Simon Fraser University has opened a Smart Manufacturing Hub in Surrey. The hub is equipped with an Industry 4.0 training system that includes artificial vision, collaborative robots, smart devices, and more. “Manufacturing is a fundamental human activity. We have been making products since the stone age,” explains SFU School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering Director John Shen. “Smart Manufacturing, or Industry 4.0, on the other hand, is a concept which only emerged about 10 years ago.” The hub will educate Industry 4.0 professionals and engage in collaborations with industry as it supports Canada’s transition to a new era of manufacturing.