Monday, April 12, 2021
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New SFI research centre CONFIRM is born from collaboration of 8 core research performing organisations in Ireland, 16 international collaborations, and 42 industry partners across MNC and SME sectors. CONFIRM aims to transform Ireland’s manufacturing industry to become a world-leader in smart manufacturing. The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for €110 billion in exports. Smart manufacturing optimises production systems, adding intelligence and enhanced information technology. These new technologies will be at the heart of the factories of the future, increasing product line adaptability, enabling real-time decision making, shortening supply-chains, and speeding up the development of new innovations to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs across all industry sectors. CONFIRM will be revolutionary for Irish manufacturing competitiveness, delivering the technological advances and expertise for a smart manufacturing innovation ecosystem, enabling companies to compete within the rapidly changing global landscape, and boosting Ireland’s reputation as a leading international manufacturing location.

Prof. Daniel Toal, CRIS director and MaREI PI, is an FI in CONFIRM, brining in his research expertise in robotics, automation and instrumentation. The team at CRIS team has designed, built and operated smart robotic platforms, mobile robots and industrial robots with advanced control functionality, and we are looking forward to continue our research in the smart manufacturing.

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Commenting at the announcement, University of Limerick’s Prof Conor McCarthy, Director of SFI Research Centre CONFIRM said:

“CONFIRM truly is a game-changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness. The establishment of this SFI Research Centre will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution, whereby products, machines, production systems and supply chains are digitally connected and making smart decisions. CONFIRM will act as a magnet for international talent in the areas of advanced manufacturing, from robotics to artificial intelligence. Ireland has a highly skilled and highly motivated workforce in the manufacturing sector; this workforce is the envy of other nations. CONFIRM will build upon this reputation by establishing a similar renown for Ireland in smart manufacturing research.”

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