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Smart Manufacturing Strategy Overview for the Life Sciences Sector

By Shane McLaughlin | March 14, 2023

Embracing Equity at SL Controls on International Women’s Day

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | March 8, 2023

Engineering in a Box Lessons for 4th Class Pupils at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Limerick

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 16, 2023

Meet the SL Controls Team at Explore Engineering 2023 in Clare

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 14, 2023

SL Controls Announces 100 New Highly Skilled Jobs in Ireland

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 9, 2023

SL Controls Shortlisted for Innovator Excellence Award

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | January 30, 2023

Smart Manufacturing Considerations for Pharma and MedTech Manufacturers

By Darragh McMorrow | January 27, 2023

Opportunities in the Life Sciences Sector for Software Developers

By slcontrols | January 17, 2023

Meet the Team – Shane McLaughlin

By slcontrols | January 12, 2023

Smart Manufacturing Trends for 2023 in the Life Sciences Sector

By Paul Clarke | January 4, 2023

14 Tips for Your Engineering CV

By Aoife Burns | December 29, 2022

Staff Wear Christmas Jumpers to Raise Money for Rescue Service

By slcontrols | December 21, 2022

2022 Christmas Gatherings at SL Controls

By slcontrols | December 19, 2022

Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training Provided to SL Controls Team

By slcontrols | December 7, 2022

Smart Manufacturing Solutions and the Importance of Data Integrity

By Paul Clarke | November 30, 2022

Celebrating Fathers at SL Controls Ahead of International Men’s Day

By slcontrols | November 18, 2022

SL Controls’ Fiona Chung Inspiring Students About STEM Career Opportunities

By slcontrols | November 17, 2022

Meet the Team – Saoirse Kearse

By slcontrols | November 15, 2022

The Importance of Systems Integration to Optimise Your SCADA, MES, and ERP Systems

By Paul Clarke | October 26, 2022

Meet the Team – Mark Hogan

By slcontrols | October 18, 2022

A New Look – GAMP 5 Second Edition

By Fiona Chung and Alan Loughlin | October 12, 2022

The Importance of Integration in the Factory of the Future – a Priority Topic at Pharma MES

By slcontrols | September 23, 2022

Supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

By slcontrols | September 9, 2022

What is ALCOA+ and Why Is It Important to Validation and Data Integrity

By Alan Loughlin | September 8, 2022

Meet the Team – Aoife Burns

By slcontrols | August 30, 2022

Three Legged Races and Sack Races – Team Building Activities Old-School

By slcontrols | August 23, 2022

What You Need to Know About Technical Engineering Roles at SL Controls

By slcontrols | August 19, 2022

Benefits of Industry 4.0

By Keith Moran | August 17, 2022

Reflecting on 10 Weeks of Teaching a Class of Primary School Children About Engineering

By slcontrols | August 10, 2022

Meet the Team – Niall Malone

By slcontrols | August 8, 2022

What You Need to Know About Validation and Quality Systems Engineering Roles at SL Controls

By Aoife Burns | August 3, 2022

Case Study: Successfully Integrating Production Equipment with New PAS-X MES Implementation

By slcontrols | July 14, 2022

Renaming the SL Controls HR Department – Why and What it Means

By slcontrols | July 6, 2022

Striving for Gender Equality on International Women in Engineering Day 2022

By slcontrols | June 23, 2022

Supporting Pride Month 2022 at SL Controls

By slcontrols | June 21, 2022

Meet the Team – Isabel Batista

By slcontrols | June 16, 2022

SL Controls Celebrates National Diversity and Inclusion Day 2022

By slcontrols | June 14, 2022

What Is PAS-X and Is It the Best MES Solution for Your Pharma Manufacturing Facility?

By slcontrols | June 9, 2022

SL Controls Turns 20!

By slcontrols | May 31, 2022

Meet the Team – Declan Costello, SL Controls Project Manager

By slcontrols | May 27, 2022

Inspiring the Next Generation to Love Engineering

By slcontrols | May 24, 2022

Successful Return of the Explore Engineering Showcase in Limerick

By slcontrols | May 19, 2022

SL Controls Ukraine Fundraising Appeal

By slcontrols | May 18, 2022

SL Controls Raises Money for 2022 Darkness Into Light Fundraiser

By slcontrols | May 9, 2022

Employee Benefits at SL Controls

By slcontrols | May 4, 2022

Come and See Us at the Explore Engineering 2022 Showcase in Limerick

By slcontrols | April 27, 2022

Meet the Team – Adam Barriger, SL Controls Systems Architect

By slcontrols | April 20, 2022

SL Controls Commits to Sustainable Development Goals

By slcontrols | April 12, 2022

Utilising the Power of Ignition in the Delivery of MES Solutions for the Regulated Sector

By Paul Clarke | April 6, 2022

SL Controls Engineers Introduce Engineering to Primary School Children as Part of STEAM Initiative

By slcontrols | March 29, 2022

SL Controls Sponsors Connacht Rugby U10 Blitz

By slcontrols | March 28, 2022

Meet the Team – Michael Duffy, SL Controls Quality and Validation Engineer

By slcontrols | March 11, 2022

Women Should Break Free from Perceived Norms to Create their Own Path into Engineering

By slcontrols | March 8, 2022

What is Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and What Can You Expect?

By Paul Clarke | March 3, 2022

How Automation Can Address the Challenges in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing

By Shane McLaughlin | February 25, 2022

Meet the Team – Fiona Chung, SL Controls Validation Engineer

By slcontrols | February 9, 2022

What is Good Distribution Practice and How Does it Impact Thermal Compliance?

By Fiona Chung | January 31, 2022

Enhancing the SL Controls Offering with Ignition and POMS Certification

By slcontrols | January 25, 2022

Meet the Team – Shauna Ryan, SL Controls HR Manager

By slcontrols | January 18, 2022

7 Warehouse Management and Supply Chain Trends for 2022

By Fiona Chung | January 6, 2022

New Year – Time to Reflect on Your Career

By Shauna Ryan | December 31, 2021

Top Blogs of 2021

By slcontrols | December 28, 2021

Employee Appreciation and Staying Connected Throughout 2021

By slcontrols | December 20, 2021

Virtual Christmas Jumper Day at SL Controls

By slcontrols | December 17, 2021

5 Crucial Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Focus Topics for 2022

By Keith Moran | December 10, 2021

SL Controls Christmas Party Goes Virtual Again

By slcontrols | December 8, 2021

Health and Safety and Remote Working at Client Sites

By Keith Moran | November 30, 2021

Project Management: The Importance of Economies of Repetition in Industry 4.0 Projects

By slcontrols | November 23, 2021

SL Controls Shortlisted for Limerick Business Awards 2021

By slcontrols | November 12, 2021

An Overview of the Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Process

By Paul Clarke | November 10, 2021

Taking a Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity in the Transition to Becoming a Smart Factory

By Paul Clarke | November 4, 2021

How Good Distribution Practice (GDP) differs from Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

By Fiona Chung | October 29, 2021

The Cybersecurity Risks Created by Industry 4.0’s Increased Attack Surface

By Paul Clarke | October 14, 2021

9 Soft Skills Engineers Need to Maximise Career Success

By Shauna Ryan | October 6, 2021

The Importance of Mechatronics Engineering and How to Become a Mechatronics Engineer

By Shauna Ryan | September 29, 2021

Taking a Positive Approach to Workplace Mental Health

By Shauna Ryan | September 17, 2021

Build Once, Deploy Multiple Times in Seconds – Cloud-Based Solutions for Pharma & MedTech Manufacturers

By Paul Clarke | September 8, 2021

How to Get Your First Job as an Engineering Graduate

By Shauna Ryan | September 2, 2021

The Essential Steps in Your Smart Factory Evolution

By Shane McLaughlin | August 31, 2021

Remote Working Health and Safety at SL Controls

By Deirdre Loughlin | August 30, 2021

SL Controls Employees Take Part in Virtual Cycling Challenge

By slcontrols | August 4, 2021

An Approach to Remote Working that Maintains Standards and Improves Business Agility

By slcontrols | July 22, 2021

New Equipment Systems Engineer Masters by Research Apprenticeship Launches

By slcontrols | July 9, 2021

Irish software integration company SL Controls acquired by global IT group NNIT

By slcontrols | July 5, 2021

Press Release: Call for female engineers to apply for key roles at SL Controls

By slcontrols | June 23, 2021

Women in Engineering – Saoirse Kearse, Software Quality Engineer

By slcontrols | June 22, 2021

Women in Engineering – Blessing Nwachukwu, Systems Engineer

By slcontrols | June 21, 2021

SL Controls Supports Pride Month and Ensuring Engineering is an Inclusive Career for Everyone

By slcontrols | June 10, 2021

10 Characteristics of a Successful Engineer

By slcontrols | June 1, 2021

Our New Website Goes Live!

