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Learn the basics of virtual & augmented reality technologies at ‘Introduction to AR/VR’ workshop

Irish companies can now learn the basics of virtual and augmented reality technologies and how they can be practically applied to their organisation. On Wednesday 28th September, the TSSG Technology Gateway at Walton Institute will host an informative and interactive introduction to mixed reality technologies at their 1-day workshop in their Mixed Reality Lab based in the SETU Waterford West Campus.  

Funded by Enterprise Ireland, the lab boasts state-of-the-art mixed and interactive technologies allowing practical demonstrations to companies interested in applying these practices to their own products and services.  

On the day, participants will receive an overview of the Metaverse, an introduction to VR hardware, learn more about the use of object photogrammetry in digital twin and industry 4.0 practices all with a focus on use cases and gaining hands on experience. 

The Workshop 

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Orientation. 

10:00 – 11:00 Introduction to AR/VR 

11:00 – 11:15 Break* 

11:15 – 12:15 Introduction to Mobile AR and MR technology 

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch* 

13:15 – 14:00 Object Photogrammetry and VR focus 

14:00 – 14:10 Tour of Digital Photogrammetry Lab 

14:10 – 15:10 Introduction to VR 

15:10 – 15:20 Break* 

15:20 – 15:50 Discussion of attendee identified business cases & Plenary 

*Refreshments included 

Mixed Reality Lab 

Companies and individuals who need to run simulations or test prototypes now have access to a state-of-the-art, mixed reality testbed lab and research team at SETU Waterford West Campus. 

The new facility allows clients see how mixed reality can transform education, training and awareness and monitor movement, immersion and interaction through a variety of technologies, including wireless headsets, a VR treadmill, 360-degree video capture, live performance and acoustic capture, physiological sensing and eye tracking equipment and so much more. 

The Trainer 

Stephen Barnes is an experienced software researcher at Walton Institute. Since joining Walton in 2016, Stephen has specialized in Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. He has completed projects for a variety of industry verticals including: AEC, virtual heritage, retail logistics, sports rehabilitation as well as education and training. 

His background includes degrees in Electronic Engineering as well as Applied Social Studies, a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing and a postgraduate certificate in Education. Stephen was an ICT and Media Studies Teacher at Tendring Technology College in the UK as well as a registered tutor with DCU and YWCA in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to his teaching experience, Stephen has also created training materials for Social Care practitioners. 

TSSG Technology Gateway 

The TSSG (Telecommunications Software & Systems Group) Technology Gateway, based in the Walton Institute at SETU Waterford, is a research and innovation centre for industry to access cutting-edge knowledge and solutions in advanced mobiles services and software service enablers.  

TSSG Gateway develops technology to bring a business idea to reality. As part of the Technology Gateway Network funded by Enterprise Ireland, it is the commercial interface of Walton Institute. As an advanced software R&D Centre with particular expertise in all aspects of mobile networks and communications platforms and services, their role is to deliver software technology solutions through collaboration on projects which are close to the market needs of the Irish industry. 

For more information on this workshop, and other tailored training courses in mixed reality, contact tssgtechgateway@waltoninstitute.ie 

To avail of a group discount email tssgtechgateway@waltoninstitute.ie 

Date: 28th September 

Time: 9.30am – 16.30pm 

Tickets 

PEM works with award-winning Agritech company Cotter Agritech Ltd.

Cotter Agritech has developed the award-winning Cotter Crate and SmartWorm app, an innovative hardware and software solution to help sheep farmers reduce handling time and labour costs, and tackle worm resistance via reducing wormer use by approximately 40%, and by identifying worm resilient replacements.

Founders

Developed by founders Nick and Jack Cotter who grew up on the family organic sheep farm encouraging them to be curious and innovative. The brothers are serial entrepreneurs having founded 2 previous businesses. The first business Cotter Bros Firewood was founded in 2011, when Nick was 11 and Jack was 13. This has grown into an industry-leading domestic firewood producer selling nationwide. The 2nd business, Cotter Organic Lamb, was started in 2019, which direct sells the organic lamb produced on the home farm, which has won several Irish Quality Food Awards and featured on The Late Late Show in 2020.

Nick is currently studying Law and Business at UCC and is going into his final year. He is a 2019 UCC Quercus Innovation Scholar, and a 2022 Nuffield Scholar. Jack is studying Process and Engineering Management in Limerick Institute of Technology and holds degrees in Agricultural Mechanisation and Agricultural Engineering. Both Jack and Nick were named in the Sunday Independents 2020 Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs.

The brothers have won several awards to date with the Cotter Agritech venture including Best Overall Start-up at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2019 and Best Sustainable Innovation at the 2020 RDS Spring Awards. Nick represented Ireland and Europe in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2022 and became Global Champion pitching the Cotter Agritech business.

