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from conventional production systems to smart processes

Smart factories manufacture in a flexible, cost-effective, high-quality and largely automated way. Sirris helps manufacturing companies to convert their conventional production systems into smart processes.

The manufacturing industry faces a multitude of challenges, including smaller production runs, just-in-time delivery and a shortage of skilled staff. Smart factories, which manufacture in a flexible, cost-effective, high-quality and largely automated way with short delivery times, offer a solution. Sirris helps companies convert their conventional production systems into smart processes.

“By applying the principles of Quick Response Manufacturing, companies can reduce their lead times and get their products to customers faster.”

Projects in 2015

  • QRM company projects: By applying the principles of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM),  companies can reduce their lead times and get their products to customers faster. Achieving this requires design, production, administration and delivery to be scrutinised and reorganised. In 2015, Sirris deployed its QRM methods and tools with a number of companies in the manufacturing sector as well as the food industry and craft businesses. Companies can also share their acquired knowledge and practical experiences via the Lead Time Reduction Learning Network.
     
  • World Class Manufacturing in Japan: In November 2015, Sirris travelled to Japan with a number of senior executives at the invitation of the EU-Japan Institute for Industrial Cooperation. The purpose of the trip was to gain a better understanding of the Japanese approach to World Class Manufacturing (WCM) through lectures and visits to top companies. Japanese companies achieve and maintain high manufacturing standards.
     
  • ‘Industrie 4.0’ study: ‘Industry 4.0’ has become a buzzword, but what exactly does this concept – which originated in Germany – mean for the Belgian manufacturing industry? And what can companies expect in the near future? Sirris experts sought and found answers and presented their findings to companies. Sirris also set up various test facilities at its Diepenbeek lab to demonstrate the new technologies.
     
  • Cobots in logistics: Like the manufacturing industry, the world of logistics is also interested in the value added of cobots for business processes. To help the logistics sector acquire knowledge and practical experience on the potential of flexible service robots, Sirris joined the ‘Cobots in Logistics’ project run by innovation platform VIL (Flanders Institute for Logistics). Lab tests with a cobot were performed based on real-life case studies involving logistics players.
     
  • Visit to Fraunhofer-IPA: May 2015 saw a visit to Fraunhofer-IPA (Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung). This prestigious German institute works on production organisation, automation and process technology and investigates the potential of robot assistance in a raft of applications. This was followed by a visit to the manufacturing facilities of a mechanical engineering firm and an OEM in the automotive sector.
     

Which projects are we working on now?

  • QRM Alpha Specialist training: A number of QRM experts, including Sirris, are organising a training course to become a certified QRM specialist. Participants learn about QRM concepts, theories and methods and their practical application. The aim is that, by the end of the training, they will be able to roll out a QRM project independently in their organisation and/or analyse the implementation of such a project.