Sirris takes part in different European projects

The European Fund for Regional Development and the Flemish Region invest in your future through various European research projects.

Trinity – engage with agile manufacturing



The shift from mass production to customized products with higher added-value in smaller batches and with short lead-times, places many EU manufacturing SMEs for new challenges. Malmar and Sirris will demonstrate the technological and economic feasibility of reconfigurable “cobotic production assistants” for the production of sheet-metal brackets. . Project results will be applicable to other European manufacturing SMEs.

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AI at the edge with Distributed Artificial Intelligent Systems (DAIS)



The pan-European project DAIS is bringing faster, more secure and energy-efficient data processing solutions through the development of edge AI software and hardware components.

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Everyone on the digital work floor



This European/Flemish project aims to develop a guidance programme tailored to each SME employee, taking into account the changing knowledge and skills associated with the digital transformation that takes place within many companies.

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The Digital Twin Academy 



Considered one of the key technologies of Industry 4.0, digital twins are the ultimate step in digitization, creating a virtual representation of a real entity and organizing an exchange iterative loop between digital and real world.  There is, however, a knowledge gap in terms of teaching and learning, research and development, integration and consultancy. The Digital Twin Academy aims to fill this gap by building a network between the stakeholders, to raise the general level of knowledge through targeted training and webinars on the one hand, and to test digital twins in a real business environment on the other.

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Wal-e-cities - the development of smart cities in Wallonia



The ERDF Wal-e-Cities portfolio relates to the development of smart cities in an interconnected Wallonia region. Its main aim is to develop the solutions and software that will make it possible to deliver the services and to respond to the needs for: mobility, energy and the environment, transparent data exchange market, and citizen's lives and well-being.

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Mat(t)isse - 3D matrices for tissue reconstruction, application to breast reconstruction


The MAT(T)ISSE project aims at creating a novel bioprosthesis - class 3 medical implant - the aim of which is to help the human body to restore zones of damaged tissue following curative surgical procedures. Such tissue restoration is made possible through the autologous harvesting of fat cells (adipose tissue), which are reimplanted on a textile structure in the form of a synthetic and resorbable mesh. This structure is combined with a 3D bioresorbable and tailored shell structure that marks out the volume to be reconstructed. The resorbable shell eventually disappears so that the patient recovers a naturally shaped breast thanks to the regeneration of her own cells.

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IN FLOW, supporting formulation, characterisation and engineering of biochemical product

IN FLOW, supporting formulation, characterisation and engineering of biochemical products


The Interreg project IN FLOW aims to support the uptake of flow technology in the production of health and personal care products. An open platform and pilots will help Euregio-based companies get ready for market-testing.

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Interreg Fabricar3v - democratizing metallic additive manufacturing

Fabricarv3 Metalic Additive Manufacturing


This project aims to democratize metal additive manufacturing by setting up a low-cost material extrusion machine (FDM) able to handle metal injection moulding (MIM) pellet feedstock. The final goal is to make everything (machine manufacturing drawing, procedures,…) open source afterwards, and in this way accessible for everyone. To improve knowledge dissemination, a platform will be set up and a process simulation tool will be developed.

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Polyvalve -Polymeric Prosthetic Heart Valve for Life


"Creative Chemistry for a Sustainable Future"
The Interreg project Polyvalve is mainly concentrated on conducting medical research regarding artificial heart valves, aiming at providing long life, tailor-made heart valve prostheses using coated biomedical polyurethane. For this, Euregional cooperation is necessary.

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The NewSkin project aims to create an "Open Innovation Test Bed" (OITB), a new legal entity which will provide the European innovation ecosystem with the necessary technologies, resources and services to uptake a set of game changing, efficient and cost-effective innovative processes to manufacture nano-enabled industrial and consumer products as well as the necessary testing capabilities to demonstrate features of nano-enhanced goods.

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ENABLE - European Network for Alloys Behaviour Law Enhancement


ENABLE aims to train early-stage researchers in developing novel solutions for forecasting and mastering processes relevant for all factories using metallic alloys.

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Trinity - AMR Logistics Orchestration For Agile Production


The Trinity project is at the crossroad of robotization/automation, digitisation and logistics optimisation. It focuses on digital technologies and advanced robotics for agile production in future European manufacturing ecosystems.

