EMD Ireland: a Technology Gateway Cluster

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Cluster, EMD Ireland, is a group of six technology gateways operating within the engineering, materials and design sector. Established in 2016 the cluster provides a broad range of expertise to industry in the areas of research and innovation, connecting with over 300 industry researchers in areas such as precision engineering, biotechnology, polymers, protective coatings, prototype design, medical imaging technologies and 3D medal additive manufacturing.

EMD Ireland strives to provide companies nationwide with access to the wide range of expertise within the Gateway structure, who can support and aid the development of research and innovation in industry.

Our Gateways

APT Gateway is based in Athlone IT and provides polymer and technology solutions for industry in the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors. APT is equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment including SEM, DSC, FTIR, XRD, GPC, HPLC, etc., as well as a variety of pilot-scale processing equipment (3D additive, extruders, injection moulders, blow moulders, etc.).

CREST Gateway is based in TU Dublin – Kevin St and provides coating innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries. As the only dedicated surface coatings laboratory in Ireland, CREST offers expertise in areas such as protective coatings for challenging environments, surface treatment of metal components, coatings for environment applications and biomedical devices.

Design+ Gateway is based in IT Carlow and provides a wide range of industrial design expertise in the areas of engineering, ICT & software, and bio lifesciences. The gateway enables industries to define and develop new products and concepts in a highly creative manner, drawing on a broad spectrum of technical, business and marketing expertise.

MET Gateway is based in GMIT and is an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world-class solutions for the medtech and general manufacturing sectors. The centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and medtech companies operating in the design application phase. MET provides expertise in medical imaging technologies, biomedical engineering technologies/solutions, data analytics and visualisation and design engineering and verification.

PEM Gateway is based in IT Sligo and provides a unique single industry support offering in precision engineering, manufacturing and materials. PEM provides expertise in precision engineering and design, manufacturing process modelling and simulation, advanced process monitoring and control and advanced material syntheses & characterisation.

SEAM Gateway is based in WIT and provides innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors, including bio-medical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering and industrial technologies. SEAM has expertise in x-ray micro-tomography (XMT) – 3D non-destructive characterisation; finite element Analysis – 3D software modelling, 3D metal additive manufacturing; materials & precision engineering – engineering design & characterisation; and bio medical engineering – development of novel materials.

What can EMD Ireland offer your company?

With a greater focus on research and innovation, EMD Ireland facilitates your access to the six specialised Gateways across the EMD Gateway Cluster. Providing assistance and support in delivering near-to-market solutions and in turn becoming an important extension of your company’s R&D capability.

Each Gateway has access to a dedicated Gateway manager and a team of specialised business development engineers to help with your individual needs, acting as the key contact points for industry and managing the successful delivery of projects on time and within budget. They can also provide information and assistance with various Enterprise Ireland funding supports available for your company.

EMD Ireland works with a wide range of companies on both large and small projects. If you are an SME, a large indigenous or multinational company, we can help.

What funding options are available?

There are a variety of different types of funding available, to suit all types and sizes of project. Further information is available on the Technology Gateways support page.

What’s the next step?

You can find further information about the cluster on the EMD Ireland page  If you have any further questions, are unsure about eligibility or require further advice, get in touch with the cluster support office. You can also follow EMD Ireland on Twitter to keep up with the latest industry and cluster news.

 

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CAPPA Contributing to COVID 19 Research

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic CAPPA researchers have been exploring ways in which they can provide their services and expertise to help the fight against the virus. CAPPA researcher Dr Steven Darby has been involved in the development of the definition of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) standards for barrier masks and as part of the Irish Delegation for the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

The NSAI standard for barrier masks was recently published and provides important information for manufacturers and consumers in relation to barrier masks. The specification was developed in response to a request from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and with the view that many Irish manufacturing companies are trying to change their production lines in response to the current pandemic. Cork Institute of Technology staff, including Dr Darby, contributed as experts to the development of this document.

