The South West College is pleased to announce the completion of a cross border FUSION project with RIVVAL Ltd in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, 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 RIVVAL Ltd and the FUSION graduate in the design of a unique lifting hoist for the railway industry. The managing director of the company had seen an opportunity in the market place for this unique product. The FUSION graduate designed the product using the latest 3D modelling software. The computer generated model was stress tested using in-house FEA (Finite Element Analysis). The product was manufactured and tested in-house as well as in the working environment. A final prototype is currently being approved for production. Upon completion of the project, the InnoTech Centre Engineering Co-Ordinator, Matthew Quigley, said “We are delighted to have worked alongside a high profile company in the railway industry and are extremely pleased with the project outcomes. RIVVAL is now in a very strong position to offer in-house product design. “He continued, “RIVVAL Ltd saw an opportunity to develop their own unique product range and recruited a highly-skilled graduate through the FUSION programme to work on the project and it has proven to be very successful.”
Michael Murphy, Managing Director of RIVVAL Ltd said “The Company is delighted to have been involved in the FUSION programme. The programme has provided the company with the opportunity to undertake design and development activity that it would have struggled to deliver without the assistance of the FUSION programme. It has been an immense learning curve for the company in the delivery of a research and development project; not only in the activities undertaken but in how the company works with graduates and the value it has provided in how the company will work on its future design and development activity”.
Mike Murphy, Engineering Manager for RIVVAL Ltd, further added “The link that was missing between an idea and a real world product was achieved through the FUSION programme. We were provided with the skills that we were missing and also assistance with funding that a SME business may struggle with to invest in R&D. It has also given us the opportunity to show our abilities to our potential customers for future innovation. “
The South West College has now successfully completed seven FUSION projects with companies across the Republic of Ireland. The South West College is now working with companies in Co. Kildare, Co. Monaghan, Co. Donegal, Co. Louth and Co. Sligo supporting and mentoring them with new product development and process improvements. The College is currently tendering for a FUSION project in Co. Cavan with a further potential project anticipated in Co. Leitrim.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.