Cotter Crate

The Cotter Crate is a sheep handling crate that makes carrying out stock management tasks, for both lambs and adult sheep, quick, easy, and safe, including dosing, vaccinating, tagging, dagging, weighing, mouthing, body condition scoring, and 3-way drafting. Developed by sheep farming brothers Jack and Nick Cotter, the Cotter Crate was created having recognised the industry’s need for a handling system that focuses on making lamb handling easier and caters to adult sheep. The result is a simple to use system, where the animal is comfortably held under its own weight at operator height, without any pressure being applied, resulting in a calm handling experience for both handler and livestock and reducing animal handling time by up to 50%.

 

 

 

 

 

SmartWorm App

The Cotter Crate integrates with the SmartWorm app, which uniquely enables sheep farmers to move to more sustainable, targeted selective worming of sheep based on an advanced algorithm to help tackle drug resistance. The advanced algorithm identifies which animals will/won’t benefit from a wormer treatment in real time. The algorithm calculates a lamb’s potential growth based on several factors including weight gain, rainfall, temperature, pasture availability and pasture quality. It gives each lamb an individual target and if lambs are not reaching this target, it recommends treating the animal for worms. This enables a farmer to reduce their drug use by 40% without any impact to animal performance. The algorithm has been validated in research projects with the UCD Lyons Farm and Queens University Belfast.

Collaboration with PEM Technology Gateway

Cotter Agritech approached PEM Technology Gateway to provide technical assistance from an engineering point of view to achieve cost reduction ahead of the Cotter Crate launch. Utilising the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Scheme, the company sought assistance from PEM to study the crate in its current state to identify and design changes that could be made to the crate’s design to improve/simplify/achieve cost reduction. This was key to achieving an affordable, robust, highly mobile product with a lifespan of 10+ years on-farm, therefore improving value proposition

Technical assistance from PEM helped Cotter Agritech to reach a go-to-market prototype of their sheep handling crate. Under the 1st Innovation voucher, work was focused on the on and off ramps in the product and achieved 30% cost reduction and 23% weight reduction on those 2 parts of the 3-part product.

The 2nd innovation voucher sought assistance to achieve a similar level of cost reduction on the main crate, which is the other element of the 3-part product. PEM evaluated the current design and suggested and implemented suitable measures to reduce manufacturing cost. This work was essential as the product was currently too expensive to make.

Manufacturing Solutions

The structures presented to PEM were complicated, heavy, and expensive to manufacture. PEM redesigned the 2 ramps to be lighter, have fewer parts and be more manufacturable. The parts also have more consistency regarding material and dimensions which has reduced manufacturing costs.

Specific offramp design improvements:

  • Significantly improved drafting mechanism (lighter, simpler, reduced cost, fewer parts, less force required to operate)
  • Improved gate structure (better rigidity, stronger, more straight forward assembly,)
  • Various other modifications to achieve overall goal of being lighter, simpler to manufacture, and at a reduced cost with less parts involved

Specific Onramp design improvements:

  • Implementation of tabbing and slotting technique to make assembly far more efficient
  • Significant simplification of floor design
  • Complete overall of anti-backing design from scratch, significantly reducing manufacturing costs and weight

Product Launch

PEM through the two Innovation vouchers assisted the company in achieving an affordable, robust, highly mobile product with a lifespan of 10+ years on-farm, therefore significantly improving value proposition and enabling them to achieve a launch of the product in Ireland and the UK, which was held at the Lamma Agri Show in Birmingham in May 2022.

Launch at Lamma Agri Show

Headline improvements delivered by PEM Technology Gateway:

  • 22% weight reduction in onramp
  • 23% weight reduction in offramp
  • 30% reduction in manufacturing cost of 2 ramps
  • Other criteria achieved: more manufacturable, easier to operate, making the parts more consistent, more robust, and reliable.

Since the launch Cotter Agritech have completed €120k in pre-sales to date, and currently closing more deals with clients including the Royal Veterinary College. Other achievements have included presenting the innovation at the Sheep Veterinary Society Conference, coverage with the Farmers Journal & Farmer Guardian, and winning a Royal Highland Show Technical Innovation Award for the crate. Nick was also selected to represent Ireland with Cotter Agritech for the 2022 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Out of over 1,000 participants worldwide, Nick reached the Top 60, then Top 18 and finally made it to the grand final of 6 participants, being the only representative from Europe. Nick went on to become Global Champion with the idea, winning $40,000 for Cotter Agritech.

See the Crate in use in the links below:

  • Global student entrepreneur awards video – https://youtu.be/P9Z2eeAPgW8
  • Rhidian Glyn testimonial of the Cotter Crate system – https://youtu.be/2pEwQoNrWoM
  • Brian Nicholson testimonial – https://youtu.be/QTVLaTiKjSE
  • Video of crate in action – https://youtu.be/DtTC3l11CHo

CREDIT Gateway: Leading the way in renewables & energy optimisation

The wind environment has a major influence on the viability of any wind energy project in terms energy output and turbine wear. Numerous factors such as wind speed and direction; turbulence, shear, veer, inflow angle and atmospheric stability can have significant impacts on a wind turbine’s performance. Accurate prediction of pre-construction yield with the real-world post-construction yield of a wind project at all scales remains a challenge.

