Engineer working on a tablet with 8-axis high precision scanning arm in the background

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD recently announced the successful applicants of the Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes. 37 successful applicants from across the Third Level Sector have secured over €6 million in funding.

The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process. Eligibility criteria for the call included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.

Dr. Jim Morrison, Director of the WiSAR Technology Gateway at LYIT, was successful in his application for funding to purchase an 8-axis high precision scanning arm used by industry to scan precision engineering objects enabling accurate 3D modelling from the scans. Eight-axis range of movement will enable complete rotation of the object being measured in real time, meaning that there should be no difficulty reaching around the object, and no need to move the arm into different locations within the process.

Speaking to Donegal Daily Dr. Morrison said that “The scanner allows for very precise measurement of complex objects and will enable industry in the NW to confirm that their designs and processes fit with the highest international quality standards. Companies within NW manufacturing (and across the Technology Gateway network) will now be able to avail of these services from LYIT with the back-up of skilled mechanical engineers from the Dept. of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.”

The portable equipment will be made available to industry in the North-West through the WiSAR Technology Gateway at LYIT to assist with product inspection for quality control, reverse engineering, and process control.  It is anticipated that the equipment will be available to industry in early 2021.

For further details on the WiSAR Technology Gateway contact Stephen Seawright at info@wisar.ie, 074 918 6462

This post was originally published on the WiSAR website

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