17th February 2020

EQMBO-Entreprises launches its new laboratory, unique in North America

Victoriaville, QC, November 26th 2014 – EQMBO-Entreprises, one of the three reference centers managed (CCTT) by Victoriaville College recently inaugurated a brand new research laboratory dedicated to industrial finishing processes with low impact on environment. This laboratory will allow to develop new finishing or drying processes, aiming at reducing VOC while maintaining profitability for the wood and furniture industries.

Vincent Guay, director (provisory) of Eqmbo-Entreprises, is very enthousiastic about this project, "One of our researchers, Mr Roger Ducharme, had one day this crazy idea. And with the support of many partners from the industry, this project could be realized thanks to the participation of our whole staff at Eqmbo-Entreprises."

This major project was supported financially by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and by the Quebec government after a deep analysis. "For the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI),  it is very iimportant to help colleges meet the technological challenges that have to face our manufacturers.. This new laboratory will not only help the college in solving manufacturers problems but will also  give the students an opportunity to develop new skills by experimenting the most modern  instruments," says Gilles G. Patry, CFI president.

When a project is submitted to CFI for approval, it must get the support of industries or research organizations. Thus, Nathalie Carrier, project manager and communication responsible for Eqmbo-Entreprises, expressed her gratitude to entreprises such as Akzo Nobel Peintures Bois ltée, Canlak, Société Laurentide, Fournitures funéraires Victoriaville inc. And the National Research Council of Canada who believed in this project from the very beginning.

With more than 1 million dollars worth of equipement, this initiative required equal participation from the federal government  through CFI (40 per cent) and the Quebec government through the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des exportations (40 per cent). EQMBO-Entreprises and four of its  partners (Automatech, Kremlin Exel Rexon, Prime Heat and Ayotte-Technogaz) also contributed for the equivalent of 20 per cent of the project.

The research in this laboratory will allow the development of three aspects related to surface finishing: application processes, drying techniques, and quality control of the finished surfaces. Thanks to equipments such as: robotized finishing station for application and 3D UV curing; a weathering unit using xenon that will evaluate the quality of a finish over time; various drying ovens including a microwave unit, the laboratory is set to start its first research projects.With industries facing various challenges in their finishing departments, Eqmbo-Entreprises will be able to test a wide range of technologies before manufacturers start their implementation. For example, UV coating on tridimensional surfaces, or electrostatic coating on wood will be tested in this new laboratory.

This new laboratory will also have an impact on education considering the fact that college and university students will also use the equipment to conduct research projects related to finishing technologies.

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians. Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions are attracting and retaining the world’s top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada’s position in today’s knowledge economy.

EQMBO-Entreprises
Part of Victoriaville College, EQMBO-Entreprises is one of the 49 College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT) located throughout the province of Quebec. Specialized in wood processing and furniture  manufacturing, , this CCTT offers a broad range of services, from design to shipping . Four niches allow the CCTT to stand out : industrial ingeneering, industrial finishing; computer-aided design and manufacturing and wood processing; A staff composed of 15 specialists work full-time at Eqmbo-Entreprises, which was founded in 1983.