Site feasibility assessment:

  • Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technologies now give the opportunity to measure winds at multiple heights at such locations in the absence of met masts.
  • The ZX vertical profiling LiDAR, Fig. 1, available at CREDIT Technology Gateway can measure wind speeds from 10 metres to 300 metres above the ground making it suitable for all sizes of wind turbine available today.
  • CREDIT Gateway can assist companies with site-specific wind measurements that can be used to can better inform wind flow models in energy predictions and assess wind shear and turbulence, Fig. 2, leading to improvements in micro-siting turbines at your site.

Fig. 1. Ground mounted ZX LiDAR deployed on site and schematic of scan patterns

Fig. 2. Sample wind shear and turbulence profiles at a given site

Wind turbine yaw error assessment

  • For optimum power output, a wind turbine’s rotor should remain perpendicular to the oncoming wind as much as possible. Any measured difference between the wind direction and the nacelle position of the turbine is known as yaw error. When the yaw error is 0°, the turbine is ideally pointing directly into the wind. When a wind turbine’s rotor is not pointing directly into the wind, the turbine is experiencing what is known as yaw misalignment.
  • There are two main types of yaw misalignment, dynamic and static. Dynamic yaw misalignment occurs frequently as the wind naturally changes direction from the nacelle direction. Based on wind information from a nacelle mounted wind sensor, a wind turbine will use its yaw motors to move the nacelle back to 0° yaw error, temporarily eliminating the dynamic yaw misalignment. Static yaw misalignment is more challenging to assess. It occurs when a wind turbine is not pointing directly into the wind, even when the yaw error measured by the nacelle wind sensor is 0°. This means that it is invisible to the turbine’s controller and is not corrected for, as in the dynamic case.
  • Static yaw error may be caused by wind incorrect wind sensor mounting on the nacelle or by incorrect software parameter settings in the turbine’s controller. Therefore, static yaw misalignment can result in the rotor never facing directly into the wind with a constant directional offset. This can impact annual revenues.

The Epsiline LiDAR available at CREDIT Gateway is all-in-one nacelle-mounted short-range LiDAR solution for independent wind turbine monitoring and optimization, Fig. 3, particularly in relation to yaw misalignment. Annual energy losses can be 0.5% loss for 4° static yaw misalignment, increasing rapidly to 2.5% reduction with a 9° static yaw misalignment. As such, it is essential to monitor yaw misalignment continuously.

Fig. 3. Epsiline LiDAR on a 2.5 MW turbine and the associated power loss with static yaw error

The Epsiline LiDAR unit offers the potential of relatively low cost solution to assessing static yaw misalignment on currently operating wind turbines.

New long range side scanning LiDAR on the way

Towards the end of 2022, CREDIT Gateway will be acquiring a new long range all-sky 3D scanning LiDAR with wind measurement capabilities out to a distance of 3 km and possibly up to 6 km. The will give interested companies the ability to carry out wind resource measurements from a single location to multiple points across an entire wind farm project site as well as offshore applications. It can also be used for wake measurement of single or multiple wind turbines to assess complex flow within wind farms, Fig. 4, thereby helping to optimise a given wind project for maximum yield.

Fig. 4. An example of complex wind flow that can arise around a wind farms that can be assessed using a long range side-scanning LiDAR

Why use CREDIT Technology Gateway?

Researchers in CREDIT Gateway have many years of wind resource assessment experience and have been involved with a number of international IEC and IEA committees in the wind energy area.

The available LiDAR devices are easy to deploy and can begin to generate data at a given site almost immediately.

The data can be incorporated with industry wind flow models to model to assess wind flow across a given site.

Large energy users interested in behind-the-meter wind at a commercial scale would greatly benefit from detailed site feasibility studies using LiDAR in the absence of met masts to optimise resource and load matching at their sites.

Wind farms with undeforming older turbines have the opportunity to assess yaw error and potentially improve annual energy yields and revenue.

Wind farm developments both onshore and offshore would benefit from long range wind measurement capability to help optimise their projects.

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‘Trends in Polymer Processing and Investigations’ – APT Webinar

APT Technology Gateway have announced their third webinar in their current online series ‘Trends in Polymer Processing and Investigations’.  The series aims to bring together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging trends in Polymer processing.  

The next webinar in the series takes place on 6th July at 1pm and will focus on the latest developments in plastic sustainability with the Sustainability Research team in the Polymer Recycling Industrial Sustainability and Manufacturing Research Institute at TUS. 

Presenters 

Dr Margaret Brennan Fournet – Assistant Director @ PRISM TUS 
Title: Sustainable Plastics for your Enterprise 
This webinar details radically new technology developments which can accommodate circularity for an increasingly wide source of plastics and polymers, including those that are not recycled/recyclable today. Innovation in for how plastics are made, unmade and remade can deliver highly economically feasible routes to transition from the linear to the circular plastics economy.
 

