Profile: SEAM Technology Gateway

SEAM Technology Gateway, based in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is an industry focused applied research centre, providing innovative materials engineering solutions to companies from wide-ranging sectors such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics and precision engineering. Funded by Enterprise Ireland, SEAM supports research activities for industries in the South East of Ireland and beyond.

What is the SEAM Technology Gateway?

SEAM’s core capabilities are in the areas of (i) Non-destructive analysis of materials and components via 3D x-ray (ii) Failure analysis of product and components, (iii) Finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of components and systems (iv) Metal Additive Manufacturing and (v) Material characterisation using multiple analytical techniques. SEAM also has specialised state-of-the-art research facilities and has a highly qualified technical staff who have experience in a wide range of materials research and analysis techniques. SEAM is well versed in the analysis of all types of materials, from steels to ceramics, and is committed to the pursuit of excellence in their assistance to industry.

SEAM also draws academic support from the Engineering and Science faculties within WIT and provides world-class services to its clients. SEAM fosters a strong customer-centric culture with a mission to establish long-term business relationships with its customers, becoming an extension of their organisation, understanding their business and delivering on their technology needs. In addition, SEAM creates awareness of public funding opportunities that exist for industries to establish research partnerships with centres like SEAM.

To help its customers prosper in today’s challenging, competitive environment, SEAM assists both indigenous and multinational companies based in Ireland to engage in applied research. SEAM facilitates the development of technology solutions through collaboration and access to expertise within the Irish research infrastructure. The centre’s unique strength lies in its ability to anticipate, understand and respond quickly and professionally to industry needs through the provision of competitive, customised solutions. SEAM is one of fifteen Technology Gateways within the network and is a member of the Engineering, Materials and Design Cluster (EMD Ireland) collaborating with sister gateways on a wide range of industry projects.

What expertise is available at SEAM?

SEAM offers the following key supports for industry:

    • X-Ray micro-tomography (XMT) (3D non-destructive characterisation)
    • Finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics
    • Materials analysis and characterisation
    • Engineering design
    • Development of novel materials
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Engineering consultancy
    • Failure analysis
    • Strategic research partnership programmes (short, medium and long term)
    • Technology transfer (from lab, to pilot line, to commercialisation).

What type of companies do SEAM collaborate with?

SEAM services clients across all industrial sectors. Today, this client base comprises of over 235 different users split across various sectors. As might be expected in Ireland, this split is primarily in medical devices and precision engineering sectors, with pharmaceuticals, electronics and academic collaborations making up the bulk of the balance. SEAM creates value-added competitiveness to industries using the latest technologies to deliver real solutions for real problems. SEAM has a proven track record of delivering for industry and has executed over 2750 direct-funded industry projects to its client companies since its launch in 2009. SEAM is working with a wide range of companies from SMEs to Multinationals. Notable SEAM repeat clients include Teva, Bausch and Lomb, Schivo, Garrett, Stryker, Sanofi, Integer, GSK, Pfizer, Glanbia, Valeo and Boston Scientific.

What facilities and technologies are available?

The SEAM facility has a wide range of technologies available in areas such as: Material Characterisation, Failure Analysis, Mechanical Property Analysis, Metrology Analysis, Engineering Simulation, Contamination Identification, Design Optimisation and 3D Printing. Further details on facilities and technologies are available here.

To find out more about SEAM Technology Gateway, check out their website or follow them on Twitter.

The Use of Raman Spectroscopy in the Pharmaceutical Sector

What is Raman Spectroscopy

One of the primary technical areas of expertise at CAPPA is spectroscopy. Spectroscopy, in a broad sense, is the study of the interaction between radiation and matter as a function of wavelength. CAPPA’s spectroscopic platform is primarily based on Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy techniques and its capabilities over the electromagnetic spectrum range from the ultraviolet, through the visible, near IR and mid IR and beyond to the Terahertz region. Raman spectroscopy is a widely used technique applicable in the study of Carbons, Nanomaterials, Forensics, Life Sciences, Minerals, Geology and Gems, Pharmaceuticals and Polymers. Raman scattering is based upon the interaction of light with the chemical bonds within the sample. Raman microscopes utilise the combination of imaging and spectroscopy to produce three – dimensional data cubes, that transforms a standard microscopic image into a chemical image. CAPPA has two Raman Confocal Imaging Spectrometers with 532 nm, 633 nm, 785 nm and 830 nm laser lines. Raman spectroscopy is a non-contact, non-destrictive, method of elucidating the composition and structure of unknown materials without sampling handling, processing, or use of reagents which makes it ideal for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

