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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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Innovations in production environments in 2019

About 200 years ago, the manufacturing industry launched out of the starting blocks with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Notwithstanding the many discoveries and revelations since then, we are now at the eve of what might be the greatest metamorphosis in the world of industry. Industry 4.0., the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will enable...

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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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The factory for the future: incorporating product variation in the production process

Mass customisation is already a familiar name in the manufacturing industry for quite some time now. Customers increasingly want smart, customised products. Therefore, manufacturers must be able to incorporate product variation into their production processes without causing a significant price increase for the end customer. In this way,...

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Production innovation: how manufacturing companies can stay on top of their game

Today, most companies invest in product-R&D because they want to respond to a specific customer demand. It’s their way to create added value and remain competitive in a global world. However, only few companies invest in production-R&D or production innovation. Those who do, understand the benefits. Here’s why. 

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The building blocks of Industry 4.0

Digital technologies fundamentally change the way in which companies operate. They help them to adapt to the increasing market demand for smaller series and highly personalised items and cater to the need for automation. Digitisation initiates a revolution within the manufacturing industry that will increase productivity, allow for economic growth...

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