Advanced manufacturing

Ibec Medtech and Engineering called on Government to invest €42 million in an advanced discrete manufacturing centre of scale in Budget 2019 to safeguard Ireland’s manufacturing future. The group has highlighted the major R&D and innovation gap in Ireland in the area of discrete manufacturing (production of distinct items, such as medical devices).

There’s significantly less state-funding beyond the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 where analytical and experimental critical function and/or proof of concept has been established. More is needed at TRL 5-7 level where integrated technological components can undergo testing, notably in a simulated environment and operational environment, in centres like Tyndall (ICT), NIBRT (biopharma), and Teagasc (agri-food), but capable of being at the cutting edge in medtech, engineering, aerospace, and polymer technology. You can find out more online here.

Operational excellence

The MÓR Benchmark Model has been devised by industry members of the Ibec Medtech and Engineering for use as a Best in Class model for companies to measure themselves in areas of Lean Manufacturing in order to help give competitive advantage and progress on the lean journey. The model is devised in such a way that it can be used by any company, ie a company setting out on their lean journey or who is further down the line.

The newly devised practical training workshop, facilitated by Skillnet, is delivered by industry leaders and takes a hands-on approach to applying the principles of lean. Delegates are introduced to the MÓRTM model and its various dimensions. They then get to use the model and see how it is applied by visiting the site factory floor. Delegates are then brought through the scoring system and helped understand the ratings in different areas. They will then hear from peers who have implemented the MÓRTM Model within their own organisations, along with some mentoring experiences. You can find out more online here.

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