By slcontrols | May 27, 2021

Escaping The Office In A Whole New Way In Our Latest Social Event

By slcontrols | May 25, 2021

8 Essential Elements For De-Risking An Automation Project

By John Downey | May 20, 2021

Members Of The SL Controls Team Take Part In Darkness Into Light 2021

By slcontrols | May 11, 2021

Tips for Working from Home Ireland

By admin | April 27, 2021

National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2021 At SL Controls

By slcontrols | April 27, 2021

Qualification Of Cloud Infrastructure And SaaS To Demonstrate Regulatory Compliance

By Alan Loughlin | April 22, 2021

Tips for Working from Home

By admin | April 15, 2021

Infographic – Lean Validation

By admin | April 15, 2021

The Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

By admin | April 15, 2021

Bridging The Machine To Cloud Gap For Life Sciences And Technologies Manufacturers

By Paul Clarke | April 12, 2021

The ISPE in conjunction with SL Controls host half day seminar on Serialization

By slcontrols | Aug 22, 2014 | Comments Off on The ISPE in conjunction with SL Controls host half day seminar on Serialization

The ISPE in conjunction with SL Controls are hosting a half day information seminar on the challenges facing the Pharmaceutical Industry from International Serialization Regulations. This seminar is due to take place in the Manchester Hilton Airport Hotel on the 4th of September 2014. Serialization affects both pharmaceutical and medical device industries with companies facing […]

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SL Controls ‘ECubers™ Zenon Challenge 2014’

By slcontrols | Aug 21, 2014 | Comments Off on SL Controls ‘ECubers™ Zenon Challenge 2014’

A team of 4 SL Controls engineers have taken on the Zenon Challenge 2014 to demonstrate their level of expertise in the core disciplines of Equipment Systems Engineering (ESE). The challenge commenced in May and will run until October. The team will endeavour to win the Zenon Challenge and gain global marketing exposure for SL […]

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Engineers Ireland Annual Conference – May 2014

By slcontrols | Jul 29, 2014 | Comments Off on Engineers Ireland Annual Conference – May 2014

On the 15th of May 2014, Engineers Ireland held their annual conference in The Sligo Park Hotel. SL Controls were one of the key sponsors of the conference. The focal point of the conference was overcoming the challenges of performing as a construction and/or engineering business in Ireland. Shane Loughlin, Chief Technical Officer from SL […]

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SL Controls ‘ECubers™ programme seeks to promote ‘Excellence in Engineering’

By slcontrols | Jul 29, 2014 | Comments Off on SL Controls ‘ECubers™ programme seeks to promote ‘Excellence in Engineering’

ECubers™ has been set up by SL Controls to promote excellence in Equipment Systems Engineering and to prepare students for work within a manufacturing environment. The programme, which is ran through Sligo IT, is aimed at fostering technical skills throughout all levels of the education system. ECubers™ BEST is aimed at level 7 and level […]

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SL Controls announces further expansion in Ireland and the UK

By slcontrols | Jun 28, 2014 | Comments Off on SL Controls announces further expansion in Ireland and the UK

In addition to our Sligo and Galway offices we have recently opened a new office in the National Technology Park in Limerick to service Irish client projects in the Munster region. We have also recently completed a move of our UK office to Quayside Tower, Broad Street in Birmingham. The new office facilitates our planned […]

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HR Focus 2014

By slcontrols | Jun 28, 2014 | Comments Off on HR Focus 2014

Marion Dolan has been formally appointed as SL Controls HR Manager for Ireland and the UK. Marion is a key member of the management team with SL Controls and has worked with the company since May 2011.

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Smart Manufacturing Strategy Overview for the Life Sciences Sector

Smart Manufacturing Strategy Overview for the Life Sciences Sector

By Shane McLaughlin | March 14, 2023

All sections of the life sciences sector understand the need to evolve operations using the cutting-edge technologies, processes, and best practices that come under the smart manufacturing umbrella. However, it’s important to take a structured approach, with a carefully developed and implemented smart manufacturing strategy. In this blog, we’ll look at why it is important […]

Embracing Equity at SL Controls on International Women's Day

Embracing Equity at SL Controls on International Women’s Day

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | March 8, 2023

SL Controls is proud to support this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Embrace Equity. It’s an especially important message to get across in engineering as the sector seeks to attract more women. The International Women’s Day theme of Embrace Equity is about going beyond equality, where equality is the goal rather than the approach. After […]

Engineering in a Box Lessons for 4th Class Pupils at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Limerick

Engineering in a Box Lessons for 4th Class Pupils at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Limerick

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 16, 2023

Encouraging the next generation of employees and entrepreneurs to consider engineering is important to us at SL Controls, so we jumped at the opportunity to get involved with STEAM Education again. Last year, two of our engineers had a fantastic experience teaching children in a Sligo primary school about engineering topics and concepts. This time […]

Meet the SL Controls Team at Explore Engineering 2023 in Clare

Meet the SL Controls Team at Explore Engineering 2023 in Clare

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 14, 2023

The SL Controls team is looking forward to the annual engineering showcase, Explore Engineering. It takes place this year on Thursday 2 March and it’s back to its former home, Shannon Airport. Explore Engineering is aimed at students, teachers, and parents with the goal of showcasing the career opportunities that exist in the engineering sector […]

SL Controls Announces 100 New Highly Skilled Jobs in Ireland

SL Controls Announces 100 New Highly Skilled Jobs in Ireland

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | February 9, 2023

SL Controls is proud to announce the creation of 100 new highly skilled jobs in Ireland, helping us achieve our growth objectives and our plans for further expansion in target markets around the world. The new jobs will bring the SL Controls workforce to a total of 220. The roles will be based in Ireland, […]

SL Controls Shortlisted for Innovator Excellence Award

SL Controls Shortlisted for Innovator Excellence Award

By Staff Of SL Controls Ltd | January 30, 2023

We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the Innovator Excellence Award at the upcoming Sligo Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards. We are one of three finalists for the award, which is sponsored by Atlantic Technological University. Keith Moran, CEO at SL Controls, said: “The Innovator Excellence Award category this year is […]

Smart Manufacturing Considerations for Pharma and MedTech Manufacturers

Smart Manufacturing Considerations for Pharma and MedTech Manufacturers

By Darragh McMorrow | January 27, 2023

Most pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers have implemented new technologies and processes over the past number of years that would come under the smart manufacturing umbrella. You are probably also now considering the next stage on your journey. What are the smart manufacturing solutions and opportunities that you should explore next? There are a number […]

Software Development Jobs in Life Sciences

Opportunities in the Life Sciences Sector for Software Developers

By slcontrols | January 17, 2023

An unwelcome trend has emerged over the past number of months for software developers working in the tech industry. That trend is one of job cuts, tech companies scaling down investment plans, and general uncertainty. This is resulting in many developers looking for alternative career options. The life sciences sector is not just an option, […]

Meet the Team – Shane McLaughlin

Meet the Team – Shane McLaughlin

By slcontrols | January 12, 2023

Describe your job in 5 words Trusted partner delivering technology transformation. What is a cool thing you are working on right now? Can’t tell you (client confidentiality and all)… but it’s cool. The tech is cool too. A lot of tech that I’m currently working with the SL team wouldn’t have seen. I’m working a […]

Smart Manufacturing Trends in the Life Sciences Sector

Smart Manufacturing Trends for 2023 in the Life Sciences Sector

By Paul Clarke | January 4, 2023

Manufacturing in all sectors and industries is changing as smart manufacturing technologies, the industrial internet of things, and Industry 4.0 best practices continue to advance. What about the life sciences sector specifically? Here are the 2023 smart manufacturing trends that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers need to be aware of. Integration of MES, SCADA, and […]

Optimising Your Engineering CV - 14 Tips

14 Tips for Your Engineering CV

By Aoife Burns | December 29, 2022

Writing a compelling CV will help you land the ideal engineering job – one that pays well, challenges you, presents opportunities for career progression, and strikes the right work-life balance. How do you write a great engineering CV, though? Here are our (updated) 14 tips: 1. Make It Relevant Tailor your CV to the job […]

Staff Wear Christmas Jumpers to Raise Money for Rescue Service

Staff Wear Christmas Jumpers to Raise Money for Rescue Service

By slcontrols | December 21, 2022

SL Controls staff wore Christmas jumpers to work on Friday to raise money for Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue. Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue was instrumental in the search for our friend and colleague Donal Kennedy who sadly passed away in September. Members of the SL Controls team searched side-by-side with the Ballybunion Sea & […]

