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Technology Insights Webinar – Blockchain meets AI

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts.

Webinar:

The next webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 7th october 2021 and will focus on “Blockchain meets AI: How distributed ledger technology can support AI through a shared and trusted data model”

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies offer a solution in scenarios where data needs to be shared between different parties, who may not necessarily trust each other, but who need to trust the validity and integrity of the shared data. Examples include supply chains and traceability, the secure sharing of sensitive data such as medical records, and of course digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) also rely on access to trusted and valid data. Oisín Boydell, Principal Data Scientist at CeADAR, gives an overview of blockchain and discusses how distributed ledger technology can also support AI through a shared and trusted data model.

Presenter bio:

Dr Oisín Boydell is Principal Data Scientist at CeADAR, the Enterprise Ireland and IDA supported Technology Centre for applied AI based at UCD. His primary interests include deep learning and machine learning, as well as a specific focus on blockchain technology. Oisín leads CeADAR’s Applied Research Group which delivers industry focussed, applied research projects in collaboration with industry partners across a broad range of AI and related technology areas.

CeADAR Technology Centre:

CeADAR is Ireland’s national centre for Applied AI. CeADAR is a market-focused technology centre that drives the accelerated research, development, and deployment of AI and data analytics technology and innovation into businesses.  The Centre is the bridge between the worlds of applied research in AI and data analytics and their commercial deployment.

CeADAR is funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, is headquartered in University College Dublin and is a partnership with the Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT).

The Centre’s work focuses on developing tools, techniques and technologies that enable more people, organisations and industries to use analytics and AI for better decision making, unlocking hidden insights and sustained competitive advantage.

Date: Thursday 7th October 2021

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am

For further details and registration please see here.

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SME’s can now avail of a maximum of four Innovation Vouchers

Are you a small and medium-sized limited company registered in Ireland? Are you currently looking for assistance with research and innovation solutions? Or perhaps your product, service or process requires some expertise which is currently outside of your existing R&D capacity?.  

The Innovation Voucher scheme run by Enterprise Ireland could provide you with a pathway to solving innovation problems. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity, problem or solution with a registered knowledge provider. 

SMEs throughout Ireland now have the opportunity to apply for up to a maximum of four Innovation Vouchers, one of which must be a 50-50 co-funded voucher. Applications are open on a continuous call throughout the year via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.  

There are two types of voucher available. A fully funded €5,000 standard voucher and the 50-50 co-funded Fast Track voucher (to a maximum value of €10,000). You can get more information on each voucher here.  A company may only have one ‘active’ voucher at any point in time. 

The Innovation Vouchers scheme is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered with the CRO in Ireland. You do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland to apply. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. 

Please note: Innovation Vouchers are subject to VAT. You will be invoiced for the VAT by the knowledge provider and this cost must be settled separately by the company. 

More information on the Innovation Voucher scheme can be found here.  

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Satellite Communications Research and Innovation at Walton Institute

Walton Institute has been awarded funding in the 2020 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programme for new Capital Equipment.

Walton Institute won funding for Satellite Communications equipment which aims to support sectors using high precision tracking and monitoring for autonomous vehicles and robotics in Agri, Automotive, Geo Surveying, Navigation, GIS and any location based services.

The equipment comprises:

  1. A High-Performance Signal Generator
  2. A Satellite Link Simulator
  3. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) specific receivers

The 3 items in combination will create a complete, end-to-end, satellite application simulator and validation suite – currently for GNSS. This translates to a comprehensive testing environment for industry to validate hardware, software and use case applications.

High performance signal generator

The high performance signal generator is a compact multi-channel high performance platform for complex and versatile testing in one device, with the ability to generate up to 31 virtual signals at once. This allows one to simulate a test environment with multiple sources without the need of extensive setups. This enables a broad range of additional applications such as testing receivers at multiple frequencies or superimposing an interferer moving over a large frequency span and multichannel functionality.

