Rik Vanhevel
safety standard

In the manufacturing and mechanical engineering sectors there is still ambiguity regarding the safety connected with operating hybrid work cells, where operators and robots work together. Sirris is therefore organising a seminar on 26 September within the scope of Standards Cell Industrie 4.0 to discuss technical safety standards when operating work cells.

Véronique Dossogne

'Industrie 4.0' is not a moment in time. A good strategy considers how to use current standards to facilitate change that matters today - and support future evolution. Therefore, the standards cell 'Industrie 4.0' launches its monthly newsletter.

Bart Verlinden

On 18 October we are presenting a new demonstrator at Kortrijk consisting of an assembly line with six cells which is completely in line with Industry 4.0 while fully embracing the strategies of QRM. This is how we can make the production of low volume product families with many variations as efficient as possible. Come along and find out more!

Bart Verlinden
cobot

As from today, Sirris will be able to call on the services of a brand new cobot in its Smart & Digital Factory Lab in Kortrijk. Sawyer’s arrival means that businesses can now make more and better use of the extensive expertise and unique infrastructure that Sirris offers them. Companies can now familiarise themselves with this technology, develop and test applications, and evaluate its feasibility for specific challenges.

Véronique Dossogne
IIot, Industrieel Internet of Things, connectivity

It took years of work involving many key contributors and full participation from champions of the various standards to release in February 2017 the first connectivity framework for the Industrial Internet. The resulting clarity empowers system integrators and developers to evaluate IIoT protocols and communication patterns, and select the best-fit technology for their application.

Bart Verlinden

Are you an SME involved in manufacturing, located either in Wallonia, East or West Flanders and also thinking about making changes to meet Industry 4.0? If so, we have good news for you!

Véronique Dossogne

Much has been said about Industry 4.0. So what about today's standardisation? Can we use previously published standards as a basis?

Walter Auwers

Even if you cannot take part, it may be worth it to come to the Factory of the Future Awards, because of the instructive processes the participating businesses went through and which they want to share with the 300 people who registered. Besides, your attendance to the event has some other interesting benefits!

Jan Kempeneers
Mark Van Pee

Industry 4.0 is about the advent of the internet and flexible automation on the factory floor as well as rapid digital transformation within the manufacturing industry. It enables individual products to be manufactured more flexibly with similar levels of productivity to mass production. Industry 4.0 is a long-term vision, but many applications offer major opportunities to boost the competitiveness of manufacturing companies in the short term. With such a broad range of available options, it is virtually impossible for manufacturing firms, and SMEs in particular, to know what approach to adopt now in order to exploit these opportunities in a way that suits them.

Peter Paulissen

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.