Product Development & Design
The PEM Technology Gateway builds on IT Sligo's immense in-house expertise to add value to product development and design activities.
Product Design, Design for Manufacturing (DFM) & Design for Assembly (DFA): Through coupling DFM & DFA methodologies & process simulation tools, production process scenarios can be virtually evaluated for emerging precision product designs, thereby mitigating risk, reducing costs & speeding up production processes. Leveraging the industrial & R&D experience of engineering staff & technical staff, PEM can advise on, simulate, trial & prototype components & production processes which are optimised for DFM & DFA
Non-Conventional Machining: PEM staff have extensive experience in the development, application & refining of non-convention engineering methods, which can be used to facilitate companies in establishing & utilising non-conventional machining processes.
Polymers: Our expert PEM staff (with over 20 years in precision laser development & applications) can utilise our in-house CO2 Laser to develop & refine industrial applications of lasers in the areas of:
Novel laser-based manufacturing techniques
Novel applications of emerging optical technologies (diffractive optics, phase masks, etc.)
Application of Lasers & optical technologies to generate micro- and nano-scale features on materials
Application of Lasers for the fabrication of fibre-optic & photonic components
The application of laser & lamp technologies in the development of novel biomaterials for use in implantable medical devices
Simulating tool wear and cutting force characterisation: Through simulating and optimizing cutting force characteristics, CNC platforms capable of removing materials with ‘Near Zero Force’ (NZF) can be created with enhanced surface finishing and productivity improvements. This is achieved through the use of several industry standard software programs that deploy advanced modelling techniques
Simulation Modelling: Creating and analysing computerised, mathematical or statistical models of a physical system can be used to predict its performance in the real world. PEM has access to software to support the Simulation Modelling offering.
Industrial Metrology: Our PEM staff are trained in metrology methods, such as the use of optimal Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) strategies which are critical to the quality control & verification process of components that are precision machined; & in the use of our in-house CMM machines
Additive Manufacturing (AM) /3D Printing: PEM are working with the Irish Manufacturing Research & Technology Organisation (IMR) to further develop their in-house expertise in AM. In 2016, PEM hosted the ‘All about Additive’ training course, & presented two of the training modules (Product Lifecycle and Business Model; The Future of Additive Manufacturing). PEM continue to develop & grow their AM expertise through applied research with their in-house AM Printers:
Experimental Design and Process Optimisation: Experimental design can be used to make systematic changes to a process, analyse the results of the changes and use this to identify the appropriate process settings to achieve the optimum result. PEM has access to software to support the Experimental Design & Process Optimisation offering.
Materials Synthesis, Processing and Characterisation: PEM Gateway researchers are at the cutting edge of materials processing with capabilities in solid state synthesis, thin film fabrication, sol gel technology, sonochemical processing, microwave assisted synthesis, solution processing, hydrothermal methods and have a state of the art research laboratory