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Irish Manufacturing Research

Year Established



Aerodrome Business Park, D24 WCO4, Rathcoole (Ireland)


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Contact information

Micheal Cassidy
+353 833321935



We will build out the I4MS program in a practical manner – including training programs, demonstration activities, industrial pilots and practical innovation translation activities.
Fundamentally, the Digital Innovation Hub will be built out to become a One-Stop-Shop for SME access to digital manufacturing technologies and solutions in the space of CPS/IoT with associated training, case studies and access to capability and competence.

Irish Manufacturing Research is part of a select EU network of I4MS – Regional Manufacturing Digital Innovation Hubs that provide a one-stop-shop for manufacturing companies to access all of the supports they need to become ready for the next generation of digital manufacturing.  We provide information and support to manufacturing SMEs from:

  • Access to key research capacity and skills in Ireland and across Europe
  • Access to Competence Centres across Europe and Ireland
  • Access and support in accessing public and private funding
  • Connectivity to networks of manufacturing companies (SMEs and multinational)
  • Best known methods and case-studies
  • Technology roadmaps and frontier technologies
  • Integration into EU consortia and funding programs
  • Access to experimental facilities
  • Connectivity to national funding bodies and authorities

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Irish national initiative for digitising industry, National Digital Strategy (NDS).

The vision of IMR is to enable Irish based manufacturers to become global leaders in advanced manufacturing.

We de-risk, de-mystify and deliver cutting edge knowledge, capability and training in areas such as AM, Robotics, CPS/IOT and AI & Data Analytics among others.  In AI, we develop novel AI based solutions to real manufacturing challenges in multinationals and SMEs through tools and services to ensure that every Irish manufacturing company can access AI.

IMR participates in the National Digitisation Forum hosted by the government to bring together all of the research, industrial and governmental entities that play a role in defining and implementing a digitisation strategy for government.  This forms part of the Irish national initiative for digitising industry, National Digital Strategy (NDS).

IMR is a DIH for CPS/IOT and is collaborating with 21 partners in the H2020 project MIDIH to ensure manufacturing SMEs in Ireland have access to capability, knowledge and and services across Europe in this area.  Additionally, IMR is one of the partners in DIH2 a H2020 project on DIH for Robotics with 35 partners.  IMR works closely with national bodies to ensure the DIH initiative in Ireland is visible and supported through both financial (matched funding) and non-financial supports (publicity and dissemination).

IMR has since its creation provided services (research projects, contract services and networking) for companies in both Ireland the UK.  IMR counts several non-Irish members within its network to enable true Europe wide collaboration through the Hub.  IMR has also facilitated many interactions with research and commercial partners across Europe via country visits for Industry partners.

IMR annually engages with >>100 companies of various sizes.  In funded participation, IMR have a members network of over 7-0 companies from both SMEs and MNCs.  IMR has over 40 active research engagements with industry partners.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Tacit Knowledge Management

Tacit Knowledge Management

Tacit Knowledge Management: In conjunction with many world leading brands, IMR have successfully developed and deployed a next-generation solution for knowledge management in the enterprise environment which enables the capture and sharing of tacit and formal knowledge in a secured and trusted enterprise solution.  The platform uses advanced store and a system to minimise the time and cognitive effort required to upload and download content thereby dramatically reducing the time taken to complete work tasks.  A project consortium of leading global manufacturers identified a massive ongoing challenge in their global operations in respect of how to effectively harness and retain tacit knowledge.

In partnership with research teams from Irish Manufacturing Research, these companies jointly defined and helped develop and pilot a solution that would enable the tacit/experiential knowledge of experienced staff and subject matter experts to be captured and shared within the organisation enabling to significant productivity improvements and reduction in variability due to improved standard work practices.

Case-study: IMR has successfully deployed the WKS solution into multiple large and SME companies (e.g. Thormac Engineering) to deliver a solution which mitigates significant loses due to:

  • loss of productivity,
  • high variability in work practices,
  • loss of organisational knowledge when key workers leave or move roles,
  • bottlenecks due to high demand on subject matter experts, both on and off duty
  • duplication of files and documents and use of out-of-date versions
  • lack of trust in existing, outdated and ineffective knowledge management solutions

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Data analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and artificial intelligence

Data analytics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and artificial intelligence

IMR have a strong team of data scientists for industrial applications covering maturity models, data acquisition, data filtering, data visualisation, modelling, simulation and optimisation.  We have successfully deployed:

  • Advanced AI based scheduling into both SME and large manufacturing organisations.
  • Modelled and simulated factory layouts for maximising throughout and optimising cycle times
  • Created data visualisations for improved decision support systems

Case Study: IMR has worked with Protech Performance Plastics to conduct an analytical and statistical review of their manufacturing performance data.  IMR provided a comprehensive insight into the trends and root causes impacting the manufacturing and quality systems over a number of years. Protech were able to use the data presented to investigate and apply Corrective and Preventative actions to help improve processes going forward.

Collaborative Robotics

Collaborative Robotics

IMR has a highly skilled research team in the area of Collaborative Robotics and works with SME and MNC manufacturers to de-risk this emerging technology area and to help manufacturing companies to develop and deploy successful implementations on the factory floor.  IMR have been awarded significant funding through the Regional Enterprise Development Fund to establish a state of the art Cobotics pilot facility in their Mullingar Lab.  IMR are also one of the EU robotics Digital Innovation Hubs awarded funding through the H2020 DIH2 program.

Case-study: During 2018 Grant Engineering and Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) engaged to identify opportunities where applied research would provide Grant with benefits in terms of competitive advantage, efficiency, cost savings, process improvements and or automation. Following several site visits to develop an understanding of the Manufacturing processes an agreement on the application of robotics to eliminate a highly repetitive, undesirable and ergonomically harsh manual process was agreed upon.

IMR with Grant engineering approval successfully applied for a Feasibility Study IPP Grant through Enterprise Ireland to develop a research project the outcome of which resulted in Enterprise Ireland approving a Full IPP grant to the Value of €109K. The focus of the research is to develop and test a robotic automation project to eliminate a highly relative manual process that requires considerable dexterity, feel, touch and hand eye coordination. The success of the project should provide hand-eyeconsiderable cost saving to Grant Engineering with an ROI of 2 Years and eliminate human ergonomic risk associated with the project.

Additive Manufacturing Design Development and Build

Additive Manufacturing

IMR has many cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies for metal and polymer printing in its Industrial Pilot Facility.  We have successfully worked with many industry partners to develop new design concepts, proof-of-concept builds and short-run manufacturing builds.  We are equipped with leading CAD design tools and 3D manufacturing solutions from Renishaw, Carbon, EOS and Concept Laser as well as access to many other materials and processes through partners.  We have multiple case studies of prototype, proof-of-concept and pre-production builds for SME and MNC clients.


Industrial Case-Study.  IMR (Applied Research Centre and DIH) has worked closely with Croom Precision Medical (a high-tech SME), iForm (Academic Research Centre) and Renishaw (a leading Additive OEM) to pilot and develop processing requirements for Additive Manufacturing directed towards the SME partner.  This has resulted in a significant capital equipment installation into the IMR pilot facility to enable the development work to be carried out with close copoeration from all 4 partners.

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Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships
  • Other


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)


Irish Manufacturing Research

Technological competences

  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Last updated: 07/01/19 09:33