Schneider sets up digital building lab in Montreal

  • November 13, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Schneider Electric has opened a digital buildings innovation laboratory in Montreal to advance innovation in R&D and testing for digital building applications for the global market.

Centrally located in Montreal’s Marconi district in the Mile Ex – an area known for the inception and advancement of local technology and AI businesses, as well as architecture and design studios – the facility will function as a cornerstone for the firm’s R&D department.

This will lead to the creation of up to 40 positions in Montreal by the end of 2024, providing opportunities for local talent to build their careers in progressive roles and to shape technological advancements required to evolve buildings of the future.

“With Montreal’s vibrancy, innovation, digital talent and world-class educational institutions, this lab is the perfect location to further advance our testing, research and development capabilities at a global scale,” said Andre Marino, senior vice president at Schneider Electric. “It is here at this new facility, where Schneider Electric will elevate the design and testing of our intelligent edge to ensure the reliability and performance of digital infrastructures, transforming buildings all over the world into smart, modern, net-zero landmarks.”

The 420m2 facility features the latest equipment, 3D technology and simulators to change how intelligent edge devices are designed, tested and developed for digital building applications.

The facility includes an electro-mechanical lab for actuator performance, motor, environmental and system testing. There is a wet lab for valve performance testing and valve and actuator wet accelerated life testing. A fast prototype lab has 3D printing for assembly fit testing and creating prototypes on demand.

A 3D laser scanner is also housed at this facility to offer reverse engineering and drawing compliance.

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