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Rebirth out of the Covid-19 crisis – Making Europe stronger

2020 is a year that will go into history. Not because of Euro 2020 or the 2020 Olympic Games, but as the year in which Covid-19 arose and took down our personal as well as our professional life. A major lockdown in the second quarter of the year caused companies to close, and challenged entrepreneurs to come up with new ways to survive and be...

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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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Digital work instructions help operators to make customised products

Following the shift towards mass customisation, companies are in need of digital work instructions that support their operators in making customised products. Research centre Flanders Make explains in a webinar how you should draw up such digital work instructions and how this process can be automated.

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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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Innovative tool tells whether or not your investment is economically viable

Digitisation, Industry 4.0, connectivity, smart manufacturing... these are just some of the many buzz words that we have been bombarded with over the past few years. Gradually, though, really interesting applications are emerging that could represent considerable added value, also for joiners. For instance, Flanders Make has developed a tool,...

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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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