Dublin, July 19th, 2022 – Hummingbird Aero LLC, an industry-leading provider of aerospace systems development services based in Irvine, CA, today announced the formation of Hummingbird International Ltd, to be based in the Republic of Ireland. According to a Memorandum of Agreement, signed today at the Farnborough Air Show, Hummingbird International will be formed as a partnership between Hummingbird Aero LLC, Shannon Precision Engineering of Shannon, Ireland, DPF Engineering of Carlow, Ireland, and Realtime Technologies of Dublin, Ireland.
The Farnborough signing initiates the official registry of the new entity, and was attended by Leo Varadkar, Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the Republic of Ireland. Hummingbird International will focus initially on the manufacture of electro-mechanical and electronic motion control products for the aerospace industry.
“The expansion of Hummingbird Aero into Ireland serves a number of strategic purposes” said Brian Barker, President & CEO. “Hummingbird International will enhance our ability to directly source products to our global customers and better serve the engineering and manufacturing needs of customers in the European Union. Locating in Ireland provides advantages for skilled workforce, established aerospace manufacturing infrastructure, access to excellent aerospace engineering universities and graduates, competitive manufacturing costs, supportive government incentives and a beautiful place to work as well.”
“A great deal of our current business is centered in future air mobility, where we are helping customers architect and develop new air vehicles and subsystems that meet emerging aviation standards for design, safety, and certification. Our partners in Shannon Precision Engineering, DPF Engineering and Realtime Technologies provide comprehensive and established manufacturing capabilities that are ideally suited for our products. We look forward to participating in important new green aviation initiatives as our industry transforms toward sustainable aviation,” Barker said. “The enthusiasm and welcome we’ve received in the Republic of Ireland has been overwhelmingly positive, and we hope to be good stewards of local economic development and growth of the aerospace technical community there.”
Patrick White, Managing Director of Realtime Technologies, said “The expansion of Hummingbird into Ireland by joining forces with DPF Engineering, Shannon Precision Engineering and Realtime Technologies puts Ireland at the forefront of developing and manufacturing for the new green aviation as the industry transforms towards a sustainable aerospace model. This is an exciting time for Realtime to get involved in the future air mobility industry which has substantial growth forecast over the coming years”.
Hummingbird Aero, Shannon Precision Engineering, DPF Engineering and Realtime Technologies engaged the services of QCD Solutions, Business Consultancy Services (Derry, Northern Ireland), to project manage the collaboration.
Dublin, December 25th, 2021 – Irish space start-up company Réaltra Space Systems Engineering (Division of Realtime Technologies), today announced that it was responsible for the development of the Independent Video Telemetry Kit (VIKI) that provided the spectacular live on-board video telemetry from the Ariane 5 rocket during the successful launch of the James Webb Space Telescope earlier today from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Independent Video Telemetry Kit for the Ariane 5 mission that carried Webb into space was designed and built by the team in Réaltra, based in Dublin, who were selected by ArianeGroup, lead industrial Prime Contractor, who are responsible for building the Ariane 5 launcher, to join their industrial team, based on the experience, capabilities and skills of the people working in Réaltra.
Working in space demands the highest engineering and manufacturing standards and skills and the challenges of providing space-qualified electronic systems for the prestigious Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launchers during the Covid restrictions were met by the team in Réaltra, its manufacturing partner Realtime Technologies Ltd. and other partners throughout Ireland and Europe.
The Independent Video Telemetry Kit developed in Réaltra will also provide the live video telemetry images from cameras located on-board the Ariane 6 launch vehicle during all phases of the new European flagship launcher’s maiden flight in 2022. Furthermore, the contract with ArianeGroup will support an increase in high-quality employment in design, engineering and manufacturing roles here in Dublin and in supply chain companies located around Ireland.
The participation of Réaltra Space Systems Engineering in the James Webb Space Telescope mission is enabled through Ireland’s membership of the European Space Agency (ESA). Ireland manages its investment in space primarily through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) and Enterprise Ireland, which supports and guides Irish industry and research institutes in developing technologies through ESA programmes, and in commercialising these technologies in the worldwide space market.
Minister Damien English, TD., said “It was wonderful to see the successful launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, with images of the spacecraft starting its long journey streamed back to Earth by Irish technology and relayed around the world. I also eagerly anticipate the ground-breaking science that will be enabled by Webb, with Irish scientists at the heart of uncovering the secrets of the formation of our Universe.”
Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, congratulated the Irish companies and scientists involved in the mission, noting that Ireland can be justifiably proud of its world-class scientific and technical capabilities in space science. “Irish companies have consistently shown that they can deliver innovative technologies to the space sector. Webb is the most ambitious space mission for many years, if not decades, and it is fitting that Ireland has played such a prominent role in the Ariane 5 launch, and also in the scientific instruments on the telescope itself.”
Danny Gleeson, CCO, Réaltra Space Systems Engineering, said “We are very proud of everyone in the team in our small Irish company Réaltra who have been selected by ArianeGroup to join their industrial team for the development of the video telemetry kit for the historic launch of Webb on the Ariane 5 rocket. The selection of Réaltra by ArianeGroup is a testament to the hard work, deep experience and high standards displayed by the people in Réaltra and Realtime Technologies.”
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Réaltra (meaning “Galaxy” in Gaelic) is an Irish space start-up, established in 2018 and dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of cost-effective space electronic systems using cutting-edge technologies. Our highly experienced team of space industry experts have a proven track record in combining COTS and traditional approaches for the development of highly reliable solutions to meet the challenges set by our customers in both the traditional and “NewSpace” markets.
Réaltra employs 10 people including staff with significant space heritage to recent graduates of UCD’s MSc in Space Science & Technology. The company plans to employ more than 20 highly skilled people over the next few years. Réaltra is the Irish word for “galaxy”, Réaltra was founded in 2018 by Paddy White (CEO), Diarmuid Corry (CTO) and Danny Gleeson (CCO), each with long experience in the space sector.
Réaltra (https://realtra.space) is a member of the Irish Space Industry Group (www.irishspaceindustrygroup.com) and the Space Industry Skillnet (www.spaceskills.net)
About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate, and win export sales in global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development, and secure employment. Enterprise Ireland co-ordinates Ireland’s industrial and research participation in the programmes of the European Space Agency, provides a source of expertise for Irish companies in developing and executing space strategies, as well as being a point of reference for the international space industry when they want to identify relevant sources of space-related expertise within Ireland.
About the European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as developing satellite-based technologies & services for industrial growth.
About Ariane 5
Ariane 5 is a European Space Agency (ESA) program, conducted jointly by public institutions and industry with ArianeGroup as industrial lead contractor. Ariane 5 launches are marketed and operated by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, with support from the French space agency CNES (Centre national d’études spatiales).
About the James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is an international project led by NASA with its partners the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Webb is the next great space science observatory following Hubble, designed to answer outstanding questions about the Universe and to make breakthrough discoveries in all fields of astronomy. The James Webb Space Telescope will see farther into our origins: from the formation of stars and planets, to the birth of the first galaxies in the early Universe.
Dublin, June 28th, 2021 – Réaltra Space Systems Engineering (A Division of Realtime Technologies Ltd.) is delighted to announce that we have received the Qualification Certification from ArianeGroup for the flight elements of the Independent HD Video Telemetry Kit (VIKI) for use on the Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launch vehicles. The VIKI system will capture and broadcast HD video from a number of cameras located on the launchers that will provide live images of the stage, fairing and payload separation events for commercial and engineering purposes.
The development of the VIKI system started in 2019 and the completion of qualification of the VIKI system in 2021 is a significant achievement for our team in Réaltra as an Irish space start-up company and demonstrates the benefits of collaboration with our partners across the island of Ireland and Europe that enabled us to complete the complex qualification tests throughout the challenging conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We also acknowledge the excellent test facilities and support provided in Germany and France emphasizing the importance of pan-European cooperation. Finally, we would like to recognise the assistance of the Irish ESA Delegation and Enterprise Ireland who have provided their support to Réaltra on this project from the beginning.
Réaltra Space Systems Engineering was established in 2018 to focus specifically on the growing global space market for high-quality and high-reliability electronic systems, targeting the commercial “New-Space” market, with a focus on the burgeoning global micro-launchers and small satellite sectors.
Réaltra already employs 10 highly qualified staff including experienced space practitioners to recent graduates of UCD’s Masters in Space Science & Technology. The company plans to employ more than 20 highly skilled people over the next few years.
