Sirris participates in several Flemish projects

Sirris participates in several projects funded by the Flemish government.

Repac² - Functional & recyclable coated paper packaging for food products


Paper and cardboard are ideal packaging materials through the renewable origin of cellulose fibres, their high specific rigidity and light weight. To increase the quality and shelf life of packaged foods, the performance of paper needs to be adjusted through barrier coatings offering protection against water, gas permeability or aroma preservation. What about the suitability for recycling of these coated materials? Can they be reused in paper production? The Cornet-Tetra project Repac² ('Functional & recyclable coated paper packaging for food products') aims to evaluate functionality and recyclability of paper for food packaging.

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Remanufacturing, repairing, repurposing, refurbishing, reusing, ... are all valuable circular strategies. The question is how to be sure that you are exploring and testing the most optimal strategy, specifically for an SME context? With this project, Sirris provides you with an approach and practical tools (technologies, tools ...) to help you limit the risks and increase the chances of success.

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Model-based Processing


Adaptive machining allows specific actions to be taken in machining, based on the actual production situation. The successful application depends on the availability of correct (real-time) data and the corresponding structured and digitalised working methods. For the latter, we have developed several models which we are now converting into practical tools and offer to companies within the 'Model-based processing' project.

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Smart additive manufacturing - an AM intelligent platform (SAMUEL)


As the use of the additive manufacturing (AM) technologies is growing, so are the expectations. AM processes must be significantly improved if they are to meet these higher expectations. The SAMUEL project aims to improve the AM processes, workflow and machine learning methods.

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Rainbow - Optimized prediction and decision support for rain erosion and lightning-driven degradation of blades


The ICON project Rainbow aims to gain more insight into the erosion of rotor blades due to precipitation and lightning, because erosion entails significant production losses. This should provide new opportunities for preventive maintenance and improved strategies for inspection, maintenance and repair.

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Digitalisation on the workfloor - impact and support opportunities for food industry operators


The overall goal of the Operator 4.0 project is to prepare companies in the food industry to be the factory of the future in a digital world. The introduction of digitisation has a greater impact than a mere technological investment decision. Especially in the food industry, where companies now work with briefly or low-skilled workers, it is important that these companies can continue to work with these same briefly or low-skilled workers without lowering their well-being at work or lowering the productivity of the companies. This means that operator-supporting techniques and methodologies must be used.

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SURFACESCRIPT- Functionally textured surfaces for new generation components



At the request of industry, Sirris has built up experience in functionalising surfaces through texturing and is now ready to introduce the technology more widely, towards SMEs. Over the next three years, we will take steps, together with a group of companies, to make the concept of surface structuring more marketable and more widely known to the manufacturing industry.

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Co-creation within the Machine Building & Mechatronics West Flanders Competence Centre


In the 'Co-creation within Machine Building & Mechatronics' project, the partners want to involve the companies through co-creation in the Machine Building & Mechatronics labs. This co-creation is realised through two consecutive cycles: inspiration and implementation, co-design and co-production and co-evaluation. After each cycle, the findings are disseminated to the broad target group.
Sirris, together with UGent Kortrijk Campus, is responsible for the 'Smart Assembly/Production’ subject matter within this project.

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QualiKnife - Improved quality for industrial blades


The Qualiknife project aims to help Flemish companies improve their production process and prevent wear and fractures of industrial knives. This by means of making existing technologies that extend the service life accessible to Flemish industry. An infrastructure will be set up to share knowledge, set up demonstrators and guide companies in their business cases and field trials.

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 Connected Manufacturing - On the road to transparent production

Connected Manufacturing: digitaal connecteren van productiemachines voor een hogere productie  

The Connected Manufacturing project aims to give companies a better idea about the technological possibilities to connect machines and business applications and give businesses insight into how they can be used for increased transparency and productivity.

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COBOFIN - Robotic sanding and deburring


The COBOFIN project aims to accelerate the introduction of collaborative robots - as assistants next to experienced operators - for automated sanding and deburring of small series. It will help companies to make these processes more qualitative, competitive and enjoyable.

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Orientation and decision-making in smart product exploration


Making a product smart(er) with digital technology opens up many possibilities and at the same time raises many questions: which smart solution do I want to develop? Which technology and expertise do I need for this purpose? What will change in my business model and development? And how can I best handle this whole search?

