Centre Overview

CONFIRM is a world-leading SFI research centre in Smart Manufacturing hosted by the University of Limerick.  Our mission is to transform industry to become leaders in Smart Manufacturing.

Smart Manufacturing is the process of fusing intelligence to the production process to improve manufacturing performance via automation and data analytics. CONFIRM has expertise across Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing ecosystem and works to identify business needs in partnership with industry and then selects the right research team to help to solve business challenge.

We have an extensive researcher network that spans 9 research partner institutes and 16 international collaborations this is coupled with 100+ industry partners and supported by €45M in funding.   

Research Areas

Please click on a competency below to view associated Principal & Funded Investigators

Research Programme

The CONFIRM research community currently consists of approximately 120 researchers (Principal & Funded Investigators, Fellows, Postdocs, PhDs, Masters, & PDRAs) offering an extensive breadth of expertise and experience both in Academic and Industrial settings, working across our broad research programme outlined below. Our Programs are managed operationally by our operations team program managers (where applicable with industry experience) and scientifically by our Work program leaders.

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CONFIRM’s Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) is focused on the application of digital innovation across the manufacturing value chain to foster growth and competitiveness in the Irish manufacturing industry and enable Irish based manufacturing companies to compete within the rapidly changing global landscape.

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Academic Partners

CONFIRM is hosted by the University of Limerick in partnership with: 

Industry and Commercialisation

CONFIRM works collaboratively with industry to identify current and future smart manufacturing needs. CONFIRM gives industry partners a competitive advantage by ensuring the right research team is working to drive business readiness for Industry 4.0.  CONFIRM has experience working across MNC and SMEs within diverse sectors, including, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Chemical, Nutrition & Beverage, Computer, Electronic, Optical, and Electrical equipment. CONFIRM offers industry partners a unique opportunity to transform and optimise their production facilities and associated services with the potential to greatly increase productivity and output.

CONFIRM’s new headquarters has currently constructed a new dedicated Digital Manufacturing facility in the University of Limerick’s Digital District, which opened in March 2020. This facility will enable a community of practice where CONFIRM will host 70 researchers, 12 operational and management staff, resident and visiting investigators from CONFIRM’s 9 national research partners, international collaborators, industry partners, as well as test-bed and prototype facilities.

Current industry partners include

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Analog Devices
  • Accucode
  • SCRI-IS Technologies Ltd
  • Modular Automation
  • SL Controls
  • Robotics & Drivers
  • ATG Europe

Facilities/ Infrastructure

CONFIRM’s new headquarters, a bespoke 1619 m2 facility based in Park Point, Limerick, will open on February 2020. This facility will enable a community of practice where CONFIRM will host 70 researchers, 12 operational and management staff, resident and visiting investigators from CONFIRM’s 9 national research partners, international collaborators, industry partners, as well as test-bed and prototype facilities.

Across our partner institutes, we have an array of cutting edge equipment to enable Industries' transformation towards becoming world-leaders in Smart Manufacturing. Facilities include:

  • Process & Product Development Labs – Tyndall National Institute
  • Process Technology Services – Tyndall National Institute
  • JAMIR Composite Joining Suite – University of Limerick
  • Universal Robotics UR Series Cobots – University of Limerick
  • MAXIEM 1530 Water-Jet Machining Centre – University of Limerick
  • Ultrasonic Welding Facility – University of Limerick
  • Injection Moulding Smart Manufacturing Cell – Athlone Institute of Technology

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Case Studies

The importance of clearly demonstrating the impact of the research carried out at Confirm is a central part of how we operate. Case studies can help to quantify the return on investment and improve general understanding of the concept and principles of Industrial Digitisation. 

Sample case studies can be found here.

Education and Public Engagement

For many, the term “manufacturing” doesn’t immediately evoke thoughts of STEM or cutting edge scientific research. Furthermore, there is a widespread misconception that careers in the manufacturing sector are predominantly menial jobs with little room for growth or development. The EPE programme at CONFIRM addresses these issues by bridging the gap between academia/industry and the lay population and raising public awareness of research and developments in the manufacturing industry that are ushering in the dawn of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Mapped onto the key research areas of the Centre, CONFIRM offer a suite of cross-curricular educational programmes built on the STEAM model, which aim to inspire the next generation of Scientists and Engineers while also developing key transferable skills such as creative problem solving and collaboration.

CONFIRM Researchers engage with the community through a number of Public Engagement initiatives including Pint of Science, our “Engineering the Future” social media campaigns, national STEM festivals and events such as Inspire Fest.

Further information can be found here.

Key Contact Details

Prof. Conor McCarthy
Director

Conor.mccarthy@confirm.ie

Dr. Bill O’Leary
General Manager

Bill.oleary@confirm.ie

Patricia Bourke
Reporting, Compliance and Finance Manager

Patricia.Bourke@confirm.ie

Sean O Brien
Education, Public Engagement and Training Manger

sean.obrien@confirm.ie

Dr. Paraic Rattigan
Industry Research Programme Manager

Paraic.rattigan@confirm.ie

Dr. Niall Keely
Strategic Research Programme Manager

Niall.keely@confirm.ie

Dr. Sean Nolan
Funding Manager

Sean.Nolan@confirm.ie

Patrick Reidy
Business Development Manager

Patrick.reidy@confirm.ie

Dorothea Whelan
Marketing and communications Manager

dorothea.whelan@confirm.ie

Dr. Susan Daly
MSCA Smart 4.0 Programme Manager

Susan.daly@confirm.ie

Gillian O’Sullivan
Senior Administrator

confirm@ul.ie

Key Contact Details

Prof. Conor McCarthy
Director

Conor.mccarthy@confirm.ie

Dr. Bill O’Leary
General Manager

Bill.oleary@confirm.ie

Patricia Bourke
Reporting, Compliance and Finance Manager

Patricia.Bourke@confirm.ie

Sean O Brien
Education, Public Engagement and Training Manger

sean.obrien@confirm.ie

Dr. Paraic Rattigan
Industry Research Programme Manager

Paraic.rattigan@confirm.ie

Dr. Niall Keely
Strategic Research Programme Manager

Niall.keely@confirm.ie

Dr. Sean Nolan
Funding Manager

Sean.Nolan@confirm.ie

Patrick Reidy
Business Development Manager

Patrick.reidy@confirm.ie

Dorothea Whelan
Project Manager

dorothea.whelan@confirm.ie

Sylvia Keane
Marketing and communications Manager

Sylvia.Keane@confirm.ie

Dr. Susan Daly
MSCA Smart 4.0 Programme Manager

Susan.daly@confirm.ie

Gillian O’Sullivan
Senior Administrator

confirm@ul.ie