Outcomes

Raman spectroscopy in the pharmaceutical industry can be used for a variety of testing, including verification of raw materials, monitoring of counterfeit drugs, product shelf life, process monitoring of drug production and monitoring of quality control of products as well as providing further detail into a variety of issues. One application of Raman spectroscopy for the  pharmaceutical industry is in mapping to measure a pharmaceutical blend. Such a measurement can be used for quality control and also for counterfeit detection.  The below image shows a map showing blending of a compound on the left and on the right a reference spectra of the blend.

In another such example, Raman spectroscopy was employed to investigate the interaction between two variables within a medical device used for delivering medicine into the lungs. Raman spectroscopy was used to determine why there was an initial decrease in drug load for the initial uses of a medical device. It was found there were deposits of lubricant inside the pharmaceutical product that trapped the product administered by the device. Raman spectroscopy was also able to determine that there was no change in the drug form and that the lubricant was simply encapsulating the powder and trapping it.

Expertise

In this example, CAPPA used their expertise in Raman spectroscopy combined with their vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry to deliver the results and potential solutions for the client. CAPPA’s spectroscopy capabilities can be used in sectors such as pharmaceutical, medical, photonics, food, and beverage. CAPPA staff have over 10 years of experience in Raman spectroscopy across a variety of industries within the pharmaceuticals industry. CAPPA has used Raman spectroscopy in the pharmaceuticals sector to conduct product analysis such as drug identification, raw material classification and blend uniformity, to monitor processes such as phase changes and process analytical technologies and to monitor quality control including cleaning verification and particle size analysis of powders.

You can learn more about the spectroscopy capabilities at CAPPA here and CAPPA’s work in the pharmaceuticals industry here.

Dr. Waqas Saleem PEM Gateway

Meet  Dr. Waqas Saleem, ​ Principal Investigator at PEM Technology Gateway. Dr. Saleem’s area of expertise include solid mechanics, precision machining and simulation and mechanical design optimisation.

Waqas received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China in 2010. He has worked in various roles since 2000 in industrial and academic settings and gained extensive multidisciplinary experience. Before joining IT Sligo, he worked as Associate Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

His research interests focus on damage mechanics and finite element analysis of materials at macro-to-microscale (biomaterials, aerospace-grade materials, fibre reinforced composites, and polymer materials), machining induced residual stress analysis, structural integrity analysis under dynamic loading, and design optimization of mechanical structures by means of topology, sizing and shape optimization.

He has published research articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and presented in world-renowned conferences. He worked on design optimization of mechanical structures and developed topological-optimized configurations of aircraft tail fin ribs, wing ribs, shells with cut-outs, long machined frames, and automotive parts by applying different optimization algorithms through commercial codes. His recent research contributions were on macro-to-micro scale milling simulation of aerospace-grade aluminium alloy by employing Johnson-Cook damage parameters and damage evolution criterion in ABAQUS under the dynamic loading considering dry and cryogenic conditions.

Currently, he is interested in cutting mechanics and analysis of biomaterials for precise medical manufacturing applications. He is also involved in collaborative research on integrating sensors in additive manufacturing processes for the realization of the Industry 4.0 concept.

Waqas has supervised research thesis at PhD and master’s levels. He has secured more than €60K research funding from external sources. His important funded research projects as PI and co-PI include:

Numerical modeling and simulation of macro-to-microscale milling chip for optimum cutting characteristics of AA2024T351.

The research work involved damage mechanics and analysis of macro-to-microscale milling by applying Abaqus commercial code. A parametric sensitivity analysis was performed to comprehend the chip morphology, cutting tool interface temperature, cutting reaction forces, material plastic strain and residual stress. The results were verified with experimental data.

