IMR’s ‘Innovation through Robotics’ wins Brandon Hall Award

IMR’s ‘Innovation through Robotics’ wins Brandon Hall Award

The 2022 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

Irish Manufacturing Research Wins Bronze

Brandon Hall Group Bronze Technology Excellence aWARD

Brandon Hall Bronze Technology Excellence Award 2022

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), a leading Research and Technology Organisation, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze award for excellence in the “Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for External Training” category for IMR’s ‘Innovation through Robotics’ programme. Irish Manufacturing Research’s win was announced on December 8, 2022. The winners are listed at

Irish Manufacturing Research’s blended learning programme, ‘Innovation through Robotics’, supports the Department of Education & Skills through Solas’ Further and Higher Education & Training strategy up to 2024 where the Future National FET strategy Transforming Learning states “employers will adopt new business models and education providers will have to fully embed technology in the delivery of learning or else risk becoming irrelevant.

Innovation through Robotics specifically supports manufacturing companies in their automation initiatives, enhancing their competitiveness. Supported by Irish Manufacturing Research’s expert instructors, students of the programme create a tailored innovation approach specific for their business. Over 4 weeks, the programme combines business objectives, subject matter, online learning, and experiential learning for the learner. The course introduces learners to state-of-the-art Robotics, including hands-on experience with experts and real-world technology giving them the tools to make a business case for execution.

Irish Manufacturing Research are delighted that Brandon Hall Group have recognised the high quality of our ‘Innovation through Robotics’ blended learning programme through these distinguished awards,” said, Peter Purcell, Irish Manufacturing Research’s Learning and Development Expert celebrating the achievement. “This award is a testament to the dedication of the IMR experts to transferring knowledge to our learners through impactful learning experiences. IMR revel in a culture of learning by doing and are committed to upskilling and reskilling learners in the manufacturing sector.”

Irish Manufacturing Research offer a range of practical, accredited learning courses in areas including IIoT, An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Manufacturing and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing. Irish Manufacturing Research build learning programs to continuing professional development standards. IMR experts strive for lasting impact with courses that emphasize the necessary digital blend for knowledge transfer with the richness of human instructor interaction. Through digital blended learning, participants’ curiosity and imagination are developed along with an appetite for new knowledge that enables industry employees succeed at the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing. For further information on the learning opportunities offered by Irish Manufacturing Research see

From our research, we know that more than half of organizations say it is critical to advance the HCM technology ecosystem to succeed in the future of work. Winners of our Excellence in Technology awards are the pace-setters in ensuring employers have the leading-edge tools they need to evolve and prosper in the challenging environment we all work in,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke.

We are honoured to celebrate the foresight and ingenuity of our Technology award winners!” said Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke. “More than 80% of employers are optimistic about advancing digital transformation in 2023, our research shows, and that is because these organizations and individuals who are laser-focused on technology innovation.”

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon these criteria:

  • Product: What as the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?


Winners of our Excellence in Technology Awards are scheduled to be honoured at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023, at the Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida.


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About Irish Manufacturing Research

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is a leading Research and Technology Organisation providing a portfolio of research, training, and consultancy services to Industry across the following four thematic pillars: Digitisation, Sustainable manufacturing, Design for Manufacturing and Robotics and Automation. IMR works with leading global and indigenous brands to demystify, and derisk new and emerging technologies and to deliver high impact collaborative research and services to enable advanced manufacturing for a broad range of clients across Ireland’s manufacturing network.

IMRs Learning & Education service, revels in a culture of ‘learning by doing’. Our pilot factory in Mullingar is a workshop for inventing the future, helping demystify, derisk and deliver emerging technologies for business results. We build learning programs to continuing professional development standards, CPD, and strive for lasting impact with award winning learning experiences. IMRs Learning & Education offers participants thought leadership in a virtual world, with critical thinking in the real world, delivering analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination and an appetite for new knowledge to enable industry employees succeed at the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing.

To find out more about training, visit the IMR website: Training – Irish Manufacturing Research (

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (