With the doors of the world's largest consumer electronics show closing in Las Vegas, it's worth reviewing and analysing the major trends of what the industry has in store for us in the coming months.

Cobots are gaining popularity in the industry because they are easy to set up, program and operate, while also providing secure collaboration with people and flexibility. However, this does not have to be at the expense of industrial robots. The choice rather depends on the application and environment.

On 29 April, the Smart & Digital Factory Lab in Kortrijk received a delegation from Argentina. The visitors showed a strong interest in the possibilities of Industry 4.0 and what it can bring to the cooperation between man and robot.

Sirris is looking for a Robotics Engineer - smart assembly for its Smart and Digital Factory. The department is located in Kortrijk, the beating heart of industrial innovation these days. This could be a unique opportunity to get involved at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

On 29 September Flanders Make will present the results of no less than six of its research projects in the application areas vehicles, machines and factories.

This year, the Hannover Messe, which is the world's largest industrial trade fair, was completely dominated by Industry 4.0. Sirris was also present. We’ve picked out the most important trends and innovations for you.

Because of their many advantages, the use of industrial robots is long established in high-tech sectors such as automotive manufacturing. However, their drawbacks meant that they were not well known in other sectors or in SMEs. With the rise of cobots, however, this may change.

Purchases made by consumers over the internet are on the rise. Internet store Amazon is responding to this trend and supports its personnel in servicing their growing customer base by deploying robots in its US warehouses. They work at superhuman speed in synergy with the warehouse personnel.

The Flanders Institute for Logistics (VIL), in collaboration with Sirris, aims to use the ‘Cobots in Logistics’ project to help the logistics industry learn about and acquire practical experience of the potential of these flexible service robots.

Op 26 februari zakten meer dan honderd bedrijfsleiders en geïnteresseerden af naar onze vernieuwde technologiehal in Diepenbeek. Ze verkenden er de allernieuwste productietechnologie op de markt die automatisering mogelijk maakt voor kleine, hoogwaardige productseries. Grote publiekstrekker was de Baxter-robot, maar er viel (en valt) nog meer slimme technologie te ontdekken.In totaal investeerde Sirris 850.000 euro in de nieuwe bedrijfsinfrastructuur in Diepenbeek. 750.000 euro ging naar machines voor precisiebewerkingen op micronniveau en 100.000 euro naar robotica. Bedoeling is dat de