SL Controls 2022 Christmas Dinners

2022 Christmas Gatherings at SL Controls

By slcontrols | December 19, 2022

The first in-person Christmas gatherings at SL Controls took place over the weekend as staff at our regional offices got together for a night out ahead of the seasonal break. Over 70 people attended the get-togethers which took place in Sligo, Galway, Limerick, and Maynooth. Shauna Ryan, Director of People and Culture from SL Controls […]

Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training Providing to SL Controls Team

Mental Health First Aid Awareness Training Provided to SL Controls Team

By slcontrols | December 7, 2022

Are you able to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems? Would you know how to engage in a conversation with a colleague, family member, or friend you are concerned about? These were some of the topics covered in a recent Lunch & Learn session at SL Controls. Lunch & Learn is […]

Smart Manufacturing Solutions & Data Integrity

Smart Manufacturing Solutions and the Importance of Data Integrity

By Paul Clarke | November 30, 2022

Transforming your life sciences facility into a factory of the future involves implementing smart manufacturing solutions as part of a digitalisation strategy. Those solutions will ensure you get the benefits of digitalised processes while establishing the foundations for the next stage of your journey. There will be challenges, however, and one of the most important […]

Celebrating the many fathers working at SL Controls ahead of International Men's Day

Celebrating Fathers at SL Controls Ahead of International Men’s Day

By slcontrols | November 18, 2022

Tomorrow is International Men’s Day, an event focused on celebrating and highlighting positive male role models as well as raising awareness of the importance of wellbeing in the lives of men and boys. To mark International Men’s Day, we are celebrating the many fathers who work at SL Controls, exploring how they juggle home and […]

SL Controls' Fiona Chung Inspiring Students About STEM Career Opportunities

SL Controls’ Fiona Chung Inspiring Students About STEM Career Opportunities

By slcontrols | November 17, 2022

SL Controls Validation Engineer Fiona Chung will be joining other STEM advocates (including an Irish astronaut candidate) this evening at an event promoting careers in STEM. The event, which is part of Science Week 2022, is organised by medical device company Abbott and is being held at the Atlantic Technological University in Sligo. Fiona will […]

MEET THE TEAM - Saoirse Kearse

Meet the Team – Saoirse Kearse

By slcontrols | November 15, 2022

1. Describe your job in 5 words Equipment automation and quality compliance 2. What is a cool thing you are working on right now? Factory automation would probably be the coolest right now. In one project I am working on, we are trying to get as much digital factory technologies onto the site as possible. […]

The Importance of Systems Integration to Optimise Your SCADA, MES, and ERP Systems

The Importance of Systems Integration to Optimise Your SCADA, MES, and ERP Systems

By Paul Clarke | October 26, 2022

Systems integration is an essential part of any modernisation and improvement project in manufacturing organisations. Systems integration is also the cornerstone of Industry 4.0, and it is central to the development of the smart factory of the future. What does systems integration mean in practice for manufacturers in the life sciences sector? One of the […]

MEET THE TEAM - Mark Hogan

Meet the Team – Mark Hogan

By slcontrols | October 18, 2022

Describe your job in 5 words or less Challenging but very rewarding. What is a cool thing you are working on right now? Right now, I’m working for a pharma company in Germany. The project involves connecting about 100 machines to an MES system. It’s a big project but it’s interesting because there is such […]

A New Look – GAMP 5 Second Edition

A New Look – GAMP 5 Second Edition

By Fiona Chung and Alan Loughlin | October 12, 2022

GAMP 5 is one of the most important validation and computer system assurance guides for the life sciences industry. This year saw the release of GAMP 5 Second Edition. So, what’s new and what’s changed? The original GAMP 5 was published in 2008, and it went on to become the globally accepted guide for the […]

The Importance of Integration in the Factory of the Future – a Priority Topic at Pharma MES

By slcontrols | September 23, 2022

Technology and pharmaceutical industry leaders came together this month at the Pharma MES conference to discuss, among other things, the development of the Factory of the Future. SL Controls CTO Paul Clarke was involved, hosting discussions on the importance of integration in the development of Smart Factories Pharma MES took place in Berlin, Germany, from […]

Supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

Supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

By slcontrols | September 9, 2022

At SL Controls, we take the issue of mental health in the workplace and wider society seriously, so we are pleased to lend our support to World Suicide Prevention Day 2022. The campaigning day takes place tomorrow, Saturday 10 September. It aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and focus attention on the message that suicide […]

ALCOA+ Data Integrity

What is ALCOA+ and Why Is It Important to Validation and Data Integrity

By Alan Loughlin | September 8, 2022

ALCOA+ is a set of principles that ensures data integrity in the life sciences sector. It was introduced by, and is still used by, the FDA – the US Food and Drug Administration. It has relevance in a range of areas, particularly in relation to pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, testing, and the supply chain. As well […]

MEET THE TEAM - Aoife Burns

Meet the Team – Aoife Burns

By slcontrols | August 30, 2022

Describe your job in five words Matchmaker for company and candidates. What is a cool thing about your job? I help candidates get their dream job and achieve their career goals, which is a pretty good feeling. There is lots of variety too – no two days are the same. The jobs market is also […]

SL Controls Company Outing 2022

Three Legged Races and Sack Races – Team Building Activities Old-School

By slcontrols | August 23, 2022

In the first in-person company outing since before the Covid-19 pandemic, the SL Controls team went back to school on Friday. Well, back to old-school sports day. The location was Willow Park FC in Athlone where the team-building activities included three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, and a tug of war. There was also a […]

What You Need to Know About Technical Engineering Roles at SL Controls

What You Need to Know About Technical Engineering Roles at SL Controls

By slcontrols | August 19, 2022

As SL Controls continues to expand, we regularly have technical engineering vacancies to fill. What type of work would you be doing if you were recruited into one of these roles, and what is it like working at SL Controls? This blog will give you an overview, but we are also available to provide you […]

Benefits of Industry 4.0

By Keith Moran | August 17, 2022

The benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies, processes, and systems include improved productivity and efficiency, better flexibility and agility, and increased profitability. Industry 4.0 also improves the customer experience, including through more personalised and intelligent products. Understanding and then contextualising these benefits is important, particularly in highly regulated industries like medical device, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. […]

Reflecting on 10 Weeks of Teaching a Class of Primary School Children About Engineering

Reflecting on 10 Weeks of Teaching a Class of Primary School Children About Engineering

By slcontrols | August 10, 2022

Over the past few months, we have been following two SL Controls engineers as they delivered a STEAM educational initiative to a 5th class in Strandhill National School. The 10-week programme was devised by STEAM, an organisation that aims to inspire children about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and maths. STEAM partners with companies like […]

MEET THE TEAM - Niall Malone

Meet the Team – Niall Malone

By slcontrols | August 8, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? The easiest way to put it is if something is broken on a production line at a client facility, I try to fix it. Most of the jobs we work on come from customers who are not happy with their current production processes, they want something improved on […]

What You Need to Know About Validation and Quality Systems Engineering Roles at SL Controls

What You Need to Know About Validation and Quality Systems Engineering Roles at SL Controls

By Aoife Burns | August 3, 2022

Validation and quality engineering are a core part of the services that we offer to clients. This means we have a large team of validation and quality engineers at SL Controls. That team is growing, too, as our company grows and expands into new markets. If you are considering taking on a new role in […]

Case Study: Successfully Integrating Production Equipment with New PAS-X MES Implementation

Case Study: Successfully Integrating Production Equipment with New PAS-X MES Implementation

By slcontrols | July 14, 2022

The Project The project outlined in this case study involved integrating the PAS-X MES platform into a customer’s production line. The customer is in the life sciences sector. SL Controls’ parent company, NNIT, was the lead on the project. NNIT provided full support for the integration process, including scoping, design, deployment, and validation. The first […]

Renaming the SL Controls HR Department – Why and What it Means

Renaming the SL Controls HR Department – Why and What it Means

By slcontrols | July 6, 2022

The HR function in companies like SL Controls has evolved considerably. The traditional style of HR was largely focused on compliance and recruitment. Both areas are still incredibly important, but modern companies now have a much broader range of requirements. As a result, we recently began an exercise to clarify the list of activities that […]

Striving for Gender Equality on International Women in Engineering Day 2022

Striving for Gender Equality on International Women in Engineering Day 2022

By slcontrols | June 23, 2022

Today is International Women in Engineering Day, an annual event to celebrate women working in the field of engineering. It is also an opportunity to encourage more women to consider engineering as a career, as well as encouraging all stakeholders in the industry to do more to achieve gender equality. After all, engineering remains a […]

Supporting Pride Month 2022 at SL Controls

Supporting Pride Month 2022 at SL Controls

By slcontrols | June 21, 2022

Diversity and inclusion are central to everything we do at SL Controls, whether it is race, socio-economic background, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Therefore, we fully support Pride Month here in Ireland and around the world. Shauna Ryan, SL Controls HR Manager said: “We do a lot of work around diversity and inclusion at […]

MEET THE TEAM - Isabel Batista

Meet the Team – Isabel Batista

By slcontrols | June 16, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I am a Validation Engineer. I work alongside the software engineers at SL Controls on many different client software implementations and solutions. As a Validation Engineer, I provide quality assurance and technical expertise. My role is to make sure the implementations and solutions that we develop at SL […]

Diversity & Inclusion at SL Controls

SL Controls Celebrates National Diversity and Inclusion Day 2022

By slcontrols | June 14, 2022

Diversity and inclusion have never been more important in business, so we are proud to support IBEC’s National Diversity and Inclusion Day 2022. At SL Controls, diversity and inclusion aren’t just for the 14th of June, however, as they are a central priority for our company and the growth strategy we are pursuing. Norma Mulligan, […]

What Is PAS-X and Is It the Best MES Solution for Your Pharma Manufacturing Facility

What Is PAS-X and Is It the Best MES Solution for Your Pharma Manufacturing Facility?

