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MESA Ireland demystify Smart Manufacturing at Limerick meeting

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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!



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PLM and medical device manufacturing in the age of the Digital Factory.

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From advanced robots that can repair roadways and fight fires to 3D printers that can create muscle and bone, modern day smart innovations all have one inescapable force behind them – digitisation. The era of digitisation is already upon us and will only continue to evolve and encompass all aspects and all sectors of manufacturing.

The age of digitisation, also known as Industry 4.0, is the single biggest challenge facing manufacturers. And with smart manufacturing transforming what we produce, we need to transform how we produce to stay on the cutting edge.

This is where the concept of the Digital Factory applies. Put simply, the digital factory is when a digital twin or copy of real production is simulated – and shows the production process in a virtual way. It is especially important for the planning and optimisation of the manufacture of complex products, such as medical devices.

At our upcoming information roadshow on Industry 4.0 for medical device companies, experts from Seabrook Technology Group and Siemens will discuss and showcase the advanced technologies necessary to keep pace with digitisation. In this blog, we will examine the advanced technologies in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and the huge role it will play in the transition to digitisation.

PLM is so much more than a piece of software or a technology, it is also a strategic operations process that will ensure sustained manufacturing excellence into the future. PLM facilitates compliance enforcement, enables greater innovation – therefore enhancing product quality, reduces time to market and allows for continuous improvement.

At the very core of PLM is its ability to simulate a digital copy of the end product in which individual components can be inserted in different configurations and thoroughly tested. This is possible along the entire development chain, before a single piece of the product is ever produced. This process is especially significant for the medical device manufacturing sector, where reconfigurations and iterations of a product cost both valuable time and money.

An example is the progress and innovation in the global production of orthopaedic medical devices by the Wright Medical Technology Group. Using PLM Teamcenter®, Wright has been able to come up with less painful and less invasive ways of repairing fractures and other orthopaedic ailments. It has designed and manufactured hip and knee joint implants as well as implants for hands, shoulders, feet and ankles. PLM has allowed for collaboration between all teams in quality, engineering and manufacturing, as well as with the necessary surgeons and medical professionals who could look at virtual 3D models of the device and give instant feedback. With the easy accessibility of the most up-to-date data, PLM Teamcenter also resulted in reducing time to market and cutting delays with FDA compliance and regulations for Wright, who has increased its market share since adopting the technology.

Using PLM to connect the real with the virtual world of production makes it possible to enter entirely new dimensions in quality, efficiency and flexibility.  It’s clear that organisations that adopt these technologies now in order to transition to the Digital Factory, will lead the way in the future.

For more information, or to secure your place at Seabrook’s Preparing for Industry 4.0 roadshow, see


MESA, ISA & Seabrook

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Seabrook was delighted to meet with representatives of the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association at the ISA’s first Food and Pharmaceutical Symposium to be held in Ireland. It was a great opportunity for us to catch up with MESA representatives and to discuss all that they have been doing in Ireland. We have always been extremely proud of our association with the organisation.

Desmond Savage gave a highly informative presentation on MESA during the food segment of the conference which was held at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Seabrook’s native Cork. The President of the ISA Ireland chapter, Alan Bateman, also recognised MESA’s support during his address to delegates. Pictured in the above photo taken at event are, from left to right, Ian Foley of Seabrook along with Wayne Bursey, Siemens, Peter Cullen, Rockwell Automation, Desmond Savage, ATS, and Andrew Daly, VisionID of the Ireland Special Interest Group.

MESA has some exciting events taking place over the next couple of weeks, including the Second International Virtual Internet of Things Conference in April and the Automation Conference and Expo in May. For a full list of MESA’s events, see

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4 ways PLM will enhance medical device manufacturing

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Now more than ever before, there are a myriad of challenges facing the life sciences sector. With consumer medical devices beginning to dominate the market, and therefore consumer demands becoming more complex, increasingly stringent regulatory compliance is being insisted on, as well as a near flawless level of product quality. Failure to comply with regulations can be catastrophic, while a reputation for anything less that ‘safety-critical’ quality is equally damaging.

It’s estimated that the wearable medical devices market will exceed $10 billion by as soon as 2017, so now is the time that those who want to stay in the game should seriously contemplate adopting new technologies to remain relevant and competitive.

Some of the key challenges in medical device manufacturing at the moment are:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Cutting Costs

Advanced technologies like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Systems facilitate meaningful, result-driven progress towards meeting these challenges. In our upcoming Seabrook roadshow ‘Preparing for Industry 4.0’ we will focus on the key benefits of PLM for the life sciences sector, and the role it plays in the digital factory.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the ways we will demonstrate how PLM will enhance medical device manufacturing, using as a guide the benefits of a global leading PLM system, Siemen’s Teamcenter®.

  • Keeping pace with Industry 4.0. With Teamcenter data can be viewed and exchanged across all components of the business – from research, development and design on the office floor to production on the shop floor. PLM facilitates the communication between the product and the machine and vice versa, with all information accessible at all times to all members of the team. And that is one of the central targets of Industry 4.0. Engineers can conceive of a design, simulate it and send the virtual version to the shop floor where production is in turn simulated – meaning all flaws and issues are ironed out before actual production ever starts. Connecting the real with the virtual world of production is making it possible to enter entirely new dimensions in quality, efficiency and flexibility. In fact, in Siemens own factory in Amberg, Germany where Teamcenter is used, the automated processes have resulted in the number of errors dropping massively from 500 per one million actions, to just 11.
  • End-to-end compliance. Teamcenter PLM features a robust set of compliance management, traceability and reporting capabilities. The system plays an important role in helping medical device companies significantly reduce the time it takes to prove compliance with regulations, such as those of the FDA’s. It tracks all product data connected to product development. By integrating this compliance management into the overall lifecycle management of the product, Teamcenter PLM virtually reduces manual data entry, improves data accuracy and reduces costs associated with compliance and non-compliance.
  • Cutting production costs by reducing design revisions. Teamcenter enables the management and sharing of cross-domain design information, including mechanical, electronics, software and simulation in a single environment. Clear visual feedback allows for faster clearance analysis. The comprehensive system enforces correctness at every step, thereby resulting in fewer design iterations and lower costs overall for design. Its high-level approach with tight time-management controls ensures that all design processes have been deemed suitable for use.
  • Teamcenter enhances teamwork on an international level. It allows for instant collaboration by enabling international teams to connect, communicate and share information on-demand between all of a company’s global offices.. Teams can iterate easily, communicate visually and engage suppliers at an earlier stage. In fact, this can accelerate overall product development by 25 percent.

For more on PLM and its role in Industry 4.0, join Seabrook Technology Group’s Preparing for Industry 4.0 information roadshow in Dublin on April 25th. For further information on this event, or to book your place see