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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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HR in Industry 4.0

When robots, artificial intelligence and other technologies play an increasingly important part at the workplace, the role of human operators becomes increasingly important as well. This may sound like a paradox but it isn’t. The 21st century will be the era of knowledge workers. Whoever wants to know tomorrow’s competences, can consult the texts...

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Testing & qualifying capacitors: our methodology applied

Energy storage is a major component in the research into energy saving and CO2 reduction. However, the technology has not reached full maturity yet. We are faced more and more with the limits of traditional batteries. Fortunately, alternatives are being introduced. Capacitors are being hyped as the new batteries – at least for applications where a...

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Man & robot in modern production plants

An ever increasing number of companies are discovering the benefits of innovation and digitalisation. By applying technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, Virtual Reality, robots and cobots, etc., you can considerably increase the efficiency of your business. In this article, we will focus on the role of robots in manufacturing...

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