Bart Verlinden

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!

Christophe Michiels

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.

Véronique Dossogne

'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.

Pieter Beyl

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.

Véronique Dossogne

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.

Mark Van Pee

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.

Marie-France Rousseau

Software providers increasingly need to focus on the optimisation of their services, including the ability to react to customer preferences. Through its flexible framework and algorithms, the ITEA project Flex4Apps creates a full loop that allows companies to offer more complex services while advancing the digital transition. For this unique result the project partners have received the ITEA Award of Excellence during the Online ITEA PO Days 2020.

Pascal Pollet

Cross-training of employees is a crucial activity for companies that want to reduce their lead time. Despite the many advantages there is often some hesitation to apply it. Digitising work instructions opens up a whole host of new possibilities, such as paperless activities, accurately measurements and monitoring and a considerable reduction in the chance of making mistakes.

Marie-France Rousseau

In 2019, few could have predicted how 2020 would turn out. Sirris had already been preparing itself and the industry for a digitised future, to ensure businesses are more resilient, agile and stronger. Find out more in our annual report.

Peter Verhasselt
Nick Boucart

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on digital services which are scalable while also filling in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. Marion Debruyne, dean of Vlerick Business School, presents her vision.