Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2018
Vol. 41, no.3 / Posted on Dec. 15, 2018

The Saskatchewan chapter are planning to have their first “Food Engineering Night” in March 2019. The event will be to bridge new and old Saskatchewan Food Industries to researchers and grad students who are working in food engineering/science and technology field at U of S.

Funding agencies who can support industrial research activities will be invited to hear about funding opportunities and programs for industries to work with Universities and R & D Centres. 5 min presentations from the researchers and industries will be given. Foods and beverages will be also provided during the event.  

ASABE recognized Brian Olson, President of a Saskatchewan based company, Power Pin Inc. for his outstanding contributions to ASABE Standards and safety within the agricultural industry at their 2018 Annual meeting (Aug. 14, 2018, Michigan).

Brian holds 37 patents, and is passionate about safety in farming.  Brian’s Drop Pin hammerstrap revolutionized the hitching of agricultural equipment in the 1990s. It is standard factory equipment on most large tractors in North America over 150 horsepower. He has been a leader in safe hitching in agriculture sector. Brian also introduced “Hit N Hitch” a patented hitching system for on road applications.

(Photo of Brian Olson with his new Hit N Hitch on road system)

About Power Pin: 

Power Pin Inc. is the world's largest supplier of tractor implement drawbar hitching components supplying around 250,000 drawbar hitching components annually to the agricultural equipment industry. Power Pin is a privately held company that was incorporated in 1989.  Their head office located in Fort Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan ships hitches to USA, Germany, Italy, England, France, Russia and Brazil.

For more information contact:

Mr. Brian Olson President Power Pin Inc. (306) 539-6207

Submitted by Franco Albarran

Event Overview

The purpose of the event was to promote CSBE to students enrolled in the Biosystems department. As such, Dr. Danny Mann (President of CSBE), Keri Bouchard (Regional Director CSBE) and Griffin Swanson (U of M CSBE President) were asked to speak at the beginning of the evening. They shared details about the benefits of being a student member, career opportunities in the Biosystems field, current developments at CSBE and how to become a member of CSBE.

Event Details

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018

Time: 5:30 – 7:30

Location: Engineering Atrium

The event was organized by Franco Albarran (U of M CSBE Vice President Internal). Undergraduate student, graduate students, support staff and faculty staff of Biosystems Engineering were invited to attend the event. An estimated 60 guests attended the event according to a sign in sheet and head count done by Emma Unruh (U of M Vice President CSBE).

The event began with opening remarks from Franco, followed by a speech by Dr. Mann about what CSBE is and current developments at CSBE, next came a presentation by Keri about career opportunities as a Biosystems Engineer and what the industry looks like and last Griffin gave a speech about the benefits of being a U of M CSBE member and how to join along with closing remarks. After the guest speakers’ presentations, attendees were allowed to serve themselves food and socialize for the rest of the evening. Signup sheets to become CSBE student members were also provided upon request and a total of 12 students filled one out by the end of the evening.

The barbeque and propane for the event was rented from Engineers Without Borders (EWB) with the assistance of Dan Russel (Co-President EWB UManitoba). The venue along with tables and chairs where provided with the assistance of Janet Premak (Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Office Event & Recruitment Administrator). Burgers, buns and condiments where bought from Food Fare at bulk price with the assistance of Devan Asu (U of M CSBE Social Media Coordinator). The rest of the supplies where bought from Superstore by Franco.

The event was set up with the assistance of several biosystems students and U of M CSBE executives. Burgers where cooked by volunteers from the U of M CSBE executive team.

ULtrac has had a year of innovation at all levels; new members, new design, new tests and first participations at the competition. After several efforts for the recruitment, it is now possible to say with conviction that the next season and the future of the team is safe.


It is by following the progress made by our predecessors in research and development that we started the design of the machine. Indeed, we have integrated the aluminum chassis of the 2017 team, which was essential to be below the limit of 900 lbs set by the competition. The major innovation of this yearwas the design of a new hydro-mechanical transmission. This required a lot of workshop work at the beginning of the year as the original component, from a combine, had to be re-designed. Throughout the year, there was constant collaboration andcommunication between our team and the technical partners who helped us in the design and adjustments.The modeling took longer than expected given the learning period needed by some members of the team. Shipment of metal orders and receiving followed our deadlines, set earlier than the last few years. The assembly of the structural components went smoothly during the end of the school year. For the technical portion, it required several hours of work just a few weeks of departure. Overall, this year has been very formative and useful for the years to come, especially when it comes time to do the modeling and to remember the small mistakes that cost us hours in the workshop. In any case, we delivered on time a high performance tractor that met the demands of our team and our partners.

