Darragh McMorrow

Darragh McMorrow, SL Controls’ Commercial Director, has 15 years of engineering services and contract solutions experience acquiring an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing systems integration services. He has direct responsibility for developing long-term partnerships with companies in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, and FMCG sectors as well as for implementing commercial strategies to continue growing the business nationally and internationally.

Industry 4.0 and the Importance of Technology, Executive Support, and Skills Alignment

Often when discussions take place around Industry 4.0, they revolve around technologies. In other words, how technologies like cloud computing, robotics, AI, digital simulations, autonomous vehicles, data analytics, etc are creating opportunities for manufacturers to move into the Industry 4.0 era. Industry 4.0 is about much more than technologies, however. Instead, it is about digitally …

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The Impact of Industry 4.0 on New Business Opportunities in Pharma and MedTech

Industry 4.0 technologies allow your business to improve efficiency, enhance the service you offer to customers, and increase profitability in your current manufacturing operations. These are compelling reasons for developing and implementing an Industry 4.0 strategy. Industry 4.0 is about more than enhancing and improving your business operations, though. The technologies, processes, and ways of …

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Smart Factory Benefits for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers

How far is your business along the path to becoming a smart factory? Are you increasing your investment in Smart Factory initiatives and projects? Given the competitiveness of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and the rapid pace of change, these are important questions to answer. Understanding the scale and nature of the benefits that …

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Digital Transformation in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing Companies

Digital transformation is now an everyday reality in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies. New and developing technologies create opportunities for digital transformation to take place, but the main driver is strategic planning and decision-making. In other words, senior executives in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are increasingly prioritising digital transformation. There are good …

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Infographic – Benefits of Using a Vendor-Neutral Solution Provider

At SL Controls, we are a vendor-neutral solution provider to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. We can work with equipment, platforms, software, and systems from any vendor. In addition, we are not tied to specific vendors when we recommend equipment or platforms to purchase. The benefits of using a vendor-neutral software provider like …

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Case Study: Increasing Manufacturing Capacity by 50% and New Product Introduction with A Bespoke Factory Automation Solution

Delivering bespoke Factory Automation solutions is one of the main services we offer at SL Controls. The scope of these projects is wide and varied, depending on the requirements of our clients. One example is a client that wanted to add an auxiliary production line to increase manufacturing capacity in an existing facility. The scope …

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Where Do We Stand with the New EU MDR, Additive Manufacturing, and Customised Medical Devices?

One of the growing trends in the medical device industry is customised products for individual patients. An example is an implant designed specifically for an individual patient. A range of technologies make products like this possible, including new additive manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, customised medical device products offer significant benefits to patients. There are benefits to …

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How You Can Increase Profits by Moving from Planned to Predictive Maintenance

Unplanned downtime caused by equipment or machine breakdown costs money and eats into your profits. Modern technology provides a solution that offers significant improvements compared to other methods that are used to maintain machines and prevent unplanned downtime. That solution is predictive maintenance. In other words, using real-time data to predict in advance when a …

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7 Industry 4.0 Trends that Will Influence Manufacturing in 2019

Manufacturing technologies are advancing at a faster rate than ever before. In such a fast-paced and busy environment, it can be hard to cut through the information and noise to get to what really matters and what will really make a difference. In other words, the things that will improve your competitiveness in the marketplace …

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Security Challenges of Industrial Automation Control Systems

Cybersecurity, system security, and information security are challenges faced by all industries and sectors. For the manufacturing sector, these challenges are particularly acute, especially in relation to industrial automation control systems. The threats to industrial automation control systems are varied: Targeted external attack to deliberately hinder production Targeted external attack to impact the state or …

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Industrial Automation Control Systems and How They Improve Businesses

Industrial automation control systems are becoming increasingly crucial to manufacturing in a range of sectors. They are often viewed as technical solutions, however, they come under the remit of the senior engineering team at the coalface. The fact is, though, industrial automation control systems impact the wider enterprise, which means they can significantly improve your …

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Digitisation and Digitalisation – You Need to Know the Difference

If you run a manufacturing facility, you need to know the difference between digitisation and digitalisation (or digitization and digitalization if you are reading this in the US). The difference is crucial to understanding Industry 4.0, plus it will help you develop strategies to transition your facilities into smart factories. The difference between the two …

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Blog: Valuing and Retaining Contingent Workers

Successfully Managing a Consistent Supply of Contingent Workers There are a huge number of challenges associated with the successful management of non-permanent contingent workers. The high turnover rate of contingent workers has long been a thorny issue. At SL Controls, we have found a perfect balance and an excellent solution to retaining a contented workforce …

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