Exploring Electronics UCC PDE Teacher Training @CIT

Exploring Electronics 2017 at CIT

29Nov17   In the 13th year of cooperation between UCC and the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology, 24 Professional Diploma in Education Student Teachers and Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) teachers, have received Certificates of Achievement after completing a 5-week introductory course to electronics.

Sean Moran1 Nov 2017

With significant backing from the Electronics and Microelectronics industry locally and nationally and in particular from CEIA.ie, Cork’s Technology Network, the training programme is based on the ‘Exploring Electronics’ Transition Year Module developed at CIT and is aimed at de-mystifying electronics in the Second Level Class room. It introduces the theory and practice of Electronics Circuit design using practical teaching aids and concise lessons.  The module includes links with the Junior Certificate Science Curriculum and aims to provide a useful resource that will support teachers who want to introduce their students to electronics in a very practical way.

Sean Moran, CEIA Chairman said, “We are delighted to support this initiative and thank our member companies who sponsor this course. Teachers can have a great influence in the lives of their students and this Transition Year course will give students an appreciation of the role of electronics in everyday life. The course will also give teachers the tool kit to support a Transition Year electronics module”.

The course is made possible by the ongoing cooperation between Dr Declan Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Science Education at UCC, Dr Joe Connell, John Harrington, Noel Sharpe and Valerie Maloney of the Department of Electronic Engineering at CIT, Dr Eamon Connolly, CEIA and Second-Level Physics teachers Rosemarie Ferriter, Sean Finn and Sean Roberts.

CEIA Breakfast Meeting December 2017

Friday 1st Dec. 2017  07:30am (sharp)  at: Flex Ltd.,  Kilbarry Business Park, Dubin Hill, Cork  (map: Flex Ltd.) is the venue for our Dec. 2017 Breakfast Briefing

Continuing our theme of Cost Reduction, Reinvention and Innovation our December briefing reviews a successful business outside our industry sectors.

We are delighted Mr Theodore H. “Ted” Nixon, Chairman and CEO, D.D. Williamson has graciously accepted our request to speak to CEIA members.

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Ted, will share with us “The DDW Story”

 Founded in 1865 – the year Lincoln was assassinatedDDW has been in the food colours business for an astonishing 152 years.



It was founded by Dutch immigrant Douw Ditmars Williamson in New York to manufacture burnt sugars for the brewing industry.

Ted joined D.D. Williamson in 1974 in manufacturing, he became Director of Operations in 1976, added Sales and Marketing responsibilities in 1980.

He was promoted to President and COO in 1982, and became CEO in 1992.

DDW now operates ten manufacturing facilities on five continents. (USA (3), Brazil, Ireland (2), UK (2), Swaziland, Malaysia & China.

Over 75% of DDW’s sales are outside the USA; and each day, their products colour over 2 billion servings of foods and beverages on a global basis.

Its product standards result from  quality systems that exceed those required by all national and global food agencies,  backed with a global team of dedicated professionals and 152 years of experience in the colouring industry. This combination of innovation, experience, and dedication, makes DDW the best source of natural colours for food and beverage applications in the world.

In 1978 DDW opened its first international company in Cork, to supply Europe’s growing soft drinks industry.

Advances in technology is just one example of how innovation is key when working within the natural colours industry. Technology is required to improve precision when matching colours, testing stability, and replacing synthetics. This capability mimics what the eyes see by measuring reflected or transmitted light at various wavelengths within the visible spectrum and quantifies colour based upon a three-dimensional colour space, helping colour scientists create custom blends for customers that better match their desired hue.

Ted’s presentation will cover the story of DDW worldwide from 1865 to date and will focus on key topics such as  Innovation, Invention, Re-invention, Reaction to changing circumstances, Globalization, Specialization, some of the challenges DDW has faced over the years and how it has dealt with these to maintain DDW as a world leader in its industry.

The CEIA would like to thank Jerry Fitzpatrick  and the team in Flex Ltd. Who have generously agreed to host this event at their site in Kilbarry.

Please contact info@ceia.ie to register your  attendance

October 2017 Business Briefing

DELL/EMC, Ovens, Co. Cork – Friday Oct. 20th at 5:45pm (sharp) is the venue for our October 2017 Business Briefing.