Satellite Link Simulator

The Satellite Link Simulator is a wideband channel emulator that allows for repeatable simulations of the uplink, payload and downlink in RF link tests. The equipment emulates the effects of the ionosphere and propagation through the atmosphere. Applications include satellite (LEO, GEO, MEO) and aircraft RF link testing, UAV testing, modem, transmitter and receiver testing, telemetry tracking systems, range verification as well as training and education. These applications are possible due to the specifications which supports instantaneous bandwidths up to 100 MHz, which allows it to communicate with a wide variety of devices.

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

The Global Navigation Satellite System Receivers protect against interference, noise, multipath and other environmental effects with ultra-precise time synchronization for time transfer applications. The high-precision, low noise measurements provide 544 hardware channels which are assigned automatically and on-the-fly to all visible satellites.

The growing global demand for precise location information, in combination with the ongoing evolution of GNSS technology, means that demand is ever increasing. The global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029 with Asia-Pacific continuing to account for more than half of the global GNSS market. However, the European GNSS Industry accounts for more than a quarter of the global market share according to the EUSPA, ( European Union Agency for the Space Programme.) In terms of global annual GNSS receiver shipments, the market is forecasted to increase from 1.8 billion units in 2019 to 2.8 billion units in 2029.

In Ireland, there is a growing and thriving space industry and research community, facilitated through Ireland’s membership of the European Space Agency (ESA). As there are numerous possibilities for technology spin-offs and transfer and together with high technology contract opportunities this will serve to be a dramatic showcase for Irish Industry. GNSS has become a ubiquitous technology and will increasingly become more in demand. Regulations are coming down the line which provide the need for high precision GNSS. Examples include E-Call solutions for Automotive and Public Safety. Regulation is going to be required in any operation that requires precision, including autonomous driving, robotics, marine management, tracking, agriculture, manufacturing etc.

At Walton Institute we support Irish Industries in keeping ahead of the curve with research and facilitate their growth and development through R&D services through the Enterprise Technology Gateway.

Walton Institute and the team are dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the Space Industry in Ireland and globally. We share the vision that Ireland can perform on the European stage as well as compete globally and we are agents to the investment by Enterprise Ireland to fulfil this vision.

Contact the TSSG Technology Gateway team at Walton today to see how they can help your business grow and prosper: tssgtechgateway@waltoninstitute.ie

This article was first published on the Walton Institute website.

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MET Gateway offer free online Innovation Voucher Consultations

If you have an idea for a new product or service, and need support to develop it, the team at the Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway (MET) are here to advise and support you in developing your idea. MET are running a series of free Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher consultations on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of July. These one-to-one online consultation will take you through the process from start to finish.  More information plus consultation dates and times are available here.

Who should attend?

If you are an entrepreneur or company with an innovative idea, product or process that requires assistance with making it market ready, this 1-to-1 consultation will greatly assist you in this process. We are part of a nationwide network of technology gateways, each with their own set of expertise and we can help you find the right partner to support your needs.

MET Technology Gateway

Located in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors across five technology themes:

  • Medical Imaging Technologies that allow for prototype devices to be tested and evaluated under clinically relevant simulated use conditions.
  • Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication that translate medical data into engineering data and then into clinically relevant anatomical models with accompanying simulation systems.
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation: MET has expertise in data analytics and the visualisation of clinical data that inform the design of next generation medical device prototypes.
  • Design Engineering and Verification: offering services in prototyping and resign verification technologies such as CAD design; rapid prototyping, technical reviews and materials and product characterisation.
  • Medicinal Nutrition and Sport: with expertise in Nutrition and Sports Science, the research team assist the food industry in all aspects of novel food development including food analysis and testing, human intervention trials, product innovation, development and optimisation.

To learn more about MET capabilities and how they can help you, check out their website or contact Sharon White at sharon.white@gmit.ie or 091 742329.

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Industry complete 5000th project with the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network

Ministers Troy and English announce landmark 5,000th project – Sligo based company, Tekrasport and their collaboration with the WiSAR Gateway in Letterkenny IT on Tekralite, a 100% waterproof, wireless, rechargeable, LED strobe light for swimming in low light conditions.

Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy and Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English today announced Tekrasport and their collaboration with the WiSAR Technology Gateway in Letterkenny IT as the 5,000th industry project completed by the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network.

