New Pilz campus in Cork will be an internet of things powerhouse

23 Jun 2016

Caption: (l-r) Thomas Pilz, managing Partner, Pilz; Suzanne Kunschert, managing partner, Pilz; and Wesley O’Shea, automation manager, Pilz Ireland

Automated software company Pilz has acquired a site adjacent to its existing facility in Cork to construct a campus of connected facilities to support its drive into internet of things and will also involve collaborative robots.

Pilz, which employs 170 people in Ireland, is planning to begin construction of a new facility to accommodate the Software Product Research and Development Centre, which will be a global centre of excellence for the creation of automated systems.

Pilz has purchased a site from IDA Ireland to facilitate its expansion at Cork Business and Technology Park on Model Farm Road in Cork.

Future Human

It will also host the expansion of the Pilz International Services Group, as well as new office space and lab facilities for its engineering division.

The unit will work with manufacturers across Ireland in areas like regulatory compliance.

Pilz will also create a campus of “connected” facilities that will use advanced building management solutions.

The company is currently recruiting in the areas of software and automation engineering, project management and support services.

The fourth industrial revolution

Pilz Ireland managing director John McAuliffe said the Irish operation will support Pilz Group’s positioning at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution with technologies based on IoT, collaborative robots (CoBots) and cloud-based automation services.

“The construction of the new building and refurbishment of the existing facility is a real milestone in the company’s development,” McAuliffe said.

“The IDA has supported us as a start-up many years ago and continues to do so with this expansion. We look forward to creating a campus that not only provides increased capacity to grow our business but offers a modern workspace for our employees.”

A spokesman for Pilz could not confirm how many new people Pilz was taking on in Cork, but shed some light on its push into the internet of things.

“We will be trying to integrate some of our own technology products in relation to facilities and access control with wearables such as RFIDs,” he said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years