Spring ’17 Innovation Voucher Call Opens

Enterprise Ireland has opened the first call for Innovation Voucher applications of 2017 yesterday and the call closes on Wednesday 1st February at 3pm. The innovation voucher programme was developed to assist Irish companies with their Research, Development and Innovation needs. Innovation vouchers are worth E5,000 each, are available to assist any registered limited company and can be redeemed at any state research provider. Innovation Vouchers can be used for any kind of innovation or knowledge transfer projects such as:
  • new product/process development;
  • new business model development;
  • new service delivery and customer interface;
  • new service development;
  • tailored training in innovation management;
  • innovation/technology audit.
For more information see the Innovation Voucher website. or contact us

Innovation Voucher call opens

Enterprise Ireland has opened the final 2016  call for Innovation Voucher applications today and the call closes on Wednesday 21st September at 3pm.

The innovation voucher programme was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers  and small businesses.

Innovation vouchers are worth E5,000 each and are available to assist any registered limited company to explore business opportunities or problem.

Vouchers can be used for a wide range of innovation or knowledge transfer projects. The knowledge gained from a project may be used to solve business problems or to innovate a product, process or service.

For more information see the Innovation Voucher website. or contact us

Business Development Co-ordinator – Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT) Technology Gateway Group

The IMaR Technology Gateway at Institute of Technology Tralee is part of the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway Network. To promote the Network’s capabilities in the broad technology area of the Internet of Things and to apply these capabilities to Irish industry, an Applied IoT group of 5 Gateways has been established. This consortium consists of IMaR (ITT),WiSAR (LyIT), TEC (CIT), MSTG (WIT) & COMAND (AIT). This initiative will provide focused access to nearly 300 research professionals in software, hardware, communications/networks, data analytics, control, UI/UX and trialling in the 5 Gateways across the Nationwide Network via this dedicated portal. The primary aim of the A – IoT group is to promote its capabilities to companies based within the Dublin region. The Business Development coordinator will be responsible for the promotion of the A-IoT group’s collective technical skillset and the generation of IoT project leads with industrial partners. The ensuing industrial projects will be delivered by the 5 Gateways in the A-IoT group. This position will be based in the A-IoT Technology Gateway Group offices in Dublin city centre. This position is based in Dublin. Full details can be found on the A-IoT_Business_Development_Co-ordinator for this position. All applications to be made online. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00noon on Wednesday 14th September 2016.

The Irish Systems and Signals Conference 2016

On June 21st – 22nd Trevor Murphy (Post-graduate researcher at IMaR) presented an academic paper at the 27th annual “Irish Systems and Signals Conference” (ISSC 2016) in the University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland also attended by Dr. Joseph Walsh (Head of Department of STEM, IT Tralee). Over the past 27 years, ISSC has become the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control, Communications, related fields of ICT, encompasses algorithm and system modelling, design and implementation, for a broad range of applications. Trevor’s paper focuses on the paradigm shift in pharmaceutical manufacturing with regards to the quality by design (QBD) framework and process analytical technology (PAT) method of utilising a suite of novel sensors and analysers to continuously monitor and control pharmaceutical manufacturing quality parameters. The paper titled “Pharmaceutical manufacturing and the quality by design (QBD)), process analytical technology (PAT) approach” is to be published on the IEEE Xplore digital library in the coming weeks.

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.

Business Development Co-ordinator – Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT) Technology Gateway Group

The IMaR Technology Gateway at Institute of Technology Tralee is part of the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway Network. To promote the Network’s capabilities in the broad technology area of the Internet of Things and to apply these capabilities to Irish industry, an Applied IoT group of 5 Gateways has been established. This consortium consists of IMaR (ITT),WiSAR (LyIT), TEC (CIT), MSTG (WIT) & COMAND (AIT). This initiative will provide focused access to nearly 300 research professionals in software, hardware, communications/networks, data analytics, control, UI/UX and trialling in the 5 Gateways across the Nationwide Network via this dedicated portal. The primary aim of the A – IoT group is to promote its capabilities to companies based within the Dublin region. The Business Development coordinator will be responsible for the promotion of the A-IoT group’s collective technical skillset and the generation of IoT project leads with industrial partners. The ensuing industrial projects will be delivered by the 5 Gateways in the A-IoT group. This position will be based in the A-IoT Technology Gateway Group offices in Dublin city centre. This position is based in Dublin. Full details can be found on the A-IoT_Business_Development_Co-ordinator for this position. All applications to be made online. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00noon on Friday 1st July 2016.