Dr Marija Mojicevic – Postdoctoral Researcher @ PRISM TUS 
From waste to biopolymers: closing the circle for plastics economy 
In the midst of a global health pandemic, we are ignoring another pandemic that has been going on for decades and is rarely in the public spotlight: the plastic waste pandemic. This webinar will focus on alternatives for plastic materials. It will provide insights into the challenges of biopolymers production and discuss their importance and overall use. Recent findings in biopolymer science will be summed up with a special highlight on using plastic-related materials as a feedstock for biomaterial synthesis. 

APT Technology Gateway 

The APT Technology Gateway is hosted within the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at TUS: Midlands, which is an interdisciplinary material science and technology research centre. APT is the leading hub for industrial polymer research and development in Ireland, with TUS playing a key role in supporting the Irish polymer and plastics industry for more than 30 years. APT acts as an industry-led research hub supporting Irish-based plastics and polymer companies in creating solutions to overcome the current challenges faced by the industry. APT is a dedicated resource for the Irish polymer manufacturing industry and regularly provides training and information dissemination, as well as production demonstration days for companies. 

Event details:
Date: Thursday 6th July
Time: 1-2pm
Registration 

Sustainability takes centre stage at Enterprise Ireland Technology Forum

On Thursday the 16th June, companies from a wide variety of sectors attended the Enterprise Ireland Technology Forum – Where industry and Innovators connect’ at Croke Park Dublin.  

The event was a join enterprise between Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and Technology Centres. The theme was sustainability and aimed at companies who were thinking about developing, and investing in sustainable products, processes or services.  

On the day companies could also engage with research teams and discover how Technology Gateways and Technology Centres can assist them in creating an environment of Research, Development and innovation.  

Participants heard from a number of companies who have collaborated with the Technology Gateways and Centres and utilised expertise available within the host Universities, Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology.  

Opening remarks were provided by Mark Whelan, Programme Manager for Technology Gateways, who outlined the benefits to companies when collaborating with Technology Gateways and Technology Centres.  

This was followed by a range of industry presentations, all featuring sustainability at their core. Providing the audience with an insight into the wide scope of current RD&I projects within industry.  

Presentations on the day included:  

Yonael Bernard from Lambay Whiskey, a unique Irish Whiskey company based on Lambay Island, Co Dublin, who shared insights on their ongoing collaboration with CREDIT Technology Gateway. CREDIT recently undertook an energy appraisal of the Islands current loads, and forecasted future loads and possible energy supplies including a battery storage system.  

This was followed by Kevin Cronin from Freefoam, who manufactures a wide range of innovative uPVC fascia and soffit products. Kevin discussed how working with Technology Centre, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) allowed them to demystify, derisk and deliver.   

Kieran Coffey from MyGug discussed his innovative product “MyGug”   an Anaerobic Digestion System which turns food waste into methane gas. My Gug collaborated with WiSAR Technology Gateway on the project utilising Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher’s.  

The final presentation of the day was by Michael Mulloy and Derek Aherne from SSE Airtricity, who have worked with Technology Centre CeADAR since 2017 on a variety of innovation projects including a wind forecasting project.  

The event provided an opportunity for companies to experience the range of expertise, funding and support available through the 16 Gateways and 8 Centre’s as well as an opportunity to discuss future collaborations with the research teams. 

 

Graph Partitioning for Malicious Domain Detection

Background

With the popularity of the Internet, cybersecurity incidents are becoming more and more frequent. And one of those attacks that everyone may encounter is phishing (Dhamija, R., 2006). Phishing can reach victims via different attack approaches, such as text messages and emails. Victims are then directed to malicious websites, which hijack the devices through deceiving victims to enter sensitive information or downloading malware. Malicious website is a key component in phishing attack, which is hosted on Internet domains. However it is very difficult for cybersecurity vendors to detect such domains, because attackers continuously update domain names and IP addresses (Holz, T., 2008) to evade from detection and blacklist. Therefore, it has been a common case where many users have already been victimized before a malicious domain is blocked. This highlights the importance to detect malicious domains at their early stage.

Method

This project used a graph-based method to assess the risk level of the domain-related information from Domain Name System  ( DNS ) and registrar. DNS is a fundamental Internet infrastructure which translates easy-to-remember phrase-based URLs to digitbased IP addresses to ease the access of website for everyone. Modern DNS infrastructures are generally installed with monitoring software/hardware to record the recent activities of different domains, which can be used for risk assessment.

