Profile: CREDIT Technology Gateway

CREDIT Technology Gateway, based at Dundalk Institute of Technology is an interdisciplinary research centre which provides world class technical expertise for SMEs and larger organisations in the field of Renewables, Energy Optimisation and Energy Storage. The Gateway is fast becoming a vital part of Ireland’s energy and renewables research and innovation landscape actively supporting business and industry to become more competitive facilitated through problem solving, targeted R&D, innovation and enabling faster adoption of emerging technologies and processes to create new markets in the low and zero carbon sector.

What expertise is available at CREDIT?

CREDIT Gateway has expertise in Renewables (incorporating elements of marine, bio energy, wind, solar, hydrogen and associated themes), Energy Optimisation (incorporating elements of energy efficiency, materials and process optimisation, circular economy, demand response, heat recovery, sustainability, decarbonisation and associated themes) and Energy Storage (incorporating elements of mechanical, electrical, thermal, electrochemical, hydro and associated themes). The Gateway enables companies to explore product innovation, source applied research opportunities and technology solutions for their ‘close-to-market’ needs. CREDIT Gateway is dedicated to supporting Irish business and industry sector to accelerate innovation by providing access to dedicated funding programmes that can help test new ideas, share know how and support entry onto new markets.

What type of companies do CREDIT collaborate with?

The Gateway provides access to R&D solutions for all types of industry, with a particular focus on helping start-ups and SMEs explore product innovation, source applied research opportunities and leverage technical solutions for their needs. Providing a research and skills resource network targeted at companies based both in the North East and nationally.

How can CREDIT assist your company? 

CREDIT Technology Gateway is a key enabler of innovation working together with business, industry and communities to cultivate a continuous innovation cycle creating a journey from concept to reality for products and services. The Gateway is able to draw on an array of skills and expertise to address the necessary research and technical capabilities to deliver strategic solutions and transformational change across the energy challenge.

CREDIT provides the hands-on expertise and extensive knowledge of new and emerging energy trends to deliver tailored R&D programmes that combined with the access to leading facilities and expertise, test and scale up new developments and technologies, to accelerate innovation. They can also support business to take a structured and iterative approach to building prototypes and testing their new ideas and developing them as they go. The prototyping service enables innovators and businesses to experiment, evaluate, learn, and adapt an idea, so they can refine it into something even better. The process of prototyping and testing is the one of the important aspects in the manufacturing industry as this can give the idea of the production of the some of the difficult parts.

What services are available at CREDIT?

CREDIT Gateway provides technical services across:


  • Marine and wave energy modelling
  • Bioenergy
  • Wind modeling and measurement
  • Solar (PV and Thermal)
  • Hydrogen

Energy Storage

  • Mechanical,
  • Electrical,
  • Thermal,
  • Electrochemical,
  • Small Hydro

Energy Optimisation

  • Energy efficiency
  • Material Optimisation
  • Accelerated Stress and Life Testing
  • Demand response
  • Heat Recovery
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability
  • Process Optimisation

For a full listing of equipment available at CREDIT Gateway see here:

For more information on CREDIT Technology Gateway, get in touch, follow on Twitter, or check out their website.



Profile: Nimbus Technology Gateway

Nimbus Technology Gateway, based in MTU Cork, is the industry interface for the Nimbus Research Centre. The Gateway develops Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical System prototypes for a broad range of companies, connecting everyday objects and systems and making them smart. The Nimbus Research Centre is at the forefront of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) research, innovation and learning, developing technologies that address the real needs of industry, people and society.

What is the NIMBUS Technology Gateway?

The Nimbus Technology Gateway provides businesses with innovative software, hardware, technical research, development and innovation support. They are the largest IoT Applied Research Centre in Ireland with over 50 full-time researchers and engineers who deliver 70+ applied research projects per year. The Nimbus Gateway acts as a resource to bring innovative business ideas to life, acting as an extension of the company’s research and development capability.

