Irish Manufacturing Research News & Events April 2020  

The National Robotics Executive Committee launches the Automation Assessment Tool

The Automation Assessment Tool (AAT) is an educational tool giving manufacturers the confidence to initiate conversations with system integrators, robot providers or Research & Technology Organisations.

AAT is a self-explanatory questionnaire bringing the user through different criteria defining their processes and yielding a recommendation chart. The webtool has been tested and validated by both manufacturers, robot providers, and system integrators.
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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 downloaded the webinar in pdf format which is available in the link below, and the recording will be available in the coming weeks.
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Evolution of the EU Circular Economy Strategy and Centrality to Europe and Ireland’s COVID-19 Recovery

Over the last 5 years, the European Commission stepped up its’ efforts to accelerate the transition to a circular economy dedicating over €10 billion in public funding and has stressed that continued investment in a circular economy is key to the EU's COVID-19 recovery (see EU recovery roadmap 21/04/2020). 

What does this mean for Ireland Inc?  

In this Policy Summary created by CIRCULÉIRE – the National Platform for Circular Economy gain insights into:
1) Evolution of the EU Circular Economy strategy from 2015-2020;
2) 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2.0) and
3) Circularity opportunities for Ireland Inc's COVID-19 recovery. 

To read more download the CIRCULÉIRE 2020 CEAP 2.0 Industry Policy Summary.
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Blockchain Technology in Manufacturing Industry

Niall Aughney, Director of IoT at IMR, presents a birds-eye view of Blockchain Technology (BCT) – what it does, what it does not do, and how it could be used in the manufacturing industry.

Blockchain Technology is usually associated with cryptocurrencies and touted as a game-changer in the fintech industry. This short presentation explores some common use cases in the manufacturing industry and describes features of Blockchain Technology that are relevant in this domain.
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Industrial Data Analytics Framework (IDAF)

The value of data analytics is real and significant. However, its adoption in the manufacturing world is still slow and not devoid of hurdles.

IMR has developed an Industrial Data Analytics Framework that aims at guiding manufacturing companies in the complex task of developing effective analytics strategies. The main components of this framework are an analytics capability maturity model and a process support model that has been deployed in an interactive web tool (

The framework concept and the webtool will be presented in this talk by Anna Rotondo.
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Influencing Virtual Teams 

On Friday, May 1st, Peter Purcell, Learning & Development Lead at IMR delivered a webinar on "Influencing Virtual Teams". 

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. Download Peter's 17 Tactics to Boost Productivity with your Remote Employees. 

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Smart Eureka Measurement Aided Assembly of Large-Scale Structures (MAAS)

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) was delighted to host the first meeting between members of the MAAS Consortium in January 2020. MAAS is a 2–year project funded by Smart Eureka and supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).  

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Wishing our Network Companies Good Luck 

After tremendous industry interest in the Horizon 2020 DIH² Open Call for SME Challenges and Technology Solutions, we have 6 Irish Manufacturing Research industry partners that have been invited to Jury Day where 13 proposals will win €248k to accelerate production through robotics. 

DELIVER Proposal (Deep Learning Intelligent Vision Enhanced Robotics)
Wishing the very best of luck to CEO Peter Lyons and the team at PolyPico Technologies Ltd and David Moore, and the team at Viska Systems.

STAR Proposal (Stitching and Taping assisted by Robotics)
Wishing the very best of luck to Ian McDevitt and the team at Ventac and Tim Noone from Malone Group

GREENLIGHT Proposal (Small Factory Digitisation and Automation)
Wishing the very best of luck to Brian Byrne and the team at Oculer Limited and Dan Buckley and the team at Innovative Total Solutions.

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