As a result of his significant contribution to the document, Dr Steven Darby was appointed to the Irish delegation to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), to assist with developing the CEN Workshop Agreement for Community Face Coverings. In most European countries, community masks have become a fundamental element of national strategies guiding the gradual lifting of restrictions across different countries. For this reasons, the European Commission developed a document in order to guide a harmonised and consistent degree of safety in community face coverings. On 17 June 2020, CEN published a free document on the workshop agreement on community face coverings. This document provides the minimum requirements for the design, production and performance assessment of community face coverings intended for consumers, single or reusable. The full agreement can be found here.

 CAPPA is committed to providing its facilities and research expertise in every possible aspect to help with the fight against COVID-19. Even though we are restricted with what we can do, we are still available to speak with you regarding research projects, proposals and product solutions. If you wish to speak with a member of our team contact us here or email cappa@cit.ie.

This post was originally published on the CAPPA website

Applied IoT: a Technology Gateway cluster

Innovative IoT solutions for Irish companies

Businesses across Ireland are capitalising on the research and engineering expertise of the Applied IoT Technology Gateway cluster, which is comprised of five Technology Gateways: COMAND (AIT), IMaR (ITT), NIMBUS (CIT), TSSG (WIT) & WiSAR (LyIT). Availing of nearly 250 industry focused professionals, companies are engaging in the development of new and revolutionary products, services and processes in the broad technology area of IoT.

Whilst the most common industrial projects undertaken with the Gateways are valued over €10,000, many companies are making use of the €5,000 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme as their first introduction to the Gateways. Companies then fund their own projects, with the Gateways acting as their external R&D departments.

Meet the Applied IoT Gateways

  • COMAND, based in Athlone Institute of Technology, delivers end to end solutions – mobile, smart edge gateways, scalable & global cloud services, augmenting both user & immersive interaction with intelligent infrastructures.
  • IMaR, based in Institute of Technology Tralee, 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.
  • NIMBUS, based in Cork Institute of Technology, is the industry interface for the Nimbus group in CIT. The Gateway develops IoT prototypes for a broad range of companies, connecting everyday objects and systems and making them smart.
  • TSSG, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, is spearheading the software development of next-generation digital technologies that enable seamless real-time interaction.
  • WiSAR, based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, provide IoT product and system solutions to industry using expertise in wireless sensor networks, electronics, antenna design and software.

Each Gateway has a dedicated Gateway Manager and a specialised business development team who act as the key contact points for companies and manage the successful delivery of each project from conception right through to final sign off.

Collaborating with the cluster

If you have an idea for a new product, service or process or are experiencing difficulties with an existing process – get in touch with us to see how we can assist you in developing an innovative solution.

Innovation Support Applications

The Applied IoT Technology Gateway cluster can help with Innovation Voucher applications for eligible companies. To qualify for a voucher, the company must have fewer than 250 full-time employees and an annual turnover total not exceeding €50 million and/or an annual Balance Sheet total not exceeding €43 million. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, to the value of €5,000, can be redeemed for services provided by all members of the Technology Gateway Network.

Larger projects involving new processes or services, knowledge or know-how can access expertise from the Applied IoT Technology Gateway Group and have up to 80% of the research costs paid for by the Innovation Partnership Programme.

For further information

Tom Fitzmaurice

Email: tfitzmaurice@technologygateway.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 708 2955 / +353 (0)86 824 1707
Twitter: @aiotgroup

Meet Kris O’Dowd – PhD Student I.T. Sligo

Kris O’Dowd joined I.T. Sligo as a postgraduate working on the optimisation of the photo-Fenton process for the removal of antimicrobial resistant organisms from water.

He is in his first year of studies and is expected to finish in 2023. This research is part of the Horizon 2020 PANI-Water project that is focused on the photo-irradiation and novel based innovations for water-treatment. The project aims to develop and validate prototypes for the removal of contaminants from wastewater and drinking water in peri-urban and rural areas in India. The photo-Fenton process is an advanced oxidation process that uses hydrogen peroxide, iron and light to create a hydroxyl radical. This nonselective radical has been used extensively in the breakdown of organic chemicals and is now being investigated for its use in the elimination of microorganisms. The research will focus on optimising a process that is traditionally used at an acidic pH, at a neutral pH to allow ease of use in rural communities.