What expertise is available at NIMBUS?

The highly experienced and dedicated development team at Nimbus Technology Gateway, offers end-to-end digital transformations. Services cover the “full-stack” of digital technology which include communications (including 5G), UX/UI, Extended Reality (AR/VR), Data Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and more. Nimbus assists companies to develop smart technology solutions, for the world we live in, through the Internet of Things with a focus on devices/things networks software, data analytics, and applications and services. These technology capabilities can be transferred over multiple domains. The domains include but are not limited to, Digital Transformation in Industry 5.0, Energy, Smart Cities, Health, Agri-Tech and Water. Nimbus supports all levels of innovation from idea filtering to prototype development and commercialisation.

What type of companies do NIMBUS collaborate with?

Nimbus client companies range from small Start-Ups to large multi-Nationals and the scale of their projects varies from €1000 to €1,000,000. The Nimbus team are experts in grant funding applications in order to de-risk the clients’ projects.

What services are available at NIMBUS?

Hardware: System and electronics design services, from simple to very complex designs with support available from concept through to production.

Software: Nimbus offers Software Consultancy on various levels Of Technology Readiness (TRL), from proof of concept and prototyping to building systems that are ready to go live in production. The Software Team undertake stand-alone innovative work or work with other technical departments with partners in joint efforts.

UX/UI: Nimbus provide a wide range of user experience research and design services, where richer creativity and finer precision can be infiltrated into our clients new or existing products or service solutions, therefore given them a competitive advantage. The UX Innovation Lab consists of first-class facilities fully equipped (A/V equipment, Design Thinking Furniture, Storage Units, Interactive Whiteboards) in order to deliver hybrid workshops (offline and online). This enables both collocated and remote distributed teams to participate in highly engaging and productive workshops.

Extended Reality: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality experiences can be custom designed, developed and built by Nimbus’ multidisciplinary team (AR/VR developers, multimedia designers, software developers, systems integrators etc…). With the skill sets and expertise that each of the team members bring to each project, along with the new state-of-the-art Extended Reality Innovation Lab, Nimbus can help companies achieve their goals from start to finish with great efficiency.

AI & Data Analytics: Nimbus has a unique blend of software engineers, electronics engineers and academic researchers who work in various areas of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.

What equipment is available at Nimbus?

Nimbus has a range of equipment such as:

  • Environmental Testing Chamber
  • Extended Reality Innovation Lab
  • User Experience Innovation Lab
  • Energy Test Bed
  • LoRa Test Bed and The Things Network
  • High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI)

For more information on NIMBUS Technology Gateway, get in touch, follow on Twitter, or check out their website.


Profile: PEM Technology Gateway

PEM Technology Gateway, based in ATU Sligo, provides Industry-focused research and development of precision engineering, manufacturing and materials technologies and innovation. Working with companies at all stages of their research and innovation journey, across the full spectrum of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

What is the PEM Technology Gateway?

PEM Technology Gateway is part of the PEM Research Centre that specifically provides applied research and innovation supports to the manufacturing industry and has a dedicated team in place, funded by Enterprise Ireland, to help support this.

PEM (Precision Engineering and Manufacturing) Technology Gateway has built on IT Sligo’s strength and history as the National Training Centre for Toolmakers in Ireland and 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 wide range of sectors on projects that help solve technical challenges or innovations they want to exploit. Providing technology solutions that allow companies to continuously improve processes & services and the development of new products, by leveraging the research expertise available though IT Sligo.

The aim at the PEM Technology Gateway is to:

  • To service the needs of industry – working with companies to provide solutions to engineering, manufacturing, and technical problems across their value chain.
  • To contribute to the technical and academic body of knowledge within the Precision Engineering & Manufacturing sector, and to transfer that knowledge to Industry.

What expertise is available at PEM?