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Corrosion & Insulation Practice Laboratory


The main objective of the Corrosion & Insulation Practice Lab is to assist and facilitate the development, testing and introduction of innovations in corrosion management. To this end, we are now developing new physical test infrastructure for corrosion management. The new unit will be added to the existing infrastructure. In addition, the Practice Lab offers the perfect environment to provide substantiated and practice-oriented training courses for students, technicians and staff, in order to better assess the risks of corrosion in the future. This should result in more correct handling of corrosion and corrosion prevention.

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FDB - Futures by Design


Futures By Design helps SMEs in regions of lower economic success in the North Sea region to use data analytics to innovate, grow and increase productivity.

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QUALIFY - enabling qualification of hybrid structures for lightweight and safe maritime transport


The advancement in composite materials allows building primary maritime structures traditionally made of steel, e.g. ship superstructure. Steel and composites can be bonded together using adhesives, forming a hybrid (steel-composite) joint. Despite of the many benefits of composite and hybrid joints, the lack of correct guidelines for approval and design has prevented their uptake by the maritime industry, limiting their usage to secondary structures. This is partly because the long term behaviour and failure of hybrid joints is not yet understood. The goal of the EU funded QUALIFY project is to fill this knowledge gap, enabling the development of such guidelines, with the correct objective promote the use of hybrid joints in primary structures in a marine environment.

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CoPolMould - Cobotic Polishing of Moulds


The European CORNET project CoPolMould, in which Sirris collaborates with Fraunhofer IPT and FG Ultra, aims to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept of a generally applicable tool for polishing basic shapes and surfaces of unique objects, such as injection moulds.

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SOCORRO – Seeking Out Corrosion, before it is too late


SOCORRO is an Interreg2Seas project, bringing together a multidisciplinary consortium, that is developing a new approach to the challenge of efficient corrosion management. A combination of artificial intelligence, expert knowledge and data collected from the corroding environment will be used to make an objective estimate of corrosion risk accumulated over the lifetime of an asset. A decision support tool will finally provide support in making the right management decisions.

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Alt Ctrl Trans - ALTernative for TRi and hexavaLent Chrome in the Transport and Transformation sector


The Alt Ctrl Trans project aims to develop and promote feasible and efficient alternatives to hard chrome plating for the transport and processing industry.

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AACOMA - Interreg project


New materials such as composites can make their way to a wide array of sectors. The Interreg project AACOMA will support advanced composite manufacturing in close cooperation with companies and research institutes. 

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DIH² - Accelerating factories through robotics


DIH² - the Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production - believes in the power of robotics to transform the agility of manufacturing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and drive economic growth across the European Union. Our role is to facilitate the connections that will enable agile production in factories where speed and versatility are essential to satisfy customer demand.

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DOCC-OFF - Digitalization Of Critical Components in OFFshore wind turbines


By using the knowledge extracted from operational data, the European project DOCC-OFF - "Digitalization Of Critical Components in OFFshore wind turbines” - aims to demonstrate the impact of sensing and remote monitoring in the optimization of the design, the increase of the performance and the reduction of maintenance costs of critical subsystems in offshore wind turbines. This way making offshore wind a competitive technology between other power generation alternatives.

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QRM4.0 supports SMEs to shorten their lead times


Reducing lead times allows companies to grow by bringing their products to the market more rapidly and increases profitability by reducing costs, enhancing delivery performance and improving quality.

The Interreg project QRM4.0 will support SMEs in their quick response manufacturing journey by enabling them to roll-out digital technologies through coaching, training and the sharing of expertise and best practices.

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Machining 4.0 helps machining business to innovate


Innovative technologies which make companies stronger and more competitive for the future also have a lot to offer to the machining industry. The Interreg project Machining 4.0 translates the broad Industry 4.0 vision into concrete applications for machining, tailored to SMEs.

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Integration of 3D metal printing


Additive or layer manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, has evolved in recent years from prototype status to actual industrial usability. Initially only polymers were printed, but today's technology makes it possible to print complex metal components.

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Smart Tooling

smart tooling  

Smart Tooling is a project within the European programme Interreg Flanders-Netherlands. For the Robotica Smart Tooling project, partners from Flanders and the South of the Netherlands are developing innovative Robotic applications for maintenance in the process industry.

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FOKUS - Developing Factory of the Future from Knowledge and Cooperation

Kennisbundel en Samenwerking fabriek van de toekomst  

The high-tech industry is one of the most important pillars in the Flanders-Netherlands border region. New (disruptive) technologies, increasing competition from emerging markets, ever higher consumer demands and the increasing scarcity of raw materials require redesigning the production chain with more flexibility, diversity and quality.

