Jan Kempeneers
Peter ten Haaf

Are you getting the most out of your machines? Do you want to know how to get more out of your machines? Access to hidden machine data, events and control options may be helpful. By making your machines connected in a simple, cyber-secure and (re)usable way, you have everything at hand to improve productivity and quality. In order to meet this challenge, Reniver developed the Reniway application with the support of VLAIO.

Jan Kempeneers
Peter Paulissen

To relieve operators of labour-intensive, monotonous tasks such as deburring, automation can offer a solution. However, small series and different products are a challenge. The COOCK project COBOFIN addresses this issue and seeks appropriate solutions on the basis of generic business cases.

Jan Kempeneers

Metalworking company Malmar goes for flexible automation in its high-mix-low-volume production. The project does not only envision introducing reconfigurable mobile robotic production assistants to support the operators, other interventions are also required to ensure smooth operation within the production cell, including a new system for the separation and feeding of nuts to a nut projection welding machine.

Thomas Kairet

Powder-bed additive manufacturing of pure copper has been the subject of some research over the last few years. The most common laser used in AM machine has a wave length that is poorly absorbed by pure copper. This leads to excess reflection of the energy on the optical system and poor material quality.

Jakob Kesteloot

Thyssenkrupp Materials wanted to boost the overall equipment efficiency of its metal sawing by increasing the productivity and availability of a hacksaw machine and cutting the cost of replacing its blades. This turned out to be extremely cheap and simple to implement.

Jakob Kesteloot

Many manufacturing companies have already focused on automation and digitisation to some extent, but this has often been done in isolation and in different ways. Little communication takes place between these islands and little is known about the material, or the information, that goes from one set-up to another. Keeping a production line flexible and profitable is a serious challenge. This is also the case with Renier Natuursteen.

Filiep Vincent
Peter Paulissen

Optimising and sensibly automating production logistics with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)... how can you as a company assess how to sensibly deploy such a system and what are the steps involved in such a process? During the recent masterclass, the participants were able to discover the possibilities for themselves.

Filiep Vincent
Peter Paulissen

After a successful test phase in the Sirris lab, it was time to release the AMRs and AGVs into a real production environment. This happened recently at project partner Altachem in Harelbeke.

Jan Kempeneers

It was possible this time for the second guidance group meeting in the COBOFIN project to take place physically and this was combined with a visit and demonstration at Cibo Robotics.

Bart Verlinden

Customers and their products are changing rapidly, the manufacturing industry is adapting. To remain competitive, production systems must be increasingly agile and smart, with the operator taking on an increasingly important role. This calls for solutions that can reduce the physical and cognitive strain on operators, which is why Sirris set up a testing ground on operator support. The project is now coming to an end, a good opportunity to present the results!