Challenge

Hackers are never static, they change domain names frequently, also register or delete domains on different DNS servers. Alternatively, they use the sub-techniques like Double Flux (change the domain name and IP at the same time) (Lovet, G., 2008) and Canonical Name to obfuscate the detection. The randomness of hackers actions makes manual rule-based evaluation inefficient. Fortunately, the DNS infrastructures can provide massive records of these domains such as AS number, IP change and nameserver change (Bilge, L., 2011). Therefore, we hope to find some clues from this data. Unfortunately, the large scale of DNS records collected from all over the world, and the weakly structured, multi-modal and variable-length data contained in DNS records and registrar information makes it difficult for traditional machine learning algorithms to be used directly.

Ideas

“With theses DNS records, is it possible to generate detection rules for malicious domains?” According to the expert knowledge from our industrial partner, the answer is positive. Infrastructure-as-a-service is popular in today’s cyberattacks. Criminals often rent some infrastructures to conduct attacks. Some clues about these infrastructures may be found in DNS records so it may be feasible to generate rules to detect malicious domains.

Algorithm in Brief

Domains are related with each other because some of them share common attributes such as IP addresses or registrars. An algorithm -community detection- (or graph partition, Fortunato, S., 2010) will be used in this project to identify for domain partitioning rules. First, two types of rules are defined. One is called Aggregation Logic and the other is Common Attribute Condition. The purpose of the algorithm is to search for aggregation logic from massive data, and after the aggregation logic is applied to the data, the graph will be divided into several subgraphs. The attributes shared by all domains in a subgraph is called common attribute condition.

For example, there are 3 domains, x.com, y.com and z.com, where x.com has attribute A = {1, 2, 3} and attribute B={4, 5, 9}, y.com has attribute A = {2, 3}, has attribute B={5, 9}, z.com has attribute A = {1, 3} and attribute B = {4}. An example aggregation logic is “at least two shared A attributes and two shared B attributes”. This will result in a subgraph that contains domain x.com and y.com. The common attribute condition is “A={2, 3} and B={5,9}”. Both aggregation logic and common property condition can be effective to check if a new domain is related to known malicious domains. Since the common attribute condition clearly defines the attributes shared by the domains in a subgraph, in actual use, a hash table can be used together to rapidly check if a new domain is malicious. For aggregation logic, it can be used to investigate whether a batch of new domains correlate known malicious domains.

Innovative Algorithm Design

The core of the algorithm is how to search for effective aggregation logic. In this project, Graphlet was proposed. Graphlet is a multi-resolution, hierarchical graph partitioning algorithm inspired by wavelet packet analysis (Yen, G.G. 2000). The idea of Graphlet is to greedily and incrementally search for valid aggregation logics. Each layer will use different aggregation logics for creating subgraphs (the logic of the higher layer is stricter than the lower layer, until the subgraph produces an empty set).

The domains will be divided into subgraphs according the aggregation logic, and those that do not satisfy the aggregation logic will be left in a residual graph. For residual graphs, Graphlet uses a more relaxed aggregation logic for further partitioning. Ultimately, this forms a multi-resolution tree structure. How to add aggregation logic at different layers is determined by a optimized method. For the labeled domain data, we combine the information theory-related minimum description length criteria and task-dependent classification accuracy to evaluate the sparsity and effectiveness of subgraphs. After the entire Graphlet tree is completely constructed, the common attribute condition of each subgraph at each layer can be extracted and used to assess the domain risk.

How to use

When a new domain is observed, common attribute condition can determine whether this domain is related to any previous subgraph. If it is related to a malicious subgraph (the majority of domains in the subgraph are malicious), then this domain is very likely to be malicious. If a domain is related to multiple subgraphs, the subgraph with the best condition matching is selected for assessment.

Aggregation logic is used for correlating a batch of new domains with known domains. First, some known malicious domains will be added to the set of new domains, as anchors. Then, graph partitioning will be performed on all domains (new + old anchors) using aggregation logic. If newly generated subgraph is mixed with known malicious domains (red), the new domains in the same subgraph are likely to be malicious.

This project is sponsored by EI Innovation Partnership Program & the EI Technology Gateway Program and is a collaboration between the Software Research Institute Research group at TUS, SilentPush and the COMAND Technology Gateway based at The Technical University of the Shannon, .

For more information on COMAND check out their website and follow them on Twitter.

Reference

Holz, T., Gorecki, C., Rieck, K. and Freiling, F.C., 2008, February. Measuring and detecting fast-flux service networks. In Ndss.

Dhamija, R., Tygar, J.D. and Hearst, M., 2006, April. Why phishing works. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems (pp. 581-590).Vancouver

Lovet, G., 2008. Cybecrime is in a state of flux. Network Security, 2008(8), pp.6-8.VancouverBilge, L., Kirda, E., Kruegel, C. and Balduzzi, M., 2011, February. Exposure: Finding malicious domains using passive DNS analysis. In Ndss (pp. 1-17).VancouverFortunato, S., 2010. Community detection in graphs. Physics reports, 486 (3-5), pp.75-174.

Yen, G.G. and Lin, K.C., 2000. Wavelet packet feature extraction for vibration monitoring. IEEE transactions on industrial electronics , 47 (3), pp.650-667.

