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The AIM 2016 Conference in Canada

Niall O’ Mahony attended the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The AIM 2016 conference brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to mechatronics, robotics, control, automation, and related areas. The Content presented was Smart Sensors for Process Analytical Technology. The paper presented reviewed the advantages of smart sensors and their role in recent trends in intelligent manufacturing such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Industry 4.0. The paper also presented the selection process for a number of smart sensors for a number of industrial applications dealt with in collaborative work with the ProPAT project. These applications included the Mass flowrate, Moisture content and Temperature of powders in milling and pharmaceutical industries and the Moisture content, Viscosity and Colour of polymer resin in a polymerisation process. This paper has been published in IEEEXplore Conference Proceedings for 2015 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).

IMaR IT Tralee with Industry Partners secure 1/2 million of funding

IMaR, The Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID Technology Gateway at IT Tralee, in collaboration with Kostal Ireland in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick and Astellas Ireland, in Killorglin, Co. Kerry have secured just under 1/2 million euro in research funding for two projects under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Program.

Kostal Ireland, employing in excess of 800 people, was established in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick in 1981, opening a second facility in Mallow, Co. Cork in 2001. Kostal Ireland manufactures automotive electronic systems and a range of technologies for end users.

While completing an Innovation feasibility conducted by IMaR researchers for Kostal, a need for the semi- automation of complex tasks within the production line was recognised. The proposed project has secured funding from Enterprise Ireland for the research and development of an innovative flexible robotic system, capable of integrating into the current manufacturing process of an automotive manufacturing plant such as Kostal Ireland with a minimum of set up time and training.

‘While this project will undertake the research, design and development for collaborative robotic systems within the field of automotive component manufacture, the research will begin by investigating the assembly processes for E-Car charging systems,’ explained Dr. Daniel Riordan, Centre Manager at IMaR IT Tralee.

Industry partner Astellas Ireland Co. Ltd provides 324 highly skilled jobs in its facility in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Established in 1990 to manufacture, package and supply a range of treatments globally, Astellas Ireland is committed to R&D investing 1/5 of its annual sales to innovation.

This Killorglin operation in partnership with IMaR has secured funding to implement an innovative IoT based waste management system incorporating RFID to facilitate environmental monitoring and the consolidation of different pharmaceutical waste. This will fully satisfy legislative and regulatory requirements. The overall plan will comprise of two phases, firstly streamlining the waste tracking and recording processes by using a hardware solution to capture records automatically. These records will then be stored electronically with the option of retrieving data on demand.

Mr. Andrew Shields, Project Investigator describes the second phase: ‘It would provide innovation by creating a data warehouse with data portal and business decision support systems. This would allow analytical techniques to be applied to further increase efficiencies for example by analysing data to forecast waste creation hot spots, patterns and trends and refining production processes to negate wastage.’

“When Astellas contacted IMaR with the issue of tracking the Hazardous waste onsite, we found their approach to the issue very analytical and we are very satisfied with the high professional standard and valuable support provided during the project. We feel that the reliability, dedication, and partnership that IMaR personnel have shown during this project is a credit to the institute,’’ explains Mr. Eamonn Foley, on behalf of Astellas Ireland Co. Ltd.

These projects are a measure of the capabilities within IMaR Technology Gateway at IT Tralee demonstrating how innovative research can benefit Irish industry partners in the development of products and services and overall Irish economic growth.

Technology Gateway Industry Show Case May 18th 2015

Technology Gateway Industry Show Case May 18th 2015 at Silver Springs Hotel Cork Starting at 9.30am with Registration & Coffee Enterprise Ireland, in partnership with the Institutes of Technology, has established a nationwide network of 12 Technology Gateways which deliver technology solutions for Irish industry close to their market needs. The Gateways have a proven track record of working with industry and since 2008 along with their predecessors the AREs have completed >1,200 innovation based industry projects with over 600 Irish based companies. At IMaR, I.T. Tralee, we engage with industry across Ireland to increase competitiveness in the area of Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID. We encourage you to talk with us so we can provide the best possible solution to meet your industrial needs. A number of service we provide include: Intelligent Mechatronics:
  • System and Equipment Development
  • Mechanical Design and Prototyping
  • Analog and Digital Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design
  • Electronic Prototyping Design
  • RFID strategies
  • Data Analytics
  • Software Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
This industry showcase event is an opportunity for companies to network and discover how the 12 Technology Gateways can start your company on its innovation journey. Technical demonstrations will take place on the day from each Gateway. Industrial partners will also attend to present and provide information on their collaborative projects with specific gateways. Enterprise Ireland will provide information on available Innovation Supports to assist companies in research and development of a high impact collaborative projects. If you are interested in attending this event, please register via this link