adapter, plug-and-play adapter

Communications and data exchange have become crucially important in the wake of the Industry 4.0 revolution. This is often not so obvious between machines because they don’t always work according to the same standards. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have designed a module to make this transition: a plug-and-play adapter.


Before taking the step towards 3D printing it is essential to know which components would be interesting to produce with 3D printing technology. A questionnaire can help you to determine the potential of your range of products.

Stillemans has a long history in producing and marketing thermoplastic profiles for the furniture industry, among many others. The company is now using its expertise for new innovative products and applications. Several areas of application are being investigated in the building trade, for example integration of led lighting.

circular economy

The first standard for the circular economy - BS 8001:2017 - has recently been published and was created with a broad support of key actors in the domain. We went through the document and will provide you with the major insights it has to offer. Furthermore, we will provide examples from industry and link to our experiences, to bring the new standard as close to the activities of manufacturing companies as possible.

On 14 November Sirris presents a pilot of an 'AM integrated Factory' in the machine hall in Diepenbeek. This pilot set-up of a production line combines different state-of-the-art technologies: LBM (laser beam melting), 5-axis high-precision milling, laser hardening, surface functionalization by means of a femtosecond laser and operator support by means of a cobot. A unique feat for Belgium and beyond!

safety standard

In the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors there is still ambiguity regarding the safety connected with operating hybrid work cells, where operators and robots work together. Sirris is therefore organising a seminar on 26 September within the scope of Standards Cell Industrie 4.0 to discuss technical safety standards when operating work cells.

OWI-Lab's long-term R&D effort at the Belwind offshore wind farm monitoring the temporal evolution of stiffness of offshore monopile foundations received an award at the Offshore Wind Energy conference in London.

A European project in which Sirris participated has led to the conclusion that the poor dispersion of graphene in the plastic matrix prevents significant improvement in its properties.

On 21 September the Belgian Energy Research Alliance (BERA) organizes together with IBN Offshore Energy, Tweed and VLIZ a brokerage event to connect the scientific community with experts from the offshore wind industry.

DiBO was looking for energy savings and ecological improvements for a line of industrial high-pressure cleaners. Together with Sirris the company developed a new, more ecological hybrid high-pressure cleaner.