Technology Gateway’s in your Region: West / North West

Are you ready to take those first steps with innovation, or perhaps you need some assistance with RD&I in an existing project, process or service? Reaching out to those who can help is the first step.

Do you know Enterprise Ireland have a network of Technology Gateways spread throughout the country? For companies in the West / North West (and further afield) we have put together a guide outlining what’s available in your region through the Technology Gateway Network in terms of innovation, support, funding, expertise and advice.

The West / North West regions are home to three Technology Gateways, based in the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) offering specialisations such as Medical & Engineering Technologies, Precision Engineering & Manufacturing and Wireless Solutions. With a wide array of advice and knowledge to offer as well as Enterprise Ireland funding and support, the mix of experience and expertise is second to none.

West

MET Technology Gateway (Medical & Engineering Technologies) ATU Galway City

MET Technology Gateway  is an interdisciplinary applied research centre funded by Enterprise Ireland, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors.

Located within ATU’s Galway Campus, the MET Gateway delivers world class innovative solutions for the close-to-market needs of Irish based Start-ups, SME’s and Multinationals to build, scale and expand reach by improving competitiveness and enhancing innovation activities. By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, the MET Gateway produces both scientific knowledge and technology outputs across a range of streams, generating solutions for the close-to-market needs of companies.

Specialisations:

  • Medical Imaging Technologies
  • Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Design Engineering and Verification
  • Medicinal Nutrition and Sport Technologies

North West

PEM Technology Gateway (Precision Engineering & Manufacturing) ATU Sligo

PEM Technology Gateway has developed expertise in precision engineering, design for manufacture (DFM), mechanical engineering, materials science, micro-machining, polymer processing, rapid prototyping, general manufacturing process control and statistical process analysis. Funded by Enterprise Ireland, they work with companies, across a range of sectors on projects that help solve technical challenges they are experiencing or innovations they want to develop. PEM provides engineering and technical solutions along with process improvements across the full product lifecycle, with specialisation in product design and development in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Allowing companies to develop new products, processes & services by leveraging the research expertise available through ATU Sligo.

PEM works with companies at all stages of their research and innovation journey and across the full spectrum of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

Specialisations:

  • Product Development & Design
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Materials Development
  • Product Use & End of Life

WiSAR Technology Gateway (Wireless Solutions) ATU Donegal

Enterprise Ireland funded WiSAR Technology Gateway provides solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics. The Gateway has a strong focus on smart devices and connected industries. WiSAR’s core strengths are applied to three research strands: The Internet of Things (IoT), Health Monitoring and Industrial Control.

Based in ATU Donegal, WiSAR is home to an extensive team of researchers and engineers working on a wide range of collaborative R&D industry projects and is equipped with a state-of-the-art test bench, connectivity devices, industrial sensors, antennae and digital controllers, for the design of prototypes and the optimisation of industrial processes. This expertise enables WiSAR to work with many product design companies to produce advanced near-to-market prototypes.

The Gateway has a dedicated ready-made R&D infrastructure which can be applied to industry problems of all sizes and in several instances, can become an external R&D source for companies that come through their doors. Projects engagement can happen at any stage in the product development lifecycle with an outcome up to an advanced prototype, Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL7).

Specialisations:

  • Wearable tech: healthcare, sport and tourism
  • Remote monitoring: industrial control, environmental and marine
  • Power electronics: renewable energy and electric vehicles
  • Communications: WLAN, ZigBee, Bluetooth, UWB, RF and microwave

For additional information on our Gateways or previous projects, check out our Network page and case studies section.

EMD Ireland: a roadmap for innovation success

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Cluster, EMD Ireland, provides a roadmap for companies wishing to access innovation support within Engineering, Materials and Design. Consisting of seven Technology Gateways, the Cluster brings together a range of expertise, facilities, equipment and support for companies who are looking to access Research, Development and Innovation knowledge in areas such as energy, precision engineering, biotechnology, polymers, protective coatings, prototype design, medical imaging technologies and 3D medal additive manufacturing. 

So, if you have a new or innovative idea, or require assistance with an existing product, process or service, EMD Ireland is equipped to provide innovative solutions in a quick, easy and effective manner.  

Find out more about our member Gateways:  

APT 

APT Technology Gateway provides polymer technology solutions for companies in the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors. APT has a core focus on three applied technology areas: biomedical polymers, polymer recycling and composites.  Providing polymer technologies for Ireland-based companies who use polymer materials. These companies range in size from start-ups and SMEs to multinational companies.  

Located at TUS: Midlands, APT is a dedicated resource for the Irish polymer manufacturing industry and regularly provides training and information dissemination, as well as production demonstration days for companies.  

Read how APT collaborated with Athlone Extrusions on the Optimisation of new lab extrusion equipment. APT continues to provide material analysis support for production optimisation and new product development activities within the company. In addition, Dr Zhi Cao, a Research Engineer based in APT, was seconded into the Athlone Extrusions facility to provide support with the installation and optimisation of new lab extrusion equipment. 