By slcontrols | June 9, 2022

MES (manufacturing execution system) platforms are becoming increasingly indispensable tools in manufacturing facilities, including in the life sciences sector. There are many MES options available (including PAS-X), so it’s important to get the right advice and support to ensure the implementation of a solution that works for your organisation today and into the future. In […]

SL Controls 20th Anniversary - celebrating 20 years of innovation

SL Controls Turns 20!

By slcontrols | May 31, 2022

It’s our anniversary this month at SL Controls, and this year we turn 20! It’s a significant milestone that we celebrated recently across our various office locations. Images: celebrating our 20-year anniversary at SL Control’s Irish offices – Maynooth, Sligo, Limerick, and Galway (playing Tekken!)   SL Controls was launched in Sligo in 2002 to […]

MEET THE TEAM - Declan Costello

Meet the Team – Declan Costello, SL Controls Project Manager

By slcontrols | May 27, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I’m now a Project Manager working with local and international clients to ensure the smooth rollout of projects across sites in Europe and the US. This means having to reign in the different parties involved in the project, hosting multi-functional calls, and managing the different areas of expertise. […]

Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

Inspiring the Next Generation to Love Engineering

By slcontrols | May 24, 2022

“Where do we start, as there have been so many highlights over the last five weeks?” That was Fiona Chung’s response when asked how the STEAM Engineering in a Box programme was going. The team and the children they are teaching have reached the halfway point of the programme. STEAM is an organisation that works […]

SL Controls Team at Explore Engineering 2022

Successful Return of the Explore Engineering Showcase in Limerick

By slcontrols | May 19, 2022

The SL Controls team was delighted to have been involved in this year’s Explore Engineering Showcase in Limerick. The event, which was formerly known as Limerick for Engineering, took place at the end of last week after a two-year absence because of the Covid-19 pandemic.   The Explore Engineering Showcase promotes engineering as a career […]

SL Controls Ukraine Fundraiser

SL Controls Ukraine Fundraising Appeal

By slcontrols | May 18, 2022

Like you, we have been shocked at the events taking place in Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis that the war has created. As a company, we wanted to do what we could to help the families and individuals who have been affected by the conflict in such unimaginable ways. We launched a fundraising effort […]

SL Controls Raises Money for 2022 Darkness Into Light Fundraiser

SL Controls Raises Money for 2022 Darkness Into Light Fundraiser

By slcontrols | May 9, 2022

Employees at SL Controls took part in the Darkness Into Light fundraising event over the weekend. The money raised across Ireland as part of this event is for the suicide and self-harm prevention organisation, Pieta House. SL Controls has taken part in Darkness Into Light for several years, including the curtailed events that took place […]

Remote Working & Other Employee Benefits at SL Controls

Employee Benefits at SL Controls

By slcontrols | May 4, 2022

It’s not that long ago when salary was the main, if not the only factor, to influence a decision to accept a job offer at another company. Today, there is an increasing focus by employees in all sectors on the full package being offered by prospective employers. This includes salary, of course, but it also […]

Come and See Us at the Explore Engineering 2022 Showcase in Limerick

Come and See Us at the Explore Engineering 2022 Showcase in Limerick

By slcontrols | April 27, 2022

The Explore Engineering 2022 Showcase event in Limerick is just two weeks away, and we are looking forward to attending. We have been at the event before when it was known as Limerick for Engineering, although this is the first time it has been held since the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s it all about, though? The […]

Meet the SL Controls Team - Adam Barriger

Meet the Team – Adam Barriger, SL Controls Systems Architect

By slcontrols | April 20, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I am a Systems Architect. My role involves working with the technical and engineering leadership teams in the business to deliver solutions for customers. Describe your job without using the words engineer or engineering. Making stuff do stuff, so the stuff is the right stuff. And fixing stuff […]

SL Controls Commits to Sustainable Development Goals

SL Controls Commits to Sustainable Development Goals

By slcontrols | April 12, 2022

At SL Controls, we firmly believe in the collective responsibility of everyone to build a sustainable future for the planet. Continuous improvement is a core part of our business, and that translates through to sustainable development where we are fully committed to continuously working to improve how we operate. To achieve this, we have set […]

Utilising the Power of Ignition in the Delivery of MES Solutions for the Regulated Sector

Utilising the Power of Ignition in the Delivery of MES Solutions for the Regulated Sector

By Paul Clarke | April 6, 2022

The regulated sector, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, is going through a period of transformational change. These changes are being driven by new product innovations, market pressures, the evolving regulatory landscape, and customer/end-user demands. MES solutions, powered by the platform Ignition, are enabling manufacturers to respond, including manufacturers in highly regulated industries. SL Controls […]

SL Controls Engineers Introduce Engineering to Primary School Children as Part of STEAM Initiative

SL Controls Engineers Introduce Engineering to Primary School Children as Part of STEAM Initiative

By slcontrols | March 29, 2022

Talk to any business leader in the field of engineering and they will tell you we need more people to enter the profession, particularly from under-represented groups like women. So, when the opportunity came up to participate in a STEAM initiative, we were excited to get involved. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and […]

SL Controls Sponsors Connacht Rugby U10 Blitz

SL Controls Sponsors Connacht Rugby U10 Blitz

By slcontrols | March 28, 2022

SL Controls are proud to have sponsored the Connacht U10 Blitz at Sligo Rugby Club’s Hamilton Park on Saturday. Over 420 enthusiastic under-10 players from 20 different clubs took part in what was a perfect day for playing rugby. Keith Moran, SL Controls CEO, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this fantastic […]

MEET THE TEAM - Michael Duffy

Meet the Team – Michael Duffy, SL Controls Quality and Validation Engineer

By slcontrols | March 11, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I am a Quality and Validation Engineer working on projects for large multinational pharmaceutical companies. My role involves reviewing quality documentation for quality systems and documentation for the validation of facilities, utilities, and equipment. The documents I review include user requirements, design specifications, performance qualifications, etc. Describe your […]

SL Controls International Women's Day 2022

Women Should Break Free from Perceived Norms to Create their Own Path into Engineering

By slcontrols | March 8, 2022

There are lots of different paths you can take to become an engineer, so don’t just follow the traditional route of going to college to get an engineering degree. That’s the message from Fiona Chung on International Women’s Day. Fiona is a Validation Engineer at SL Controls. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is […]

What is Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and What Can You Expect

What is Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and What Can You Expect?

By Paul Clarke | March 3, 2022

Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing is on its way. It was announced last year as one of several new industry clouds that Microsoft is developing, and it is currently in preview mode. What can manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and technologies industries expect from this new Microsoft solution? For us at SL Controls, Microsoft’s Azure […]

Automation in Pharma & MedTech Manufacturing - Addressing Industry Challenges

How Automation Can Address the Challenges in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing

By Shane McLaughlin | February 25, 2022

There are a number of challenges facing the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries. Those challenges include labour shortages and developing supply chain resilience. There is also an increasing requirement to become more agile, where production facilities can react faster to changing demands and expectations. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies also have to deal with […]

Meet the Team – Fiona Chung, SL Controls Validation Engineer

Meet the Team – Fiona Chung, SL Controls Validation Engineer

By slcontrols | February 9, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I am a validation engineer. I work with clients to ensure their manufacturing systems are compliant with industry-specific standards and regulations. Describe your job without using the words engineer or engineering. My role is to plan, create, and execute tests that check if a company’s manufacturing system produces […]

Good Distribution Practice & Thermal Compliance

What is Good Distribution Practice and How Does it Impact Thermal Compliance?

