NWRC to unveil new innovation centre at Springtown campus
By Aoife Curran
North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Business Support Centre (BSC) will host an official opening of its new i4.0 (industry 4.0) Centre at the colleges Springtown Campus in Derry ~ Londonderry on Thursday 16th March.
Dr Fergal Tuffy, BSC Manager said, “The NWRC, with funding from the Department for the Economy, has invested in innovation and skills centres over the last number of years as part of the College’s plan to support industry to embrace new technologies and skills. Through our existing facilities of Foodovation, Product Design Centre, DIAL (health and care), and XR Hub (augmented and virtual reality) we have helped businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and enhance products, processes and services, underpinned with the necessary skills to do so. The industry 4.0 Centre at Springtown is the latest investment, where we will be supporting businesses and providing training in an exciting technology area, to meet the future business needs, and I’d encourage businesses and stakeholders to attend the launch to see our new facility.”
Cathal Ferry, i4.0 Centre Manager explained: “This launch event, in partnership with Smart Nano NI and Connected NI, will provide you with an opportunity to have a tour of the Centre and view some of the latest state-of-the-art equipment such as the Festo i4.0 factory automation training system and robotic equipment.”
‘’There will also be an augmented and virtual reality equipment demonstration from our XR Hub team and a showcase of the capabilities of the NWRC Product Design Centre (PDC) 3D printers.’’
The event will begin at 3pm and includes brief opening speeches followed by a tour of the i4.0 Centre, with refreshments served afterwards.
Places are limited. To register for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/north-west-regional-colleges-i40-centre-grand-opening-tickets-547667437047