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.

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.

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.

During a half-day masterclass, the pioneer of the QRM philosophy Rajan Suri will make a more in-depth exploration of POLCA, an alternative for Kanban. POLCA has been especially developed for high-mix, low-volume and custom-engineered products, for which Kanban systems are less well suited.

The QRM Institute Silver ® Course associates theoretical knowledge of the QRM principles and practical applications through exercises and operational simulations.

The ‘factory of the future’ is circular. Whether it is to reduce material costs, anticipate new legislation, respond to changing customer requirements or reduce their ecological footprint, companies will evolve towards more circular business models. The learning network Circular Economy Connect wants to help you with this and starts the second cycle.