By Fiona Chung | January 31, 2022

Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is a quality system for warehouses and distribution centres that process medicines. Historically, GDP only covered the movement of finished products from manufacturing sites to wholesalers, retailers, and patients. These parts of the supply chain are still covered by GDP, but the guidelines are now applicable throughout the whole supply chain, […]

Enhancing the SL Controls Offering with Ignition and POMS Certification

Enhancing the SL Controls Offering with Ignition and POMS Certification

By slcontrols | January 25, 2022

We have a broad range of capabilities at SL Controls and a philosophy of being technology agnostic. This makes it possible for us to deliver equipment systems integration, automation, and smart manufacturing solutions to a diverse range of clients. We also have an approach at SL Controls of continuous improvement, both in the skills and […]

Meet the Team – Shauna Ryan, SL Controls HR Manager

Meet the Team – Shauna Ryan, SL Controls HR Manager

By slcontrols | January 18, 2022

What do you do at SL Controls? I wear two hats. One is HR Manager, which means having responsibility for the full HR lifecycle. This includes everything from onboarding and induction to performance management, employee relations, and employee communication. My second hat is as a member of the SL Controls senior leadership team. This is […]

7 Warehouse Management and Supply Chain Trends for 2022

7 Warehouse Management and Supply Chain Trends for 2022

By Fiona Chung | January 6, 2022

The past 12+ months has seen supply chains face considerable disruption – disruption that has altered perspectives and priorities. While Covid-19 is not the only reason for these disruptions, it is a significant factor. The pandemic isn’t over yet, either, bringing further uncertainty. While there are uncertainties, there are also opportunities in warehouse and supply […]

New Year – Time to Reflect on Your Career

New Year – Time to Reflect on Your Career

By Shauna Ryan | December 31, 2021

New year, new career is a commonly used phrase. In fact, job websites often report a spike in activity over the New Year period and into January as people look for new opportunities. Whether you are thinking about changing jobs or not, the New Year is an ideal time for an exercise that we should […]

Top blogs of 2021

Top Blogs of 2021

By slcontrols | December 28, 2021

[full_width padding=”10px 0 10px 0″]Over the course of 2021, the SL Controls team has published blogs on a range of topics related to Industry 4.0, the Smart Factory, and equipment systems integration. Here are some of our top posts of the year.[/full_width] [full_width padding=”10px 0 10px 0″] [/full_width] [one_third padding=”30px 20px 0 0″] 5 Crucial […]

Employee Appreciation and Staying Connected Throughout 2021

Employee Appreciation and Staying Connected Throughout 2021

By slcontrols | December 20, 2021

When we moved to remote working at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, one of our priorities was to maintain as high a level of team camaraderie as possible. Senior management also believed it was important to recognise the hard work of everyone on the SL Controls team as we continued delivering for our clients. […]

Christmas Jumper Day at SL Controls

Virtual Christmas Jumper Day at SL Controls

By slcontrols | December 17, 2021

How do you have a Christmas Jumper Day at work when everyone is working from home? At SL Controls, we all met up in festive attire in our virtual canteen! We hold regular virtual canteen events to help everyone on the team stay connected with their colleagues. While not a perfect substitute for meeting up […]

Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Focus Topics for 2022

5 Crucial Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Focus Topics for 2022

By Keith Moran | December 10, 2021

At this time of year, it is common to see articles looking at the trends that will be important over the coming 12 months, particularly in relation to technologies. We even produce these articles ourselves at SL Controls. However, it is also important to look at smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 more broadly to assess […]

SL Controls 2021 Virtual Christmas Party

SL Controls Christmas Party Goes Virtual Again

By slcontrols | December 8, 2021

The 2021 SL Controls Christmas Party took place on Friday evening and, like last year, it was a virtual event. In fact, the Christmas party followed a theme we have been adopting throughout 2021 – apart, but together. The full event took place on Zoom where we had a quiz hosted by DJ Mick. Magician […]

Health and Safety When Remotely Working at Client Site

Health and Safety and Remote Working at Client Sites

By Keith Moran | November 30, 2021

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and as we look to the future at SL Controls with increased home working arrangements, we have adapted our policies on health and safety. There is now much greater emphasis on ensuring consistent standards between health and safety in an SL Controls office location and when an employee is working from […]

Project Management The Importance of Economies of Repetition in Industry 4 0 Projects

Project Management: The Importance of Economies of Repetition in Industry 4.0 Projects

By slcontrols | November 23, 2021

One of the business outcomes that manufacturers want to achieve with Industry 4.0 projects is repeatability. Repeatability is about creating solutions that can be reliably and efficiently deployed multiple times. This goal of repeatability is also important in the delivery of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing projects. In project management, this can be referred to […]

SL Controls Shortlisted for Limerick Business Awards 2021

SL Controls Shortlisted for Limerick Business Awards 2021

By slcontrols | November 12, 2021

SL Controls has been shortlisted for an award at this year’s Limerick Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. We are in the running for the Best Employer: Employee Talent Development & Workplace Wellness award. It recognises companies that set high standards for wellness and talent development, and that create world-class working conditions for employees. The other […]

An Overview of the Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Process

An Overview of the Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Process

By Paul Clarke | November 10, 2021

In previous blogs in this series, we looked at one of the unintended consequences of implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and processes – the increased attack surface. In other words, the more equipment you connect, the larger the target for would-be attackers. We also looked at the challenges of dealing with this Industry 4.0 cybersecurity issue, […]

Taking a Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity in the Transition to Becoming a Smart Factory

Taking a Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity in the Transition to Becoming a Smart Factory

By Paul Clarke | November 4, 2021

In a recent blog, we highlighted the cybersecurity risks that are created by the increasing attack surface in manufacturing organisations. As a quick recap, as you integrate systems, platforms, and equipment, and as you connect elements of your operation to the cloud, the potential attack surface in your organisation expands, exposing you to higher cybersecurity […]

How Good Distribution Practice (GDP) differs from Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

How Good Distribution Practice (GDP) differs from Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

By Fiona Chung | October 29, 2021

Good distribution practice (GDP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) are quality standards and guidelines that have the same ultimate objective – to ensure medical device and pharmaceutical products are safe, meet their intended use, and comply with regulations. GMP focuses on manufacturing processes, while GDP covers distribution activities. There are crossovers between both manufacturing and […]

The Cybersecurity Risks Created by Industry 4.0's Increased Attack Surface

The Cybersecurity Risks Created by Industry 4.0’s Increased Attack Surface

By Paul Clarke | October 14, 2021

Businesses in all industries face an ever-increasing range of cybersecurity risks. This includes companies in the manufacturing sector. When you look at regulated industries such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, where patient safety is a top priority, cybersecurity risk levels can be even higher. Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions almost always modify existing risks […]

9 Soft Skills Engineers Need to Maximise Career Success

By Shauna Ryan | October 6, 2021

There has never been a better time to be an engineer. In many sectors, new technologies mean there are a growing number of opportunities for individuals with the right training and experience. Therefore, it can be frustrating when you think you’ve got the perfect CV but don’t get that call back after your interview. The […]

The Importance of Mechatronics Engineering and How to Become a Mechatronics Engineer

The Importance of Mechatronics Engineering and How to Become a Mechatronics Engineer

By Shauna Ryan | September 29, 2021

Mechatronics engineering is currently one of the most important fields of engineering in terms of Industry 4.0 and the ongoing technological advances this latest industrial revolution is bringing. Mechatronics engineers are pushing boundaries, enhancing productivity, and driving efficiency savings in a range of industries and sectors. This includes the life sciences and technology manufacturing sectors. […]

Taking a Positive Approach to Workplace Mental Health

Taking a Positive Approach to Workplace Mental Health

By Shauna Ryan | September 17, 2021

There are many ways to shape a workplace mental health programme. In some situations, it can be a simple box-ticking exercise on a CSR to-do list. A more serious and considered approach looks to mitigate the potential negative impacts that the workplace can have on mental health, including mental illness and stress. These latter points […]

Build Once, Deploy Multiple Times in Seconds – Cloud-Based Solutions for Pharma & MedTech Manufacturers

Build Once, Deploy Multiple Times in Seconds – Cloud-Based Solutions for Pharma & MedTech Manufacturers

By Paul Clarke | September 8, 2021

For pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, repeatability is a primary goal when developing new manufacturing software solutions. The concept is simple – you select a facility or production line for the initial project, creating a software solution to deliver on your manufacturing and business objectives. Once you have that operational and delivering results, you can […]

How to Get Your First Job as an Engineering Graduate

By Shauna Ryan | September 2, 2021

Getting that first full-time job as a graduate engineer can be tough. It can also be frustrating, particularly when you hear that Ireland needs more engineers. This is because many of the jobs that are available require experience, even though they are graduate jobs. You do have options, though. Here are our tips for getting […]

