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The impact of disruptive technology on products and production

Belgian companies put artificial intelligence and big data analysis on top of their list of most disruptive technologies for their processes. This appears from a study among 122 companies that we performed at the end of 2019. We are definitely not alone in this. Worldwide, 92% of the companies indicate that their expenditures will mainly focus on...

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Production innovation & actionable data, keys to more success for the manufacturing industry

Customers increasingly want smart, customised products with short delivery terms. To be able to meet this market demand, companies must thoroughly innovate their production systems. The cost-efficient incorporation of product variation in the production process is the key to success. Variability can keep production in Flanders and may even bring...

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Optimal use of hybrid drivetrains in industrial environments thanks to task recognition

Whereas fully electric vehicles have difficulty finding their way to our roads, hybrid cars are a common sight for a number of years already. They are ideal for short trips into town, consume less fuel and are silent. Also in industrial environments such as factories or warehouses, hybrid vehicles are doing quite well. In some cases, for instance...

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Marlinks develops a monitoring tool for offshore power cables

There is general consensus that green energy is the future. By 2020, Belgium wants to cover 13% of its total energy demand with renewable energy. Wind energy at sea has a considerable share in this. In the next decade, wind turbines covering almost 10,000 megawatt will be installed in the Dutch part of the North Sea, divided over twelve wind farms.

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New business models based on data

Although the importance of data can no longer be ignored, some take it a step further and develop new business models based on data. Data as business model is on the up but how does the transformation of raw data into valuable intelligent actionable data work exactly?

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On a discovery tour in the cradle of Industry 4.0

Germany, land of beer and sausages, country of Chancellor Merkel, but also the country in which in 2011 the term ‘Industry 4.0’ was introduced to describe the digital transformation within the manufacturing industry. From 15 to 17 October, we visited a number of leading Industry 4.0 businesses in Germany with a group of 30 Flemish entrepreneurs...

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From data to actionable intelligent data

Data have become indispensable. Both at home and at work, we are flooded with bits and bytes. As such, the importance of data in an industrial environment can no longer be ignored or underestimated. Cheaper sensors and more powerful computers have resulted into an exponential accumulation of data. But how can companies benefit the most from all...

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Optimise your production with data (data-driven manufacturing)

Companies are always looking for ways to improve their productivity and increase their profitability. Efficiency is the key concept here. Data-driven manufacturing is an ideal way to increase your efficiency and strengthen your competitiveness.

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Data-driven manufacturing: main challenges

The wide availability of inexpensive sensors and the ability to connect them to the internet provide great development opportunities and ensure a bright future for the manufacturing industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet in the United States, Industry 4.0 in Europe and 物 联网 (wù lián wăng) in China are all about the...

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