IERG Present Factory of the Future at Seafest 2015

18 Aug 2015
Dr. Dominic O'Sullivan and Seán Hayes demostrate the "Factory of the Future" at the recent SeaFest 2015 event.

IERG were represented on July 10th and 11th 2015 by Dr. Dominic O’Sullivan, Dr. Ken Bruton, Kevin Leahy, Andrew McGregor and Seán Hayes at the opening of UCC’s new research facility in Ringaskiddy, the Beaufort Building. To mark the occasion the “SeaFest 2015” event was held to demonstrate among other things the benefits achievable by intelligently managing renewable energy resources such as wind and wave power. A video showing the highlights of the day is available here.

IERG demonstrated a working prototype of a “Factory of the Future” model, which was used to explain to industry and research representatives how production at an industrial facility can be scheduled and optimised to maximise the usage of clean, renewable energy. The model is to be used as an educational tool going forward, with further development to be undertaken by undergraduate engineering students.