The increasing demand for traceable products requires them to be given codes. However, applying these codes can compromise the properties of the material. New technologies can provide a solution here.

The Trinity project focuses on digital technologies and advanced robotics for agile production in future European manufacturing ecosystems. In the meantime, the project has been running for six months and some things have already been realised. A status report.

Scaleup Vlaanderen has developed a broad guidance programme for innovative digital scale-ups, which are on the verge of an (international) growth acceleration. Sirris, Agoria and imec's business accelerator imec.istart joined forces for this unique programme. This translates into an extensive offer and programme for the coming months.

Are you exploring which smart product idea your company will focus on? Or maybe you have an idea but you are unsure about the value it offers to your customer? Our masterclass 'Draw up your strategy for smart products' helps you out with an approach to obtain valuable ideas that match your company and target market.

Embracing digital technologies (such as AI) in manufacturing, enables manufacturers to meet the ever-changing demands of their customers. How? Get inspired by three concrete use cases from Belgian companies who have implemented AI into their production processes!

Surface treatment of materials has been LGTB's area of expertise for more than fifty years. In order to maintain the quality of the services and total solutions it offers, the company has decided to digitalise its production.

'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.

Many companies that build physical products are increasingly aware of the potential of smart(er) products and the Internet of Things, and are exploring what this can mean for their product and business. Easier said than done.

The modern world is increasingly interconnected. Departments and enterprises must be able to share the latest and most accurate information about the production system and its operation. The international standard IEC 62832, Digital Factory Framework, which is currently being updated, provides a common reference for the digitisation of data related to production systems.

In these times of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we may think that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or an IIoT backbone has become an absolute requirement to digitally connect the office (the ERP) with the shop floor. In this first of two articles we look at whether this is always the case.