The Institute of Technology in Tralee is to participate in an €800,000 research and development programme in partnership with Kostal and the University of Limerick.
The research aims to develop autonomous robots for assembly lines in the future.
The partnership between Kostal, ITT and UL will receive research funding from the Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre and Science Foundation Ireland.
It will develop autonomous systems for Kostals power electronic products for electric vehicles at it’s plant in Abbeyfeale.
Kostal employs 900 people at manufacturing plants in Abbeyfeale and Mallow.
Dr Joseph Walsh who is heading the programme at IT Tralee said that the development of increased automation technologies such as the Kostal programme can drive the creation of more profitable and efficient manufacturing in Ireland.
In January, Lero researchers at the ITT announced a €2m R&D programme with Causeway company Dairymaster to develop autonomous systems to ease the workload on dairy farms.