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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Automated Inspection of Optical Surfaces
    inspection to identify rejected lenses does not happen until the end of the process To facilitate the early prediction of lens quality and allow the removal of reject lenses at the start of the process Alcon engaged with CAPPA in research that was co funded by Enterprise Ireland As a result of the research an advanced optical inspection system that improves the manufacture and production line testing of IOLs was handed over by CAPPA to Alcon in March 2010 The system has passed all pre validation testing and is ready to enter the equipment validation stage including FDA approval The technology license is under negotiation Once licensed and validated the technology will be implemented in Alcon s Cork facility and rolled out world wide The successful technology will increase line yield and lens quality while freeing resources within the Production Group at Alcon This project was Alcon s first R D collaboration outside of the US It has had direct benefits in terms of yield quality through put resourcing and process knowledge and has raised the profile of the Irish facility within Alcon s company structure Testimonials A successful relationship has been forged with the group at CIT which is now bearing fruit and the company recognised the capability of CAPPA to provide value for money expertise in the area of process analysis and optical metrology Alcon hope to build on the relationship with CAPPA by exploring a follow up on the Innovation Partnership currently being undertaken with another metrology based project this year and by continuing to make use of the analytical capabilities at CAPPA in ongoing process investigations Mr Barry Walsh Process Engineering Manager Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd The collaboration with Alcon has been extremely successful for both parties Alcon have been very supportive at all stages of

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Putting Bacteria to Work
    at improving the bio degradation of fats oils and grease during wastewater disposal EnviroCORE is a strategic research centre based at IT Carlow EnviroCORE carries out research in microbial technologies for waste treatment It also opens up its laboratory facilities to partner companies and provides technical support and mentoring in microbiology Fats oils and grease FOGs are a large component of wastewater from the food and restaurant industries High concentrations of FOGs in wastewater can impede sewage treatment If removed prior to wastewater treatment the efficiency and safety of the waste treatment process is significantly improved FOGs can be removed by pre treating the wastewater with bacteria which biodegrade the fats into components that are more easily broken down during the subsequent sewage treatment However the bacteria used in this pre treatment become less effective over time and this can limit the efficient breakdown of FOGs IBC Associates planned to develop a system that will improve the viability of bacteria that biodegrade FOGs during the pre treatment of wastewater Although the company had extensive experience in microbiology it required the use of laboratory facilities to carry out microbiological analysis Using the laboratory facilities and equipment available at EnviroCORE and leveraging EnviroCORE s scientific expertise IBC Associates developed a novel gel based matrix that promotes bacterial viability during the pre treatment of FOGs The product has been demonstrated to keep the bacteria alive indefinitely and is currently undergoing tests to confirm its efficacy within sewage treatment systems The innovative product has potential benefits in waste water treatment systems waste disposal in restaurants and in septic tanks It is anticipated that it will be brought to market in the near future Testimonials I personally don t think that I could have brought my business to where it is today without the help

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Whey and Sewage Processing on an Organic Cheese Farm
    to cause serious environmental pollution if not properly treated before disposal To properly manage the organic waste from the goat farm and the cheese making process Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd wished to convert it into a form that is permissible for disposal by land spreading The company invested in an Aerobic and Agitation System for the bio conversion of the combined whey and animal slurry waste It was important to assess the efficiency of the bioprocessing of this waste in order for the company to maintain its organic status Inagh Farmhouse Cheese Ltd engaged with the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre Shannon ABC through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme The purpose was to confirm the efficiency of the bio conversion of waste by the Aerobic and Agitation System Shannon ABC is a collaboration between the Limerick Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee It is an applied research centre that combines research strengths in among others natural product utilisation and bio processing Shannon ABC conducted a monitoring and processing protocol over a five day period This entailed optimisation of the system operation sampling of waste streams interpretation of analytical results and generation of a report outlining the outcomes of the research supported by legislative requirements As a result of this work the company have an optimised energy efficient process for waste stream processing with acceptable organic classification and a product with the potential to be exploited as an organic fertiliser This has given the company the confidence that they have made the correct investment in a waste processing system which can be operated efficiently and appropriately Successful operation of the system means that the company is effectively managing its waste and continues to operate within the organic guidelines Testimonials We are delighted we did this project and fortunately

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Integration of RFID Networks with Public Mobile Platforms
    containers The system is a critical infrastructure for the global economy and lends itself to the application of wireless tracking solutions However container security tracking is an immature technology This is mainly due to the absence of industry standards and government regulation New measures to address the issue of security and improve supply chain efficiencies of container transportation are needed With the support of national and European funding Altobridge Ltd collaborated with CIDS in the design of a system that would enable container security tracking and management worldwide The research focused on developing a secure duplex communications system with RFID transponders and sensors that would be capable of reading and transmitting data over wide areas and in remote environments Combined with a series of pilot projects on ocean going container vessels Altobridge Ltd developed a functional system capable of bridging the communications gap between ships at sea and container transporting authorities Among the outcomes from this research Altobridge Ltd was awarded the 2006 Frost Sullivan Technology Innovation Award in the field of homeland security for container applications Testimonials This project was a major driver in establishing technology drivers for use of GSM cellular networks on merchant ships As well as crew welfare container tracking is seen as a crucial business driver for operators This project was important to establish technology that could help in container tracking It was important to Altobridge to get a proof of concept of such an application and as such the link with IT Tralee as a partner was key in achieving its goals Mike Godley Vice President Research Development Altobridge Ltd This project was particularly important to CIDS It allowed the members of the group to use their RFID and software development expertise to work on an applied research project with Altobridge that was mutually