In operation since 2013, the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network provides a range of innovation solutions and supports to companies throughout the island of Ireland. Run by Enterprise Ireland, in partnership with Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities, the network has 16 Technology Gateways located nationwide. Each providing services and supports, across a range of technologies, to Irish companies in the areas such as Food, Pharma, ICT and Materials amongst others.

Companies from across the country have benefited from the expertise and experience available within the network to assist in the delivery of near-to-market solutions. The Technology Gateway Network and the funding supports offered by Enterprise Ireland are fundamental in promoting the ongoing development of research, development and innovation (RD&I) within companies who may lack the facilitates, equipment, personnel or expertise to do so otherwise.

The network offers support and assistance to a wide range of companies such as, High Potential Start-Ups, Small and Medium Enterprises, Large Indigenous and Multinationals. To date, the Gateways has collaborated with over 3,560 Irish companies, assisting in 5,000 projects worth €45million, of which over €22.5million is cash from industry.

Speaking of the achievement, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy said “Reaching the 5,000th project so quickly is a fantastic achievement that all the Technology Gateway staff should be proud of. Growing from 200 projects in 2013 to over 850 annually in 2020 is evidence of the huge demand from industry that exists and the willingness of the companies to return on multiple occasions to their local Gateways to carry out R&D. I am sure that the journey to project 10,000 will be even quicker and that the growth of the Technology Gateways will continue at pace due to the outstanding commitment of the Institutes of Technologies and Technological Universities in supporting their individual Technology Gateways.”

Speaking about the announcement Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD said “Tekrasport Ltd are a prime example of the extremely high standard of innovative products designed or in production by Irish industry today. The Tekrasport story is one of inspiration which no doubt will resonate with many. The growth of the Technology Gateways also highlights the world class talent available in the Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities and the value of local access for industry to this knowledge. I would encourage any companies who haven’t done so already to contact their local Technology Gateway to see what support is available to help them deal with challenges such as BREXIT and the COVID 19 pandemic.”

Enterprise Ireland’s Gearoid Mooney said, “Enterprise Ireland is proud to support the Technology Gateway network across Ireland. It plays a vital role in opening up access to research expertise on a regional level through our Institutes of Technology and our Technological Universities. The commencement of the 5000th project is a great achievement and I want to acknowledge the role that all partners have played in making this a real success story and we look forward to future collaboration in the years to come.”

Tekrasport / WiSAR Partnership

The partnership with WiSAR Lab, enabled Tekrasport to increase the functionality and improve the power consumption of their innovative Tekralite, the only 100% waterproof rechargeable light on the market. By working with WiSAR researchers, Tekrasport Ltd were able to improve the end-user experience and the battery life of their innovative light, for multi-purpose use in many recreational sporting activities including running, cycling and kayaking.

These improvements to the Tekralite have increased the devices potential to be a game changer in the recreational sport industry.

Speaking of the recent collaboration John Hanley, founder of Tekrasport said:

“We were delighted to team up with WiSAR, through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme, to develop the functionality of our innovative Tekralite. Through this collaboration with WiSAR researchers, Tekrasport were able to incorporate a number of significant improvements to our swimmers’ light, making the product even more competitive and attractive for the global market. Going forward, we believe that this added value will increase our capacity to grow and penetrate new markets.”

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Technology Insights – Energy Optimisation and Innovation for Business

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network.

The fifth webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 24th June 2021 and will focus on ‘Energy Optimisation and Innovation for Business’. Presented by Dr. Paul MacArtain and Dr. Fergal O’Rourke from CREDIT Technology Gateway at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The drive to decarbonise business will see the halving of emissions each decade to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services. Better environmental performance will also increase the agility and resilience of the company to climate change impacts. The steps through energy efficiency, renewable energy, corporate sustainability and circular economies are linked and businesses can identify opportunities to address each of these areas.

The CREDIT gateway specialises in the technical feasibility, development and testing of energy technologies aimed at addressing these drivers. Dr. Paul MacArtain will outline how energy storage can assist with decarbonisation and efficiency and Dr. Fergal O’Rourke will describe some examples of energy product developments developed at DKIT which SMEs have commercialised.