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Fighting Icing


Fighting icing project is translating the state-of-the-art knowledge and solutions to detect, prevent and mitigate icing problems in various applications to structured and concrete methodologies for implementation. Specific attention is given to atmospheric icing in low and moderate temperate climates, such as in Belgium and similar regions. This is done by recreating the relevant icing events in a laboratory environment, by testing and evaluating the state of the art in ice and no-ice detection methods, and by evaluating anti-icing or de-icing surfaces (i.e. coatings and laser texturing) for these conditions. At the end of the project, a synthesis of the optimum solutions against icing issues are provided.

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AddSmart - Creating value in products with smart, connected technology


Many companies that want to make their products smart and connected are looking for the right development strategy. How do you focus on value creation and how do you deal with smart, connected technology? Sirris and Fraunhofer IEM (Institute for Mechatronics System Design) have launched a joint research project (CORNET) with the support of VLAIO to develop a concrete approach that will help companies develop their smartly connected products.

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The aim of AI4DETAIL is to accelerate the introduction of expertise in collecting and exploiting data on products in the field to a broad target group of companies. This is done by building up and transferring knowledge, such as by organising master classes and inspiring seminars, offering a technological experimentation platform, organising interactive ‘bring-your-own-data’ sessions and setting up company-specific projects.

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The recycling of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles poses a number of challenges, but also offers opportunities for Flemish industry and logistics. In the COOCK project Re2LiVe, Sirris wants to investigate, together with other cluster organisations, how Flemish companies can respond to the opportunities in this growing market.

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WAT Slim! - Value creation with Smart technology in existing products


Why would I add smart connected technology to my product? What is so different about a smart connected product and how do I go about the development? Product builders who want to make the move have many questions...

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BioCoat - biobased coatings


Flemish coating developers want to incorporate new biobased raw materials in their coatings, but the start-up is complex, time consuming and expensive, and knowledge and know-how of substances and application is lacking. The BioCoat project aims to accelerate the transition to biobased coatings based on industrially available biobased building blocks by providing coating companies with knowledge on formulation, application, performance and applications.

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Testing ground Operator Support


In order to face the challenges that create higher work pressure while remaining competitive, operator support during the production process is crucial. New technologies can offer help here. Companies can head to Sirris to explore and test these developmentst.

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IBN Offshore Energy


Working together towards a strong and innovative offshore energy value chain is central to our operation. It provides you with substantive support in research and development in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sector.

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Powderbed technology for aerospace industry


Additive production transforms the way engineers design and build parts for engines, fuselages or landing gear into aerospace. First prototypes already fully exploit the benefits of 3D printing.

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Lighting industry 4.0: High-tech means of production for the lighting of the future


The general objective of the project is to increase the level of knowledge in the field of production technology within the lighting sector so that the "Lighting of the Future" (Lighting 4.0) can be developed and produced in Flanders. In order to achieve this objective, the potential of state-of-the-art production resources for different components of a lighting device is demonstrated individually and integrated within a pilot line.

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ColRobFood: Towards an accelerated introduction of collaborative robots in the food industry


The production process in the food companies still involves a considerable number of manual operations that require a lot of manpower, while they have little added value for the product. Traditional automation (typically industrial robot installations) often does not offer a solution because of the high investment cost, increasing product variety, decreasing batch sizes and need for technical personnel. Collaborative robots, developed to work safely with humans, offer the potential to meet the above challenges for food companies.

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Sector Innovating Virtual & Augmented Reality

    VR/AR demonstrates in their value chain. Technology integrators, software and service companies can develop new services and products based on the elaborate workflows to realise these prototypes and be involved in valorisation projects in a relatively short period of time.

In the second part, the possibilities with VR/AR are explored with companies from other sectors on the basis of the cases developed in part 1. Through sector-specific workshops, the added value is translated to their respective domains to result in proposals that can be valorised in medium term in innovation trajectories in cooperation with service companies.

Standards Cell Industrie 4.0


Today 'Industrie 4.0' is in everybody's mouth. What about standardistation, at this point in time? Can we already rely on published standards? Since 1 October 2016 Sirris is responsible for a new standards cell for everything related to 'Industrie 4.0'.

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 An overview of our completed projects can be found here.