Ward Automation wins manufacturing category

Irish Times Innovation Awards: Firm develops complex inspection and packing system for pre-filled syringes

John Ward of Ward Automation. The company won the manufacturing and design category in the The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2020. Photograph: Conor McCabe

John Ward of Ward Automation. The company won the manufacturing and design category in the The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2020. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ward Automation won the manufacturing and design award for developing a complex, large-scale automation system that speeds up the process of inspecting and packing pre-filled syringes.

Pre-filled syringes are a standard feature of the pharmaceutical industry worldwide and Ward’s compact, robot-controlled system represents a sea change in how syringes are checked for quality anomalies.

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