Presenters

Fergal O’Rourke, BE (Hons), PhD

Dr Fergal O’Rourke holds a BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD (Mechanical Engineering) in design optimisation and evaluation of energy systems and technologies, with a particular focus on hydrodynamic performance prediction of tidal current turbines operating in unsteady fluid flow conditions. Fergal’s primary field of research is fluid mechanics, particularly the development of numerical and analytical algorithms for external flow aerodynamic and hydrodynamic calculations for rotodynamic machines. Dr O’Rourke is PI on a number of research projects and the principal supervisor of five PhD students all in the energy domain. Fergal is the programme director for the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems programme delivered at Dundalk Institute of Technology and delivers the wind energy modules and supervises projects on this programme. Fergal also lectures fluid mechanics modules on the BEng (Hons) and BEng in Mechanical Engineering programmes in the School of Engineering. In his capacity as a lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology, he has collaborated with industrial partners on numerous energy and renewable energy projects over the past decade.

Paul MacArtain, Ph.D.

Dr Paul MacArtain holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from NUI Dublin and has worked in industry and at the Centre for Renewables and Energy at DKIT as Senior Research Fellow. He was Director of the Centre from 2017 to 2021 and is co-PI with Dr. O’Rourke on the Enterprise Ireland CREDIT Technology Gateway. He is DKIT PI on the INTERREG VA SPIRE2 project led by Ulster University with specific focus on distributed energy storage and is supervising one Ph.D. student in this project in collaboration with Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community. Dr MacArtain is also PI on the SEAI RD&D Dundalk Virtual Energy Microgrid Project in partnership with Energy Trading Ireland and DKIT PI on the INTERREG VA FASTER project on rapid EV charger rollout in the Cross Border region. He has completed more than 10 EI Innovation Vouchers with industry and 2 InterTrade Ireland Fusion projects as well as contract research in energy topics.

CREDIT Technology Gateway

The Centre for Renewables and Energy Technology Gateway at Dundalk IT (CREDIT), is focused on energy efficiency and optimisation as well as Energy Storage and Supply Optimisation. The Gateway has expertise in solar, wind and ocean energy and will assist companies to make both their products and their manufacturing operations as energy efficient as possible.

The CREDIT Gateway provides a place for industry and experts 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.

Over the past number of years there has been a growing demand from industry for detailed Energy Performance Measurement of products, prototypes and process innovations. The CREDIT Gateway delivers these assessments as a mechanism to help companies to optimise and decarbonise their energy and other Green House Gas emissions.

Date: Thursday 24th June 2021

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am

For further details and registration please see here

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Webinar: Bringing Innovation to Market – The Role of Funding and Research Expertise

If you are an entrepreneur or company with an innovative idea, product or process that requires assistance with making it market ready, then this Webinar will greatly assist you in this process.

Hosted by Shannon Chamber and Local Enterprise Office Clare (LEO Clare) in collaboration with and the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway (MET), this webinar will provide key information on the funding and supports available for your business idea and offer guidance on how to engage with LEO Clare and/or the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network.

Key speakers at this webinar include:

  • Helen Downes, CEO, Shannon Chamber
  • Padraic McElwee, Head of Enterprise, LEO Clare
  • Sharon White, MET Technology Gateway Manager (Galway)
  • Dr John Barry, IMaR Gateway Manager (Kerry)
  • Dr Tim Yeomans, Shannon ABC Gateway Manager (Clare)

About Presenters: 

Local Enterprise Office Clare (LEO Clare) aims to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups and develop existing micro and small businesses to drive job creation and to provide accessible high-quality supports for business ideas.

Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors. Located in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the MET Technology Gateway provides open access for industry to the academic expertise within GMIT, generating solutions for close-to-market needs to companies.

Working within the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network of 16 specialised Gateways and sectoral clusters,  this centre delivers innovation, expertise and solutions for Irish industry. The Applied IOT, Irish FoodTech and Engineering Materials and Design (EMD) clusters, comprises multiple gateways working together to provide specialist support and expertise. Operated in partnership with the Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities, these clusters offer access to the academic and technological expertise within each institute.