Kris’s research will also investigate the toxicity and cytotoxicity of the process as well as solar water disinfection as part of the PANI-Water scheme. The PANI-water project is a multinational project encompassing 18 universities and colleges in both Europe and India to develop treatment methods for the removal of contaminants of emerging concern.

Kris obtained a B.Sc. (Hon) in Forensic investigation and analysis from I.T. Sligo, having previously completed a B.A. (Hon) in Geology at Trinity College Dublin. As part of his final year project he investigated the use of Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence for the analysis of major, minor and trace elements in plastics and chemicals.

He was winner of the Eurachem Analytical Measurement competition in 2017 representing I.T. Sligo as part of a two-person team.

Published papers: Kris O’Dowd, Suresh Pillai, (2020) Photo-Fenton disinfection at near neutral pH: Process, parameter optimization and recent advances, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Volume 8, Issue 5, October 2020, 104063

This post was first published on the PEM website

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CAPPA Purchases new Supercontinuum Laser and Scientific Grade Camera

CAPPA Technology Gateway recently purchased a new optical set–up containing four components, a supercontinuum (SC) laser, a spectrometer and two scientific-grade cameras. The supercontinuum laser, SuperK Evo, is a white light laser based on extremely reliable fibre laser technology.  Designed for maintenance-free operation, the laser is very stable and boasts a long lifetime. The spectrometer, Andor Shamrock 500i, is based on the Czerny-Turner optical design and pre-aligned to the camera. The scientific grade cameras, Andor iXon 855 and Andor iDus 1.7mm, cover the wavelengths from visible to near-infrared. With this new system, CAPPA will have the ability to carry out more detailed research across a variety of different sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical device, photonics, food and beverage. This equipment was funded as part of the Enterprise Ireland Capital Equipment funding call.

The SC laser source is unique as it provides a laser-quality beam, sharp and intense, over a broad spectral range, equivalent to a fluorescent bulb. As a result, the SC laser can be used for both absorption and excitation characterisation. Another significant advantage of the source is its size, smaller than a desktop computer, making it extremely portable and adaptable to a plethora of techniques. The spectrometer consists of dual detector outputs to couple both scientific-grade cameras, with a motorised triple grating turret. The three gratings are configured as follows: 1) ruled grating, 300 l/mm, 1700 nm blaze, 2) ruled grating, 600 l/mm, 500 nm blaze and 3) ruled grating, 1200 l/mm, 500 nm blaze, these enabling the generation of high- and low-resolution spectra. The first scientific grade camera contains a charge-coupled device (CCD), with a 512 x 512-pixel array, and spectrograph. The CCD provides high sensitivity, enabling detection of low light levels, along with high temporal resolution (microsecond), needed for some fluorescence applications. The second scientific-grade camera contains an InGaAs sensor optimised for near-infrared, with a 512 x 1-pixel row at a 25 mm pitch and a Peak QE of > 85%. Together, the combination allows for the construction of an abundance of microscopy and spectroscopic techniques, including VIS/NIR absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography and imaging techniques via reflection, absorption or fluorescence, on a compact benchtop set-up.

The main purpose of the set – up will be as a stepping stone to providing affordable automated characterisation solutions which companies can take back on – site. Characterisation is preformed regularly on high – end expensive commercial equipment based at CAPPA. However, if the procedure is required regularly, returning to CAPPA routinely is not a realistic solution, neither is purchasing the high – end commercial equipment. Consequently, simpler specific setups are built at CAPPA to meet the needs of the routine measurements. A delay in this set comes from determining appropriate light sources and detectors remotely. The SC–CCD combination will remove this delay, allowing for the construction of benchtop VIS/NIR absorption, fluorescence, optical coherence tomography and imaging setups.

The combination will also allow an increase in sensitivity compared to commercial equipment by the construction of cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy or intensity/frequency modulation setups. These purpose-built solutions can significantly increase sensitivity compared to other all-purpose commercial equipment. The SC–CCD can be used in applications such as fluids in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry, in the environmental sector, particles/powders in environmental and pharmaceutical sectors, surfaces/coatings in biomedical and pharmaceutical, solids for materials characterization and light sources.

