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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Heat Treatment of Gears
    induce desired qualities such as strength hardness and toughness The method for heat treatment used by Limavady Gear Company Ltd is pack carburising where carbon is added to the surface of the gear components to induce resistance to fatigue and wear of surface hardness This method can be unpredictable giving different results for identical components undergoing the same process This presents a major manufacturing challenge with a relatively high proportion of finished gear products failing to meet quality standards Limavady Gear Company Ltd wished to reduce the incidence of distortion of gear components in their manufacturing process Through InterTrade Ireland s Fusion Programme they received funding to carry out a project in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin ITT Dublin The aim of the project was to improve the control of the carburising process and thereby increase the predictability of the heat treatment process at the company James Dwan a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering at ITT Dublin designed and led the project on behalf of the institute He also managed the relationship between the institute and company A graduate engineer with experience in CNC Machining was assigned to the company to carry out the research Working between the company and the engineering laboratories at ITT Dublin the graduate undertook the technical research required of the project Faults in the original carburising process at Limavady Gear Company Ltd were identified and resolved resulting in an improved heat treatment process a safer working environment and immediate cost savings for the company The project succeeded as a result of knowledge transfer between ITT Dublin the graduate engineer and Limavady Gear Company Ltd The graduate has since become an employee of the company Testimonials The expertise and advice provided by Jim Dwan throughout this project has resulted in improved and more

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Improving the Sanitation Process within a Dairy Farm
    of Technology Tralee IT Tralee is a platform for the convergence of engineering and science research The research interests of CIMSS include the integration of intelligent electro mechanical systems robotics and sensors for applications for the agricultural biomedical and energy industries Its main aim is to interact with regional and national industries to generate sustainable flexible solutions Dairymaster produces an auto washer for the cleaning and sanitisation of on farm milking machines Supported by an Enterprise Ireland Feasibility Study grant Dairymaster commissioned CIMSS to carry out a feasibility study for the redesign of the auto washer to produce an intelligent automated system that would reduce water usage detergent and energy consumption during the washing process Having analysed the current system within the farm environment CIMSS studied the automation of these results using a turbidity sensor which monitors and adjusts conditions according to changes within the system The feasibility study showed that an intelligent automated auto washing system is possible and that such improvements would be of benefit to the dairy industry As a direct result of this feasibility study IT Tralee and Dairymaster were successful in a full Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership application and this will allow the company to continue its R D work to bring an intelligent solution to market Testimonials Dairymaster were very pleased to engage with the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensors CIMSS at the Institute of Technology Tralee and we were very pleased with the expertise service and results that the centre provided us with Working with external personnel who can deliver results and bring their expertise to a project allows us concentrate on our core activities in the manufacture and marketing of milking equipment We hope to continue with this successful collaboration in the future Dr Edmond Harty Technical Director Dairymaster CIMSS at

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Blackrock Castle Observatory – Engagement with the Wider Community
    The company which currently employs eight staff is responsible for the management of the science centre and aims to provide a memorable educational and outreach experience not only in science but also in art music and culture The science centre at BCO Cosmos at the Castle is a state of the art multimedia driven exhibition The main exhibition life in the universe takes visitors on a tour of the universe in a highly interactive manner using specifically designed content viewed from large interactive cinema sized screens and individual touchscreens The BCO staff also participate in regular outreach activities involving schools parents and teachers industry the general public and community groups Blackrock Castle is also home to BCOLabs staffed by researchers from the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at CIT These researchers operate the two robotic telescopes at BCO and are engaged in developing and applying new instrumentation and technologies to support astronomy research As well as collaborating with leading astronomy research groups the BCOLabs have worked with a number of companies on instrument development projects The close integration of the public exhibition and the laboratories makes BCO a unique centre for research and education Since opening its doors to the public in August 2007 BCO has welcomed over 100 000 visitors and features regularly in the top 10 visitor attractions in Munster It has hosted a huge array of events from conferences and summer schools to weddings and festivals and acts as a showcase for Cork City Council s promotion of Cork as a tourist and business destination To date the exhibit Cosmos at the Castle has received 8 national awards and is the only Irish designed and operated visitor attraction to receive a THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement from TEA the world association for themed attractions in 2008 Testimonials Engaging with

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Performance of an Air Source Heat Pump in the Irish Climate
    a short term collaborative project funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme The aim of the project was to monitor and evaluate the performance of the IGEN OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump in the provision of hot water and space heat over one year This was particularly important to the company as the application of Air Source Heat Pumps is relatively new to maritime climates such as Ireland s CREDIT monitored the performance of the IGEN OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump during one of the coldest winters in Ireland on record They used this data to produce an independent and detailed report which also provided details of the economic performance and the CO2 emissions of the system compared to conventional fossil fuel systems The collaboration with CREDIT has helped Igen to become even more competitive due to the experience gained during the partnership by highlighting the importance of using firstly an Ochsner air source heat pump which is specifically designed for heating as opposed to using air conditioning technology as a heat pump and secondly a specialised installer like Igen to ensure optimised performance of the complete heating system The company has also used the information in the report to showcase the benefits of using such a system to potential clients Crucially the data and information gathered during the partnership with CREDIT will assist Igen to develop its business in the UK which has a similar climate to Ireland Testimonials The benefits of working with a research partner on this project was the added knowledge and expertise that became available to the company This helps inform and increases the in house knowledge and expertise of the company which enhances commercial outcomes The research partner brings independent and impartial evaluations which support the company s efforts

