Manufacturing Ireland Article

I.O. Systems - Conveying Smart Solutions
IO Systems, a subsidiary of Okamoto Systems of Japan, is based in Athlone, Co Westmeath. It has been providing "smart solutions" to materials handling problems since 1996. Originally set up to service key clients of the parent company - in Ireland and the UK - it soon recognized the need for high quality cost-effective solutions throughout the industry sectors. What makes I.O. Systems different to many suppliers? Mainly its ethos of listening carefully to each client's needs and then offering solutions that fit perfectly - even if that means supplying equipment not normally offered by the company. It is not about selling a preferred solution to a client; rather, it is about providing the right solution for their needs.

Philosophy And Practice
This philosophy and practice has made I.O. Systems one of the largest players in the market, employing over 80 people here in Ireland and with offices in the UK and Holland. In order to deliver these solutions, I.O. Systems has invested heavily in people and infrastructure designed to deliver. The company boasts both a dedicated presales engineering group and a projects engineering group, allowing the business to focus on new business concepts without ever affecting work in progress. The company is in control of all deliverables including control systems through its own control systems and software design engineers.

Manufacturing Strength
Part of the company's strength is its manufacturing facility in Athlone, which currently stands at 25,000 sq ft. This enables the company to provide short lead times for many of the products within its portfolio. Coupled with its direct links to Japan and a constant stream of new and innovative products, this puts the company in a unique position in Ireland. Until now I.O. Systems has been one of Ireland's best-kept secrets, having done little advertising or marketing but have constantly grown through word of mouth and recommendation. It has now put in place strategies to grow the company further, having satisfied itself that it is capable of making the next step in becoming Ireland's leading supplier.

Three Divisions
The company has three main divisions:

Materials handling equipment

  • Conveyors
  • Telescopic conveyors
  • Belt curves
  • Line changers
  • Metal detectors
  • Check weighers
  • High-speed label applicators.

It can provide equipment constructed of mild steel, stainless steel or aluminum.

Maintenance
I.O. Systems provides complete factory equipment maintenance services, ad hoc maintenance services (including 24/7 call-out) and programmed maintenance services. The company currently furnishes all of An Post's maintenance nationwide.

Warehousing And Logistic Solutions
Through its strategic partnerships I.O. provides storage and retrieval systems, distribution and logistic solutions (including high bay picking) and high-speed sortation systems.

Sanki Conveyor Range
The company manufactures the Sanki range of belt conveyors and line changers here in Ireland - this includes the revolutionary Fric Touch range (FT Conveyors). This patented design provides many unique features and a maintenancefree conveyor with a belt life of up to three times that of conventionally driven belt conveyors. One of the many advantages is the fact that when belts eventually wear out, they can be changed in minutes. The unique feature of this conveyor system is the friction drive on the outside of the belt as opposed to a driven roller. This virtually eliminates wear and tracking problems, as there is no tensioning in the belt. I.O. Systems also manufactures its own range of stainless-steel belt and plastic chain conveyors suitable for the most onerous and sanitary applications. The company has strategic partnerships with some of the world's leading equipment manufacturers. This enables it to provide:

  • Airport conveyor systems (for baggage and cargo handling)
  • Flexible chain conveyors
  • Pallet conveyors
  • High-speed sorters
  • High bay storage and retrieval systems
  • Telescopic boom loaders
  • Elevators and lifts.

Through its partnership with Moving AB of Sweden, I.O. Systems has a flexible chain conveyor system (FlexiMove). This system is proving to be very competitive against all alternative systems - it provides total flexibility and future proofing at exceptionally competitive prices. This conveyor system is used extensively in food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, electronics and bottling applications.

I.O. Systems will be at the Pakex exhibition at the RDS on September 8th and 9th at stand D1 (just in front of the main entrance). It will be exhibiting a range of equipment and launching three new exciting products.

IO Systems Ltd. Garrycastle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. T: +353 90 6473829 F: +353 90 6473830 E: info@iosystems.ie