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Internet-of-Things (IoT) in the manufacturing industry: will my production equipment run by itself?

Nobody can deny that the Internet plays an important role in our daily lives. US IoT provider PlumChoice suggested already in 2017 that 79% of consumers has at least one connected device such as a smart thermostat, a smart lock or Alexa in their home. Still, the biggest evolution does not take place in our living room but within the industry....

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High-tech advanced manufacturing: interview with Flanders Make CEO Dirk Torfs

A major objective of Flanders Make, the strategic R&D centre to develop new manufacturing technologies, is to advance Industry 4.0 objective through automation, robotics, algorithms etc. Its CEO since 2014 is Dr Dirk Torfs, a distinguished civil, mechanical and electrical engineer who also holds a doctorate in Applied Sciences. He is leading a...

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Flanders Make and VSCT join forces to perform research into green cars of tomorrow

European legislation imposes increasingly strict limits regarding the emission of damaging gases by vehicles. Accordingly, the automotive industry performs considerably research into green technology. They do this together with universities and research centres such as Flanders Make. VCST (Volvo Cars Sint-Truiden) is a global designer and...

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Combining disciplines for smart vehicles and machinery

Self-driving cars capture everyone’s imagination. Less common knowledge is that the development of the technology to make machinery and other vehicles autonomous is supported in Flanders. Flanders Make, the research center for the manufacturing industry, maintains close partnerships with the industry to study a wide range of applications: from...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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