The PEM Research, Development & Innovation capabilities provide industry with unique applied industrial RD&I support in precision engineering, manufacturing, and material technologies, which is underpinned by the experience and the expertise of their Principal Investigators, all who have individually achieved notable research achievements through engagement with industry in areas of.

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

What type of companies do PEM collaborate with?

PEM works with companies, across a range of sectors on projects that help solve technical challenges they are experiencing or innovations they want to exploit. The gateway provides technology solutions that allow companies to develop new products, processes & services by leveraging the research expertise available to through ATU Sligo.

What services are available at PEM?

The PEM Research Centre is focused on addressing specific manufacturing industry research needs in:

  • Product development and Design for Manufacturing (DFM)
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation and Optimisation
  • Process control and statistical analysis
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Enhancement, Optimisation & Control of Polymer Processes
  • Precision Engineering and Micro-Machining
  • Laser-based prototyping and Manufacturing technologies
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies

PEM RD&I themes are complementary and provide opportunities for convergence towards a unique single industry R&D support offering in precision engineering and manufacturing.

Expertise is also available to assist businesses navigate the myriad of funding mechanisms and help them choose the option best suited to their project.

Meet some of the PEM team members on the blog section of their website and read some of the PEM industry case studies here.

Contact PEM for a FREE Consultation on how they can help your business.


Profile: WiSAR Technology Gateway

The WiSAR Technology Gateway, based in ATU Letterkenny, is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource, delivering solutions on near-to-market problems for industrial partners.

WiSAR delivers industry focused technology solutions in all sectors of the economy that require data collection, data abstraction, visualization, and analysis, often using wireless networks.

The Gateway is also a member of Applied IoT, a specialized Technology Gateway cluster focused on the Internet of Things technology stack. This collaboration and co-operation provide industry with access to over 100 researchers and engineers, ensuring they receive access to the relevant expertise and skills.

What is the WiSAR Technology Gateway?

The WiSAR Technology Gateway is an access point to the Wireless Sensor Applied Research Lab and the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at ATU Letterkenny, providing industry with consultancy and applied research services in electronics and software, with a dedicated pool of experienced engineers, academics, and research staff. 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
  • Industrial Control

These specialisms enable the delivery of a wide range of product and system solutions across many market sectors including Industry 4.0, Renewable Energy, Medtech, Agritech, and ICT.

WiSAR designs products and system solutions from our Internet of Things (IoT) technology stack. At the lowest level this means the design of bespoke electronic circuit boards using expertise in wireless networking, embedded systems, and industrial sensors. The Gateway utilise IoT devices to collect data and track location and edge computing to organize and store data, which then enables data visualization and interpretation on cloud platforms or using bespoke Apps, developed in- house.

Health Monitoring includes the design of body-worn and off-body sensors. This requires expertise in bespoke sensor development, for example using fabrics, antenna design, data signal processing and application software.

Industrial control projects involve the design of control board circuits, embedded firmware using micro-controllers or single board computers and machine interface software. This theme also encompasses Industry 4.0 trends such as the digitization of manufacturing and real-time tracking of the production process.

What expertise is available at WiSAR?

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.

Technical expertise available in WiSAR include the following:

  • Electronic circuit design
  • Firmware engineering including wireless
  • Antenna design and test
  • Application software development
  • Data visualization and data analytics expertise
  • Machine learning and AI expertise
  • Prototype manufacture
  • Wireless networking
  • Lean manufacturing consultancy

Facilities include:

  • Extensive RF test equipment with coverage to 40GHz
  • LCR Meter
  • An 8-layer PCB prototyping system for rigid and flexible PCBs
  • Semi-automatic pick and place system and reflow oven for SMT assembly.
  • Portable 3D Scanning Measurement Arm for contact and non-contact measurements
  • 3D Printing facilities
  • Wireless testbeds – LoRa, Sigfox, Zigbee and others

What type of companies do WiSAR collaborate with?

