demand for technology capable of collecting and interpreting the vast amounts of data generated in production. That’s great news to Derek Kuhn, who joined Techopia Live this week from Kanata-based Sciemetric Instruments to discuss the opportunities his firm is seeing in the “manufacturing 4.0” phenomenon.

The senior-vice president of the industrial Internet of Things firm broke down what the trend towards big data means to the manufacturing market. In Sciemetric’s case, the demand for insights into the assembly line aligns well with the firm’s instruments and software designed to break down the minutiae of the production process to give customers a better look at their own operations.

Since its inception, Kuhn said, Sciemetric has been enveloping the idea of manufacturing 4.0 before the concept was top of mind to industrial firms around the world.

“We’ve embodied this trend for more than 20 years,” he said.

Though the Kanata company has indeed been in business for decades – adding the likes of John Deere, Ford Motors and Hewlett-Packard as customers along the way – Sciemetric entered a new chapter in 2017 when it was acquired by Ohio-based TASI Group.

Kuhn said the acquisition has meant new opportunities for Sciemetric. Through its sister companies in TASI Group, the firm has begun working with their customers (such as a certain well-known electric vehicle maker) in fields it previously hadn’t focused on, such as pharmaceuticals.

“Those sister companies knew, ‘Oh, Sciemetric can do that,’” he said. “We’re finding new opportunities outside of our core business as well, which is really exciting.”

Two years after its acquisition, the firm continues to build out its engineering and software development ranks in its Kanata offices. To hear Kuhn’s views on the Ottawa talent market and how Techopia sponsor KRP Properties helps companies such as Sciemetric to find space suitable for their needs, watch the video above.