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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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Flanders Make and Tenneco: research on intelligent suspension technology

Intelligent suspension systems adjust damper settings continuously in varying road and driving situations to provide maximum comfort and vehicle control. During dynamic maneuvers like cornering and lane changes, it automatically gives higher priority to vehicle control. It maximises contact between the tires and changing road surfaces, making the...

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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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Optimal use of hybrid drivetrains in industrial environments thanks to task recognition

Whereas fully electric vehicles have difficulty finding their way to our roads, hybrid cars are a common sight for a number of years already. They are ideal for short trips into town, consume less fuel and are silent. Also in industrial environments such as factories or warehouses, hybrid vehicles are doing quite well. In some cases, for instance...

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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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Optimise your production with data (data-driven manufacturing)

Companies are always looking for ways to improve their productivity and increase their profitability. Efficiency is the key concept here. Data-driven manufacturing is an ideal way to increase your efficiency and strengthen your competitiveness.

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