 

Experimental and numerical investigation of post-machining deformation due to material and machining induced residual stress. 

This research is related to dimensional instability in machined aerospace parts due to material and machining induced residual stress. ANSYS commercial code was applied to perform the machining sequence and prediction of geometrical deformations. The predicted deformations were compared with the actual machined part through CMM inspection.

 

Investigation of topological optimized ribbed-stiffened design under manufacturing constraints for optimal structural performance.  

The research was focused on weight optimization of ribbed-stiffened machined structures by employing topology and shape optimization. A comparative analysis was performed by means of Abaqus topology optimization module, ANSYS topology optimization, and TOSCA commercial code to investigate the performance of optimized structure by incorporating manufacturing constraints.

Delamination in GFRP composites structures due to cyclic loading

In this research, fatigue delaminating effects were studied due to high cycle loadings. Numerical simulations of the delaminated layer under fatigue loading were compared with experimental data.

Finite element analysis of interfacial debonding in copper/diamond composites for thermal management applications

In this research, interfacial debonding in Cu/D composites subjected to steady-state and transient thermal cyclic loading were investigated. The debonding behavior was analyzed for different coefficients of thermal expansions among Cu, diamond, and Cr.

Experimental and computational analysis of dry turning parameters of AA2024-T351

The research work was focused on 2D/3D numerical turning simulation of aerospace grade aluminum alloy. A parametric sensitivity analysis was performed in Abaqus/Explicit to comprehend different cutting characteristics for sustainable operation. Simulation studies were verified with experimental data.

This post was first published on the PEM Technology Gateway website.

5 Benefits Of Working With Applied IoT That Will Enhance Your R&D Experience.

Most companies have a multitude of great ideas that never get beyond the back of a notebook or post-it note due to a lack of internal resources / technologies to research, flesh out and develop them. The Enterprise Ireland, Applied IoT Technology Gateway Cluster is available to help your company take these ideas from the paper they are sketched on to reality. Below explores 5 key benefits to engaging with the cluster on your next R&D project.

1.Specialised Equipment

An extensive range of specialised equipment is accessible to industry through the cluster gateways. If you require an “Advanced Manufacturing Testbed” to investigate suitable industrial IoT sensor technologies, are looking to implement “Robotic Cells” in your factory, require access to “Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Labs” to test or trial equipment, want to gain access to” LoRa” or “Energy Test Beds”, our cluster gateways are geared up to accommodate your requirements.

2.R&D Expertise

The Applied IoT cluster employs over 250 full-time engineers and researchers who know exactly how to access the information you require. From targeted patent searches to knowledge of licensable intellectual property (IP), our researchers will take the pain out of deciding what the best course of action for your project may be.

3.Support Office

Ensuring the prompt and cost-effective delivery of our R&D services to industry is a team of 5 Technology Gateway Managers supported by regional Business Development staff. In addition, the Applied IoT cluster has a central support office based in Dublin. Tom Fitzmaurice, Applied IoT Business Development Manager is a great starting point for any company looking for information on how to engage with the cluster and get a project started. Tom will personally talk you through the various areas of expertise within the cluster and discuss your specific project idea / requirements. Following this initial interaction, Tom will align your company to the most suitable Technology Gateway and discuss the various Enterprise Ireland funding mechanisms that could be available for the project.

4.Industrial Collaboration

Since 2013, more than 2500 Irish based companies have utilised the broader Technology Gateway Network to successfully complete over 4000 innovation projects. This extensive portfolio provides the Applied IoT cluster with contacts across many organisations who are progressive when it comes to collaborating with the Gateways and other companies. The experience gained on these past projects is instrumental in ensuring that all new projects are completed in a timely fashion and within budget.

5.Funding Support

The nature of all projects undertaken by the Applied IoT cluster is that they are new, innovative and to a degree carry a certain amount of risk as to whether they are viable or not. Enterprise Ireland provides a suite of funding mechanisms for Irish registered companies to financially de-risk suitable and qualifying projects of this type. Applied IoT cluster staff are available to assist you with the funding application process if required.  Recent reports show that every €1.00 of investment made by Enterprise Ireland has contributed to a €4.72 increase in Irish EVA (Economic Value Added), whilst each €1 of funding invested by Enterprise Ireland in Innovation Vouchers delivered €11.83 net additional sales at the company side.

