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Irish Manufacturing Research News & Events May 2020  

Case Study: Cross-skilled Workforce Allocation


This allocation application can be used to make optimal allocation decisions and assess production plans feasibility based on the workforce available.

A trial implementation of the application has already shown that significant potential benefits can derive from its daily use. A 70% reduction in expired certifications has been observed within three months of the tool usage, which obviously translates into significant training cost savings.

The allocation application has also been used to assess the ability to satisfy a surge in products demand; production capacity issues have been highlighted and training requirements have been identified.
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Case Study: Cleanroom ACR Reduction Simulation

This research study conducted by IMR, in a Pharmaceutical environment, addresses energy efficiency and energy savings achieved by a reduction in air change rates inside cleanrooms using simulation modeling in conjunction with sensor data.

The cleanroom simulation models the properties of an existing cleanroom including its HVAC systems demonstrating energy and monetary savings for varying air change rates

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Comparison of Temperature Screening Technologies

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving respiratory virus with symptoms including high temperature, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, cough.

To support employers and workers in putting measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the Irish Government has published a Return to Work Safely Protocol (08.05.2020) which recommends the implementation of temperature testing “in line with Public Health advice”

This IMR paper provides some insights on temperature screening technologies and addresses some of the best practices in deploying a temperature screening solution to help manufacturers get back in production safely.

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Influencing Virtual Teams: 17 Tactics That Boost Productivity with Your Remote Employees

 
The way we are working has changed and in-tact teams have been forced to work remotely. Managing a team remotely requires knowledge and tactics that must take in to account the context of such a virtual environment with all of its stresses and strains and the impact on team performance.
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Video: Economic Impact of COVID19 and a
Path Forward for Irish Manufacturing


On Friday 24th April IMR Webinar was presented by Senior Management who gave an overview of the anticipated economic impact of Covid-19 and potential medium-term implications. The related government support aid packages for companies were evaluated and assessed including the sharing of their ideas on practical steps that will support companies to emerge from these challenging times we find ourselves in.

We have put the recording of the Webinar into 3 separate videos which you can find here.
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Congrats to STAR Proposal

Immense congratulations to Tim Noone from Malone Group and Ian McDevitt and the team at Ventac Ireland on the selection of their DIH² STAR proposal, Stitching and Taping assisted by Robotics, along with 10 other European proposals for increasing production agility through robotics.

DIH² is the European Union-funded initiative accelerating factories through #agilemanufacturing and #robotics. 

After attending an online Jury Day on 28-30 April, where 26 consortia that applied to the second stage of the first DIH² open call pitched their proposals in front of a Jury, 11 of them were selected to start an acceleration programme and receive up to €248,000 equity-free funding.

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