WiSAR supports and collaborates with all types of companies from start-ups and SMEs right through to large multinationals. For both indigenous and multinational companies, the Gateway offers a form of partnership and collaboration that provides leading edge R&D services to corporations operating within Ireland.

Companies can access services through a range of Enterprise Ireland supports such as the Innovation Voucher Programme, Innovation Partnerships, Feasibility Studies or the Agile Innovation fund. Companies also have the option to fund projects directly themselves.

WiSAR 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).

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


Profile: Shannon ABC Technology Gateway

The Shannon ABC Gateway, based on the Munster Technological University and TUS: Midlands Midwest campuses, develops new processes and novel products from bio-resources, transferring these solutions to biotech, food and life science industries

What is Shannon ABC Technology Gateway?

Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre Gateway delivers solutions to scientific and technical challenges faced by industry, by developing new processes and products from bio-resources. Shannon ABC develops state-of-the-art processes, using ingredients and biological products from natural resources. The results of these processes are delivered to companies in the Agriculture, Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Cosmetics, Environmental, Food & Drink, Health, Marine and Pharmaceutical sectors.

What expertise is available at Shannon ABC?

Shannon ABC’s key area of expertise is in bioresources – from both a practical and policy perspective. The better utilisation of bioresources is fundamental to a successful bioeconomy. There are many different types of companies that are involved in a flourishing bioeconomy, from a range of different sectors. Shannon ABC has an extensive national and international network of companies and partners involved in and associated with the bioeconomy.

Bioresources describe a diversity of under-explored and under-exploited materials derived from waste streams, marine, plant, animal, mammalian, agricultural and microbial sources. Shannon ABC work with a wide range of bioresource sources and apply these to a platform of screening, characterisation, identification and mode of action capabilities. This information is used to identify applications for the bioresource and to determine the potential commercialisation opportunities.

Shannon ABC has developed and continues to expand an extensive biological repository of extracts and organisms derived from wide ranging sources and processes.

Current research expertise areas include:

What facilities and technologies are available?

Shannon ABC’s expertise, state of the art facilities and equipment are available to assist companies to address specific challenges.

1) Facility:

The facilities at Shannon ABC are co-located between the Kerry Campus of MTU and the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre at TUS: MidWest. This co-location allows our Industry and Research Partners to take advantage of the synergistic skills and wide range of equipment available at these two organisations.

2) Laboratories:

Shannon ABC laboratories are customised and future-proofed for wide ranging biotechnological and analytical capabilities including dedicated research bench space, analytical suites, raw material processing, HEPA filtered microbial suite and tissue culture suite, fermentation suite. Access to laboratories is controlled and restricted to authorised personnel only.

3) Equipment:

Below is a list of some of the equipment available at Shannon ABC:

  • LC-MS.
  • Cell culture suite.
  • Preparative Chromatography.
  • Calorimeter.
  • Fluorescence Microscope.
  • Freeze Dryer.
  • Microalgal Food Grade Suite.

See here for the full list of equipment at Shannon ABC.

What services are available at Shannon ABC?

The key aim of the Shannon ABC Technology Gateway is to assist in the continued prosperity of industry by offering access to wide ranging expertise and know how; state of the art equipment and facilities; and access to a wide variety of national and international funding programs.

As a Technology Gateway, Shannon ABC delivers close to market solutions for industry and acts as an access point to wider research resources and infrastructure. Industrial biotechnological research is confidentially conducted with companies specialising in the Agricultural, Food, Marine, Medical and Pharmaceutical industries, among others. We recognise that servicing industry requires a flexible approach and Shannon ABC have experience working with industry on a number of levels which are based on a gradient of involvement by Shannon ABC.

  • Providing laboratory space
  • Providing access to equipment
  • Providing operational expertise
  • Method/Process development
  • Collaborative research projects (Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships)
  • Desk based research
  • Contract research

What type of companies do Shannon ABC collaborate with?

