In a rapidly evolving and connected world, there are many opportunities for product manufacturers to create value with smart connected products. Even though it presents them with a number of new challenges, these innovations are also within reach of SMEs that are less familiar with them.

Making products smart and connected offers product builders a wide range of new opportunities to create value, but it also gives them a lot of choices. Patents contain extremely valuable information that helps in making informed choices when making smart products. Combining it with other sources of economic information, such as the 1 Million Club, can reinforce the results of patent searches even more.

An important aspect of the demonstrator in the Smart & Digital Factory Application Lab in Kortrijk is data integration. Connecting the different elements of production systems is one of the six skills of a smart, agile factory.

The latest issue of the Interreg Factory 4.0 Project newsletter keeps you up-to-date with progress, events and testimonies.

JEC is an annual event hosted in Paris and offering professionals the opportunity to meet with the composites industry. Summary of the 2019 edition.

At the Advanced Engineering trade event that will take place on 22 and 23 May, Sirris will organise its own lecture programme, presenting four different presentations on different topics within our fields of expertise, under the title ‘Future-proved products are light, smart and micro, to be achieved with advanced engineering methods’.

AI, machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, the Internet of Things, ... there are many triggers for manufacturers to rethink their businesses. Along with the potential comes some uncertainty on how to transform the opportunities into real cost savings and revenue opportunities. During the Smart Manufacturing Day on 7 November, some of the hypes will be demystified and you will learn how they can contribute to your success.

As part of a smart phone relay antenna project, Sirris has been entrusted with the design and dimensioning of the support of the radiators, choice of materials, study of the connection problems and production of the demonstrators.

Most technology branded as wearable that hits the market today is still in the form of dedicated electronic devices that users need to consciously wear. Well after the wave of enthusiasm following the launch of the first fitness trackers, smartwatches and smart glasses, new wearables are rarely unobtrusive and comfortable enough for being worn for prolonged periods of time. The CareWare project aimed at using electronic textiles to make a step towards fully unobtrusive wearable solutions suited for health and sports applications.

The growing number of elderly persons is a challenge for our society. Thanks to user-friendly technologies they might be able to live independently at home for longer. In the context of the SMARTpro VIS project, Sirris set up three demonstrators illustrating the potential of combining data from different sources for advanced localisation and activity monitoring based on the technological developments realised within the project.