If you are interested in learning more about the facilities available at CAPPA, you can contact them here.

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Meet the Team… Jim Prendergast TSSG 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 Jim Prendergast, Business Development Executive at TSSG Technology Gateway. Jim started his current role in the middle of the pandemic and gives his view on joining the TSSG team whilst working remotely, innovation and how TSSG can help your company.

1. Tell us a bit about the TSSG Technology Gateway

TSSG is the ICT research and development wing of WIT and employs over 90 software developers, engineers, UX/UI designers and PhD researchers. Dedicated to research in specific focus areas such as Networks & Cloud Computing, VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Data Mining and Software System Architecture and Engineering, the TSSG is one of the leading ICT research institutions in Ireland.  We are one of the most successful ICT research centres in Ireland securing funding of €120 million under EU Programmes

2. Describe your role?

It is my job to facilitate the collaboration between cutting edge research and disruptive industry at the TSSG Technology Gateway in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland. I bring clients and companies from concept to reality through expertise at the TSSG in ICT & IoT innovation. I enable business’ to avail of our expertise through funding mechanisms such as Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers. Through an ever-increased networking and engagement strategy I also connect with established companies for contract R&D programmes, which are ever present in TSSG.

3. How did you find starting a new job during a pandemic/working remotely?

For many, working remotely came as something new. It was a strange feeling coming from a day to day on the road face to face into a digital platform. I noticed pretty quickly how businesses adapted to the “new normal”. My approach was that everyone was in the same boat and working together, so it didn’t faze me. I do look forward to meeting my colleague in the office when we reopen and welcoming future companies into the TSSG labs.

4. What’s unique about the Gateway and its presence in the South-East?

Our relationship with WIT has grown from strength to strength over the years. Our presence is ever felt, and our aim is to contribute to the south east becoming a leader in the Digital Transformation world. With over 700 project partners, TSSG researchers have their finger on the pulse with new and cutting-edge technologies in the areas of Future Health, Precision Agriculture, Smart Energy, Intelligent Transport Systems & Molecular Communications and Computing. Almost half of the projects currently active in the research centre are direct industry projects working to improve Ireland’s status as a leader in tech start-ups. TSSG delivers innovative ICT solutions to our clients across multiple industries, including Agritech, HealthTech, Smart Cities, Communications and Energy Sectors.

We are transforming how companies operate and compete through our scientifically proven R&D knowledge and expertise that has a direct impact on improving our clients’ bottom line.

Every company must innovate to survive, especially in a post Covid world. If you do not have a Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) focus TSSG can help you create that focus. If you have an established RD&I function, create an extension of this function with TSSG and we will help you push the boundaries to ensure you stay ahead of the competition and disrupt the marketplace.

 5. How can companies get involved with TSSG?

Get in touch with myself or one of our team; Miguel Ponce De Leon, Technology Gateway Manager and Carol Faughnan, Business Development Executive, and we will listen carefully to what you need, help to carve out a product development roadmap and match you with the right teams and funding supports to get you where you need to be.

You can also get in touch with the team here.

6. What are the main benefits for a company collaborating with TSSG?

I can’t emphasise enough how together is better. Collaborating with industry and our in-house expertise researchers there are resources here at the TSSG that can benefit a company. You can use funding through TSSG to leverage value to your business.

 7. How can you help a company prepare for an innovation project?

At the TSSG we offer clients valuable experience when it comes to ICT projects. We identify a roadmap through our Innovation Sprint, and this outlines the key technical strategy needed for the project ahead. A good start is half the battle & knowing where we need to be at key stages gives the client and TSSG perspective and a positive outlook.

8. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a company considering an innovation project?

I would have to say understand your niche. A client understanding the market will work in tandem with our expertise who possess high technical skills. This is a key component when developing the product. The more knowledge a business has on their product, the more innovation takes place.

 9. What do you love most about your job?

I get to meet the with so many companies from a wide spectrum. The satisfaction of guiding clients from concept to application is a great feeling. Knowing that I have helped an entrepreneur who will play a significant role in the economy gives me great joy.  Networking and facilitating relationships between industry and research is a huge buzz.