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Minister Simon Coveney, T.D. –

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, with special responsibility for Brexit,

has graciously accepted an invitation to attend our October briefing.

The format will be a ‘round table’ informal discussion and topics will be ‘relevant issues’ affecting the our industrial sectors, locally, nationally & internationally.

Invitations have been kept to a minimum to facilitate participation & interaction.

We are extremely grateful to Bob Savage, Aidan Trindle and the team at DELL for hosting the event.


For further information please contact info@ceia.ie


Thurs Sept 21st from 7:30am (sharp) to 9:30am in the CETB premises on Rossa Ave. (Map CETB)

We continue with our 2017 theme: ‘Reinvention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation’

Today we stand on the cusp of a fourth industrial  revolution; one which promises to marry the worlds of production and network connectivity in an “Internet of Things”

INDUSTRIE 4.0 represents a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production – made possible by technological advances which constitute a reversal of conventional production process logic. Simply put, this means that industrial production machinery no longer simply “processes” the product, but that the product communicates with the machinery to tell it exactly what to do. INDUSTRIE 4.0 connects embedded system production technologies and smart production processes to pave the way to a new technological age which will radically transform industry and production value chains and business models (e.g. “smart factory”)

Arnold Industries is now a part of the Bossard Group, whose company headquarters are in Zug, Switzerland. Bossard is a global network of companies with more than 2,100 employees in over 75 locations and carefully selected international partners in all regions of the world. Their drive for excellence and innovation has led to steady growth and market success for more than 180 years.

Marion Keller from Bossard Group in Switzerland will present to us at our breakfast meeting and will share with us  a

  • Brief  introduction to Bossard and its history,
  • How ‘Industrie 4’ impacts our Manufacturing Supply Chain,
  • Challenges in the connected industry and
  • Smart Factory Logistics as an innovative 4.0 approach.

Jerry Sweeney, CEO of CIX will give us a brief talk on the IOT Testbed, hosted within his facility. Dell EMC in conjunction with CIT have an IOT Testbed which is available FOC, subject to a qualification process, to companies trialling IOT applications.CIX hosts the kit in its data centre. Horner are an example of a company that have used the testbed. The testbed is part of the IIC Consortium.

We will also have the opportunity to hear details on current STEM activities which the CEIA is committed to in 2017. These activities can be offered as a service fulfilling an organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. We will be seeking member involvement and support.

June 2017 Business Briefing

APPLE OPERATIONS, Hollyhill, Thursday June 22nd at 6:40pm (sharp) is the venue for our June 2017 Business Briefing.

We are privileged to have

Smon Coveney TDMinister Simon Coveney, T.D. –

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, with special responsibility for Brexit,


attend our June Business Briefing. Like previous such Business Briefings the format will be a ‘round table’ informal discussion.
The topics for discussion will be ‘relevant issues’ affecting the our industry, locally, nationally & internationally. Invitations have been kept to a minimum to facilitate participation & interaction.
We are extremely grateful to Cathy Kearney and the team at Apple for hosting the event.
For further information please contact info@ceia.ie

May 2017 Business Briefing

Innovation is the theme of our May briefing, at  DELL EMC,  Ovens, Co. Cork  on Wednesday May 24th 2017 starting at 6.15pm (sharp) – (Directions: DELL/EMC)

Mr Aidan Trindle, Vice President Global Manufacturing Operation at Dell EMC, has graciously accepted our invitation to present to us .

Aidan Trindle


Aidan will share with us

“The Dell EMC Innovation Experience”


Dell EMC is a member of the Dell Technologies unique family of businesses and serves a key role in providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. Dell EMC enables enterprise customers’ IT and digital business transformation through trusted hybrid cloud and big-data solutions, built upon a modern data center infrastructure that incorporates industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and cybersecurity technologies.

Dell EMC brings together Dell’s and EMC’s respective strong capabilities and complementary portfolios, sales teams and R&D. They seek to become the technology industry’s most trusted advisor, providing capabilities spanning strategy development, consultative services and solution deployment and support to help our customers and partners drive the digital transformation of their businesses.

Dell EMC has three campuses in Ireland. Located in Cork, Limerick and Dublin our operations here are strategic global hubs for Sales, Services, Technical and Customer Centres of Excellence, Operations, IT, Manufacturing and Finance & Solutions Development.