Réaltra is the Irish word for “galaxy”, which is appropriate in the context of the company’s vision of creating innovative low-cost electronic systems for space applications. The Réaltra division was formed in January 2018 by Paddy White (CEO), Diarmuid Corry (CTO) and Danny Gleeson (CCO), each with long experience in the space sector. Realtime Technologies is a member of the Irish Space Industry Group and a founder member of the Space Industry Skillnet.
Dublin, June 26th, 2019 – Realtime Technologies Ltd. today announced that its Réaltra Space Systems Engineering Division has been awarded a contract exceeding €1.0M from the space company ArianeGroup to design, develop and deliver the Independent Video Kit (VIKI) that will provide the on-board live video telemetry from Ariane 6, the new European launch vehicle, designed and built by ArianeGroup on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). ArianeGroup is prime contractor and design authority for the Ariane 6 launcher. The Independent Video Kit for Ariane 6 will be designed and built by the team in the Réaltra division of Realtime Technologies Ltd., based in Dublin and who were selected by French company ArianeGroup, to join their industrial team, based on the experience, capabilities, and skills of the people working in Réaltra and Realtime. Working in space demands the highest engineering and manufacturing standards and the challenge of providing space-qualified electronic systems for the prestigious Ariane 6 launcher will not be easily met.
Live Video Telemetry Images from Cameras Located on-board the Ariane 6 Launch Vehicle
The Independent Video Kit developed in Réaltra will provide the live video telemetry images from cameras located on-board the Ariane 6 launch vehicle during all phases of the launcher mission. Furthermore, the contract will support an increase in high-quality employment in design, engineering and manufacturing roles here in north Dublin and in the supply chain companies located around Ireland.
John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development
John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, who announced the contract award, said “I am delighted to be here today to announce the signing of this significant contract between ArianeGroup and Réaltra to provide the Independent Video Kit the new Ariane 6 launcher. The awarding of this contract is a significant achievement for Réaltra and demonstrates how Irish space companies can succeed in the delivery of cutting-edge space technologies. The world-class activities in Réaltra are building the reputation of Ireland’s space technology sector in the global marketplace and creating high-value jobs in Irish companies in line with the recently announced Irish Government’s National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019-2025, aimed at growing the space sector in Ireland by creating sustainable businesses. I wish Réaltra and Realtime every success in the continued growth of its space activities.”
Dr Bryan Rodgers of Enterprise Ireland
Dr Bryan Rodgers of Enterprise Ireland, the State agency which provides assistance to Irish companies engaging in space technology developments with ESA, added: “Enterprise Ireland has a key role in the growth of an agile space-active enterprise sector in Ireland and provides a range of supports to space-active companies at various stages of development. Réaltra’s success reflects the current high level of technical innovation in Irish industry, which is helping to build capability and capacity in the space sector here. We wish Réaltra every success in its goal to become the world’s leading provider of electronic systems for the growing commercial ‘NewSpace’ market, in particular for low-cost launch vehicles and satellite constellations.”
Paddy White, CEO, Realtime Technologies Ltd., said “We are very proud that our Réaltra division in Realtime Technologies has been selected by ArianeGroup to join their industrial team for the development of the video telemetry kit for the historic Ariane 6 launch vehicle. The selection of Réaltra by ArianeGroup is a testament to the hard work, deep experience and high standards displayed by our staff.”
Our Associated Company Shimmer Launches Verisense™ Wearable Sensor Platform for Clinical Trials.
Shimmer, a global leader in wearable technology for research applications, today announced the launch of Verisense, its next-generation wearable sensor platform designed from the ground up to meet the needs of clinical trial sponsors, sites and participants.
“There is a growing demand from pharmaceutical companies, regulators and payers to factor real-world data (RWD) into healthcare decision making. They want to ensure that new therapies, especially those for chronic conditions, deliver objective improvements to participants’ health and quality of life. That requires access to real-world participant data and has spurred the rapid growth in wearable technologies to measure objective quality of life indicators, such as activity levels and sleep patterns,” said Geoff Gill, president of Shimmer Americas.
Verisense IMU Sensor
Verisense is a comprehensive and flexible solution for reliably capturing accurate and complete biometric data. Verisense is launching with the Verisense IMU sensor, a general-purpose Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Worn on the wrist, it can monitor activity and sleep seamlessly. In addition, it can be used for any IMU application with up to seven sensors worn on different parts of a participant’s body, making it invaluable for studying complex musculoskeletal or neurological conditions, such as dystonia or epilepsy. Furthermore, researchers can draw on a wealth of published data and established metrics from more than a decade of research using Shimmer devices.
