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Combination of locating systems for more accurate positioning

The media often talk about autonomous vehicles. However, it is obvious that driverless cars won’t take over our streets anytime soon. What is talked about a lot less, is that in industrial environments, autonomous applications have been integrated a lot more already. AGVs or Automated Guided Vehicles can execute different tasks in a production environment: transport, stock-taking, locating, etc. For this, they need to know where they are, where they want to go and what is the best route – taking into account other static or moving obstacles on the way.

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Rapid energy storage in machine drives results in lower total cost of ownership

Many drivetrains of machines make back-and-forth motions, generating oscillating power on the drive shaft. To avoid unwanted high speed variations in the drive shaft and/or unwanted energy flows between machine and network, a rapid energy storage system must be added to the machine.

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Innovations in production environments in 2019

About 200 years ago, the manufacturing industry launched out of the starting blocks with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Notwithstanding the many discoveries and revelations since then, we are now at the eve of what might be the greatest metamorphosis in the world of industry. Industry 4.0., the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will enable interlinked appliances to sense their environment and to cooperate in order to produce the most efficient workflow.

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Flexible and cost-efficient machining of large composites, how do you do that?

In the aviation industry, the use of composites for manufacturing important large components is steadily increasing. Following this shift from metal to composites, the production processes for these components must be adapted as well. However, this evolution is not that obvious within the manufacturing industry as the current machining processes for composite components are insufficiently flexible and efficient.

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Annual report 2018: reflection about growth, ambition and the future of the manufacturing industry

Flanders Make can look back on a good and successful 2018. Last year, we not only succeeded in realising growth, we also continued to streamline our organisation and bring our innovation ecosystem into practice. In addition, the companies in our network created a few thousand extra jobs.

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Predictive maintenance: reduce maintenance costs by predicting machine failures

Predictive maintenance is a new way to schedule machine maintenance works. By monitoring the vibration pattern of machine parts, you can monitor the status of the machine. In this way, you know exactly when a component starts to show faults and can schedule the maintenance works accordingly.

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A virtual design platform for sheet material products

Today, it is still impossible to optimally use all possibilities offered by lightweight products when designing structures in sheet material because we fail to integrate the uncertainty and variability of the production process as well as the thickness distribution of the final product in the design. Accordingly, a model combining both aspects can be very interesting.

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Learning control: smart algorithms ensure that machines continue to function optimally

To meet the demand of end consumers for increasingly better, smarter and personalised products, the industry must use ever better performing and more energy-efficient machines. The typical answer to this are increasingly advanced controllers in systems or components. However, current control algorithms have their limits when it comes to performing complex tasks and over time will show deviations caused by ageing machines. Continuously adjusting these algorithms is very labour-intensive and hardly efficient. By deploying learning control, control parameters are automatically and continuously adjusted so that machines continue to work optimally.

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The factory for the future: incorporating product variation in the production process

Mass customisation is already a familiar name in the manufacturing industry for quite some time now. Customers increasingly want smart, customised products. Therefore, manufacturers must be able to incorporate product variation into their production processes without causing a significant price increase for the end customer. In this way, variability becomes a true asset. More, it will be the roadmap for factories for the future to keep production in Flanders and possibly even bring it back.

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