In the context of the event 'Optimising Wind Farms In Cold Climates' which took place on 17 and 18 October in Antwerp, OWI-Lab welcomed a delegation from the wind industry. The event focuses both on the commercial and technical complexities, which form an obstacle for the operation of wind farms. This was perfectly demonstrated in the climate chamber of OWI-Lab.

Our society is no longer in touch with building materials. Materials are unknown to many people, as is the process of making objects. According to Mark Miodownik, speaker at the Circular Economy Day, the first step towards circular economy lies in (re)acquiring this knowledge and skill.

In order to cope with the complexity of their product range, Wuyts - a materials processing company and manufacturer of several products - is open to external influences and inspiration. The company intended to innovate and optimise their products, production and the company. Sirris lent a helping hand.

Shrinking raw material stocks, rising prices ... the figures prove it all, the need for a circular economy is growing. However, this change also brings some interesting opportunities.

The circular economy brings new innovation chances for entrepreneurs in different fields.

The ‘factory of the future’ is circular. Whether it is to reduce material costs, anticipate new legislation, respond to changing customer requirements or reduce their ecological footprint, companies will evolve towards more circular business models. The learning network Circular Economy Connect wants to help you with this and starts the second cycle.

The valorisation of metal swarf waste is an underestimated problem; that much became clear at the event ‘How to make money from swarf waste?’ on 14 September. A testimony from BMT Aerospace showed that there are some interesting options.

Many organisations recognise the need for the circular economy and what it might bring. The key question remains: how to progress towards this economy within your organisation? What steps can you take? What is the most relevant and priority action to undertake?

On Thursday 21 September 2017, BERA together with VLIZ, TWEED, and IBN Offshore Energy (in which OWI-Lab is involved), organises an industry-meets-science event that focusses on connecting Belgian wind industry with research institutes.

In the context of the VIS-OWOME project dynamic dashboards were developed to monitor and analyse different machine signals. This should make it easier to understand and anticipate machine condition and performance, and allow for the detection of certain phenomena.