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Advanced Manufacturing

Precision manufacturing

Precision manufacturing allows manufacturing companies to make ‘products of the future’ and so enhance their competitiveness. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise, Sirris helps companies to design adapted production processes while keeping costs under control.

From sketch to prototype: window profile handling tool for Herlou Group

Herlou Group, based in Limburg, is an international construction trading and consultancy firm. On the advice of the Limburg Innovation Centre, manager and senior consultant Herwig Louwet contacted Sirris in 2015 with sketch plans for a new tool designed to facilitate and enhance the lifting and moving of PVC window profiles. In the ensuing months, Sirris examined and refined the plans and thoroughly tested their viability.......

NLMK Clabecq and Sirris identify optimal milling conditions

The municipality of Ittre is home to the Clabecq site (formerly the Forges de Clabecq steel plant) owned by steel producer NLMK. The plant mainly produces thin steel sheets for the energy and transport sector, mining and shipbuilding and the construction industry, but also supplies niche markets with products such as wear-resistant steel and high-strength steel. Keen to further professionalise its working methods and customer service, the Belgian NLMK site called on Sirris’s precision manufacturing expertise in 2015.

Tenneco develops into Factory of the Future

2013 saw the launch of a major restructuring at Tenneco, with products relocated across its European plants. Needing to streamline its costs urgently, the shock absorber plant in Sint-Truiden joined Sirris and Agoria’s Made Different programme, which seeks to transform manufacturing businesses into Factories of the Future. Fast forward to 2016 and Tenneco Sint-Truiden is getting back to its full operational potential.

Niko replaces traditional hardening process with laser hardening

Hardening is an essential but onerous step in the manufacture of precision components for switches. The traditional hardening process takes a long time and entails precision risks. Laser hardening eliminates both of these problems, and Niko is introducing it in its production process.