Contact me on LinkedIn or email me at jprendergast@tssg.org to arrange a meeting or have an informal virtual coffee.

 

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PEM secures capital funding to purchase a Materials Testing Equipment Suite

PEM Technology Gateway at IT Sligo is delighted to have been recently successful in attaining capital equipment funding from Enterprise Ireland to purchase a Materials testing equipment suite which will hugely benefit Irish Industries.

The Suite includes:

  • A Gas Displacement Pycnometer – This instrument will be used to determine the true volume and true density of solids and powders.
  • A Universal Hardness Testing System – An automatic desktop Universal Hardness Testing Machine capable of performing a wide range of test forces (up to 250kgf) on different hardness scales including Vickers, Rockwell, Brinell and Knoop.
  • A Micro Hardness Tester – This Instrument will be used to execute Micro Vickers & Knoop Hardness for values within the load range from 10gf to 2kgf. Availability of this equipment would expand our capacity to determine a material’s hardness or resistance to penetration when test samples are exceedingly small or thin, or when small regions in a composite sample or plating need to be measured.
  • A low force benchtop tensile tester – This Instrument will be used to execute low-force Tensile Testing on small components and assemblies, for example, testing of small medical devices which would be very useful given all the medical device manufacturers in the region.

This new suite of equipment will complement the 600kN Tensile tester we received funding for last year, the device will enable companies to test the strength of multiple materials.

PEM will be pleased to offer tensile testing services in the 400-600kN capabilities to Industry. The high capacity universal tensile testing machine will be capable of performing tensile and compression testing, as well as shear, flexure, peel, tear, cyclic and bend tests. The addition of this equipment to the PEM Gateway provides a unique service offering to enable Ireland’s heavy industry in specialist areas, such as:

  • Construction equipment
  • Heavy equipment
  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Agricultural machinery

Should you have any questions about testing capabilities or if you would like any further information contact the team at PEM.

This article was first published on the PEM website

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An Innovative Face-shield Response to COVID-19 by LYIT

In March 2020, at the very beginning of the impact awareness that COVID-19 would have on Ireland, the WiSAR Technology Gateway was contacted by a consultant anaesthetist in Letterkenny University Hospital, Dr Erik Korba who was concerned about a shortage of PPE used by healthcare staff caring for Covid-19 patients.  He had discovered an open source visor design known as the RC3 which was developed by Czech 3D printing company, Prusa. WiSAR worked together with engineers from the Dept. of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering to confirm the design feasibility against other such designs with Dr Korba and his team and immediately went into production.

Anticipating the shutdown of the LYIT Campus, they set up a 3D printing facility in a business premises in Donegal Town which was vacant due to the restrictions and transferred production. LYIT’s engineers collaborated with a group of local secondary school teachers and private individuals who had access to 3D printing to coordinate a massive production effort across the county. This combined effort meant that they were able to deliver 520 RC3 face shields within the first week of production, with over 2,000 units of the design manufactured and delivered to the hospital and other healthcare facilities in Donegal by the end of April.

However, the 3D printed RC3 represented a significant bottleneck in the manufacturing process with each 3D printed piece having a 4-hour print time to ensure the required quality and strength. Additionally, the porous nature of the 3D printed RC3 made sanitisation very difficult and consequently could only be used once in a health care environment before disposal.

Chris Roulston and Johnny Morrow from the Dept. of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering set about optimising a design to eliminate the material intensive and time-consuming 3D printing process. The LC1 face shield developed by engineers at LYIT transforms a 2D laser cut flat pattern from modified laminated acrylic to a 3D part using a thermoforming process. The thermoforming process, the most significant manufacturing process for the new LC1 design can be completed at a rate of 1 unit every 4 minutes, meaning that the manufacturing could be increased tenfold satisfying the unprecedented amount of requests received for the PPE.

Furthermore, the new design is reusable as the new material can be sanitised.  It retains the same geometric features as the original, this ensures comfort for the user and ensures that other component parts including the transparent face shield are interchangeable.