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | A Simulator for Testing of Medical Devices
    lungs from deep veins in the legs It accounts for 10 of in hospital deaths in Europe and North America each year It can be prevented by placing a filter in the large vein the inferior vena cava that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the lungs Novate Medical wanted to develop a novel technology aimed at expanding the market for inferior vena cava IVC filters for the prevention of PE Pre clinical testing is a key stage of the technology development process The Innovation Partnership addressed the development of a simulation system that could be used in the pre clinical stage of testing for new filter designs By providing a simulated environment the time cost and quality of the pre clinical testing phase could be improved by testing product design in an environment that closely mimics the clinical situation As a result of the project Novate Medical has gained significant market advantage The company has saved in R D and product development costs and achieved opportunities for product improvement The company uses the system as a marketing and training tool particularly enabling clinicians to test the product and provide feedback on their experience Testimonials Novate Medical found the Innovation Partnership scheme run by Enterprise Ireland very valuable It allowed us as the industry sponsor to carry out research using the capabilities of GMedTech to create an anatomically correct model This included the hiring of a specialist engineer and using the contacts of employees of GMedTech in both academic institutions and hospitals The work carried out in this partnership has supported the development of a novel medical device used to protect patients from blood clots created as a result of Deep Vein Thrombosis Steven Horan R D Director Novate Medical At the Innovation in Business Centre

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Pressure Sore Prevention
    the Institute of Technology Carlow IT Carlow Established in 2008 Vascocare s mission is to develop innovative products for the prevention of pressure sores Pressure sores are caused by an obstruction of blood supply to the skin after prolonged pressure Left untreated pressure sores can quickly become ulcers Up to 4 of the UK healthcare budget is spent on aftercare of pressure sores Pressure sores can be prevented through the use of cushions or gel pads These patient positioning products relieve pressure on vulnerable areas of the body However products currently available on the market have limitations such as the uneven redistribution of pressure leaking of the gel contents or hygiene risk VascoCare Medical Ltd was working on the identification and development of new materials and novel designs for improved treatment of pressure sores As part of the enterprise support service provided by IT Carlow the company was given access to a range of state of the art industrial design research facilities and equipment This allowed the company to develop a range of lightweight hygienic prototype patient positioning products The prototypes were shown to distribute pressure evenly from the affected area in patients They hatve helped the company to identify a wide range of medical applications such as in hospital and trolley mattresses wheelchair cushions and operating tables In addition the technology has potential applications beyond the prevention of pressure sores including use in veterinary dental and beauty environments The enterprise support provided by IT Carlow enabled VascoCare Medical Ltd to access private investment that is supporting the development and manufacture of new innovative patient positioning products It is anticipated that the production of these innovative positioning devices will contribute to the future sustainability of the company and lead to a number of employment opportunities for industrial design graduates Testimonials

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Supporting Innovative Baby Product Business and Technology Development
    the product This work was funded through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme The Materials Research Institute MRI at AIT focuses on materials science including design rapid prototyping fabrication polymer processing and testing In collaboration with Shasta researchers within the MRI developed a plastic prototype of Steri Ova using 3D modelling and rapid prototyping technology The germicidal effectiveness of Steri Ova also needed to be assessed The territories of the Bioscience Research Institute BRI at AIT include toxicology and decontamination technologies The BRI conducted specific microbial testing to ensure the biocidal efficacy of the product Shasta s collaborations with the MRI and the BRI at AIT brought Steri Ova from concept to reality Steri Ova by far supersedes all other sterilisation products because of its speed size convenience and reliability Steri Ova is now patented in Ireland and patent pending in 140 countries It is currently poised for launch worldwide in partnership with one of the leading names in the baby care market Shasta won the Best Consumer Brand Identity in Ireland at the Irish Design Effectiveness Awards 2008 In 2010 Shasta was awarded Most Innovative Business of the Year by Longford County Enterprise Board and also received a recognition award from Longford Women in Business Women s Link and The Longford Leader Shasta aims to continue to develop its brand as a leading international supplier of advanced innovative baby products The company has a pipeline of further innovative products that will be developed in collaboration with AIT manufactured and distributed over the next five years Testimonials The MWEP in 2008 greatly assisted Shasta by providing structured training and support in the key commercial elements of developing and running a successful business The MRI and the BRI brought Steri Ova from concept into a prototype that we could show potential

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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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