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Re-Design and Prototyping of Key Products

Kelsius designs, manufactures and delivers temperature and task management systems for food and healthcare sectors in Ireland and UK. The company produces a wireless HACCP solution that allows companies to comply with regulatory requirements in a paper-free environment. Their wireless solution also allows companies to respond quickly to changes in regulation. The Kelsius system is installed and operational in over 300 sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

The EpiCentre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is a technology and innovation centre for the North West cross border region. Established in 2005, the EpiCentre works in partnership with regional companies and higher education institutions to address practical industrial challenges.

With an ongoing relationship already in place, Kelsius engaged the EpiCentre to assist in developing a new, more functional and aesthetically pleasing enclosure, graphics and user interface redesign of their wireless HACCP product. The objective of the project was to develop design specifications that would include an easy, wipe-clean design; antibacterial properties and specific ergonomic functionality and aesthetics. The project was privately financed by the company and involved product design, integration of capacitance sensing touch technology and embedding silver nanoparticles into the front PET cover.

EpiCentre delivered the redesign and prototyping of two Kelsius products. They also remained involved with the company up to the manufacture stage. New product design features have allowed a leaner, in-house assembly process, thereby delivering new efficiencies. The integration of a capacitance touch sensor for human-machine interaction (HMI) has allowed a cleanable front cover to be incorporated. This has eliminated opportunity for bacterial contamination and resulted in an unforeseen Unique Selling Point for the company. The partnership has improved Kelsius’s product innovation, productivity, and the integrated design and technology has reduced the number of returns (increased reliability), complimenting the current growth of the company and its entry into new markets.

Testimonials

“Having a partner that you can trust to work with and achieve project deliverables, ultimately has a direct impact both on business and company success, which is critical for effective growth. LYIT EpiCentre offers this level of partnership and we have already begun discussions for future potential collaboration and look forward to strengthening our ongoing good working relationship.”
Dr. David Gray, COO, Kelsius

“Kelsius is a dynamic company which is working hard to achieve their aims in their respective food, medical and healthcare sectors. The project presented both challenging and rewarding aspects and has helped to develop an excellent rapport between the company and ourselves. Not only did it allow us to be involved and contribute to delivering a leading cutting-edge technology project, it further enabled us to work on an international basis with other technology companies in order to realise the best achievable solution, effective turn around time and the opportunity to embrace the latest technologies available.“
Simon Peter Johnston, LYIT EpiCentre Engineering Manager

Client: Kelsius
Institution:
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Industry: ICT
National Priority Area: Data Analytics, Management, Security Privacy

Head of Development
John Andy Bonar
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal, Ireland
T: +353 (0)74 918 6060
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Industrial Liaison Officer
Padraig Gallagher
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal, Ireland
T: +353 (0)74 918 6062
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Centre Manager
Simon Peter Johnston
EpiCentre
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Port Road, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal, Ireland
T: +353 (0)74 918 6452
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W: www.cappa.ie