Essential Steps Towards the Smart Factory

The Essential Steps in Your Smart Factory Evolution

By Shane McLaughlin | August 31, 2021

Moving your business closer to becoming a Smart Factory is widely regarded as essential to continuing competitiveness and profitability. Driving efficiency savings, making productivity gains, dealing with skills shortages – these are just some of the challenges that manufacturers face, all of which can be considerably mitigated with Smart Factory solutions. How do you get […]

Remote Working Health and Safety at SL Controls

Remote Working Health and Safety at SL Controls

By Deirdre Loughlin | August 30, 2021

Health and safety is a top priority here at SL Controls, so we have always had robust and continuously reviewed health and safety procedures in place. Like many other companies over the past 18 months, we have adjusted the way we operate and deliver our services, resulting in a greater level of remote working. Our […]

SL Controls Employees Take Part in Virtual Cycling Challenge

SL Controls Employees Take Part in Virtual Cycling Challenge

By slcontrols | August 4, 2021

SL Controls has launched a virtual cycling challenge to help employees stay fit and connect with colleagues in this era of remote working. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, all SL Controls offices have been closed, with staff working either remotely or at client sites. The cycling challenge will help employees […]

An Approach to Remote Working that Maintains Standards and Improves Business Agility

An Approach to Remote Working that Maintains Standards and Improves Business Agility

By slcontrols | July 22, 2021

Like many other companies, large-scale remote working became an abrupt reality at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. In fact, 100 percent of our staff moved to remote working overnight as our offices across Ireland closed in line with Government restrictions. We were in a good position as a company to deal with […]

New Equipment Systems Engineer Masters by Research Apprenticeship Launches

New Equipment Systems Engineer Masters by Research Apprenticeship Launches

By slcontrols | July 9, 2021

A new apprenticeship course has launched at the University of Limerick (UL), the Equipment Systems Engineer Masters by Research Apprenticeship. It was developed through a partnership between UL and the ESE Academy, with the ESE Academy taking the lead on the course. The apprenticeship is part of a wider programme at UL to develop world-leading […]

Irish software integration company SL Controls acquired by global IT group NNIT

Irish software integration company SL Controls acquired by global IT group NNIT

By slcontrols | July 5, 2021

SL Controls and NNIT join forces to further strengthen offerings in life sciences sector Global expansion plans for SL Controls are strengthened by acquisition SL Controls, the Irish specialist software integration firm, has today (July 5) been acquired by global service provider NNIT group. NNIT is one of Denmark’s largest IT operators with more than […]

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day at SL Controls

Press Release: Call for female engineers to apply for key roles at SL Controls

By slcontrols | June 23, 2021

Company has doubled number of female engineers since March But still a low number of applications from women in engineering Call being made on International Women in Engineering Day SL Controls, the specialist software integration firm, is looking for female engineers to join its team. In March, the company announced it would be creating 50 new […]

Women in Engineering – Saoirse Kearse, Software Quality Engineer

Women in Engineering – Saoirse Kearse, Software Quality Engineer

By slcontrols | June 22, 2021

As this is women in engineering week, we are looking at the stories of women currently working in engineering to explore their route into the profession and why they think engineering is a good career. In today’s post, we talk to Saoirse Kearse, a Software Quality Engineer at SL Controls. Even at secondary school, Saoirse […]

Women in Engineering – Blessing Nwachukwu, Systems Engineer

Women in Engineering – Blessing Nwachukwu, Systems Engineer

By slcontrols | June 21, 2021

As this is women in engineering week, we are looking at the stories of women currently working in engineering to explore their route into the profession and why they think engineering is a good career. In today’s post, we talk to Blessing Nwachukwu, a Systems Engineer at SL Controls. Blessing is originally from Nigeria and […]

SL Controls Supports Pride Month and Ensuring Engineering is an Inclusive Career for Everyone

SL Controls Supports Pride Month and Ensuring Engineering is an Inclusive Career for Everyone

By slcontrols | June 10, 2021

Diversity in engineering is a big topic in Ireland and around the world. The equation is simple – we need more people, regardless of who they are, to become engineers, both to meet demand and to ensure we have equality in the workforce. However, solutions to the problem can be challenging. At the very least, […]

10 Characteristics of a Successful Engineer

By slcontrols | June 1, 2021

There are many paths you can take as an engineer. Those paths can be quite different depending on the discipline you pursue,

Our New Website is Live - SL Controls

Our New Website Goes Live!

By slcontrols | May 27, 2021

The new SL Controls website went live today. It features who we are, what we do, and the industries that we serve. You will also find information on Industry 4.0 and systems integration for manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and technology industries, as well as details of our latest vacancies. Check out our new […]

Escaping the Office in a Whole New Way in Our Latest Social Event

Escaping The Office In A Whole New Way In Our Latest Social Event

By slcontrols | May 25, 2021

Working remotely and living under lockdown restrictions has made it difficult to arrange social events in the workplace. Like many other companies, we have turned to virtual events here at SL Controls. We call these events Celebrating Wins Together, and the latest one was held at the weekend. It involved escaping the office.     […]

De-Risking Automation Projects

8 Essential Elements For De-Risking An Automation Project

By John Downey | May 20, 2021

Risks can enter an automation project at just about any stage. Those risks can result in serious consequences from budget and schedule overruns to unplanned downtime, disrupted supply chains, and more. Therefore, it’s important to de-risk your automation project at every possible stage. This ensures errors are reduced to a minimum, as well as ensuring the project […]

Members Of The SL Controls Team Take Part In Darkness Into Light 2021

By slcontrols | May 11, 2021

As with so many things so far this year, 2021’s Darkness Into Light fundraising and awareness event had to be very different because of rules on travel and social distancing. That didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of members of the SL Controls team who took part on Saturday morning. Darkness Into Light is an annual event that […]

Tips for Working from Home Ireland

By admin | April 27, 2021

For many of us, the work experience has become very different over the last week or two.

National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2021 At SL Controls

By slcontrols | April 27, 2021

National Workplace Wellbeing Day takes place on Friday, 30 April, and to celebrate we have a week of activities and initiatives planned to promote health and wellbeing at SL Controls. Those activities and initiatives are part of our Live Well at SL and Think Well at SL programmes. This Friday will be the seventh annual National Workplace Wellbeing Day. It’s […]

Qualification of Cloud Solutions to Demonstrate Regulatory Compliance

Qualification Of Cloud Infrastructure And SaaS To Demonstrate Regulatory Compliance

By Alan Loughlin | April 22, 2021

Cloud infrastructure solutions, as well as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS),

Tips for Working from Home

By admin | April 15, 2021

For many of us, the work experience has become very different over the last week or two.

Infographic – Lean Validation

By admin | April 15, 2021

Validation is essential for product quality,

The Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

The Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

By admin | April 15, 2021

Advances in Smart Manufacturing technologies are changing the manufacturing sector forever.

Converging the Controls to Cloud Spectrum

Bridging The Machine To Cloud Gap For Life Sciences And Technologies Manufacturers

By Paul Clarke | April 12, 2021

Industry 4.0 as a concept provides manufacturers with impressive benefits and wide-ranging opportunities.

Easter Virtual Family Fun At SL Controls

By slcontrols | April 8, 2021

At Easter, we normally run fun activities for our employees and their families to take part in. This year is a bit different as we are in lockdown, but we haven’t let that stop us. Instead, we made our Easter activities virtual! We had a “How many Eggs in the Jar” competition. There were 294 […]

Press Release SL Controls Announces Former PM Group CEO Pat McGrath As Its New Chairman

Press Release: SL Controls Announces Former PM Group CEO Pat McGrath As Its New Chairman

By slcontrols | March 24, 2021

SL Controls Also Names John Scanlan As New Director Of Corporate Services SL Controls, the specialist software integration firm, has announced former PM Group CEO Pat McGrath as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of its Board. It is also announcing the appointment of John Scanlan as its new Director of Corporate Services. The announcement comes after […]

Quality First at SL Controls

Putting Quality First At SL Controls

By Deirdre Loughlin | March 19, 2021

Like most businesses, there are several values and priorities that are important to us at SL Controls.

Celebrating Wins Together on St Patricks Day – Virtually

Celebrating Wins Together On St Patrick’s Day – Virtually!

By slcontrols | March 18, 2021

Like many other companies, the SL Controls team is currently working from their own homes.

