CARIRI AR/VR Challenge

On Wednesday 20th February, 2019, The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) signed a General Technical Cooperation Agreement at CARIRI’s Head Office in St. Augustine. Cognizant of their key roles and responsibilities in the overall development of the region; this agreement seeks to provide a unique environment for…

Energy Drinks – How Safe Are They?

It is no secret that for many Trinbagonians Carnival means fete, fete and more fete. Some persons have gladly taken on the challenge of feteing every night (and sometimes days) in the weeks leading up to the ultimate ‘free-up’ – Carnival Monday and Tuesday. For some Carnival revellers, energy drinks are a ‘must have’, as…

Business Hatchery Programme

Launched in July 2014, CARIRI’s Business Hatchery continues to transform start-ups through its signature Business Hatchery Programme. Targeted to start-ups and early stage entrepreneurs seeking to test the market viability of their product, service or technology solution, our Business Hatchery team has worked with over 70 start-ups and 100 founders. For the busy entrepreneur, our…

Getting your Idea to Market

Before you spend a lot of time creating a product or service, it is important to know whether anyone will want to buy it and if there is a need for it. The first step therefore to getting your product to market is conducting market research. Do products that are similar to your idea exist?…

Corrosion: A Dangerous Phenomenon

Many times we have heard phrases like “nothing can be done against corrosion”, or “just give it a touch up”. While it is true that corrosion is a natural phenomenon and happens naturally, we don’t have to live with it, and much less ignore it by small touch-up painting to mitigate the signs of rust.…

CARIRI’s Centre for Enterprise Development (CED): A Central Node in the Innovation Ecosystem

Established in 1970 with technical and financial assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), which is a State-owned entity, has developed a reputation in the region as a multifaceted Institution providing services in the areas of Laboratory and Field Testing, Consulting,…

Failure Analysis: An Investigative Process

Failure Analysis is the process of using analytical laboratory techniques, expert scientific interpretations, and failure mode analysis to identify the root cause of a failure in a part, assembly, material, or system.  A failure could arise not only as a broken component, but also includes rejected parts from a manufacturing line, lack of performance of an…

Ventilation and You

Do you sometimes feel that you are stifling when you are inside your home or in your work area? Or do you experience watery eyes, sneezing or itchy skin or throat on entering a building? Then it is likely you may be experiencing the symptoms of an improperly ventilated building.    So you may be…

Turning up the Heat on Legionella Awareness

American writer, David Auerbach, said it best: “In Wine there is Wisdom. In Beer there is Freedom. In Water there is Bacteria”. More than just a catchy phrase, it is also true, well at least about water. This article highlights one of the lesser-known waterborne bacteria: Legionella. What is Legionella? Legionellais a pathogenic (disease-causing) group…