Collaboration, a key focus of Shannon ABC, happens on both a regional and a national basis. Shannon ABC delivers confidential collaboration with industry, academia, research centres and researchers in Ireland, and abroad through EU funding mechanisms.

Find out more about Shannon ABC here. You can also follow them on Twitter for all the latest news.


Profile: TSSG Technology Gateway

The TSSG (Telecommunications Software & Systems Group) Technology Gateway, based in 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. 

What is the TSSG Technology Gateway? 

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 TSSG. 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. 

 What expertise is available at TSSG? 

TSSG has expertise in the following areas, 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 and mining.  They can assist with the development of technological solutions applicable to all types of products and services, offering expertise throughout the entire lifecycle of the development process. Research is what defines them. Whether you are seeking individual support or want to work with multiple partners, TSSG can help accelerate the progress of your product. 

What type of companies do TSSG collaborate with? 

Over the past five years TSSG have completed projects with all types of Irish based companies, from micro SME’s to scaling SME’s and many multinationals such as IBM and Cisco. TSSG actively seeks and encourages collaboration between researchers and external business partners. Realising the commercial potential of research outputs requires the specialist marketing and product development skills of entrepreneurs and industry business development experts. 

 What facilities and technologies are available? 

TSSG can help you develop new advanced mobile platforms, mobile services and mobile software enablers. Their team will assist to analyse needs, to design, develop and launch a mobile strategy, from concept to production, using HTML5 and native applications on mobile and tablet devices that will deliver clear advantages over your competitors. Collaborating with TSSG will allow your company to build beyond simple mobile applications to create multi-tiered systems allowing you to provide a variety of new services or products to your clients. 

 What services are available at TSSG? 

TSSG delivers innovative ICT solutions to its clients across multiple industries, including Agritech, HealthTech, Smart Cities, Communications and Energy Sectors. Transforming how companies operate and compete through scientifically proven R&D knowledge and expertise which has a direct impact on improving a  clients’ bottom line. 

Every company must innovate to survive. 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 they will help you push the boundaries to ensure you stay ahead of the competition and disrupt the marketplace. 

The TSSG have engineers and business development executives that can carry out an Innovation Sprint Service, which will bring people from Idea to ICT Prototype in 2 weeks. The gateway will carry out professional software engineering services, looking at ICT Product Architecture and Roadmapping and offer a service in digital creative design where the ICT user experience and user design are to the fore. 

The TSSG Research Supports are specialised groups with a strategic research focus. 

  • Creative Design Unit: Advocates & practitioners of design-led innovation, the Creative Design Unit help create unique products that disrupt the market instead of adapting to it. The team’s expertise combines artistic ability with technical proficiency to design and create new technologies across both research and industry sectors. 
  • Professional Software Engineering Services: PSES is a team of highly talented Dev-Ops, Software Testers and Software Engineers with a cumulative experience of over 30 years, spanning a broad range of technology and business domains including Mobile, Telecoms, Big Data, eHealth, Autonomics and Network Management 

 TSSG Key Research Areas. 

  • Emerging Networks Lab: The Emerging Networks Laboratory (ENL), is a TSSG Research Unit comprising 19 researchers focussing on challenges relating to the evolution of the communications networking and service technologies that will see widespread deployment in the next 10 years. 
  • Programmable and autonomous Systems: The Programmable & Autonomous Systems Unit seeks to research, develop and commercialise techniques, tools and algorithms that will ensure that citizens can benefit from the  new digitally connected world. 
  • Mobile Ecosystem & Pervasive Sensing: The MEPS Lab at TSSG spearhead research in areas such as Biomedical Nano and Molecular Communications, Pervasive Sensing, Embedded  Systems  Control and Interactive  Technologies (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality). 
  • Infrastructure Group: The Infrastructure Group plays a cross-cutting organisation role in not only pursuing research in its own thematic areas (see below), but by actively engaging in the research and development of facilities, lab spaces, testbeds, other bespoke ICT systems, and providing access to, or generating, data-sets. 