Now that you are aware of some of the benefits of working with the Applied IoT Technology Gateway cluster, we’d love to hear which one of your innovative projects you are going to work on first?

For more information on the Applied IoT Cluster check out their webpage or follow them on Twitter.

Meet the Team… Stephen Seawright WiSAR Technology Gateway

In our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we bring you a range of staff interviews from across the Technology Gateway Network.

Today we introduce Stephen Seawright, Technology Gateway Manager at WiSAR, based in Letterkenny IT. Stephen talks about his role, the importance of the Gateway presence in Donegal, benefits of working with the Gateway and the first steps to take when thinking about embarking on an innovation project.

Tell us a bit about the WiSAR Technology Gateway?

WiSAR stands for Wireless Sensor Applied Research, which in today’s vernacular means that we are an Internet of Things (IOT) research group. Based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and established in 2008, WiSAR has a core team of full-time engineers with skills in electronics, wireless technologies and embedded software that routinely deliver practical product and system solutions to Irish industry.  Since IOT is ubiquitous, we have clients over a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, health, leisure, retail, agriculture, marine and ICT.

Describe your role within the Gateway:

My role is customer facing, I provide companies with access to technology within Letterkenny Institute of Technology and within the wider Technology Gateway Network.  I am fortunate enough to meet creative people regularly with new product ideas and aspirations to use technology within their business to develop a new product or service or to overcome a challenge.  I help them scope out their idea, problem or opportunity and then decide on the best route forward.  This can be a simple introduction to a knowledge expert or, more typically, will involve writing a funding application so that WiSAR can undertake a collaborative project with the company.  I am then involved in keeping the project on track, making sure that contractual deliverables are achieved.

What’s unique about Gateway and its presence in Donegal?

The WiSAR Technology Gateway is the only national research centre in Donegal and one of the few Knowledge Centres in the North-West.  As such, we are uniquely placed to provide a window into the world of “tech” available in LYIT and beyond.  We access capability far beyond our own research group so that we can create multi-disciplinary teams and provide clients with a complete solution.  For example, we often leverage expertise from the Department of Computer Science in LYIT.  Due to the nature of the regional economy, we work mainly with start-ups and SMEs and have a reputation of delivering practical projects in a cost effective manner.

What are the main benefits for a company collaborating with WiSAR and the wider Technology Gateway network?

WiSAR is an experienced team embedded with a growing Institute of Technology.  We have engineers who have been part of the group since its inception in 2008 providing stability for long-term clients and confidence to new companies that collaborate with us.  We have a simple and transparent IP policy to promote collaboration and facilities to match industry needs.  Within LYIT, the Technology Gateway is the industry access point for R&D enquiries and is well placed to be an enabler to pull different disciplines into a given project.  For example, often a good starting point for a new software project is to consider the User Experience and the User Interface or for some a project in Design Thinking is an appropriate starting point, both delivered by colleagues in Creative Media.  Another aspect of our work is the ability to understand and leverage the expertise that exists nationally within the Gateway network.  Where the skillset or discipline does not exist or is insufficient in LYIT the Gateway manager is usually able to refer the company to an appropriate Centre within the network.  We try not to turn any enquiry away.

What is the first step/s a company should consider when considering an innovation project?

Since a large number of our new clients tend to be start-ups I would recommend to find a co-founder early on that compliments your skillset and embark on the journey together.  More generally, a company should talk to as many people as possible about the innovation idea before commencing the project.  Talk is cheap.  I see so many companies who embark on an expensive hardware or software development only to have re-engineer significant aspects of their prototype because they had not talked it through sufficiently.  From an engineering perspective, the successful projects we see are those that take the time to develop a solid technical requirements specification at the outset.

For more information on WiSAR Technology Gateway, get in touch, check out the website or follow on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Profile: COMAND Technology Gateway

COMAND Technology Gateway, based in Athlone Institute of Technology, delivers industry-focused technology solutions for the software industry across multiple media platforms. Designed to act as the ‘R&D arm’ of companies, the COMAND Technology Gateway focuses on:

  • Delivering technology solutions through collaborative projects with its research teams
  • Providing technology solutions for Irish industry close to their market needs.
  • Offering open access points for industry of all sizes.
  • Act as a portal to the wider resources in the Irish research infrastructure.

