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With its comprehensive programme of free workshops and key note speakers combined with exhibitors displaying the latest technological solutions available, the event is intended to provide something of interest and value for all visitors.

INAUGURAL MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY CHAIN AWARDS The 2019 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition will be followed by the presentation of the inaugural IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards. The first of their kind on the island of Ireland, the awards showcase and celebrate exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing. IMR (Irish Manufacturing Research) is

an independent not-for-profit research organisation, funded under the Enterprise Ireland/IDA Technology Centres programme, to provide applied research solutions and advanced manufacturing expertise, technology transfer and training to the manufacturing sector in Ireland. The 2019 awards will take place at a

formal ceremony on the evening of 17th of January at the Citywest Hotel.

National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

Encompassing 15 categories covering Ireland’s key industrial sectors, the awards have attracted entries from small, medium and large companies. The IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019 were recently launched by Heather Humphreys

TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and Gearóid Mooney, Director of Research and Innovation at Enterprise Ireland. The finalists will be announced shortly.

Below: Pictured at the launch of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing Awards were (left to right): John Whelan, chair of the judging panel, Gearóid Mooney of Enterprise Ireland, Michael Cassidy of IMR and Minister Heather Humphries


e exist in a consumer driven world where product development and

innovation moves rapidly. In the fight to keep pace, manufacturers can be tempted to compromise on quality and here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains why companies need to be stringent and avoid cutting corners. The idea that all production has

moved to China is a misguided view according to the Office for National Statistics. In the UK, the demand for high-skilled production has gained much greater prominence in the last decade, especially when considering high precision manufacturing. The issue for most manufacturers is

the pressure of bringing products to market within constrained timeframes. The pressure intensifies when the product is quality sensitive as is the case for precision manufacturing, and so the importance of employing the right gears for industrial equipment has never been greater. Servo actuators and gears are vital

components of industrial equipment used for steel manufacturing and in the


machine tool industry. At Harmonic Drive UK, we’ve found that the significant growth in these industries has resulted in a surge in the demand for high precision strain wave gears. To meet the wide range of

requirements for manufacturers, we have continuously developed our servo actuators in the LynxDrive Series. Now, we have further extended the series to include the LynxDrive -25C, which is designed to be considerably more compact than traditional gear and servo motor combinations. The LynxDrive -25C is a high precision

strain wave gear with output bearing, combined with a permanent magnet servo motor that is specifically customised to the actuator. Extremely robust and offering a high overload capability, the motor’s design, with its vacuum encapsulation winding, supports almost unlimited maximum performance, even at link voltages of 320 VDC. More importantly, the series is

available in five sizes with six gear ratios between 30 and 160:1, providing accelerating torques between 50 Nm and 176 Nm. This makes the servo

LynxDrive servo actuator

actuators ideal for modern manufacturing machines that aim to reduce costs and increase productivity. With high protection ratings and corrosion resistance, the series is perfectly suited for use in harsh and demanding environments like the industrial manufacturing plants of today. With accurate positioning, Harmonic Drive’s actuator ensures stable machine characteristics and short cycle times without jeopardising quality.

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