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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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This is how Flanders Make tackles an innovation process

An innovation process is an accurate balancing act between the ambition of a company, the competences of people and the potential of resources. Flanders Make is a partner that listens to these needs on the basis of its expertise and guides the company purposefully through the innovation process.

Innovation is not a goal in itself. It must respond...

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Infrastructure for the validation of adhesive bonding techniques

Industrial adhesive bonding is emerging, weight reduction being the no. 1 driver. However, to realise large-scale implementation, its reliability must be warranted. This is so far the biggest challenge. Flanders Make has disposal of high-tech test and validation infrastructure to test different types of adhesives and adhesive bonding processes,...

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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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