What is COMAND Technology Gateway

COMAND Technology Gateway concentrates on the research and development of prospective interactive media technologies, such as: cross-platform applications, mobile media cloud, 3D sensing, and the interoperability for the Internet of Things. These technologies are complementary and combine to create the opportunity for new and innovative forms of “connected media” – personalised, real-time, interactive applications – in a wide range of commercial fields including telecoms, gaming, TV, e-health, e-learning, e-tourism, e-retailing, entertainment and digital marketing. COMAND’s goal is to transfer these technologies to industry to maximize commercial benefit.

What type of companies do COMAND collaborate with?

COMAND works closely with industrial collaborators in all sectors of connected media applications delivery and collaborates with companies ranging in size from startups and SMEs to multinationals. COMAND is currently working with a range of SME’s & Multinationals across various industries in the IT, Software and Connected Media Fields. Its AIT’s Software Research Institute (SRI) based research engineers have extensive experience working with industry and other academic collaborators worldwide.

What services are available at COMAND

Through its experienced engineers, COMAND provides extensive research outputs, troubleshooting, new architecture design, coding & implementation, evaluation studies, product design & testing. COMAND provides fast turnaround and the latest technology in IT engineering standards through its highly qualified engineering teams who work with multiple project challenges each year.

What facilities and technologies are available?

COMAND concentrates on the research and development of prospective interactive media technologies focusing on Augmenting User Interactions, End-to-end Applications and Intelligent Infrastructure. These technologies are complementary and will combine to create the opportunity for new and innovative forms of “connected media” (personalised, real-time interactive) applications in a wide range of commercial fields including telecoms, gaming, TV, e-health, e-learning, e-tourism, e-retailing, entertainment and digital marketing.

Augmented User Interaction – Immersive Interaction between users and technology in many applications areas such as health, education, tourism, manufacturing, gaming, entertainment and social computing

End-to-end Applications – the footprint of a modern application is truly end-to-end, covering mobile & wearable elements, IoT devices & smart edge gateways, scalable & globally accessible cloud services. Applications have components running on Android, iOS, Windows and Linux. Microservices and serverless computing allow a modern application to scale from medium capacity to enterprise level automatically and predictably. A modern application ingests, filters and analyses vast amounts of data to extract business value and discover new disruptive markets.

Intelligent Infrastructures – Mobile, cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) are fundamentally changing the way software is owned, distributed, operated and managed; at once creating opportunities but also new challenges. Infrastructure must adapt to load requirements by becoming application aware. Infrastructure resources must be allocated based on bandwidth, latency and context awareness requirements of hosted software. Infrastructure security must be based on an adaptive and context aware model to react to unknown threats in real-time.

To find out more about COMAND and the services they provide, check out their website or follow them on Twitter.

 

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TSSG Post-COVID 19 Industry Insights Report

Since March 2020 we have all been faced with an unprecedented level of challenges and obstacles, we must, and will overcome. This article covers an overview of a recent Industry Insights report highlighting the opportunities for those who are willing to be progressive and inventive, who recognise that innovation is at the core of adapting to the current climate.

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on everyday life and that effect looks like it will be felt for a long time to come. Although the economic effects of COVID-19 has been detrimental to many, the ’08 recession taught us to embrace every opportunity and, as a result, household names such as Uber and AirBnB were formed. Furthermore, according to the Irish Times, our economy is predicted to grow by 6.3% in 2021 after a predicted fall of 6.8% in 2020.

At TSSG we have always seen the importance of supporting businesses in developing the technological capabilities they need to grow and succeed. Now, more than ever, we are taking the risk out of innovation for organisations of all sizes by guiding them through funding channels and supporting them when taking the innovative leap and hopefully become the next household name in technology. The recently published Post-COVID19 Industry Insights Report, created by Carol Faughnan in the TSSG Technology Gateway, investigates market trends, consumer shifts and innovative opportunities across multiple sectors such as a rising trend in hom etainment, wellbeing and healthcare and the desire for supporting local causes and products. The aim of the report is to breakdown the markets, identify the gaps and to assist in developing a vision for Irish companies to continue to grow and flourish during the pandemic.

Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
TSSG is recognised as a leader in agri-tech both in Ireland and across Europe. Our network of farmers, influential stakeholders and technological expertise helps us to develop technological solutions in the agricultural sector; a sector that has been severely affected since the beginning of the pandemic. Exports in the Irish food industry dropped by almost €2.2billion since February while CSO figures how goods exports fell by €11.6billion. There has, however been some positives:

– Increase in desire for locally sourced, high quality produce
– Consumers are turning towards immune boosting products
– Tracking and tracing solutions are more important than ever
– The demand for mobile apps has increased

Telecommunications Services
The seismic change in huge number employees working remotely posed its own set of challenges for the global telecommunications infrastructure. The digital divide became apparent very quickly 45% of the global population is without access to the internet. In Ireland, this has highlighted the need for faster internet across the country whilst also putting the national broadband plan in the spotlight. As telecommunications specialists in the area of next generational internet, TSSG are in a prime position to support companies in creating solutions which encompass technologies such as 5G and 6G, ensuring businesses are on the cutting edge of communication technology.

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
In a global pandemic healthcare is most crucial. We have seen massive strains on public health systems globally with huge amounts of appointment cancellations, mental health issues, and general health and well-being taking a back seat during COVID-19. To sub event these issues the implementation of over 200 COVID-19 related innovations has proven successful to in many areas of Ireland’s healthcare system. The most recognised solution to the contact tracing issue was developed by Waterford based Nearform. The team of experts quickly have paved the way with their contact tracing app that has been implemented in a number of countries including Ireland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, with a high degree of success.

Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Although many consumers changed their buying habits and shopped online a lot more often, the supply chain was severely affected as capacity constraints, border delivery costs and high delivery costs became apparent. There are significant opportunities for companies to maximise on these issues by creating a digital strategy to upgrade antiquated systems, with a focus on areas such as:
– Align service offerings with customer expectations
– Strengthen links through collaborations
– Implement a product tracking service to engage with your customer

Augmented and Virtual Reality
Retail welcomed a massive increase in online shopping, entertainment and learning when the stay-at-home order came into effect across the world. Much of this was made possible by the use of AR/VR technologies. AR (Augmented Reality) has been widely used by online e-commerce websites for some time giving consumers the opportunity to visualise products, such as shoes, on their feet or furniture in their home. The increased demand for online shopping AR technology become the norm as many companies adopted this strategy. VR has also seen a welcomed boost as people adopt a healthier lifestyle in new environments by immersing themselves in VR experiences while running on a treadmill, for example.

Blockchain
We have always seen the value within blockchain technology and some of our researchers have been implementing it across a variety of projects for some time. Blockchain could now be the way forward in a variety of sectors, particularly supply chain management where it can provide transparency on the transaction process and the overall flexibility in order management, an area which has become much more apparent since March 2020. The agri and beef supply chain are two use cases identified by the IFA and Deloitte respectively with a multitude of opportunities for blockchain innovations in areas such as:
– Improve data sharing and trust
– Recording management of certificates
– Tracking and tracing for improved logistics
– End-to-end traceability
– Trade Finance
– Consumer Engagement

Key Takeaways
TSSG want to be the enabler to businesses and industry in creating the innovation and technology needed to grow and thrive. Our expert team of researchers and industry professionals will work with you on an agile business solution to meet dynamic demands brought about by disruptions and rapidly changing consumer needs and habits. Contact the Technology Gateway team on techgateway@tssg.org

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CAPPA Collaborating on Mission to Detect Covid in Real Time in Wastewater

In response to the COVID – 19 pandemic CAPPA has been evaluating its projects and processes to see how the centre could help contribute against the fight against COVID – 19. CAPPA is involved in a project with Labskin, which has been adapted to focus on detecting COVID – 19 in real time in wastewater after previously developing methods to monitoring pathogens such as E.coli in wastewater.