 

The team collaborated with local companies for the initiative, including; The Veneerist and Soniphorm who volunteered their laser cutting facilities and both whose studios are located in Donegal, CSI Manufacturing Ltd, Dublin, who supplied the material, Morna’s Patch, Donegal Town, who supplied the elastic head bands and Rory’s Auto Spares, Donegal Town, who provided the business premises. As a result of this collaborative effort they have been able to supply much needed face shields for free to healthcare professionals in numerous settings both locally and nationally.  Currently, there is capacity among the current group to produce 120 face-shields per day.

John Andy Bonar, VP of Research, Equality and External Affairs at LYIT commented, “It was a privilege to be able to contribute in some way to the fight against this pandemic.  I am proud of the initiative, creativity and terrific team effort made by the Department of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering under the leadership of Dr Jim Morrison during the lockdown period.  I hope that the LC1 design can be made open source so that others nationally and internationally can benefit from it.”

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CAPPA receives €88,000 worth of funding for new equipment

The Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) is delighted to announce today that it will be receiving €88,000 worth of funding to purchase a new visible hyperspectral-imaging camera as part of the Enterprise Ireland capital equipment call. Heather Humphries on June 4 2020 announced the €6 million investment in equipment from Enterprise Ireland. CAPPA was one of 37 successful applicants to receive funding out of 105 eligible applications totalling €6 million. The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process based on eligibility criteria for the call that included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.

Hyperspectral imaging is evolving as a robust, rapid, non-destructive tool for chemical imaging-based quality control and process development and monitoring. Problem focused solutions based on hyperspectral imaging are more cost-effective and robust in comparison to more advanced, sophisticated spectroscopic methods. Development of the optimum method requires a fully featured system initially, after which the method can be transferred to an affordable, less sophisticated, application-focused set up tailored to the customer.

Visible Near infrared Hyperspectral Imaging (400-1000nm) can be used for a wide variety of inspection tasks in agriculture, food processing, medical devices, bio-pharma, medical diagnostics and health care. The visible region is particularly suited to the coloured samples typically found in food and agriculture. Often large companies can lack the expertise in specifying a hyperspectral imaging system. There is often a requirement for method development with aspects such as lighting, spectral bandwidth and spatial resolution. CAPPA will operate as a test bed for different inspection possibilities, and be able to specify the simplest unit that would solve the customer’s problem. This new equipment will provide a modernised and broader offering to CAPPA’s service offering with increased range, specificity and flexibility and enable new offerings such as advanced analysis capabilities, process development, monitoring and optimisation, new product development, quality control and contamination analysis.

You can learn more about the current facilities at CAPPA here and see case studies of the work CAPPA conducted with industries across different sectors here.

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WiSAR Receives Research Equipment Investment from Enterprise Ireland

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD recently announced the successful applicants of the Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes. 37 successful applicants from across the Third Level Sector have secured over €6 million in funding.

The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process. Eligibility criteria for the call included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.

Dr. Jim Morrison, Director of the WiSAR Technology Gateway at LYIT, was successful in his application for funding to purchase an 8-axis high precision scanning arm used by industry to scan precision engineering objects enabling accurate 3D modelling from the scans. Eight-axis range of movement will enable complete rotation of the object being measured in real time, meaning that there should be no difficulty reaching around the object, and no need to move the arm into different locations within the process.

Speaking to Donegal Daily Dr. Morrison said that “The scanner allows for very precise measurement of complex objects and will enable industry in the NW to confirm that their designs and processes fit with the highest international quality standards. Companies within NW manufacturing (and across the Technology Gateway network) will now be able to avail of these services from LYIT with the back-up of skilled mechanical engineers from the Dept. of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.”

The portable equipment will be made available to industry in the North-West through the WiSAR Technology Gateway at LYIT to assist with product inspection for quality control, reverse engineering, and process control.  It is anticipated that the equipment will be available to industry in early 2021.

For further details on the WiSAR Technology Gateway contact Stephen Seawright at info@wisar.ie, 074 918 6462

This post was originally published on the WiSAR website