11.17.2018

Master in mechatronics? This Sudbury company wants to hear from you

Wendy BIRD

 

 

‘Mining is not purely a job for a miner,’ Hard-Line’s Walter Siggelkow says

 

Hard-Line is a Sudbury based company. (Supplied/Hard-Line)

The head of a Sudbury-based company says the mining industry is in dire need of people trained in the field of mechatronics.

It’s an emerging field that combines the technologies of mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, information processing, basic electricity as well as motor and motion control.

 

Walter Siggelkow, the president of Hard-Line has been involved for more than 20 years in the remote control business of the mining sector.

“So what we do is we convert machines to remote control and basically it removes the operator from the dangerous area where they would work,” he said.

“Mining is not purely a job for a miner.”

He says the industry needs to hear from people of all skill sets to move it forward and innovate.

 

Walter Siggelkow is the president of Hard-Line in Sudbury. (Supplied/Hard-Line)

“They need accountants, we need programers, lawyers — we need all the different trades and skill sets.”

To tap into those skills, Siggelkow says it’s important to get young people involved in the industry and hear out all ideas being put forward.

He’s invested in Laurentian University’s school of engineering to help offer a mechatronics option, and also is involved with GoldCorp’s Disrupt Mining challenge. The annual contest encourages people to offer new ideas and technologies in the mining industry.

Siggelkow’s company put an entry in to the challenge a few years ago and lost. However, the event inspired him to sign up to be a sponsor.

Up North
Mining technology entrepreneur talks about need for people trained in mechatronics in the mining field

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Ever heard of mechatronics? It’s still an emerging field that combines the technologies of mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electronics, information processing, basic electricity, as well as motor and motion control. According to Walter Siggelkow of Hardline Solutions in Sudbury, the mining industry is in dire need of people trained in the field of mechatronics. He’s an early adopter of mechatronics and sells his expertise to companies all over the world. Not only is he an early adopter , but he is also an early investor plugging money into university programs and events like Goldcorp’s Disrupt Mining competition to keep the momentum going. Here’s Walter Siggelkow in conversation with Up North’s Wendy Bird. 6:41

“It’s not purely one mining company,” he explained.

“It’s trying to open up a forum where … people with some weird ideas maybe can showcase it to a whole bunch of people.”

He says an added bonus is getting to see all the entries.

“If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll find something that fits with our interest and make an investment of our own,” he said.

“It’s changing the way that we think about mining.”

With files from Wendy Bird