IRIS is an advanced engineering company specialised in the manufacture and integration of Process Analytical Technology (PAT)-based real-time quality, monitoring solutions for the process industries and IoT systems for smart manufacturing, predominantly targeted at the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In particular, their product line comprises proprietary state of-the-art IR analysers for at-line and in-line process monitoring.
On the one hand, IRIS’ solutions are based on the latest developments in photonics-in the fields of MEMs Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Hyperspectral Imaging, and Raman. On the other hand, IRIS leverages ICTs, whereby they apply Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining techniques for predictive and active control, as well as for decision support systems. In addition to photonics-based analysers, the company also work with IoT sensors for enabling equipment and machinery for smart manufacturing and transitioning industry to the Industry4.0 paradigm. IRIS’s solutions are cloud-based for mobility, remote monitoring and multi-site applications. The company’s Innovation Division, which is governed by an Innovation
Committee comprising Senior Management, and an Innovation Unit for managing and executing the companies’ innovation roadmap, has 3 core strategic lines, for shaping the Factory of the Future:
1. New optical photonics-based technologies and PAT systems for production process optimisation
2. ICTs (Artificial intelligence / machine learning, IOT & cloud platforms)
3. Circular and Bio-based Economy: digitalization and waste valorization
Based in Barcelona, IRIS was established in 2007 and currently employs 60+ staff with a turnover of € 5 M. It is equipped with engineering workshops, food testing and wet chemistry laboratory, optics labs, and an electronics/telecommunications lab. The company is also certified by the local (Catalonian) government as a provider of technological R&D services (Tecnio Certification). IRIS is a member of the following sectorial networks:
SPIRE, SPIE and SECPHO, in addition to regional industrial collectives such as Smart Space (association of companies and organisations that specialise in the ‘smartification’ of industry).
IRIS will have the leadership of WP1, dedicated to automated SORTING system for multilayer materials being responsible of the design and development of monitoring solutions mainly based on XRF and NIR/SWIR-HIS. IRIS will also lead Task 6.3, being in charge of the development of a DSS to assess input waste characterization and define the best separation and recycling strategy.
In WP7, IRIS will participate to Crosscutting activities and Innovation impacts by actively participating to dissemination and communication activities involving the most important stakeholders that can contribute to the implementation of circular economy in the multilayer materials sector. IRIS will boost the uptake of the technologies developed in the project contributing to the exploitation strategy.