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.


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.



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


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.


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


Meet the Team… Carol Faughnan 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 Carol Faughnan, Business Development Executive at TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology

1. Tell us a bit about the TSSG Technology Gateway

The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) ICT research wing. We act as a major driver in the emergence of a telecommunications industry globally. We recently acquired the title of one of the most successful ICT research centres in Ireland securing in excess of €100 million under EU Programmes and as part of our remit, we deal directly with industry partners in Ireland via the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, known as TSSG Gateway.

2. Describe your role?

As Business Development Executive at the Gateway I facilitate the engagement between industry partners and the researchers at TSSG. I do a lot of networking and engage with potential clients looking to develop ICT and IoT innovations. I also enable clients to access funding to accelerate this engagement via the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher and Innovation Partnership Programmes. In addition, I engage with a lot of global brands on Contract R&D projects which are ongoing at the Technology Gateway here at TSSG.

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

TSSG is one of three Gateways in the South East, all based out of Waterford Institute of Technology. Two of the research centres TSSG and PMBRC scooped an award at the Technology Ireland Industry Awards, the most coveted awards ceremony within the Irish technology sector, in 2019. The project, titled ‘Digital DNA Storage Infrastructure of the Future’, involves an infrastructure that supports encoding of digital transformation in DNA, which will lead to a new form of data storage for the future and will pave the way for many projects including in the Agricultural sector.

We have our own Datacentre and Mixed Reality lab on our stand-alone campus which is extremely unique in the sense that it is a one-stop-shop for industry to access knowledge and solutions in advanced mobiles services and service enablers such as:

  • Distributed & cloud-based mobile services
  • Next generation IP based voice and video
  • Virtual and augmented reality services
  • Location, context, smart space and social service enablers
  • Data science, AI and mining

4. 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 Jim Prendergast, 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.

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

The benefit of working with the Gateway is that we can offer Government funding supports as a research knowledge provider. If a company is looking to do R&D then it is beneficial for them to work with us both in terms of getting the best available expertise from researchers working on a wide array of global projects and also to leverage value that they get when they access funding through the Gateway and Enterprise Ireland.

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

At the TSSG Gateway we can offer insights into niche markets and identify the best way for SMEs collaborate with our researchers. We can help to break down a very large and overwhelming project to maximise the funding available and carve out a product development roadmap. We look beyond the profane and use the latest technologies available to help bring the project to a new level of innovation with a view to disrupting existing industries.

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

Know your niche and do the market viability study to scope whether the project is going to have a viable industry need prior to investing the funds. Market intelligence on the part of the client is the most important thing in preparing for an innovation project. Our researchers are technical experts with a lot of industry experience. When a client comes to us with potentially disruptive industry knowledge this is the key to a very successful collaboration.

8. What do you love most about your job?

I absolutely love my job. Meeting people and helping them bring incredible ideas to reality through academic collaboration is extremely rewarding. There is a certain chemistry where disruptive industry meets cutting edge research and it is a privilege to represent both equally, and offer funding supports to bring new projects to life.

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


Meet Ms. Foram Dave: PEM Technology Gateway PhD Student Researcher

Meet Ms. Foram Dave, one of PEM Technology Gateways PhD Student Researcher’s. In this blog post Foram tells us about herself, her studies and her research topic “Laser Transmission Welding of Semi-crystalline Polymers and its Composites”.

Foram believes that the biggest prerequisite for brilliance is the inclination to learn. Only intensive and comprehensive research work in her field of interest will put her on the right track, to gain in-depth knowledge of advanced technology, and to achieve higher academic standards.

Polymer Science is a multidisciplinary area in which physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering are blended with an aim to improve the quality of human life. It also improves the technological advancements in many fields. It was this that made Foram take the Rubber Technology field during her undergraduate studies at L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (2009-2013). Foram’s Bachelor of Engineering thesis was based on the “Development of Pneumatic Rubber Coated Fabric Diaphragm”.

To deepen her knowledge in polymers, she pursued master studies in Polymer Science and Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (2014-2016). Her master thesis was about microbial degradation of the blends, where functionalized poly (lactic acid) was blended with poly (acetic acid). These blends are used for various biomedical applications such as regeneration and repair of bone and cartilage tissue.

Foram is deeply interested in Polymer Science as a lifelong career. She was recruited by Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in the automotive electronics department as a Senior Engineer (2016-2018). Dealing with sealants, thermal interface material, conformal coatings, and potting of an electronic control unit in the automobile sector. Gradually, she developed a strong ability to perform as an independent researcher as well as a team player.

Foram started her PhD at IT Sligo (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) in September 2018 under Dr David Tormey (Engineering) and Dr Richard Sherlock (Science). Her research topic is “Laser Transmission Welding of Semi-crystalline Polymers and its Composites”. It is an industrial based project along with Abbott diagnostics.

Laser Transmission welding (LTW) of polymers is a technique that is used to join polymeric components of varying thickness and configuration using laser sources such as a diode, Nd: YAG, CO2, etc. They are widely used in industries like automotive, microelectronics, aerospace, medical, packaging, optoelectronics, microsystems, etc. This technique requires one part to be transmissive to a laser beam and the other part to be absorptive to the beam as shown in Figure 1. The two parts are put under pressure while the laser beam moves along the joining line with defined parameters such as power, scanning speed, spot diameter, etc. resulting in diffusion of the two melted surfaces. The key advantages of LTW considering the industrial prospective are the reproducibility of the process due to no wear and tear of the tool and increase in productivity with better quality. It is a non-contact, flexible, and easily controllable process with almost no contaminations. Through laser, a localized and narrow heat zone can be created. However, there are various investigations still going on in this field.

Figure 1. Schematic diagram of Laser Transmission Welding (LTW) of plastic

The specific objectives of the present work are the systematic study on the effect of Carbon Black(CB) and laser welding parameters on the thermal, morphological, mechanical, and optical properties of the welded polymer samples during diode laser transmission welding of poly(propylene) (PP). Various polymer characterising techniques (DSC, TGA, FT-IR, SEM, XRD, UTM, etc.) will be utilised for the pre- and post-welded samples of PP composites.

Other objectives are:

  • Understand the phenomenon of inter-diffusion and melting of the semi-crystalline polymers
  • Determine whether the processing conditions of injection moulded samples significantly influence the key properties of the laser-welded samples of PP and its composites
  • Optimising the laser parameters (laser power, scanning speed, and clamping pressure) and dosage of CB for good weld quality
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA) method will be utilised to find the statistical significance of the laser operating parameter(s) and CB.
  • The present work aims to eliminate the issues faced by the industry during the laser welding process and improve productivity by scrap rate reduction and improving the weld quality.

LTW opens novel product layouts with assured weld quality. When tool cost, consumable cost, and expenses with respect to wear and tear are considered, LTW scores to be an economical technique of joining parts which are compatible with automation. The project-specific cost seems to be one third lower due to a high degree of system flexibility and integrated process control. The parts are joined within seconds without the application of any joining agent. Moreover, it does not involve post-processing like curing, finishing, etc. which saves time, workforce, and post-processing equipment expenditure. This allows designers and manufacturers to recommend LTW as an emerging technology for joining complex geometries.

To understand and learn about laser processing and become familiar with polymer characterisation techniques, initial trials were carried out using a CO2 laser on poly (lactic acid) (PLA). A conference paper presented in the 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2019 based on the “Bulk modification of poly (lactic acid) by CO2 laser radiations” which has been published in Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII (doi:10.3233/ATDE190065). Foram also received an opportunity to present her work on “Laser Transmission Welding of Polymers & its Composites” in IMC:36-Irish Manufacturing Conference at Trinity College, Dublin.

The project is a cross-border collaboration along with ulster university, Jordanstown and NIACE, Advanced Composites and Engineering, Belfast. It is EU INTERREG V funded project with academic partners North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM).

Eighteen months of Foram’s research has been at IT Sligo. The professors, supervisors, and all the staff members have been extremely helpful and always motivating Foram to grow further and have her own ideas for implementation. Foram feels’ that such encouragement is exceedingly rare. Together with the sound academic foundation and industrial experience, she wishes to achieve her ultimate goal of doing research in Polymers and pursue a PhD degree.

This blog was first published on the PEM website

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CAPPA Assisting with Defining NSAI Standards for Barrier Masks

CAPPA Technology Gateway are delighted to announce that Researcher Dr Steven Darby was recently part of the team, which worked to define The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) standards for barrier masks. 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.

