416 Automation works with Humber to create the SeatBOT

Humber College

Through a collaboration with industry partner 416 Automation Inc., Electromechanical Engineering Technology students Theodor Willert and Joshua Donnelly-Robertson took on an innovative project that let them do just that. The students worked with 416 Automation and Humber faculty members Neal Mohammed and Mohammad Al-Rady to design and build an automated, robotic technology that can test any car seat function and to integrate that technology into end-of-line testers in factories around the world.

The unmanned system—called the SeatBOT—can automatically test the functionality of the seat buckle, power seat buttons, manual seat track bar, manual seat levers and other features of seats in automotive vehicles providing a unique solution in North America.

Working on such a new and innovative project provided the students with real-world experience and an impressive project to add to their resumes. Since working with 416 Automation, Willert has participated and placed gold in the Skills Canada Mechatronics Competition, and Donnelly-Robertson has been hired full-time at 416 Automation. The developed prototype is a huge success for 416 Automation, who already has clients lined up to purchase the system; customers now want the SeatBOT as a standard on all test equipment. 416 Automation has already sold five SeatBOTs, and two systems are already running in production.

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