Transitioning to Smart Manufacturing

Transitioning to Smart Manufacturing – A Practical and Cost-Effective Approach

By Keith Moran | March 10, 2021

The business case for implementing smart factory technologies is compelling, with tangible improvements in revenue, output, quality, and safety, alongside reduced costs. It is not surprising, therefore, that smart manufacturing technologies are becoming an increasingly important competition driver. The technologies that are part of the Smart Factory include cloud computing, edge computing, vision systems, robotic […]

Choose to Challenge in Engineering – the Perspective of Female Engineers on International Women’s Day 2021

By slcontrols | March 8, 2021

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge – challenging gender bias and inequality and choosing to celebrate the achievements of women. We decided to look at that topic from the perspective of some of the women who work for us at SL Controls. Specifically, two women who chose to challenge […]

Expansion Plans Create Job Opportunities at SL Controls

By slcontrols | March 5, 2021

At SL Controls, we are entering an exciting period in our development. We have continued to grow over recent years, including through the challenging lockdown periods of 2020/21, and we expect that growth trajectory to continue. To deliver on our future objectives, we are working on increasing our workforce. We are also looking at expansion […]

Video SL Controls Corporate Video

Video: SL Controls Corporate Video

By slcontrols | March 3, 2021

Video: SL Controls Corporate Video Find out more about SL Controls, the clients we work for, the solutions we deliver, and what we do, in our corporate video.  

SL Controls Announces 50 New Highly-Skilled Jobs

By slcontrols | March 1, 2021

SL Controls today announced the creation of 50 new highly-skilled jobs as we continue to expand and grow. The jobs will bring our total workforce to 140. The roles will be filled over the next 18 months and include Systems Engineers, Project Managers, Validation Engineers, and Software System Designers. To see the posts we are […]

What is the Company Culture Like at SL Controls?

By Shauna Ryan | February 16, 2021

When considering working for a company,

Adapting Health & Safety Policies and Procedures for the New Remote Working Environment

By slcontrols | February 11, 2021

A lot of things changed in the workplace when Ireland and other parts of the world entered lockdown conditions towards the end of Q1 2020. For companies required to continue delivering their essential services, remote working became an overnight necessity. Like other companies, we had existing remote working policies at SL Controls as our team […]

SL Controls Becomes Silver Renovation Patron of Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo

By slcontrols | February 9, 2021

SL Controls has become a Silver Renovation Patron to support the planned upgrading of the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo. The Hawk’s Well Theatre is a part of community life in Sligo, the location of our head office SL Controls. It opened its doors in 1982 but has roots that trace back to the 1950s. […]

Enhanced Test Systems and Data Management Key to Strong Growth for SL Controls Customer Ei Electronics

By slcontrols | February 4, 2021

Ei Electronics manufactures industry-leading fire and carbon monoxide detection products. It supplies its products worldwide and has experienced strong growth over recent years, with 2020 being a record year for turnover. The company uses advanced manufacturing and test processes with integrated systems at all levels of production. This approach to manufacturing has been crucial to […]

The Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

By John Downey | February 2, 2021

Advances in Smart Manufacturing technologies are changing the manufacturing sector forever. However, those technologies don’t change your core priorities and goals. New technologies or not, you still need to deliver high-quality products that your customers need and want, plus you must maximise competitiveness, productivity, and profitability. Marrying up a transition to Smart Manufacturing with your […]

Infographic: Computer System Validation Vs. Computer Software Assurance

By Alan Loughlin | January 28, 2021

The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) is due to release guidance on Computer Software Assurance. That guidance aims to put critical thinking at the centre of Computer System Validation (CSV) processes. In our latest infographic, we highlight the main differences between traditional CSV and the new Computer Software Assurace (CSA) approach.   Traditional CSV […]

Is Your Company Ready for the FDA’s Upcoming Guidance on Computer Software Assurance?

By slcontrols | January 26, 2021

Technology and computerised systems have evolved greatly over the past 20 years. In that time, cloud computing has become mainstream, and big data is here. When you also add the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), it’s clear that new manufacturing and business technologies will be truly transformative in the coming years. Yet, in the Life […]

What Is Live Well at SL – SL Controls’ Workplace Wellbeing Programme?

By Shauna Ryan | January 22, 2021

At SL Controls, we want all our employees to live well as we care about their health. That’s why we have put in place a structured workplace wellbeing programme called Live Well at SL.   Live Well at SL is a central part of the culture at SL Controls as it aligns with our values, […]

How Industry 4.0 Supports Flexibility and Mass Customisation

By John Downey | January 20, 2021

“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” That’s a quote from Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company. It’s a famous quote, but what does it have to do with flexible manufacturing and mass customisation? Does it have any relevance in the […]

Top Smart Factory Trends in 2021 for the Life Sciences Sector

By Shane McLaughlin | January 7, 2021

It is common to look at the trends that will impact smart manufacturing over the next 12 months and beyond at this time of year. We are in unprecedented times, though, making the manufacturing trends that will impact the life sciences sector in 2021 even more important. Here are some of the key points you […]

14 Tips for Becoming a Successful Engineer

By slcontrols | December 30, 2020

There are lots of career pathways you can take to become a successful engineer, and there are multiple fields you can work in. Those pathways don’t have to be linear, making it possible to direct your career in the direction you want it to go. Whatever path you take, the following 14 tips will help. […]

What is Digital Twin Technology and How It Benefits Manufacturing in the Industry 4.0 Era?

By John Downey | December 21, 2020

Understanding what is happening now on your production line, and predicting what will happen in the future, is essential for maximising OEE, optimising productivity, and improving business profitability. You can achieve all these things with digital twin technologies. Digital twin technology is one of the most important Industry 4.0 technologies currently available. Digital twins give […]

Benefits of Microsoft Azure for Manufacturers in the Life Sciences & Technology Sectors

By Paul Clarke | December 17, 2020

Implementing Industry 4.0 and smart factory solutions in your manufacturing operation requires a fresh approach to solution delivery, platform implementation, and IT infrastructure. Central to most solutions is the use of cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Azure. At SL Controls, we have extensive experience working with a range of cloud solution providers. Plus, we offer […]

SL Controls Christmas Party Goes Virtual for 2020!

By slcontrols | December 15, 2020

The SL Controls Virtual Christmas Party 2020 took place on Saturday evening, and it was a huge success! It was very different from Christmas parties in previous years as everybody was in their own homes connected virtually. However, it was still a fun and entertaining evening. Around 45 members of the SL Controls team joined […]

Why In-House Training and Upskilling Are Important in Engineering

By slcontrols | December 14, 2020

In engineering, technology doesn’t stand still. Something that is the future soon becomes the norm with new developments coming hot on its heels. You only have to look at the rapid development of Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory technologies to see how fast technology advances. Keeping up with these changes through training and professional development […]

11 Manufacturing / Ramp Strategies that Smart Factory Solutions Facilitate

By John Downey | December 4, 2020

The manufacturing / ramp strategies in use on your production lines are crucial to the success of your business. Specifically, they enable you to profitably produce the required volume of products and, in most cases, leave room for growth in the future. Smart factory solutions allow you to take this a stage further by adding […]

Lockdown Stories: Managing the Transition with Darragh McMorrow

By slcontrols | November 19, 2020

As with many other people across Ireland in similar positions, the early days and weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown for Darragh McMorrow involved a process of transitioning on multiple levels. Darragh is SL Controls Commercial Director. For Darragh, the transitions involved adapting and adjusting in the workplace, at home, and personally. There were many challenges […]

Expanding Manufacturing Capacity – the Ideal Time to Implement Factory Automation Solutions

By John Downey | November 17, 2020

Expanding manufacturing capacity is essential to meet growing customer demand, but it also presents your business with an opportunity to take further steps towards becoming a Smart Factory. You can even go further than this – implementing an SL Controls Smart Factory solution when expanding manufacturing capacity can improve your overall business and make the […]

Lockdown Stories: Taking on New Challenges and Supporting Local Causes

By slcontrols | November 12, 2020

Like a lot of companies, SL Controls had to pivot quickly when the first lockdown was introduced in March of this year. The restrictions since then have varied as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic, but life and work for SL Controls employees remains very different from what it used to be. We spoke to […]

Too Much Too Soon – Avoiding Factory Automation & Smart Factory Implementation Risks

By John Downey | November 10, 2020

The smart factory and digital manufacturing technologies are the future of manufacturing. That said, change in business carries risks, particularly when those changes involve creating fundamentally different business and manufacturing processes. Smart factory technologies are not immune to such risks. One of the clearest examples of how the smart factory can go wrong comes from […]

Press Release: Irish companies unite to ramp up production of Covid-19 testing kits and PPE

By slcontrols | November 2, 2020

SL Controls and SteriPack delivering swab testing kits to the US and global market Surgical masks also being produced Two Irish companies — SL Controls and SteriPack — are working together to bring swab testing kits for Covid-19 to the US and global market. The companies are also supporting each other to ensure the delivery of quality […]

Government Minister Meets with SL Controls CEO and Other Sligo & Leitrim Business Leaders

By slcontrols | October 29, 2020

Minister of State Robert Troy took a virtual visit to Sligo and Leitrim this week to meet with business leaders, including SL Controls CEO Keith Moran. Robert Troy has responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital, and Company Regulation in the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. At the meeting, the Minister discussed export strategies as well […]