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

This article was edited on the 3rd May 2022.



Profile: MET Technology Gateway

The MET Technology Gateway, based in ATU Galway City offers technology solutions targeted at medical device, life-sciences and engineering companies. Funded by Enterprise Ireland, MET supports RD&I activities for industries throughout the west of Ireland and nationally. 

What is MET Technology Gateway?  

The Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre is an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. The Centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and MedTech companies operating in the design application phase. By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, the Centre produces both scientific knowledge and technology outputs across a range of streams. 

What expertise is available at MET 

MET’s core expertise is in anatomical modelling and physiological replication. They also have expertise in data analytics and the visualisation of clinical data and provide services in design verification technologies, such as materials and product testing, technical reviews, brainstorming, 3D solid works design, rapid prototyping in 3D printing and 4 axis machining. The Gateway also offers expertise in independent critique and access to resource pool that may not be available internally to companies. MET also has leading expertise in nutritional science and sports performance and can assist companies in product design and innovation.

What facilities and technologies are available?  

MET Gateway offers a suite of technologies that are not readily available elsewhere. Based at ATU’s Galway campus, MET offers a range of applied technologies relevant to companies in the product engineering and design application phase. 

These technologies include: 

Medical Imaging Technologies: The gateway’s suite of medical imaging equipment includes a purpose built fluoroscope facility, ultrasound equipment and SEM microscope. 

Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication: translation of medical data into engineering data and subsequently into clinically endorsed best-in-class anatomical models and simulation systems. 

Data Analytics & Visualisation:  expertise, software and hardware to manipulate, interrogate and visualise industry data in any volume. 

Design Engineering & Verification: 3D solid works design, rapid prototyping in 3D printing and 4 axis machining, technical reviews, product testing and more.

Medicinal Nutrition Technologies: with expertise in Nutrition and Sports Science, MET can assist the food industry in all aspects of novel food development including food analysis and testing, human intervention trials, product innovation, development and optimisation.

What services are available at MET 

The Gateway personnel available to the Gateway offer a unique conduit between medical product engineering and an in-depth knowledge of internal anatomy. Specifically, MET researchers have mastered the ability to translate medical data into engineering data and finally in to clinically endorsed anatomical models. These models compare and often surpass the best-in-class models available, and can be built to replicate standard or patient specific profiles. The centre also continues to improve its ability to replicate friction forces, biological artefacts and the dynamics of living organs. 

What type of companies do MET collaborate with?  

MET works closely with industrial collaborators in all sectors and collaborates with medical device and engineering companies ranging in size from start-ups and SME’s to multinationals.

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


Profile: SEAM Technology Gateway

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

What is the SEAM Technology Gateway?

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

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

To help its customers prosper in today’s challenging, competitive environment, SEAM assists both indigenous and multinational companies based in Ireland to engage in applied research. SEAM facilitates the development of technology solutions through collaboration and access to expertise within the Irish research infrastructure. The centre’s unique strength lies in its ability to anticipate, understand and respond quickly and professionally to industry needs through the provision of competitive, customised solutions. SEAM is one of 16 Technology Gateways within the network and is a member of the Engineering, Materials and Design Cluster (EMD Ireland) collaborating with sister gateways on a wide range of industry projects.

What expertise is available at SEAM?

SEAM offers the following key supports for industry:

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

What type of companies do SEAM collaborate with?

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

What facilities and technologies are available?

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

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

This article was edited on the 3rd May 2022.


Profile: COMAND Technology Gateway

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

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

What is COMAND Technology Gateway

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

What type of companies do COMAND collaborate with?

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

What services are available at COMAND

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

What facilities and technologies are available?

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

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

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

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

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



Profile: IMaR Technology Gateway

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

What is IMaR Technology Gateway?

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

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

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

What services are available at IMaR

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

What facilities and technologies are available?

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

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

 What type of companies do IMaR collaborate with?

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

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