Dr. Garret O’Donnell- Assistant Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng), Trinity College Dublin

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    Presentation Title:

    “Industrie 4.0 – Process analytics for manufacturing”.

    Presentation Synopsis:

    One of the most significant initiatives in the last 2 years has been the concept of the 4th industrial revolution promoted by the National Academy for Science and Engineering in Germany- ACATECH, known as Industrie 4.0. The so called “Industrial Internet of Things and Services” and its potential for the manufacturing environment is disruptive and is viewed as a 4th industrial revolution. It is anticipated that there will be an interconnection between machines, warehousing systems and production facilities at a global scale in the shape of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). These Cyber-Physical Systems will comprise smart machines, storage systems and production facilities capable of autonomously exchanging information, triggering actions and controlling each other independently. The well established field of process monitoring has arguably been the closest field in production technology to the Cyber-Physical Systems principles including intelligence-integration and interconnection. A key differentiator in Industrie 4.0 between an IT perspective and an engineering scientist perspective is the link to the underlying physics of the manufacturing process that is quantifiable with this new data. The sensor data recorded on millisecond intervals is of critical important in understanding the process material and machine interaction. The manufacturing research group led by Dr. O’Donnell has been working in this field for the last 10 years and will demonstrate some of the impact of the research undertake in collaboration with Irish MNC and SMEs.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr. Garret O Donnell is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Dublin and NUI Dublin and has been a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin since 2005. Dr. O’Donnell is a funded investigator in AMBER (SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research). Dr. O Donnell’s research activities are based on advancing the scientific understanding underpinning advanced manufacturing technologies in sectors such as medical devices, automotive and aerospace sectors. The core focus of the research work is the characterisation of measurable phenomena in materials processing spanning length scales and spanning domains from machining to energy consumption at factory systems level. In the last 10 years, Dr. O Donnell has developed a research group in the field of manufacturing engineering research, and supervised 23 graduate research theses to completion, graduating 9 MSc by research and 14 PhDs, all directly aligned with industry. The majority of the graduates from the group have taken up positions in industry in Ireland, Europe and US. The calibre of the research group is at the highest level internationally and a metric of international esteem is that Dr. O’Donnell is an associate member of The International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP).

    A key characteristic of Dr. O’Donnell’s group is the strong links to industry and supporting industry in addressing next generation challenges such as “Industrie 4.0”.

    The research and postgraduate funding secured by Dr. O’Donnell in addition to SFI-AMBER comes from sources including EU, Enterprise Ireland, EPA, and IRC as well as bilateral funding from industry.The strong research collaboration with industry on state of the art manufacturing topics provides the context for teaching in the undergraduate programme stimulating the interest and enthusiasm of the undergraduate students. Dr. O’Donnell has given a number of talks on the topic of “Industrie 4.0” in Ireland and in Europe. At the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference, Dr. O’Donnell will address the area of process analytics in manufacturing presenting some case studies of ongoing research projects from the research group with innovative Irish MNC and SME’s industries.

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