Sirris and KU Leuven have started a cooperation to develop a new application of its femtosecond laser texturing technology in the field of ceramic prostheses, such as dental implants.

Sirris meets with industrial partners to assess, free of charge, their needs and their innovation strategy via additive manufacturing.

After its success on the first edition for innovative ideas in additively manufactured products, the AMable project provides its services for SMEs and mid-caps within the European Union and launches a new call for experiments.

Since 6 February Belgium has ten new companies with a Factory of the Future title. Besides seven companies from technological industries, we also welcome three companies from the food and pharmaceutical sector in the list of Factory of the Future companies. Colruyt Group Fine Food, Janssen Pharmaceutica and Lavetan.

Signify is one of the last manufacturers of high-intensity discharge lamps, powerful lamps that are used, for example, in football stadiums or as a floodlight for buildings. To this end, it has its own production facilities, in which additive manufacturing plays an increasingly important role in the production of spare parts.

Much has changed in over a year at metal company Blozo in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands: a positive atmosphere in the workplace, employees who feel involved, faster and better processed orders. Previously the company dealt with plenty of overtime and temporary workers had to be employed, but now, thanks to QRM, a much higher output is being realised with the regular team and within normal working hours.

With the prospect of increased sales Hydroko decided to increase the production of its smart water tap and planned to set up a new assembly line. Because this SME has little or no experience in setting up a new production line, they turned to Sirris.

On the 26th of March 2019, on the occasion of the 2nd edition of Made Different Digital Wallonia, AW Europe and Stas were awarded the ‘Factory of the Future’ prize. With JTEKT, renewed for 3 years, and Valeo, rewarded in 2017, Wallonia now boasts a total of 4 ‘Factories of the future’. Six companies were designated as Made Different Ambassadors: Lescav, Menuiserie Riche, Schmitz Digital Printing, Belgium Coating, Dumoulin, Design Stone, bringing the total number to 13.

This new open platform with its user-friendly operator station provides additive manufacturing with free selection of building materials, variable building speeds and high levels of accuracy. The first on-site installation of this new application took place at Sirris’ premises in Liège and is now available for use.

Since the fifth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards last month there are ten more companies with a Factory of the Future title, the award granted by Sirris and Agoria to companies that best succeed in reconciling the technologies of the future with work tailored to people and the environment. One of the winners is 3D-printing-pionier Materialise.