CREDIT 

CREDIT Technology Gateway located at DKIT, focuses on Renewables, Energy Optimisation and Energy Storage research that applies emerging technologies, expertise and specialist knowledge across the energy and renewables sector to help innovative businesses and companies succeed in the introduction of new and improved processes, products and services 

CREDIT Gateway provides access to R&D solutions to develop new products or services, or implement optimisation of a process/s, for business and industry. The Gateway provides a place to work together with a particular focus on helping start-ups and SMEs explore product innovation, source applied research opportunities and leverage tech solutions for their needs. 

Read how CREDIT recently provided expertise to McGeary Engineering on the Development of off-the-shelf parts & assemblies for water treatment & high-pressure water applications. 
 

CREST 

CREST Technology Gateway addresses the needs of the Irish engineering, aerospace, automotive, architectural, electronics, biomedical and healthcare sectors in the area of surface coatings. Based in TU Dublin, the centre has over sixty years of commercial surface coating experience to provide an outstanding level of service. With expertise in areas such as protective coatings for challenging environments, surface treatment of metal components, coatings for environmental applications and biomedical devices.  

Discover how CREST assisted Plasmabound in the development of a 6 axis robot which integrated the technology of the 3-axis system presently available. CREST Technology Gateway provided Plasmabound with the landscape and the roadmap to develop the process automation with respect to 6 axis systems. 

Design+ 

Design+ Gateway applies industrial design capabilities for companies from the engineering, ICT & software and bio lifescience sectors nationally. Based in SETU Carlow, the gateway has a proven track record in knowledge transfer and delivering innovation solutions to industry. Companies from multiple sectors can access a vast range of research expertise and development support.  

Design+ have the resources for R&D support in the form of additive manufacturing capabilities, rapid prototyping, CAD product design 3D printing, electronic prototyping and design strategy. 

Read how Design+ aided Magna International Autolaunch Ireland Limited, a highly successful machining and tool making facility, with the development of 3D prints for positioning templates.  Autolaunch has been collaborating with Design+ since 2018 to avail of their design expertise and state of the art 3D printing equipment. The production of 3D positioning templates has resulted in both cost and time savings for the business on their production line.  

MET 

MET Technology Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors. 

Located within ATU’s Galway Campus, the MET Gateway delivers world class innovative solutions for the close-to-market needs of Irish based Start-ups, SME’s and Multinationals to build, scale and expand reach by improving competitiveness and enhancing innovation activities. By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, the MET Gateway produces both scientific knowledge and technology outputs across a range of streams, generating solutions for the close-to-market needs of companies. MET’s technology offering includes a purpose-built Medical Imaging Suite, boasting a state-of-the-art Philips Azurion digital fluoroscope.  

Read how MET assisted CERENOVUS, from the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, on the characterisation & modelling of thrombi in acute ischaemic stroke. The knowledge generated from this ‘per-pass’ study of acute ischemic stroke has generated more informative data regarding thrombus composition, recanalisation outcomes and a possible approach to analysing thrombi in the future. 

PEM 

PEM Technology Gateway, based at ATU Sligo has developed expertise in precision engineering, design for manufacture (DFM), mechanical engineering, materials science, micro-machining, polymer processing, rapid prototyping, general manufacturing process control and statistical process analysis.  

PEM works with companies, across a range of sectors on projects that help solve technical challenges they are experiencing or innovations they want to develop. Providing engineering and technical solutions along with process improvements across the full product lifecycle, with specialisation in product design and development in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Allowing companies to develop new products, processes & services by leveraging the research expertise available though ATU Sligo. 

PEM works with companies at all stages of their research and innovation journey and across the full spectrum of Technology Readiness Levels. Discover how they collaborated with companies ATA Air Tools and product design company Zenoz Ltd in the investigation of the mechanical properties of a material.   

 

SEAM 

SEAM Technology Gateway, based at SETU Waterford, facilitates the development of technology solutions through collaboration and access to expertise in the Irish research infrastructure. The gateway provides innovative materials engineering solutions for industries from wide ranging sectors such as biomedical, pharma, precision engineering, energy and electronics.  

SEAM’s unique strength lies in its ability to anticipate, and understand, respond quickly and professionally to industry needs through provision of competitive customised solutions and more importantly, act as a one stop shop for getting the job done. 

Read how SEAM collaborated with TFI Marine on the Porosity Analysis of TFI Marine Seaprint using z-ray Micro computed Tomography. The data and images provided to TFI Marine proved to be very useful in assessing the critical areas of the SeaSpring product. It also enabled them to develop operational and inspection procedures to ensure quality is maintained at their headquarters in Blackrock.   

 

EMD Ireland has successfully collaborated on projects with all types of Irish Industry, ranging from large corporations to small family businesses. To see more on previous projects, check out our case study section.   

