ETAP, manufacturer and supplier of professional lighting solutions, managed to achieve great results in a short period of time by implementing QRM in various departments - i.e. production, as well as development and sales.

Customers want products with an impeccable finish. Many steel or plastic products have irregularities caused during the production process which have to be eliminated by sanding, deburring or both. These operations are carried out manually, which has a lot of disadvantages. Automation is a possible solution, which Sirris (with the support of VLAIO) will now investigate in the COBOFIN project.

After successfully completing a project on laser beam melting (LBM), Sirris switches over to a new generation of machines. This means we say goodbye to our metal 3D printer Concept Laser M2 and we give you the opportunity to buy our machine!

In order to support their customers even better and to allow them to test the impact of different technologies on their end product, Spiromatic set up a test bakery and accompanying laboratory. This is where the bakery expert scientifically analysed the product and the production process which will allow them to give advice about required improvements. To this effect, the company recently developed a software tool for breadcrumb analysis.

The ColRobFood project is aimed at flexible automation to strengthen the competitiveness of food companies. This is done through the development and validation of a number of proof-of-concept demonstrators, events and practical guidelines for the accelerated introduction of cobots in the food industry. The project ends at the end of November. An overview of what has been achieved in two years’ time.

In two webinars on 17 November 2020, Sirris and Granutools will give you new insight in powder handling for AM. We will go deeper into the use of compaction curves to detect a drift linked to contamination of aluminium powder by humidity.

'Umati', the new open standard aims at unifying communication for all machine tools. This will enable user companies to rely on less fragmented solutions and to considerably reduce the commissioning time of new machines. For a machine tool manufacturer, this offers a major and quite unique sales pitch.

SMART is a EUREKA cluster programme on advanced manufacturing. The fourth call for projects is open.

On 21 October, speakers from Voestalpine and Optimus3D will talk about additive manufacturing of moulds. Classical manufacturing of such moulds involves processes such as milling, grinding and polishing. All of these processes consume a significant amount of time and cost. Such cost can be accepted for large volumes of replications, but it becomes critical for lower production volumes that need to be delivered quickly.

The Factory 4.0 Interreg project is coming to an end. The balance is drawn up in the latest newsletter and the results are shown, by means of demonstrators and testimonials from companies.