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Monday 22 October 2018

SL Controls invests over €1m in new software set to transform face of manufacturing

Shane McLaughlin and Paul Clarke of SL Controls (James Connolly)
Shane McLaughlin and Paul Clarke of SL Controls (James Connolly)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An Irish engineering firm has invested over €1m in a new software suite that streamlines the factory production line.

Sligo-based SL Controls has developed the TOTALline product after recognising that a more cost-effective, efficient line could be transformative for the manufacturing industry.

The critical management of production lines can be difficult as the process itself resource-draining, time consuming and prone to human error.

In just over a decade, SL Controls maintains that it has spent one million engineering hours to the industry, similar man hours spent by other companies, particularly in the highly-regulated areas of pharmaceuticals and medical device production.

"We developed the product over the last 11 years after working with and listening to our clients and seeing what their needs were," Shane McLaughlin, SL Controls Business Development Manager, said.

"We have already started integrating the solution for some of our existing clients and it has been working extremely well, providing significant cost savings and improving their overall manufacturing efficiencies."

The customisable and compliant TOTALline suite integrates and automates multiple production line functions, in addition to data collection and reporting and traceability.

SL Controls - which has five offices in Sligo, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Birmingham - said that the off-the-shelf software is easily configured into existing machines across multiple technology platforms.

TOTALline, developed by a team headed by Technical Director Paul Clarke and Business Development Manager Shane McLaughlin, has three main products, TOTALbatch, TOTALdata and TOTALsolution.

The suite was officially launched at the National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition at CityWest Convention Centre.

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