Thursday 20 June 2019

Student creates a robotic bartender!

Self-lighting stairs, electric quad bike, and even a robotic bartender were all on show at the 2019 Engineering and Technology Expo at IT Sligo last week in association with AbbVie.

Over 1,000 people visited the expo which is the largest of its kind in the region, offering an opportunity for students and professionals to see the latest in engineering and technology.

Fifty-five companies from all over Ireland and the UK, exhibited at the expo from a range of engineering and technology industries. The expo not only gives companies an opportunity to showcase their products to potential clients, but also the opportunity to view some of the emerging talent from the faculty of Engineering and Design at IT Sligo.

With nearly eighty students demonstrating their projects at the event, there was a lot for companies to see.

Some of the larger inventions included; a double round bale lifter, a retro fitted electric car and an ingenious device to shake off algae from oyster bags whilst protecting the shells.

Inside the expo the hall was filled with innovations in all things Industry 4.0, connecting manufacturing to the "Internet of Things", robotics and automation. Visitors were greeted by AbbVie's impressive robotic display made by local firm Ward Automation.

Bernard Murray, Engineering Manager with AbbVie in Ballytivnan, who were main sponsors of the Expo said: "AbbVie is delighted to support this year's IT Sligo Engineering and Technology Expo and help play our part in identifying and nurturing the engineers of the future.

"As a global biopharmaceutical company, which is expanding its footprint in Sligo, AbbVie has to be proactive in its support of STEM in our local communities and showcase the exciting engineering-related career paths available to students in the northwest."

Overall, there were four awards presented at the Expo to the best projects. The winners were: Computing Programme Award: Mark O'Shea - Carraroe, Sligo who designed an Augmented Reality experience to help people with anxiety to prepare for presentation; Metatronic Programme: Michael Haran,- Drumcliffe, Co Sligo for his Automated Capping Machine, Electronic & Computer Engineering: Ryszard Kaczor -Grange, Cork, designed an augmented staircase lighting system using piezoelectric sensors.

The Mechanical & Precision Engineering award was won by four students from Mayo, Clare and Cavan, for their Seaweed De-watering screw press which speeds up the process of seaweed drying for use in the production of food and beauty products.

Sligo Champion