The Verisense Platform Provides Complete Clinical Trial Sponsor Support
The Verisense platform provides complete clinical trial sponsor support. Sponsors gain access to all the raw participant data; they are uploaded to a secure site and can be transferred to an electronic data capture system automatically to ensure data integrity. Built-in algorithms provide validated metrics. A monitoring dashboard shows the status of all the sites at a glance, and provides the ability to drill down to every sensor in the study.
From the site perspective, Verisense requires just a five-minute setup to initiate data collection and participant follow up if the system alerts them to a critical issue.
ISO 13485:2016 has recently been revised, with the new version published in March 2016.
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. It supports medical device manufacturers to maintain the effectiveness of their processes. ISO ensures the development, production, installation, and delivery of medical devices that are effective and safe.
ISO 13485:2016 quality management systems specify requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide medical devices and related services that meet applicable regulatory requirements.
The ISO 13485:2016 standard is globally recognized as the best quality practices from organizations within the medical device industry. Due to the nature of the medical equipment, safety is one of the principal requirements.
Realtime Technologies, as a medical devices manufacturer, has a responsibility to deliver devices that are high quality, safe and effective.
Realtime Technologies is an electronics contract manufacturer and services provider. Our extensive engineering capabilities also allow us to manufacture electronics to precise customer specifications and provide a turnkey service. We provide products and services for Medical Analyzers, Pressure Testers and Monitors, Heart Monitors, cardio Analyzers, Receiver Units, and other Instruments. Our 22 years of manufacturing experience are enabling us to solve unusual issues in medical device design.
REALTIME TECHNOLOGIES AWARDED A CONTRACT BY GERMAN SPACE COMPANY OHB SYSTEM AG
Dublin, Tuesday 22nd of January 2019 – Realtime Technologies Ltd. announced that its Réaltra Space Systems Engineering Division has been awarded a contract from German space company OHB System AG to design, develop and deliver the PayLoad Interface Unit (PLIU) for the European Space Agency (ESA) PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission that will be launched in 2026.
The PayLoad Interface Unit (PLIU), that will be designed and built by the team at Réaltra and Realtime in Dublin, will be the largest space electronics hardware contribution and the largest ever single contract awarded to an Irish company for an ESA Science mission.
The Réaltra division of Realtime Technologies Ltd. was pre-selected by OHB System AG, the German company that will integrate, test and delivers the PLATO spacecraft to ESA, to join their industrial team for the PLATO mission, based on the capabilities and skills of the people working in Réaltra and Realtime. Working in space demands the highest engineering and manufacturing standards and the challenge of providing space-qualified electronic systems for such a prestigious scientific mission will not be easily met. The PLIU developed in Réaltra will provide the thermal control system for the telescopes on the PLATO spacecraft to help underpin the mission’s objective of understanding how our Universe was formed, and whether life exists outside of our own solar system. Furthermore, the contract will support an increase in high-quality employment in design, engineering and manufacturing roles here in north Dublin and in the supply chain companies located around Ireland.
John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, who announced the contract award, said “I am delighted to be here today to announce the signing of this significant contract between OHB System AG and Réaltra to provide the PayLoad Interface Unit for ESA’s PLATO mission. The awarding of this contract is a significant achievement for Réaltra and demonstrates how Irish space companies can succeed in the delivery of cutting-edge space technologies.
Paddy White, CEO, Realtime Technologies Ltd., said “We are very proud that our Réaltra division in Realtime Technologies has been selected by OHB to join their industrial team for the delivery of the historic PLATO mission spacecraft to ESA. Our selection for a critical role in the PLATO space mission by OHB is a testament to the hard work, deep experience and high standards displayed by our staff.”
The SMARTFLOW 2020 is a compact, cell-based selective soldering system with a base area of less than 2, 5 m². The acquisition of a 2nd SMARTFLOW 2020 system by Realtime provides another level of flexibility and supports both rapid product changeover for various high-mix, high-quality, low volume builds as well as offering increased throughput and maintaining consistency when both machines are required to support the same product range in larger batch builds.