The IMaR Technology Gateway, based in Munster Technological University Kerry, applies its core expertise in electronics, mechatronics, automation technologies, software, IoT, RFID and data analytics to address process and product innovation requirements of enterprises.

The Shannon ABC Technology Gateway is based on both the Munster Technological University Kerry and Limerick Institute of Technology campuses and is a leader in bioresource research – detection, identification, characterisation and valorisation – and collaborates with industry and other research centres in order to deliver this expertise in applied settings.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for anyone seeking support if you are considering developing a new product, process or service.

This webinar is free of charge, but online booking is essential.

The link to join this webinar will be shared via email a day before the event.

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Virtual launch of state-of-the-art Medical Imaging Suite at MET Gateway

Announcing the virtual launch of GMIT’s Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway state-of-the-art Medical Imaging Suite

Representing an investment of €840,000 by Enterprise Ireland, and kindly supported by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), the recent installation of the Philips Azurion 7 M20 digital fluoroscope to the purpose-built Medical Imaging Suite at GMIT’s Galway campus consititues an outstanding resource for the MedTech industry and academic and clinical researchers. This fluoroscope is optimised for vascular, non-vascular, cardiovascular and neuro applications and with its high resolution and large field of view, it offers superb image quality to evaluate small details and vessels with clarity.

Dr Rick Officer, Vice President for Research and Innovation at GMIT, says: “This facility compliments the MET Gateway’s existing expertise in medical imaging, anatomical modelling and physiological replication. Our state-of-the-art medical testing facility supports the development of next generation medical technologies. It will enable industry, research and academic partners to design, test and demonstrate features of their new technologies on equipment not readily available outside of clinical environments”. He adds “GMIT has established strong ties with the MedTech industry in Ireland and together we aim to provide safer therapies to improve health outcomes for patients”.

The Medical Imaging Suite can also be used for training of clinicians, staff and students in new imaging technologies, the interpretation of medical images and practice techniques as well as the evaluation and demonstration of new and emerging medical technologies. This unique facility is the first of its kind to be located in a research performing organisation in Ireland.

Speaking about the launch, Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme Manager Mark Whelan, says: “I am delighted to see the launch of the new and updated flouroscope facility at the MET Gateway in GMIT. This state-of-the-art facility is truly world class and will enable the full range of companies from new startups to the established medical device companies, both locally and nationally to develop new and improved devices at an accelerated rate. It will help keep companies in Ireland at the forefront of the industry.”

The Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting research, development and innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors, providing open access for industry to the academic expertise within GMIT, generating solutions for close-to-market needs of companies.

MET Technology Gateway Manager Sharon White, says: “We are delighted to offer such an important and unique resource to our industry partners, providing them with access to state-of-the-art facilities that are right on their doorstep.  It will enable us to continue to grow and expand our collaboration with the MedTech sector and support them in the development of cutting-edge medical technologies”.

About MET Gateway
GMIT’s MET Gateway is one of 16 industry-focused Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways located within Ireland’s Technological Higher Education Institutions. The Technology Gateway Network Programme funds interactions between local and national industry and the Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities and aims to increase the levels of interaction between the IoTs / TUs and industry in Ireland. The intended outcomes of the programme include:

  • more companies engaging in R&D
  • pilot manufacturing capability for new product/process development
  • enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities
  • testbed generation
  • enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies

Within the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, there are also three sector-specific clusters:  Applied IoT, Irish FoodTech and Engineering Materials & Design (EMD). These clusters comprise of multiple gateways working together to provide specialist support and expertise.

This virtual launch webinar will take place on Thursday, 27 May at 11am (to 11:45am).

Advance booking essential by noon on 26 May.

Register here:

For further information, please contact Sharon White, MET Gateway Manager at met@gmit.ie or visit metcentre.ie

Photo: Neil Warner

 

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Roadmap to Funding & Supports for Innovation – Galway LEO & MET Gateway Webinar

Galway Local Enterprise Office, in association with the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering (MET) Technology Gateway presents ‘Roadmap to Funding & Supports for Innovation’ webinar on Friday 30th April, 11am – 12pm.