Five years ago, Labskin started talking about how microfluidics, photonics and artificial intelligence could be blended together in a platform that had the potential to identify pathogens in fluids in real time. Labskin began this project gathering a team of physicists, engineers and microbiologists to begin work on three main pathogenic targets: Malaria in blood, mastitis in milk and E.coli in water. Labskin received funding provided by Enterprise Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and began work with the University of Cambridge, whose input focused on engineering, the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), whose input focused on photonics and Rinocloud whose input focused on artificial intelligence. The remote automated water (RAW) test was then launched successfully. This project involved international cooperation from partners in Ireland, UK, China and the US.

The knowledge that was accumulated on this project is now being amplified and focused on a new mission to identify SARS – CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID – 19. The project consortium is now aiming to adapt the RAW test platform to detect and identify the virus in wastewater in real time. The team of physicists at CAPPA is adapting the RAW test platform to generate a greatly enhanced photonics signal to constantly monitor the chips. As soon as the virus binds, the data generated is being picked up immediately by the artificial intelligence to signal that COVID – 19 is present in the sample and to predict the size of the cluster.

You can learn more about how CAPPA is contributing to research around COVID – 19 here  and about the research projects CAPPA are involved in here.

This post was originally published on the CAPPA website

Profile: IMaR Technology Gateway

IMaR Technology Gateway based in the Institute of Technology Tralee, is an applied research provider delivering technology solutions for industry. As part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, the Gateway assists in the delivery of innovative and/or near to market solutions for a broad range of Irish industry.

What is IMaR Technology Gateway?

IMaR consists of two research strands Intelligent Mechatronics and Auto-Identification & Industrial Internet of Things both focused on the delivery of a wide range of automation, traceability and manufacturing services.

IMaR applies its core expertise in providing electronic and mechanical hardware, software, IoT and data analytics innovation for increased productivity in the manufacturing, agriculture and process sectors. IMaR can help your business by:

  • Increase volume throughputs
  • Decrease cycle times
  • Optimise product quality
  • Sustain manufacturing competitiveness

What services are available at IMaR

The Gateway offers a range of services to industry such as technical project development and specification, technical product audit, prototype/proof of concept development, technical consultancy and industry collaborations, as well as assistance in sourcing funding for research and development projects. IMaR is also a member of the Applied IoT Technology Gateway Cluster, which provides a wealth of research and engineering expertise to companies seeking assistance with Innovation projects.

What facilities and technologies are available?

IMaR provide unique offerings to your business by using tech specialities such as:

  • Technical Feasibility Studies
  • Technical Consultancy Services
  • Technical Business Model Planning
  • Technical Mentoring/ Training
  • 3D Prototype Printing
  • RFID/Industrial IoT – Industry 4.0
  • Industrial Mechatronics
  • Data Systems

 What type of companies do IMaR collaborate with?

IMaR partners with industry of all sizes from start-ups to SMEs right through to multinationals, with projects ranging in value from €5,000 – €2,000,000. For further information on how IMaR can help, contact the Gateway here.

To find out more about  IMaR and the services they provide, check out their website or follow them on Twitter or LinkedIn

 

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CAPPA Launches New Website

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) is delighted to launch its new – look website at www.cappa.ie. The site has been revamped to reflect the group’s broader activities combining both the fundamental science and the industry focused research strands of the centre. The new website also reflects the ever-expanding capabilities at CAPPA detailing new industry and academic research that the centre is involved in.

The new site is designed to be a one – stop portal for visitors from both industry and academia. Content is broadly divided into two sections; the Industry section is intended to provide the most relevant information for industry visitors looking to collaborate with CAPPA through the Technology Gateway, while the Research section is primarily targeted at visitors from the academic community.

A new funding section outlines supports provided to carry out research and development with CAPPA. CAPPA can help in assessing the most suitable funding programme for the proposed research and has been successful in securing funding to assist start – ups, SME’s and MNC’s as part of their R&D roadmap.

The news section of the website will act as an information hub for the research and development areas the centre is currently working on as well as new trends within the photonics market. Summaries and examples of the current and previous research projects we are delivering is available via a series of short and informative flyers available for download here.

We hope you enjoy the new website and you can still contact us directly via the contact page here or via email here.