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MESA Ireland demystify Smart Manufacturing at Limerick meeting

By October 11, 2016 News No Comments
From L – R: Ian Foley, Seabrook Technology Group, Desmond Savage, ATS, Tom Murphy, IT Consultant, Wayne Bursey, Siemens & Andrew Daly, Vision ID

Over 40 professionals attended a very interactive and topical MESA Ireland meeting in the Castletroy Park Hotel on September 20. The principal topic for the day was ‘ Demystifying Smart Manufacturing ’ which was presented by Desmond Savage; MESA Ireland Co-Chairperson and Tom Murphy MESA Ireland Committee member. Other MESA Ireland committee members present on the day; Andrew Daly, Ian Foley and Wayne Bursey.

The meeting kicked off with Ian introducing the group and Desmond presenting on MESA International and the latest initiatives. MESA International is a not-for-profit association that promotes best practices in Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions. Some of the trending topics currently on-going within MESA, include:


Desmond Savage, ATS, introducing MESA International.

Following the introduction, Tom and Desmond presented the main topic of the day ‘Demystifying Smart Manufacturing’. Tom kicked off discussing the history of Industry 4.0 and the evolution of the Smart Manufacturing initiative. During this presentation, there was great discussions with the audience on topics such as:

  • What are the challenges and barriers that currently exist e.g. difficult regulation and lack of education
  • Ireland has been very successful in implementing Lean and Six Sigma/Shingo projects, but the focus for Smart Manufacturing does not seem to exist; should there be government sponsored initiatives? Should MESA play a role?
  • Data – Many customers were focused on data; how to use it, how to store it and how to benefit from it. The focus on Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things is driving customers to use this data and explore potential business advantages from it. Data driven services are a key topic for now for the discrete manufacturing environments.
  • Members – Current membership options are available here.
  • MESA to get involved with Industry 4.0 Ireland Inc. but which one, as there seems to be 2 or 3 at the moment.
  • The slides presented can be accessed here 



Tom Murphy, IT Consultant, presenting ‘Demystifying Smart Manufacturing’

Following the presentation, a networking lunch was hosted in the same room which gave the participants the opportunity to continue the vibrant discussions. For those who could afford the time, Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson company who are one of the world’s leading producers of contact lenses, offered to host a group and give a tour of their advanced manufacturing facility location 10 minutes away. The feedback from the tour was very positive and the MESA Ireland Special Interest Group (SIG) again would like to extend our thanks for the support and time given by Vistakon.

Please watch out for upcoming events hosted by MESA Ireland SIG (see LinkedIn Group) and if not already a member of MESA, join today and help build a vibrant community of Irish manufacturing professionals contributing to Demystifying Smart Manufacturing!