Ten companies received a Factory of the Future award during the fifth edition of this event in Kortrijk. This award is 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 BMT Aerospace, manufacturer of precision components.

The easier machine tools exchange and share information, the more efficient they are. Umati ('universal machine tool interface') is moving one step closer towards becoming a generally accepted standard. It is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world. It serves to exploit new potentials for manufacturing of the future.The umati Joint Working Group have scheduled a series of meetings and web conferences.

On 6 February no less than ten new companies received a Factories of the Future Award and joined the select group of pioneers in Flanders who are holder of this certificate. Seven of them come from the technology industry: BMT Aerospace, Bosch, Duracell, Mirion Technologies, Niko Group, Materialise and Rf-Technologies. In other industries Colruyt Group Fine Food, Janssen Pharmaceutica and Lavetan received the award. Discover them now.

To provide an answer to the need for more insight in the reliability of electronics and how to create and produce reliable smart products in a world that does not provide the time to gain experience, cEDM is again organising the seminar 'Printed Board Assembly Reliability' on 12 March. Host company is Barco.

From 24 to 28 June, the EU-Japan Centre is organising a 5-day intensive course for European executives familiar with World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and visits to a number of leading Japanese companies in order to improve productivity and lower production costs.

On 25 January 2019 the ‘Digitisation and Robotics’ working group from Limburg in the Netherlands visited the operator support pilot project in Diepenbeek to garner inspiration for their own region.

From 15 to 17 January Manie Conradie and Pieter Kesteloot, as representatives for Sirris, participated in the kick-off meeting of the DIH2 project on agile production.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) will disrupt the manufacturing industry in the next decade. Therefore Agoria, PwC and Sirris are joining forces to create new insights about the present state of AM in the Belgian industry, its potential and the barriers for its mass uptake. Participate to our survey!

In a month’s time the new generation of Factories of the Future will be revealed during the fifth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards. Don’t miss it and be inspired during this exciting event on 6 February in Kortrijk Xpo.

Parker Hannifin is globally active in motion & control technologies. The arrival of a few new machines and the takeover of production activities from another European department prompted a different approach in production at the Belgian site. The company investigated how it could optimise the production, layout and, as a result, the lead time. QRM brought the right solution.