 

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Technology Forum – where industry and innovators connect

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and Technology Centres are joining together for a Networking Morning on the 16th of June 2022 at Croke Park, Dublin.  

The theme of the event is sustainability. As companies strive towards a low carbon future, many are thinking about developing, and investing in sustainable products, processes or services. Technology Gateways and Centres can assist in creating an environment of Research, Development and innovation for companies and projects of all shapes and sizes. 

On the day participants will hear from a number of companies who have collaborated with the Technology Gateways and Centres to utilise their expertise available within our host Universities, Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology. As well as network, meet other companies and provide an opportunity to engage with the Gateway and Centre staff. The networking expo will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss outsourcing their R&D projects with the Gateway and Centre Managers and their research teams, as well as learning about the various funding mechanisms available from Enterprise Ireland, including the Innovation Voucher, Innovation Partnership and Agile Innovation Funding Programmes. 

This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start Ups, Small and Medium Enterprises, large indigenous companies and multinationals. 

The agenda is as follows:  

  • 9.30 Registration, coffee and networking 
  • 10.15 Introductions 
  • 10.20 Yonael Bernard – Lambay Whiskey & CREDIT Gateway 
  • 10.35 Kevin Cronin – Freefoam & Irish Manufacturing Research 
  • 10.50 Coffee and Networking 
  • 11.20 Kieran Coffey – MyGug & WiSAR Gateway 
  • 11.35 Michael Mulloy and Derek Aherne – SSE Airtricity & CeADAR 
  • 11.50 Q&A and Closing Remarks 
  • 12.00 Lunch and Networking 

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, provides Irish companies with a means to develop new or enhanced products or services by providing access to over 300 industry focused researchers and engineers, specialist equipment and facilities, through their 16 Gateways situated in  Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology.  

Enterprise Ireland Technology Centre’s are a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.  It allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions. The 8 Technology Centres in the programme are resourced by highly-qualified researchers who provide a unique ecosystem for collaboration in areas identified, by industry, as being strategically important. 

Technology Gateway / Technology Centre participants: 

APT Gateway, CAPPA Gateway, CeADAR – Ireland’s Centre for Applied AI, COMAND Gateway, CREDIT Gateway, CREST Gateway, Dairy Processing Technology Centre, Design+ Gateway, Food for Health Ireland, IMaR Gateway, Irish Manufacturing Research, Learnovate – Future of Work & Learning, Meat Technology Ireland, MET Gateway, MiCRA Gateway, Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland, Nimbus Gateway, PEM Gateway, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre, PMBRC Gateway, SEAM Gateway, Shannon ABC Gateway, TSSG Gateway, WiSAR Gateway. 

Date: 16th June 2022 

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm.  

Location: Croke Park, Dublin 

Registration 

Antimicrobial Coatings Resistance Testing at MiCRA Gateway

MiCRA Biodiagnostics Technology Gateway is an industry-led research & development facility located in the CASH-Synergy Centre at TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus. The facility has a strong and growing portfolio of applied research making knowledge and expertise accessible to local and national industry.  

The MiCRA Biodiagnostics Gateway delivers solutions across the agri-food, in-vitro diagnostics (animal and human), environmental, and biopharmaceutical industries with expertise in: 

  • Rapid and portable electrochemical sensor design, development and prototyping 
  • Specific expertise in bio-, immuno- and chemical sensors for the detection of microbes, biomarkers, chemicals and food allergens 
  • Application in areas of quality, toxicity, viability and chemical and biological contamination analysis 
  • Advanced analytical services and materials development

MiCRA Biodiagnostics is an industry-led research & development facility that focuses on the advancement of biosensor technologies, using materials such as enzymes and advanced polymers. MiCRA delivers solutions to companies in many sectors including in vitro diagnostics, environmental, food and pharmaceuticals. The facility consists of state-of-the-art advanced analytical, surface science and PAT instrumentation, Bio/Pharmaceutical Pilot Plant, cell culture and microbiology labs, and sensor prototype fabrication facilities, which is staffed by microbiologists, chemists, biologists, physical scientists and engineers. 

MiCRA helps companies in areas including sensor prototyping and manufacturing, materials development and characterisation, immunoassay platform development, enzyme biosensors for human and animal health care, and biosensors for the rapid and sensitive detection of bacteria. With state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and expertise, MiCRA also have dedicated staff focused solely on the provision of analytical services research to industry partners. 

MiCRA developed an early screening test for antimicrobial resistance of company coatings to improve efficiencies at early stages of antimicrobial surface coatings development. Through the centres Analytical Services Research team, the microbiologist team were able to develop an early screening test to determine the antimicrobial resistance of coatings on a range of materials and coatings samples. MiCRA worked closely with surface coating companies to ensure the development of a bespoke method that is an ideal fit for their surface coating testing requirements. Having the opportunity to work with MiCRA gives access to expertise and equipment not readily available in house, in addition to developing an effective test methodology and screening process to evaluate the antimicrobial resistance of client company coatings.