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Using hybrid AI to optimise a sustainable bonding process

For ecological and economic reasons, companies are increasingly looking for ways to make products lighter and stronger. It is therefore important to find the right combination of materials for a particular application. This means that a lot of research is being done into the way in which these materials can be combined. Sustainability is also...

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Opinion Dirk Torfs: "The smart industry of the future is sustainable, digitised and competitive".

The corona crisis, the largest influx of refugees into Europe since World War 2, rising energy prices, inflation, and so on. These are, to put it mildly, turbulent times. Our companies also face special challenges. And this after two very difficult years already. Fortunately, our companies are showing resilience and continue to invest in...

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Workforce development

Today, the insights on the impact of the 4th industrial revolution are growing. Companies with a clear Industry 4.0 (implementation) strategy have the ambition to become the best in product development and production so as to strengthen their competitiveness and improve their responsiveness to the customer. These companies are not stuck in pilot...

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Converting data into services

Many companies are still looking for the best way to cope with data and to extract value from them. Having a strategic plan to use data as part of your business model is the first step and the best way to guarantee results. By defining and gathering appropriate actions, you can maximise the impact of data on your shareholders or your company’s...

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Ecosystems will rule the world

The increasing complexity, uncertainty and speed of change within our competitive economic world requires new ways of working. Not only to survive as a company, but also to make a difference, follow the changing pace, anticipate with creativity and create market leading initiatives to become/remain successful in a global economy. Building and...

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How our accelerator programme aims to make manufacturing companies more resilient and sustainable

Making production companies more resilient and sustainable at an accelerated pace, that is what Flanders Make wants to achieve with its 'accelerator programme', which recently received a ‘Flemish Resilience’ grant of 11 million euros, in addition to the 50 million euros that companies themselves put on the table. "A budget that benefits our...

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Take the lead in digital transformation: Can you handle it?

Digital transformation is one of the buzz words of the moment. What does it mean? How can everyone in an organisation play a role and act as a digital leader? At Flanders Make, four colleagues were given the opportunity to follow a Vlerick Business School programme on this topic.

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Adhesive joining technology for on-demand assembly and disassembly - a story of performance, cost efficiency and circularity

Companies are in a constant search of making products lighter and stronger. That is why adhesive bonding is gaining importance in today’s manufacturing industry. By using the right bonding technique, you can significantly improve your products. However, adhesive joints require curing time, which can increase production costs. In our Joining &...

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Robots assemble air compressors at Atlas Copco

Many companies wish to optimise their production lines, often looking for ways to automate assembly tasks. Robots can already take over many repetitive, heavy and boring tasks from human operators, but certain complex actions are still a challenge. Atlas Copco, KUKA and Flanders Make worked together on developing technology for the automated...

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