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Artificial Skin for Injection Technique Training
    and Altay s human skin simulators aim to enable students to practice injections in a safe but realistic environment As a result skin simulators should be as life like as possible both physically and visually Materials used in manufacturing human skin simulators often do not exhibit the same physical and mechanical properties as actual human skin They are also complex and expensive to manufacture Altay Scientific wished to investigate new materials that would provide a closer match to human skin coupled with a cost effective manufacturing process Led by Dr Clement Higginbotham the Materials Research Institute is based at Athlone Institute of Technology AIT and has significant expertise in the development synthesis and characterisation of novel polymer materials Altay Scientific engaged in a 2 year collaborative research project with the Materials Research Institute jointly supported by Enterprise Ireland The project focused on the development of innovative materials that would replicate certain elastic and tactile characteristics of human skin These characteristics included colour appearance texture and resistance to puncture The research identified and characterised a number of thermoplastic polymers that exhibited the desired characteristics of human skin The most appropriate silicon based polymeric material was selected and the research team explored various modifications to the manufacturing process The research and development resulted in a realistic skin simulator that surpasses those previously available on the market The company is currently filing a patent application to protect the innovative material that has been identified The modified manufacturing process will help overcome the budgetary constraints normally associated with the manufacture of human skin simulators Additional impacts of the partnership include the transfer of knowledge in materials to Altay Scientific that will potentially inform new products Testimonials I can only say that AIT have exceeded our expectations in all respects They are extremely capable from

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Development of Novel Optical Lenses
    on five continents The Irish site in Tuam Co Galway is the manufacturing facility for Europe Transitions Optical Ltd creates eyewear solutions that offer flexibility while protecting the wearer s eyes from the sun s harmful ultraviolet rays To date the core product for the company has been photochromic ophthalmic lenses These are lenses that become darker or lighter depending on exposure to sunlight They eliminate the need for prescription sunglasses when moving into sunlight Headed by Dr Clement Higginbotham the Materials Research Institute is based at Athlone Institute of Technology AIT and is a leader in the development synthesis and characterisation of novel polymer materials Transitions Optical Ltd collaborated with the Materials Research Institute to improve the process and materials used in the manufacture of their photochromic lenses Using facilities and equipment available at AIT researchers generated a polymeric material that has excellent photochromic properties combined with optimum protection from glare Further process development work took the technology from laboratory scale to full equipment identification and sourcing Industrial scale trials were completed with equipment manufacturers This allowed the researchers to prove the technology The research was funded by Enterprise Ireland initially through a Feasibility Study and later through two Innovation Partnership projects The results of the research are patent protected However as a result of the collaboration an employee of Transitions Optical who was involved in the research is now working towards a PhD based on the work carried out Testimonials The research work carried out during this project was technically challenging and involved the development of a new to the world product AIT have been critical in securing funding and assisting in the research required to move the project through the various stages from a concept to the manufacture of a demonstrable lab sample through to the identification

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | IP and Networking Training Programmes
    client companies As the communications industry has moved towards converged technology solutions such as Internet Protocol IP Damovo has engaged with the ICT Learning Network at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown ITB to upskill its engineers in IP and networking solutions The ICT Learning Network is part of the Department of Informatics at ITB Led by Tom Nolan it delivers CCNA CompTIA A and Network programmes to continuing education students and industry In consultation with the company the ICT Learning Network designed a programme that would provide upskilling of Damovo engineers addressing participant requirements while also complying with company objectives and time lines A training needs analysis was carried out with a cross section of employees to identify current knowledge of IP and network technologies within the organisation The programme was designed to minimise the impact on business operations and also to reflect variation in expertise or responsibilities across the participating group Between 4 and 7 days of training was provided All participants undertook CompTIA Network certification examinations at ITB after which a 75 pass rate was achieved across the company The success of this employee training programme has allowed Damovo Ireland to establish a baseline level of competence in Network and has resulted in an improved capability and cross functionality of staff Most participants have achieved a recognised qualification as well as an improved knowledge of IP and networking that they apply in their day to day responsibilities Overall company performance has improved as illustrated by a decrease in the number of escalations from first line support as a result of improved troubleshooting at the first line Testimonials I cannot overstate the commitment dedication and professionalism of ITB they were brilliant and certainly made our role at Damovo easier I would definitely recommend ITB to other organisations and look

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Creation of a Virtual World for Driver Simulation
    A driving simulator is a key component of these driver education programmes Its location at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre has allowed the company to access a high level of technological and business expertise as well as the R D facilities and know how at IT Carlow The Driver Education Centre wished to improve their driver education programme by expanding and improving the driving scenarios presented by the driving simulator and by providing virtual access to customers Software development expertise was needed to address these requirements IT Carlow provided two students from the Department of Computing and Networking to work with the company on 6 month student placements With appropriate guidance and oversight in place the students worked with the company to develop test and implement software to give enhanced capability to the driving simulator and improve the driver education programme As part of the technical solution the students have developed a non fixed database that supports the custom creation of driving scenarios for the driving simulator This allows driving scenarios to be changed depending upon the specific training requirements The students also delivered virtual access This allows clients to use the driving simulation programme from a remote location In follow on work IT Carlow is also helping the Driver Education Centre in creating driving lessons that will be available for download from the iTunes website For the company the student placements have resulted in a much improved driver education programme as well as increased ease of access to a broad customer base that extends outside of the region It has given the students valuable experience of the workplace and an opportunity to put their software development skills to practical commercial use The placements have also contributed to the Institute s ability to offer programmes that are closely aligned

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