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InsightProducts - Actionable insights into product service delivery

Insight products  

Many companies, in particular manufacturing, are eager to learn how to collect and mine data about their products and use it in order to improve their service offering, but they lack the necessary insights into novel technologies, and how to deploy and use them.

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OPIN project encourages collaboration for ORE SMEs

OPIN project  

The new pan-European project, the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector.

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FvT M&M West-Flanders


The project aims to establish an M&M centre in WFL with the main theme I4.0. This project aims to bundle the knowledge from different West-Flemish knowledge centres (UGent, Howest, KU Leuven and Sirris) for the benefit of the companies of the Mechatronics & Mechanical Engineering (M&M) sector.

H2020 Industrial scenarios for connected factories


There is a consensus among industry and policymakers that Europe is currently in the middle of an industrial revolution initiated by the digitisation of industrial processes. Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), the industrial Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT) connect people, devices, machines and enterprises like never before.

This work will enhance the awareness among companies of the use of digital technologies in the manufacturing sector and equip them with knowledge to make decisions regarding technology and business model choices. It will reinforce the European manufacturing industries' position in the international scene. 



IAWATHA project  

Within the framework of the ERDF project, the IAWATHA portfolio falls within axe 2 ‘Innovation 2020’, the aim of which is to contribute towards the key initiatives of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, focusing on innovation. It is comprised of 11 projects entrusted to 7 partner research centres and universities (SIMATHA for CENAERO, CERAMTOP and CERAMPLUS for CRIBC, POSTRAM and VAMETAM for CRM, AMANUMATERs for UCL, OPSTRUCFAD for ULB, OPVAL for ULiège, EXIATAS and RIATAS for SIRRIS).

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Projet TipTopLam - lasercladding  

The partners of the TipTopLam project set up this project to rapidly produce complex parts in titanium, inconel, aluminium and steel. The technology will be based on a specific cladding laser machine combined in 2010 with a melting laser machine.

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Projet TipTopLam - lasercladding  

Sirris is taking part in a project on the manufacture of microsystems on new media that use energy from the ambient environment. The Feder REMANOS research project, lasting 5 years (until the end of 2015) concerns autonomous microsystems.

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Project CUBISM

Projet TipTopLam - lasercladding  

The CUBISM project is part of an approach to improve the competitiveness of companies active in the fields of refractory concrete and civil engineering, two highly developed sectors of activity on both sides of the cross-border area. There is strong demand from manufacturers for the development of specific tools (adapted sensors) that can be integrated into concrete as soon as it is poured.

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  Feder Riatas - Mesure 2.2.2


VALID - Process and Material Validation

To develop a methodology for validating powders and AM products; to determine the key parameters of a quality approach.

Obtain information on mechanical, physical, thermal, electrical properties, ..., in order to allow a comparison with existing products, techniques and materials.

Reliability of the measurements carried out, via current and future standards.

LATTICE: Lattice Structure Development

To provide industrialists with the numerical tools and experimental data necessary for the design of parts integrating lattice structures.

Optimizing the performance of structures by numerical modeling and characterization of the geometry, microstructures and mechanical performance of the structures actually produced.

Innovative methods in the construction of such structures.

OPTIMAT: Optimization of materials

Develop a generic methodology for the optimization of metallic and ceramic AM materials

POST: Post-Process Integration

Define the post-treatments to be applied so that AM metal parts meet different levels of properties.

Demonstration platform Additive technology in metalworking


The aim is to create a demonstration room where 3D metal printing technology is presented in an industrial context. We aim to create a unique set-up where product design, 3D metal printing and finishing demonstrate the entire production chain in one room. During the first 18 months of the project, the demonstration platform will be installed in the Sirris lab at the Science Park in Diepenbeek.

Boosting Human Capital in the 21st century


The project 'Boosting Human Capital in the 21st century' (BHC21) investigates how innovative learning tools such as serious gaming, virtual and augmented reality and video instructions can help to educate the low-skilled. The focus is on technical training for the manufacturing industry. For this Interreg 2 Seas project, partners from West Flanders, Hauts-De-France and Kent County are working together. Provincial Development Agency (POM) West Flanders is coordinating the project.

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Feder 3F

    SIRRIS and the three competence centres are determined to strengthen their role as a technological platform and to pool their technical and human resources with their partners (companies, research centres, secondary, higher education and social promotion establishments) and their users (job seekers, workers, pupils, students and teachers) within the framework of the Technology Campus and the employment-training-education-research synergy centres developed in the industrial areas of Liège and Charleroi.

 An overview of our completed projects can be found here.