On Friday March 9th, Dairymaster Technical Director Dr. Edmond Harty hosted a visit to the company by a group of representatives from Enterprise Ireland and IT Tralee to mark the collaborative research activities of Dairymaster and the Institute. Jimmy Deenihan TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht also attended.
Dairymaster, a world leader in milking equipment manufacturing, operates from its head office in Causeway, Co. Kerry, Ireland as well as operating offices in the UK and USA. Dairymaster also has an export market that spans over 40 countries worldwide. The secret of Dairymaster's world-wide success is the company's unfaltering commitment to on-going research and development, superior product quality and excellent customer service. The
company works closely with the IT Tralee on many projects as part of the product development process and in the areas of education and training.
Research activities between Dairymaster and the ITT have primarily been funded through the Enterprise Ireland managed Innovation Partnership which encourages Irish based companies to work with Irish colleges to access their expertise and resources to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. Research between both organisations has also been funded through IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology) a funding programme aimed at yielding new concepts, findings and innovations within Ireland.
A significant number of IT Tralee graduates are employed by Dairymaster in the areas of production, research and development, marketing, business development and sales. The IT Tralee, in partnership with Dairymaster, have recently developed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Innovation and Communication which will be delivered to the management team at Dairymaster this year. The R&D activities undertaken at the Institute of Technology, Tralee in partnership with Dairymaster are managed through the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensor Systems one of a number of research centres established at the Institute. By the end of March 2012, a total of 6 researchers will be employed full-time in this research unit.