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Increase your energy-efficiency and performance with Virtual Sensing

Vehicles and machines are subject to a number of external forces and torques. Knowing those influences is of crucial importance during the development and operation phase. Data on force and torque allow for a more accurate prediction of lifetime and a reduction of safety margins, since having detailed information on the loading conditions allows...

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How to protect your trade secrets?

Trade secrets, such as know-how and confidential business information, are important in the innovation process within the manufacturing industry. However, the misappropriation of trade secrets is on the rise. Small and large international companies, spin-offs and universities are sooner or later confronted with issues related to this topic....

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Infrastructure for the validation of adhesive bonding techniques

Industrial adhesive bonding is emerging, weight reduction being the no. 1 driver. However, to realise large-scale implementation, its reliability must be warranted. This is so far the biggest challenge. Flanders Make has disposal of high-tech test and validation infrastructure to test different types of adhesives and adhesive bonding processes,...

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The correct methods and tools to design more complex products

Products are becoming ever smarter. This is a positive evolution but it does make the work of designers considerably more complex. During a webinar, research centre Flanders Make will explain how model-based methods and corresponding supporting software tools can help to enhance innovation and make it less expensive.

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Partnerships with Flanders Make: excellent examples of open innovation

In the beginning of the 20th century, vertically integrated companies were standard. Companies wanted to control the entire chain, kept their innovations in-house and hardly made attempts to integrate information from beyond their own R&D departments into their own processes. As from the 1920’s, the focus was on closed innovation, resulting in...

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5 building blocks of a corporate culture focussing on change

Everyone will have understood by now that the fourth industrial revolution is no passing trend. The digitisation of products and production continues steadily. Companies that want to remain competitive have no alternative but to jump on the bandwagon. However, focussing on technological progress alone does not suffice. To be able to make a...

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Flanders Make contributes to building a better world

The United Nations have set themselves 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, which they aim to achieve by 2030. Flanders Make focuses on 5 of these goals through research and technological innovation.

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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 success

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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