Masterclasses At Toys4Engineers

In a new offering this year, we will be running professional masterclasses, which will be CPD certified by Waterford Chamber Skillnet and will include topics such as Additive Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency and the Carbon Challenge for Industry, Better Planet Packaging and Pitching to Industry.

Each masterclass will run for 90 minutes and costs just €25.

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Masterclass 1 – 9am to 10:30am

You can choose one of the following two masterclasses which run concurrently from 9am to 10:30am.

Energy Efficiency & Carbon Reduction

9am to 10.30am

Sponsored by Crowley Carbon

Advice for companies who want to significantly reduce their energy consumption and move to green energy solutions.


Shane Dooley-Cullinane

Chief Operating Officer at Crowley Carbon

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29 yrs of Global Energy Efficiency Experience with Operational, Strategy & Sales Roles including Organizational Leadership and Change Management. Previously an Excom Member of a LSE FTSE 250 Listed Company, responsibility for business delivery across the Middle East and The Americas. Sector experience includes Data Centre, Oil & Gas (Upstream, Midstream Modular and Downstream), Mining & Metals & Pharma

Rodger Greene

Director at Crowley Carbon

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Passionate promoter of Energy Management through Education and IndustryEnergy Management Consultancy.

Lecturer Energy Management, Sustainable Energy, Clean Energy

Additive Manufacturing

9am to 10.30am

Sponsored by 3DWIT

Advice for companies who want to change their manufacturing processes and products to use the new 3D Printing technologies.


Mike Kelly

Centre Manager for ThreeD DAC Ltd

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Mike Kelly is Centre Manager for ThreeD DAC Ltd (trading as 3DWIT), a company set up in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the South Eastern Applied Materials (SEAM) Research Centre in August 2018.

3DWIT was formed in June 2018 as a centre of excellence for 3D Printing technology. It was formed with a clear remit to provide training and related services to Irish academia and industry. It also supports WIT with 3D Printing courses for all levels of Mechanical Engineering students.

Prior to Joining 3DWIT, Mike had been involved with the emerging 3D Printing industry for close to 25 years. In this time he has held roles in Application development, Sales and Marketing, including customer training and support, where he developed a range of EU wide training programs including design and use of 3D printing process.

During this time he has worked with a wide range of clients across Academia, aerospace, automotive and motorsports, defence and medical device manufacturing; all related to Design and manufacturing applications using best practice for 3D Printing. A major part of his success in 3D Printing has resulted from time invested in developing an awareness of design for the 3D Printing process.

He has been actively involved in Materials (and Process) development for 3D Printing, including Ceramics and Metallic powders.

Mike has also been a visiting lecturer at WIT since 2015.

Masterclass 2 – 11am to 12:30pm

You can choose one of the following two masterclasses which run concurrently from 11am to 12:30pm.

Better Planet Packaging

11am to 12.30pm

Smurfit Kappa

Advice for companies on how they can change and improve their current packaging with a particular emphasis on removing plastic.

Simon Slattery

Plant Manager at Smurfit Kappa Cork

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Simon Slattery is General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Cork, with over 23 years’ experience in the packaging sector with Leadership in Sales, Operations, Marketing, Health & Safety, Design & Innovation. Smurfit Kappa is a FTSE 100 company and one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging in the world, with operations in 35 countries, headquarters are in Dublin with 7 Manufacturing Plants in Ireland and over 350 manufacturing worldwide.

John Haberlin

Customer Solutions Manager at Smurfit Kappa Packaging

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I am a highly accomplished Sales Professional with 15+ years of working in the Corrugated Industry. Currently I work as Customer Solutions Manager where I provide my customers with innovative solutions to their packaging needs, requirements and problems. I am known as a good communicator, a team player, having strong negotiation skills and an exceptional problem solver. Working for Smurfit Kappa has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge base through the sharing of colleagues experiences and through in-house training.


11am to 12.30pm

Cobotics Skillnet

Advice for companies on how they can use cobotics and artificial intelligence to drive automation in the context of Industry 4.0.

Dermot O’Neil

Irish Centre for Excellence in Robotic Technologies and Cobotics Skillnet Manager

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Dermot O’Neill has been the project and network manager with the Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) since 2003 and has recently been appointed as director of the Irish Centre for Excellence in Robotics Technologies and manages the national Cobotics Skillnet. He is responsible for helping companies develop their Technology Roadmap in line with their strategic initiatives.

He is the first and only Irish person to have a seat on the Shingo International Executive Advisory Board, a Shingo Prize Examiner, a Certified Professional Coach,, ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, awarded True Lean Champion from University of Kentucky. Training Within Industry (TWI) Instructor & Practitioner and Lean Business Ireland founder and Board member. MSc Business Administration – Trinity College Dublin

True Lean Champion Award – University of Kentucky, (Lean Certification Programme, Executive Leadership Programme, Standardized Word, Job Breakdown Sheets, Scientific Problem Solving, Human Side od Lean )

Ireland is on the brink of adoption of robotics, cobotics, and smart technologies as part of their competitiveness and growth agenda and Mr. O’Neill has the necessary skills and networking abilities to increase the robotics/cobotics density in Ireland in line with other countries. The formation of the new Cobotics Skillnet supported by the Irish government is a testament to Mr. O’Neill’s recent successes.

John Henry

Robotics & Drives

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Experienced Operations Engineering Director

– Implementation and development of a world-class Engineering Company.

– Global experience selling, installing and delivering Innovative automation systems.

– Develop, manage and mentor engineering teams and colleagues.

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