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.

Masters by Research Scholarships 2016

Thinking about pursuing  a Masters by Research ? The IMaR Technology Gateway  currently has a number of funded Masters by Research Scholarships as part of this years IT Tralee scholarship programme. Closing date for receipt of applications is 9th May 2016. Successful applicants will commence their programmes in September. Download application form.    

Open Day 2016

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IMaR Industrial Open Day

The IMaR Technology Gateway at Institute of Technology, Tralee cordially invites you to attend the IMaR Industrial Open Day on

Tuesday April 26th at 9 a.m. in The Solas Building, IT Tralee, North Campus.

This event will introduce the technology offerings available within IMaR and the supports IMaR can provide to your company.

For information and event registration:  

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or phone: 066 7144216

Week Links #004

Week Links #003

  • Latest IMaR Gateway newsletter

    Issue three of the IMaR Gateway newsletter for November 2015 to January 2016 is now available for download
  • Radio Kerry visits Dairymaster

    Radio Kerry’s Frank Lewis took a walk around the Dairymaster factory in Causeway as part of his Saturday Supplement show recently. A podcast is up on the Radio Kerry site and well worth a listen for an great insight into the to the global operation.
  • Quipt – Gesture-based control software for industrial robots

    Quipt is a gesture-based control software that facilitates new, more intuitive ways to communicate with industrial robots. Using wearable markers and a motion capture system, Quipt gives industrial robots basic spatial behaviors for interacting closely with people. Wearable markers on the hand, around the neck, or elsewhere on the body let a robot see and respond to you in a shared space. This lets you and the robot safely follow, mirror, and avoid one another as you collaborate together.
  • PlatformIO

    PlatformIO IDE is the next generation integrated development environment for IoT, an open source Python based cross-platform IDE, code builder and library manager.
  • eir launches IoT connectivity platform

    eir IoT Connect provides small and large businesses with cellular mobile connectivity (including global roaming), an online self-care portal to manage their IoT assets and a choice of private or Internet based network solutions. Coupled with the reach of the eir mobile network, as well as its analytic tools, eir’s IoT Connect enables businesses to efficiently gain the intelligence needed to drive innovation and improve business decisions.
  • Invengo release IoT Phone

    Invengo’s XC-1003 is a compact, versatile, state of the art integrated RAIN (UHF) RFID cell phone reader. Its low profile integrated design and multiple connectivity options make it suitable for retail, healthcare and event management applications.
  • IMaR – The band !

    With a drummer, a bass player and a couple of guitarists on the team we have joked about forming an IMaR band but we might have to come up with a different name as Daniel our centre manager came across this Glasgow band !

Week Links #002

It’s been a while but here are some things which have piqued the interest of the IMaR team:

  • blazer.buzz – IoT in the hive

    With fears over declining bee populations worldwide, an Irish start-up Blazer Team believes IoT could provide a solution. Blazer are installing its sensors in a bee hives in order to remotely monitor the health of each bee and compile that data to give an in-depth analysis of the colony’s overall health.
  • How to choose the best connectivity network for your IoT project

    How sensors communicate with the internet is a key aspect when conceiving of a connected project, OpenSensors.io have a handy matrix and of common communication technologies and their pro’s and cons.
  • Deep Learning with TensorFlow and Udacity

    In an attempt to help make deep learning even more accessible Google in collaboration with Udacity have launched a new Deep Learning Course.
  • HaLow World

    The Wi-Fi Alliance have announced a new extension to the Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced “halo”) is designed for low-power devices. It’ll travel farther and even do a better job of traveling through walls. Basically, it’s an all around better option for smart home and IoT devices, at least if these claims hold up.

And here are a couple of events happening over the next week in Kerry which we are looking forward to:

  • Cantillon 2016 – Fintech: Disrupting the Financial Landscape”

    The 2016 Cantillon conference takes place in IT Tralee on Thursday next, this year the conference is focusing on BitCoin, Cryptocurrency and the financial services sector.
  • The Irish Códaithe Competition

    The Irish Códaithe Competition is a coding/technology event in Killorglin Community College on Saturday week (27th February). The event is the brainchild of The Irish Códaithe Competition is a competition set up by three 2nd year students from Killorglin Community College including Timothy McGrath with whom IMaR helped to develop an NFC powered mobile app to aid those with visual impairments.