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UL Hosts International Manufacturing Conference

01.09.2016
UL Hosts International Manufacturing Conference

Pictured above are: Dr Alan Ryan, Department of Design & Manufacturing Technology, University of Limerick with Denis Naughten Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Ciaran Moody, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Ireland and University of Limerick President Don Barry opening the Mitsubishi Electric Automation Laboratory.

The 33rd International Manufacturing Conference took place on August 31st and Sept 1st at the University of Limerick.  This conference is a showcase of cutting edge research undertaken in academic institutions in Ireland and across Europe.  The conference also boasts a line-up of speakers from captains of industry who delivered keynote addresses on topics of major interest to the world of manufacturing. The conference promoted specific innovations in manufacturing technologies and was an excellent opportunity for networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators as well as government and funding agencies

Speaking at the opening of the conference on Wednesday, August 31st, UL President Don Barry, outlined that “this event illustrates the importance of academia and industry working together and most importantly it welcomes those who are at the beginning of their careers in manufacturing engineering research”

Minister Denis Naughten, TD, who gave a keynote address at the conference, applauded the conference organisers for their vision and strategic thinking in bringing such an event to Limerick.  Minister Naughten said that “it was hugely important that a strong relationship exist between academia and industry as it is through such relationships that valuable IP and research outcomes ae realised.

Conference Chairman, Dr Peter Tiernan said that “the conference brings together experts in the field of manufacturing engineering under the theme of Industry 4.0, which is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies”…..  “The conference explores the traditional manufacturing business models, how they are changing and how manufacturing professionals should react to the new competitive challenges.

The Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology, who hosted the conference, combined the official opening of their state-of-the-art Mitsubishi Automation Laboratory with the conference.  This laboratory which was officially opened by Minister Naughten is a custom designed workspace aimed to expose Technology & Engineering students to the needs of modern manufacturing, from robotic control, controller programming, additive manufacture and vision systems.  The University of Limerick is acutely aware of the needs of modern manufacturing and has specifically designed undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes to meet the demands of industry.