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Sunday, 05 May 2013 09:15

Skyjack Tour Spring 2013

Tour Organized by Jonathan Velasco, P.Eng


After a successful tour in the fall of 2012, Skyjack opened its doors again to members of PEO Grand River Chapter for another sky high experience on April 26, 2013.


Skyjack Plant 2 in Guelph is one of the company’s several manufacturing facilities worldwide that builds the self-propelled scissor lifts, articulated booms, telescopic booms and telehandlers. Skyjack began manufacturing scissor lift work platforms in 1986 and through the 1990's grew to over 30% market share to become a world leader in this sector of the aerial lift industry. Skyjack became part of the Linamar family in 2002 and since then, continued its dominance in the industry.


The tour host and VP of engineering Ed Lambert, together with Skyjack president Brad Boehler and their competent engineering team presented Skyjack’s history, the growth and stability of the company, the array of products and its worldwide presence as market leader.


PEO members were shown the welding, painting, assembly and testing of the different Skyjack models. A feedback from one participant states “The tour was educational and well organized. It tells me of smart leadership. My tour guide was awesome, friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. I wish I could learn more about your operation, culture, and philosophy.”


The finale was an adrenalin scissor lift ride 50 feet up in the sunny Friday afternoon. According to another participant, the exciting ride at the end of the tour drove home the product.



   Skyjack President Brad Boehler welcomes the PEO members 



         Skyjack ride on the scissor lifts at the end of the tour

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Mathletics Competition 2013 results

by Jonathan Velasco

The Professional Engineers Ontario Grand River Chapter (PEO GRC) held its annual Mathletics competition among junior and senior grade students in the region.  The popular event was held in Thornbrough Building UoG and was participated by more than 50 students from different elementary schools. Despite the freezing temperature on the morning of March 2, 2013, the atmosphere inside the auditorium was boiling hot and filled with energy. Although the spirit of competition was in the air, the event was a smashing success because everybody came out the winner.  The goal of the organizers is to promote engineering to the youth and to help them build self-confidence through a competition like this.

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Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

National Engineering Month 2013 Review

by Ala Bashatly, EIT

KNEXNational Engineering Month was celebrated with yet another exciting K’NEX event.

The bridge building contest took place at THE MUSEUM in Kitchener on March 23rd and 24th from 10am- 5pm. The K’NEX bridge building is one of the best ways to introduce the youth to the world of Engineering!

The event brought out the youth’s imagination and creativity. Children learned about the various fields of engineering from our volunteers. Parents, guardians and volunteers taught the children different techniques for building a strong bridge. Children built bridges using the K’NEX components which are then tested by the PEO-Grand River Chapter’s volunteers.

Pushing the envelope this year, the bridges were loaded with bricks. Structures that were able to withstand the maximum load of bricks entered a draw to win three prizes. First place prize was a K’NEX Roller Coaster set. Second place was a Ferris wheel set and the third place was multi- models Tub set.

As part of the National Engineering Month event held at The Museum, Conestoga College brought a Denso industrial robot that challenged participants to a game of tic-tac-toe. Participants learned various applications of industrial robots while gaining an appreciation for their versatility. Each participant was able to observe the robot functioning, the control system governing its motion, and the vision system used to inform the robot of real time events. The Denso Robot software was loaded to a PLC- programmable logic controller to play games in hard and easy mode. Children were thrilled to play tic-tac-toe with the robot.

Scoreboard: Draws: 47, Participants – 14, Robot – 30. A good weekend for the robot!

Greg Burns-VPO Engineering Society from Conestoga College controlled the robot on Saturday. Sonny Modi-VPI Engineering Society from Conestoga College did a great job setting up and demonstrating the Denso Robot on Sunday.

Sunday was highlighted by the First Robotics Frisbee Thrower Robot. REBotics team from Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, and Brad Morris from University of Waterloo demonstrated the robot’s various mobility skills and high precision in throwing Frisbee discs.

The event was a great success with the support of University of Waterloo students.

Special thanks to the fans of the K’NEX event that came for more fun at THE MUSEUM!

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