The South West College is pleased to announce the completion of a cross border FUSION project with Malone in Co. Mayo, 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 18 month project, the South West College assisted Malone and the FUSION graduate to design a new product that will augment their product range. Initial research was conducted to highlight the need for this product and concept designs were produced using 3D CAD models. Detailed designs were produced and the machine was fabricated in house. Product testing was completed towards the end of the silage season in 2014 and the company was very happy with the initial results. Upon completion of the project, the InnoTech Centre Engineering Co-Ordinator, Matthew Quigley, said “We are delighted to have worked alongside a prolific company and are extremely pleased with how the project progressed. Malone are now in a very strong position when it comes to R&D. “ He continued, “Malone saw an opportunity to increase their product range and recruited a highly-skilled graduate through the FUSION programme to work on the project and it has proven to be highly successful.”
Mike Malone, owner of Malone said “We are truly delighted with the outcome of the FUSION project. It has given us an excellent base and guidance for developing R&D projects. From watching the project develop from its concept through to a working prototype, I believe that R&D should be a priority for small companies. We believe that doing something different leads to something extraordinary and that’s what we achieved at the completion of this project”. Mike would also like to thank InterTrade Ireland for the opportunity to partly fund their project.
The South West College has now successfully completed five FUSION projects with companies across the Republic of Ireland. The South West College is now working with companies in Co. Cavan, Co. Sligo, Co. Monaghan and Dublin supporting and mentoring them with new product development and process improvements. The College recently tendered for further FUSION projects in Co. Donegal and Co. Monaghan with a further potential project anticipated in Co. Kildare.
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 whilst 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 email@example.com.