SL Controls Team Climbs Mount Everest virtually 157 times in Live Well at SL Virtual Activity Challenge

By slcontrols | October 14, 2020

Climbing Mount Everest 157 times over four weeks is impressive, even if it was achieved as a virtual activity challenge with all the steps taken on Irish soil. The challenge was part of SL Controls’ Live Well at SL programme, an initiative that promotes good physical health and exercise in the workplace. With staff currently working remotely, […]

Company, Team, Family: The Lockdown Experience for SL Controls CEO Keith Moran

By slcontrols | October 7, 2020

Everyone’s experience of living and working during lockdown will have been different, but there are a lot of similarities, too. Many of us are now working differently than we ever did before. Re-evaluating how we use our time is another common theme having lived through the spring/summer lockdown, as is looking again at our work-life […]

Case Study: Performance Monitoring of Databases in High-Volume Production Facilities

By Eamonn McManus | September 22, 2020

Manufacturing in all sectors is increasingly becoming data driven. Part of this shift to data is the use of databases for parts tracking on a production line, rather than the more traditional PLC shift register approach. With a database managing the movement of data, individual machines on the line can operate independently, processing multiple lots […]

Taking an Agile Approach to Talent Management to Meet Client Requirements

By Vinnie Boyd | September 8, 2020

The needs of the high-volume manufacturing sector are rapidly changing, particularly in highly regulated industries. If you are in a leadership role in one of these industries, you need solution providers who can respond quickly to your requirements to ensure you remain competitive while also maintaining accuracy, quality, and compliance. This requires a new approach […]

Employees Take Part in Virtual Mountain Activity Challenge at SL Controls

By slcontrols | September 4, 2020

Whether working at the office or from home, it’s important to keep moving and to get exercise throughout the day for both physical and mental health. To promote this fact at SL Controls, we’ve launched a Virtual Mountain Activity Challenge to the summit of Mount Everest. It’s an activity challenge lasting four weeks with each […]

Advantages and Benefits of Industry 4.0 Horizontal Integration for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturers

By Shane McLaughlin | August 31, 2020

Two concepts known as vertical integration and horizontal integration are key to moving your manufacturing facility closer to an optimised Industry 4.0 operation. We discussed the benefits of Industry 4.0 vertical integration in another blog. Here, we’ll look at the advantages and benefits of Industry 4.0 horizontal integration. Let’s start with a recap – what […]

Benefits of Industry 4.0 Vertical Integration – Where OT and IT Converge

By Shane McLaughlin | August 26, 2020

Vertical integration is about converging OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology) in your business, in addition to integrating processes and other systems across different departments and business units. In its most advanced form, it involves all aspects of the business, from factory floor systems and processes to the ERP (enterprise resource planning) platform, CRM […]

Horizontal and Vertical Integration in Industry 4.0 for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers

By Shane McLaughlin | August 19, 2020

In an Industry 4.0 context, horizontal and vertical integration offers substantial benefits to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. These benefits include everything from improved agility and flexibility to enhanced productivity, decision-making, and competitiveness. Horizontal and vertical integration delivers these benefits by achieving unprecedented levels of alignment across entire organisational ecosystems, from the factory floor to […]

The Human-Centred Approach: A Key Component to Industry 4.0 Success

By Keith Moran | July 31, 2020

Industry 4.0 is transformative. Among other things, it enables you to move from being a product-centric organisation to being customer-centric. This presents massive and potentially game-changing opportunities for your business. Implementing Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions is, of course, a marathon rather than a sprint. That said, even in the early stages of the […]

The Relevance of OEE in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Era

By Paul Clarke | July 30, 2020

OEE is a well-established method of measuring productivity in manufacturing operations. Its origins can be traced back to the 1950s, however, so does it still have relevance today in the Industry 4.0 era? Not only is OEE still relevant, but its importance has been amplified with the opportunities and challenges created by Industry 4.0 technologies […]

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

By Darragh McMorrow | July 24, 2020

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 […]

Digital Validation and Why It’s Important to Pharmaceutical and MedTech Manufacturers

By Dermot McMorrow | July 23, 2020

Modern technologies make it possible to create digital simulations, digital twins, and virtual 3D models of products, parts, manufacturing processes, machine processes, systems, and more. Engineers can then use these simulations and models to facilitate the design process, improve quality, identify errors, and improve performance. They can do this by testing multiple design variations in […]

How Developing a Digital Supply Chain Will Improve Your Business

By Shane McLaughlin | June 25, 2020

In a previous blog, we outlined what the digital supply chain looks like in the Industry 4.0 era. To briefly recap, it is not just about operating digitally – communicating digitally, analysing data digitally, etc. Instead, it is about connecting all elements in your supply chain in real-time, providing you with simultaneous and instant communication […]

The Importance of Industry 4.0’s Digital Supply Chain

By Shane McLaughlin | June 23, 2020

Traditionally, supply chain management was a back-office function in manufacturing businesses. It was important, of course, particularly in regulated sectors like pharmaceuticals and MedTech, but it wasn’t central to the performance and management of the company. In other words, it wasn’t on the day-to-day radar of C-Suite executives – CEOs, CFOs, etc. This is changing […]

Infographic – Lean Validation

By slcontrols | June 15, 2020

  What is Lean Validation? Validation is essential for product quality, compliance, patient safety, and more. It ensures manufactured products are a consistent quality while also providing evidence of this quality. It is also ensures systems perform according to specification. Lean validation is about eliminating waste at all stages of the validation process. How to […]

The Importance of Transforming Remote Support and Collaborative Working Across Companies

By Shane Loughlin | June 3, 2020

The technologies that exist today make remote collaborative working across companies easy. The same applies to providing remote support services for IT systems. You can jump on a videoconference call using any number of applications. At the end of the call, you can give control of your computer to the third-party engineer you’ve been collaborating […]

Remote Working: 10 Things We Value at SL Controls

By slcontrols | May 28, 2020

Like other companies, we have migrated to a position where most of our staff are working from home. While remote working is not a new concept for SL Controls, the scale has increased considerably as we follow Government guidance to help deal with the COVID-19 emergency. We have now developed a Remote Working Charter highlighting […]

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

By Darragh McMorrow | May 27, 2020

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 […]

SL Controls Supports Very Different 2020 Darkness into Light Event

By slcontrols | May 8, 2020

For the last few years, SL Controls has been proud to support the Darkness Into Light walk in aid of Pieta House. The goal is to raise awareness and support those affected by suicide and self-harm. Gathering to walk is not possible this year, however, because of the COVID-19 emergency. Like many other organisations, Pieta […]

Industry 4.0 and the Manufacturing Industry in a Post COVID-19 World

By Keith Moran | May 5, 2020

Manufacturing operations globally are seeing disruption they have never experienced before as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The focus in the early weeks of the crisis was about understanding and adapting to the dramatically changed situation while those manufacturing essential products like food, medicines, PPE, and medical devices dealt with the challenge of meeting […]

Case Study: Reducing Software Validation Time and Code Change Risks

By Michael McHugh | April 30, 2020

When new code is added to an existing system, the software must be re-validated. This takes time so can be a costly exercise. In addition, code changes in themselves introduce risk, something which can be compounded with human error and accuracy issues. As a result, it is a complex process to validate software when code […]

Infographic: Change Management Steps in Validated Systems

By Derek Loughlin | April 21, 2020

  Phase: Design Analyse the requirements, objectives, and impact of the change in addition to assessing the expected outcomes during the project’s design stage. Step 1: Assess the Change Request Step 2: Assess the Impact Step 3: Document the Expected Outcomes Phase: Implementation Implement the change in a sandbox or similar safe environment and then […]

Looking After Your Mental Health While Working from Home

By slcontrols | April 16, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major health emergency, but it is not just a physical health issue. The steps we all must take to stop the spread of the disease means there are mental health issues to consider as well. In particular, mental health issues that can arise from remote working. At SL Controls, we […]

SL Controls’ Engineers Part of Crowdsourcing Initiative to Provide PPE to Healthcare Workers

By slcontrols | April 9, 2020

SL Controls engineers are using their knowledge, experience, and personal spare time to help produce PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Irish healthcare workers. They are doing this as part of Engineers Ireland’s Covid-19 virtual factory crowdsourcing initiative. Using their own 3D printers, the engineers are printing reusable frames for protection visors.   They are manufactured […]

Case Study: Increasing Manufacturing Capacity by 25% with Zero Additional Resources

By slcontrols | April 8, 2020

Adding scalability to your production line so you can increase output when you need to with no additional costs – this is one of the objectives you can achieve with factory automation technologies. We have direct experience in these types of projects. In the example in this case study, we delivered on this objective for […]

How Smart Factory Solutions Improve OEE in Modern Manufacturing Facilities

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