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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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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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