Selective Soldering System SMARTFLOW is one of the 1st platforms to use the ERSASOFT 5 operating system.
It offers a very stable, intuitive and flexible user interface which facilitates live process monitoring, as well as the ability, adjust and optimize program process parameters while the machine is running.
With the ability to quickly change the solder bath in the SMARTFLOW 2020 Realtime also has the flexibility to change the Alloy it uses in the Selective Soldering process to satisfy both customer and regulatory requirements in a matter of minutes.
With the supply of high-quality Nitrogen available from Realtime’s on-site N2 generation plant readily available the installation of the new SMARTFLOW was completed and available to production within a day.
The Ersa SMARTFLOW 2020 utilizes the same software platform as well as the Wear-Free Electromagnetic Induction Pump and Fluxer Technology used on the larger fully automatic inline machines from ERSA. This, aligned with excellent quality produced and the high Overall Operational Efficiency seen from the SMARTFLOW 2020 by Realtime over the last year has made the equipment selection process for Realtime in choosing the 2nd system an easy one.
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This demonstrates Realtime’s ability to provide medical equipment and related services that consistently meet customer requirements and regulatory requirements applicable to medical equipment and related services.
ISO 13485:2012 details specific requirements for a quality management system where organizations need to demonstrate their ability to provide medical equipment and related services that consistently meet customer requirements and regulatory requirements applicable to medical equipment and related services. The ISO 13485:2012 standard is globally recognized as the best quality practices from organizations within the medical device industry.
Registration was a goal for Realtime, although it was recognized that the pursuit of quality provides benefits well in excess of gaining registration. Robust, quality-imbued processes add immense value to the development, manufacture, distribution and to both the internal and external customer.
ISO 13485:2012 helps Realtime Technologies to provide a structure for implementation of requirements. It ensures the achievement of these planned results and the maintenance and effectiveness of those processes in relation to the customer, internal quality and regulatory requirements. Due to the nature of the medical equipment, safety is one of the principal requirements.
Realtime Technologies is an electronics contract manufacturer and services provider. With a reputation for quality and flexibility, we design and build products for Secure Payment Systems, Aerospace, Automotive, and Medical sectors. Comprising of facilities in Ireland, Czech Republic, US, Slovakia, and offices in the Far East and South America, we provide the most cost-effective and efficient route to bring your product onto the global market. From single item prototypes to medium and high volume quantities, Realtime can deliver the trusted experience and expertise needed to drive your product development and business growth forward.
Realtime has recently added CyberOptics’ Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) system to their list of equipment.
The AOI system provides a significant enhancement to Realtime’s inspection capabilities and flexibility, and provides the ability to detect inaccurately placed components, reversed components, missing components, components with incorrect polarity, insufficient solder and the occurrences of bridging. As a result, the AOI system can provide RTT with the capability to efficiently inspect various defects with high performance and accuracy.
The Automotive market is the AOI’s main target due to its very high performance and high speed, but it is also fully adaptable to any quality or high speed applications. The new SMT Equipment gives Realtime the capability to meet not only inspection standards which exists in most manufacturing processes, especially in the automotive industry where rigorous quality and safety requirements exist.
The AOI system provides maximum inspection coverage and records feedback of the process. AOI has become the inspection method of choice in the majority of SMT manufacturers including Realtime Technologies. The CyberOptics’ AOI systems is designed for both post-reflow and post-replacement inspection accommodating the most up-to-date package styles such as 0201, 0402, 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210 and 1812.
Manufacturing of Electronic Printed Circuit Boards, Electronic Assembly Testing, PCB Training, Rework and Repair, Prototype PCB Assembly
Realtime also offers a range of best in class services including; manufacturing of electronic printed circuit boards, electronic assembly testing, PCB training, rework and repair, prototype PCB assembly and also turnkey solutions all within the framework of the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485 Quality Management System to which Realtime Technologies is accredited to.
Realtime Technologies is an electronics contract manufacturer and services provider. With a reputation for quality and flexibility, we design and build products for Secure Payment Systems, Aerospace, Automotive, and Medical sectors. Comprising of facilities in Ireland, Czech Republic, US, Slovakia, and offices in the Far East and South America, we provide the most cost effective and efficient route to bring your product onto the global market. Realtime can deliver the trusted experience and expertise needed to drive your product development and business growth forward