With insights from LEO Galway Head of Enterprise, Breda Fox, and MET Technology Gateway Manager, Sharon White, this webinar will provide key information on funding, supports, and guidance on how to engage with the LEO and the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, along with a testimonial from Rockfield Medical Devices.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for anyone seeking support with an idea for a new product, process or service.

Overview

The Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors. Located in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the MET Technology Gateway provides open access for industry to the academic expertise within GMIT, generating solutions for close-to-market needs to companies.

Working within the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network of 16 specialised Gateways and sectoral clusters, we deliver innovation, expertise and solutions for Irish industry. The Applied IOT, Irish FoodTech and Engineering Materials and Design (EMD) clusters, comprise of multiple gateways working together to provide specialist support and expertise. Operated in partnership with the Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities, these clusters offer access to the academic and technological expertise within each institute.

Rockfield Medical Devices is an innovative medical device company based in Galway. The mission of the company is to focus on human centered design process as its main R&D driver in all areas of healthcare. Rockfield have developed a strong pipeline of innovative products and built strong partnership with end-users, academia and healthcare staff.

Further details and registration available here.

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Technology Insights – Process Monitoring and Automation for SME’s

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network. 

The fourth webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 13th May 2021 and will focus on ‘Process Monitoring and Automation for SME’s’. Presented by Ciaran Doyle, Senior R&D and Business Development Engineer (Mechatronics) and Tanmay Swaroop, Research Assistant at IMaR Technology Gateway.

Process monitoring and automation are the principle means of reducing production costs, improving process continuity and product quality.  At the core of any process monitoring system are sensors, a means of communicating and analysing sensor data and initiating appropriate corrective actions.  The availability of low-cost, wired or low power wireless smart sensors which are both robust and accurate make process monitoring a compelling, low-risk opportunity for many industries. It is the basis for both predictive maintenance which enhances OEE, and real-time avoiding or controlling process deviations which enhances product quality.  Monitoring and sensor technologies are also vital components in automated processes. 

Evaluating the potential for process automation involves an assessment of how to make the process Lean, eliminatingmura, muda and muri and an understanding of the need for consistency and quality in tasks which may be repetitive or ergonomically challenging.  Automation will reduce waste, improve quality of work and will provide a basis for continual improvement within SME’s. 

Automation and process monitoring technologies are readily accessible to SMEs, are essential aspects of Industry 4.0 and can underpin future competitiveness in terms of cost and quality. This webinar will explore the methods and technologies required for implementing or enhancing monitoring and automation in SME’s. 

Presenters

Ciaran Doyle, Senior R&D and Business Development Engineer (Strand Leader), Mechatronics

Ciaran Doyle is a researcher at IMaR, specializing in instrumentation solutions for industry; and a part-time lecturer in MTU in Instrumentation and Analog Electronics. He has 25 years experience working in the telecommunications industry and as an engineering contractor including ten years managing his own business. Ciaran was awarded an M. Eng degree in 2016 by the (then) Institute of Technology Tralee, for research on instrumentation and measurement theory, a BAI degree from the Engineering School at Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and has industry qualifications in IT and accountancy.

Tanmay Swaroop, Research Assistant

Tanmay is actively working on the development of mechatronics and automation methods and poka yokes in the field of automobile, pharmaceutical and general manufacturing, addressing problems relating to repetitive manual work and ergonomically difficult tasks on assembly lines. Tanmay has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, product quality, process engineering, facility installation and commissioning. He holds a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and bachelors in Mechanical engineering.

IMaR Technology Gateway

The IMaR Gateway, based in MTU Kerry, 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 provides expertise in hardware, software, IoT and data analytics innovation for increased productivity in the manufacturing, agriculture and process sectors. Offering a range of services to industry such as project development and specification, prototype/proof of concept development, consultancy and industry collaborations, as well as assistance in sourcing funding for research and development projects.

Date: Thursday 13th May 2021 

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am 

For further details and registration please see here