Conor Engineering cut production costs with help from South West College

The South West College is pleased to announce the completion of a cross border FUSION project, with Conor Engineering in Co. Clare, as part of the InterTradeIreland funded programme.  FUSION is InterTradeIreland’s all-island technology transfer programme, which aims to assist companies bolster their bottom line and get ahead of the competition by partnering their company with a third-level institution with the specialist expertise they need and a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate.

During the 15 month project the South West College assisted Conor Engineering and the FUSION graduate to implement a production costing system.  This included consideration of factory work flow and floor space utilisation as well as the development of a complete part numbering system for the company’s product range.  Upon completion of the project, the InnoTech Centre Engineering Co-Ordinator, Matthew Quigley, said “We are delighted with how the project progressed and the position Conor Engineering has now achieved through improved manufacture processing time. “ He continued, “Conor Engineering saw an opportunity to increase productivities within the company by recruiting a highly-skilled graduate through the FUSION programme and it has paid dividends.”

Barry O Connor, General Manager of Conor Engineering said “The FUSION project has proven to be very valuable to Conor Engineering.  It has successfully delivered a 24% increase in overall efficiency in plant operation by analysis of the design and production procedures. The target outcomes set in the FUSION project have embedded a more professional approach to operations, through applying techniques such as DFMA and lean manufacturing methodologies. Improvements in many areas have been realised across the company in design, production and right through to the after-sales service.  Additional benefits of the FUSION project like the establishment of a Customised Management Database will make a big difference to Conor Engineering for many years to come.”

The South West College has now successfully completed four FUSION projects with companies across the Republic of Ireland.  The South West College is now working with companies in Co. Cavan, Co. Sligo, Co. Mayo, Co. Monaghan and Dublin supporting and mentoring them with new product development and process improvements. The College also has recently tendered for further FUSION projects in Co. Donegal and Co. Monaghan.

The FUSION programme is a very attractive opportunity for companies with support packages worth up to £44,250/€52,800 typically in the area of new product/service development for an 18 month project or a 12 month project worth £31,000/€37,000 typically in the area of process improvement.  It involves 50% funding of the graduate’s employment costs while linking the company to the research knowledge that exists within the College.  For further information on the InnoTech Centre or the FUSION programme, contact the InnoTech Centre on 048 8225 5223 or

Pictured at the completion of the FUSION project are; Oonagh Monahan – IntertradeIreland, Barry O Connor – Conor Engineering, David Hand – FUSION graduate, Paul Eagleson – South West College FUSION supervisor