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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Production innovation: how manufacturing companies can stay on top of their game

Today, most companies invest in product-R&D because they want to respond to a specific customer demand. It’s their way to create added value and remain competitive in a global world. However, only few companies invest in production-R&D or production innovation. Those who do, understand the benefits. Here’s why. 

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The building blocks of Industry 4.0

Digital technologies fundamentally change the way in which companies operate. They help them to adapt to the increasing market demand for smaller series and highly personalised items and cater to the need for automation. Digitisation initiates a revolution within the manufacturing industry that will increase productivity, allow for economic growth...

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