The NSAI developed this Specification Written in Fast Track (SWiFT) to address an urgent need for a consensus – based specification for non – medical and non – PPE masks (barrier masks) for the general public. Used in conjunction with relevant public health advice, these barrier masks may contribute to the prevention of the spreading viral (e.g. COVID – 19) infections. This work had to be completed within a very tight timeline due to the urgency of the project. This specification was developed using existing specifications from NSAI colleagues in France, Belgium and Spain.

Cork Institute of Technology staff, Dr Steven Darby, (CAPPA) Dr Niall Smith (Head of Research, CIT), Professor Roy Sleator, Alan Giltinan, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, along with contributed as experts in the development of the document. Commenting on the publication, Dr Niall Smith said: “It is gratifying to see members of the CIT research community playing a thought-leading role during the Covid-19 emergency. Further developments in the manufacture and use of masks can be anticipated as we gain a better understanding of the transmission pathways for the virus.”

CAPPA is committed to providing its facilities and 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 the team contact them here or email cappa@cit.ie.

This post was originally published on the CAPPA website

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Proactive Response by SEAM & 3DWIT to Current Global Public Health Crisis

SEAM & 3DWIT delivering 3D printed face shields to National Ambulance Service (Dublin)

SEAM Technology Gateway have responded to the current global public health crisis by offering their unique skills and experience to companies and those working on the front line. From its Waterford IT base, SEAM provides engineering material solutions in sectors such as biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering & construction sectors. In recent weeks it has come together with its Additive Manufacturing training centre 3DWIT to provide a range of services to those who need it most.

True to its dedicated commitment of providing continued service to industries, SEAM laboratories has remained open throughout the lock down period,  with its team of researchers and engineers providing vital assistance, support and expertise to companies in the Medical Device and Pharma industry who may require assistance at this time. Whilst the team at 3DWIT have developed a supply line of much needed face shields, necessary to protect our frontline workers. To date SEAM-3DWIT have printed numerous face shields and have delivered to National Ambulance Service in Dublin, various nursing homes and health centres in Waterford and its surroundings, GP surgeries, UHW (University Hospital Waterford) consultants, etc.

SEAM & 3DWIT delivering 3D printed face shields to Nursing homes, health centres & clinicians in Waterford

Focus has now been turned into design & mass producing of HME (Humidity Moisture Exchanger) integrated full face mask for consultants who deal with Covid patients and also for other frontline medical staff.  A consortium headed by SEAM and comprising UHW consultants and few companies are looking to mass produce this face mask locally.

On the importance of providing vital services to the medical and pharma industry as well as those working on the frontline, Technology Gateway Manager Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra said ‘it has been very gratifying to be able to assist who needed most during these unprecedented pandemic times and I am grateful to my staff for their assistance and commitment’.

To find out more about SEAM Technology Gateway check out their website and follow them on Twitter for all the latest news.


Agile Innovation support moves online with a range of innovative Webinars

Discover your next big opportunity at this innovation learning and networking online event.

  • Be inspired by peers.
  • Engage in creative conversations and playful challenges and find out how Enterprise Ireland’s Agile Innovation Fund can help you develop new products, processes and services, ways of working and business models


Enterprise Ireland’s In-Company R&D Supports team, will detail the Agile Innovation Fund, what it’s for, eligibility criteria, the application process and how to access our funding supports.

Fergal Brophy is an Entrepreneurial Specialist at the Innovation Academy, University College Dublin and Founder/MD at Open Innovation Services. His focus is on facilitating and mentoring innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for Corporates, SMEs and the undergrad/postdoc start-up community

A guest company will be speaking on their successful R&D activity.

Dates and registration links of upcoming webinars are below:

  • Tuesday 19th May:
    Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 27th May: Register here
    Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 3rd June: Register here
    Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 9th June: Register here
    Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Agile Innovation Fund

Offering fast-track approval and a streamlined online application process, the new Agile Innovation Fund allows companies to access up to 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000. The funding is ideal for Irish companies that need to rapidly develop solutions or are planning a first R&D project and open to eligible clients of Enterprise Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Office. The process has been streamlined for eligible companies with a short online application and fast-track approval. Clients of Enterprise Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Office should contact their Business Adviser in advance of submitting an application.

The Agile fund is part of Enterprise Ireland’s wider Innovation Offer, which includes funding and supports for collaborative research, increasing the innovation capability of companies and funding for large R&D projects.

Further information is available on the Agile Innovation Events web page.

Contact: R&D Unit, Enterprise Ireland,
Tel: 01 727 2120
Email: rdcoreunit@enterprise-ireland.com