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Collaboration for Accelerating Innovation: 4 good reasons to go for it

We are living in a rapidly changing environment where competition is fierce. As a result, companies need to look for ways to make sure they capture the relevant technologies and knowledge and to ensure fast product developments to stay ahead of the competition. In other words, companies need to accelerate their innovation processes to ensure...

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Setting up an IOT infrastructure is key to exploit the possibilities of digital transformation/Industry 4.0 implementations

A digital transformation strategy with buy-in and support from senior management is important when implementing a digital transformation plan. This plan should contain actions related to the execution of pilot projects with a predefined return on investment (ROI) estimate and an estimate about the value-creating potential for the company of...

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Flanders Make makes available unique test benches to validate modern drivetrains

Drivetrain manufacturers are looking for ways to make their products more reliable and perform better. Today's drive systems have to meet ever higher requirements, scoring better in terms of power density and energy efficiency. This is a result of the search for cost-efficiency and better performing, more compact and sustainable solutions for...

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The self-driving tractor that takes over tasks from the farmer

A tractor that drives across a field without a driver and starts working there on its own may sound like future music but will be reality within a few years' time. We developed the first self-driving tractor in our country that can take over all kinds of tasks from the farmer. During the fruit harvest, for instance, the tractor places empty crates...

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Team sends unmanned boat across the Atlantic ocean

The development of unmanned vehicles is gaining importance in various industries. 4 Flemish engineers now want to be the first to have an autonomous, unmanned boat crossing the Atlantic Ocean, while automatically transmitting air and water quality data to the mainland. Flanders Make sponsors the initiative and provides the necessary infrastructure...

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Flanders Make helps companies to innovate by making available high-tech test and validation infrastructure.

At Flanders Make, we help companies to innovate better and faster. By focusing on innovative products and smart production, companies increase their competitiveness and can respond more flexibly to a world that is changing rapidly.

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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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Innovations in production environments in 2020

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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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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