Waterford Chamber Industrial Technologies conference highlights planning for Tech Change


Waterford Chamber hosted its fourth annual Industrial Technologies conference today (Thursday, October 13) at the Tower Hotel in Waterford City.


The conference hosted in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and sponsored by Vodafone Ireland saw a number of experts in the technology and industrial sectors take to the stage to discuss technologies such as Internet of Things, metal 3D printing, collaborative robotics and energy generation.


The panel of experts included Damain Finn General Manager of Waterford’s largest private sector employer, Bausch + Lomb, Jonathan Downey who is responsible for management and implementation of projects, which are of strategic importance to the Schivo Group, Mike Wilson, ABB who has over 30 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing, Rodger Greene lecturer in Energy Management within the Department of the Built Environment at WIT, Derek O’Connor Facilities Engineering and Structural Manager for Bausch + Lomb Ireland and Carol Stafford of Vodafone Ireland who addressed Leveraging Internet of Things in the Healthcare Industry.


The keynote address at the conference was delivered by General Manager of Waterford’s largest private sector employer, Bausch + Lomb Damain Finn. Speaking at the event Damain said, “According to a recent survey, 86% of executives anticipated that the pace of technology change will increase rapidly or at an unprecedented rate in industry over the next three years. Many companies will find themselves overwhelmed with the magnitude of the tasks ahead. It may be an old saying, but, in the words of Benjamin Franklin ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. The Bausch + Lomb, Waterford site recognized this challenge and worked with employees to develop a 5-year strategic plan “Vision 20/20” to embrace technology improvements, improve automation and increase capacity at the site. Today, 2 years into that journey, the site continues to execute to this strategic plan and to seek out new automation concepts at key manufacturing steps.”


Speaking at the Conference, Leo O’Leary, Head of Large Sales at Vodafone Ireland, said: “Vodafone Ireland is delighted to sponsor the Waterford Chamber Industrial Technologies Conference.  Our Connected Futures Report, which is the first series of research reports commissioned by Vodafone, explores the impact and potential of digital connectivity in realising a vision for Ireland as a ‘Gigabit Society’. Vodafone’s vision is that every consumer, company and community in Ireland will be an equal member of the gigabit society and is able access to high quality services at high speeds. World class connectivity plays a crucial role not only when exploring the latest technology developments in the industry, but in society so people can connect to what matters most to them.”


Speaking on the importance of hosting such an event and sharing best practice models President of Waterford Chamber Laurent Borla said, “The IndTech conference is a significant event on the Waterford Chamber calendar. It provides an opportunity for technology and engineering professionals to discuss about new developments and share experiences. It also provides a platform for local vendors, Waterford Institute of Technology and our sponsor Vodafone to demonstrate the services and goods on offer to the many manufacturing companies in the region. Topics such as Internet of Things, collaborative robotics, 3D printing and energy sustainability are critical to the competitiveness of Irish industry. We are grateful for the support of all our partners in organising this event."


Click on the links below to download speaker presentations.




'The Automation Journey'
Damain Finn, General Manager, Bausch + Lomb



'Vodafone Business Offering'
Leo O'Leary, Vodafone



'Leveraging Internet of Things in the Healthcare Industry'
Carol Stafford, Vodafone



'Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing'
Jonathan Downey, Schivo Group



'Collaborative Robotics: YuMi'
Mike Wilson, ABB



'Business Side of Sustainability'
Rodger Greene, Waterford Institute of Technology



'Environmental-Friendly Power Plant: CHP'
Derek O'Connor, Bausch + Lomb


Photos by John Power




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