It is more determined than ever that we arrived in Peoria, where most of us have never set foot. Apart from some adjustments following the final inspection and before the pull, our machine respected the competition standards. Our marketing and design presentations went very well and the comments from the judges were very constructive. Although our performances in maneuverability and durability events were not a success, it was very interesting to see for the first time the course and the performances of the other teams to come back next year. We left with no podium and no trophies, but it goes without saying that we are more than ever determined and inspired for this year.

Without the financial participation of our partners, none of this could have been possible and this is why our sponsorship plan have been improved for the visibility of our partners. We are happy to be able to count on the support of our professional association in this project and to display it proudly on our tractor!


ULtrac à l’International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

L’Ultrac a connu une année de nouveauté à tous les niveaux; nouveaux membres, nouvelle conception, nouveaux essais et premières participations à la compétition. Après plusieurs efforts pour le volet recrutement, il est maintenant possible d’affirmer avec conviction que la prochaine saison et l’avenir de l’équipe est entre bonnes mains.

C’est en suivant les progrès réalisés par nos prédécesseurs dans la recherche et développement que nous avons débuté la conception de la machine. En effet, nous avons intégré le châssis en aluminium de l’équipe 2017,qui était essentiel pour se situer en deçà de la limite de 900 lbs fixé par la compétition. La majeure innovation de cette année a été la conception d’une nouvelle transmission hydromécanique.Celle-ci a nécessité beaucoup de travail en atelier en début d’année étant donné qu’il a fallu complétement transformer la composante originale, provenant d’une moissonneuse-batteuse. Tout le long de l’année une collaboration et une communication constante était présente entre notre équipe et les partenaires techniques qui nous ont aidé dans la conception et les ajustements. La modélisation a pris de plus de temps que prévu étant donné la période d’apprentissage nécessaire à certains de l’équipe. L’envoi des commandes de métal et la réception ont suivi nos échéanciers, fixés plus tôt que les dernières années. L’assemblage des composantes structurales s’est déroulé rondement durant la fin de l’année scolaire. Tant qu’à la portion technique, elle a nécessité plusieurs heures de travail à quelques semaines seulement du départ. Somme toute, cette année a été très formatrice et utile pour les années à venir, surtout quand viendra le temps de faire la modélisation et de se rappeler des petites erreurs qui nous ont coûté des heures en atelier. Quoi qu’il en soit, nous avons livré à temps,un tracteur performant et à la hauteur des exigences de notre équipe et de nos partenaires.

C’est plus déterminé que jamais que nous sommes arrivés à Peoria, où la plupart d’entre nous n’avons jamais mis le pied. Mis à part quelques ajustements à la suite de l’inspection finale et avant la tire, notre machine respectait les standards de la compétition. Nos présentations marketing et design se sont très bien déroulés et les commentaires des juges étaient très constructifs. Bien que nos performances aux épreuves de manoeuvrabilité et durabilité ne furent pas un succès, il était très intéressant de voir pour la première fois le parcours et les performances des autres équipes pour mieux revenir l’an prochain. C’est sans podium, ni trophées que nous sommes repartis mais il va de soi que nous sommes plus que jamais déterminés et inspirés pour l’année à venir.

Sans la participation financière de nos partenaires rien de tout ça n’aurait pu être mené à terme et c’est pourquoi notre plan de commandites sera bonifié dans la prochaine année afin d’améliorer la visibilité de nos partenaires. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir compter sur le soutient de notre association professionnelle dans ce projet etde l’afficher fièrement sur notre tracteur!

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Pierre Jutras, P.Eng., P.Ag., died peacefully at the age 90 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Sherbrooke. Pierre was born in Montreal in 1928 and was the eldest son of the late Fernand and Flore (Durocher) Jutras.  He married Alice MacKay in 1954 and they were parents to John (1955), Jocelyne (Dee) (1956), and Rosemarie (1958).  Alice died in 1996 and in 1998 he married Agnes Bastin, becoming step-father to Cécile and Gauthier Bastin.  Pierre obtained his B.Sc. (Agr. ‘51) from McGill University and his M.Sc. (Eng. ‘57) from the University of Maine.  He was appointed Associate Professor in Agricultural Engineering at McGill in June 1968.  He resigned in 1970 to establish and manage the Big-O Corrugated Plastic Pipe Factory, and in 1973 he formed the Modern Drainage Systems company with several partners. He returned to Macdonald as an Associate Professor in 1977, and in the summer of 1983, he became Director of the Macdonald Extension Service.  However, he took a leave of absence later that year to help establish an Agricultural Engineering Education Program in Senegal.  Subsequently he resigned his position at McGill to take part in missions as a consultant in developing countries in Africa and Asia. 

Pierre dedicated his life to advancements in the field of drainage and irrigation in Quebec, and his career has left a permanent impact on the diversification of Quebec agriculture.  He was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame of Quebec in 2002.  Pierre was a founding member of the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, served as Secretary of the CSBE/SCGAB from 2000 to 2003, and was inducted as a Fellow of the CSBE/SCGAB in 2004. 

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