Aidan joined EMC 23 years ago and is Vice-President of Global Manufacturing Operations, with responsible for the quality manufacturing of the entire suite of Dell EMC products, shipping to over 140 countries in the International markets outside North America. He leads a diverse and talented team, spanning the spectrum of manufacturing, from engineering, software development, manufacturing  operations, quality management, customer operations and materials.

A Computer Studies graduate from University College Cork he holds a Masters in Supply Chain Management, as well as qualifications from the University of Limerick and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants plus a Diploma in Data Business from UCC, a programme launched in 2013, which was designed by DELL EMC and SAS and run jointly by the Irish Management Institute and UCC.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Aidan and the team in Dell EMC for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event on site.

To register please contact us at info@ceia.ie please state the name(s) of attendees & member organisation

March 2017 Business Briefing

takes place on Tuesday March 28th 2017 starting at 6.30pm (sharp) at Stryker Neurovascular,  Model Farm Rd., Cork       Directions: Stryker Neurovascular

We  continue with our theme of Cost Reduction, Reinvention and Innovation reviewing a business in the Biotech Manufacturing sphere and are delighted

Arnaud Aoustin, StrykerMr Arnaud Aoustin, Operations Manager of Stryker Neurovascular, has graciously accepted our request to present to fellow CEIA members. Arnaud will share with us

“The Stryker Neurovascular Story”

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with their customers, they are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.

The Company was founded in 1941 by Dr. Homer Stryker and incorporated in 1946 as the Orthopaedic Frame Company. In 1964, the Company’s name was changed to Stryker Corporation and is a very fast growing company with $11.325 billion in annual sales in 2016. Annual revenue has grown for 37 straight years with 18% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in sales over 37 years. The company employs around 33,000 employees globally across 43 manufacturing and research & development locations worldwide.

In 2011, Stryker completed the acquisition of the Neurovascular (NV) Division of Boston Scientific for $1.5 Billion. This resulted in the start of the Stryker NV business in Model Farm Road. The NV revenue was $0.6 billion for 2016 with a double digit growth for the last 5 years. 70% of this revenue is manufactured in the Model Farm Road site which employs 750 people.

Arnaud’s presentation will cover the story of Stryker, Stryker NV and will focus on key topics including Continuous Improvement & Innovation.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Arnaud and the team in Stryker for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event on site.

To register send an Email to info@ceia.ie, places are limited for this event.

32nd AGM – Feb 16th 2017

The 32nd CEIA AGM takes place Thurs. Feb 16th at 6.30pm (sharp) in Maryborough House Hotel, Douglas, Cork 


The Guest Speaker for the evening is:

Eamonn Sinnott


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Eamonn is a Vice President of Intel’s Technology & Manufacturing Group, the General Manager of Intel Ireland & the Plant Manager for Fabs 10, 14 & 24. He is responsible for developing people and leading the implementation of strategic policies and initiatives supporting the development of new business & technology opportunities.

Intel in Ireland has grown considerably under Eamonn’s stewardship, not only in its European Manufacturing headquarters in Leixlip, but also through new business development and acquisition.
Significant achievements for Eamonn in this role include leading the revitalization of all wafer fabrication operations in Ireland, resulting in the deployment of the leading edge semiconductor process technology at the Leixlip campus. This investment is the largest industrial investment in the history of the Irish state and positions Ireland as a world class centre for advanced technology.

Eamonn also led the establishment of a new Silicon design team at Leixlip which designed and built the breakthrough low power system on a chip (SoC) called Quark. This new product line helped fuel Intel’s advance in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace.

Eamonn was awarded Business Person of the month in 2011, 2012 & 2015, Business and Finance Ireland

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to Eamonn. His presentation titled “The INTEL Ireland Story”, will share an insight into Intel’s Evolution, Reinvention and Innovation over the past 27 years and investment of over $7 Billion into the state of the art manufacturing site which was once 360 acre stud farm.

A sincere word of thanks to Eamonn for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Feb 16th

 After the meeting, Dinner will be served in the main restaurant.                         (there will be a nominal charge for dinner)

Please register by contacting info@ceia.ie  and advise if you plan to stay for dinner.