Guido Heunen

The draft ISO/ASTM CD 52924 'Additive manufacturing - Qualification principles - Classification of part properties for additive manufacturing of polymer parts' has changed from status CD ('Committee Draft' - draft for enquiry, subject to members input) to DIS ('Draft International Standard' - draft for enquiry, subject to public input). The purpose of this draft is to improve communication between customer and manufacturing services in relation to the quality of polymer parts.

Joey Bosmans
Jeroen Tacq

Corrosion remains one of the most important degradation processes of installations and infrastructure and as such is the cause of failures, downtime, lack of safety, and environmental damage. Therefore, innovation in the prevention, detection and repair of corrosion is badly needed. Get to know the state of the art in corrosion detection testing!

Pascal Pollet

Belgium is the fourth most productive country in the world, but our productivity growth has been sputtering. In this series we present some practical tips each time to boost productivity in the office and on the shop floor.

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.

Thomas Vandenhaute

From October 2022, a next cycle of the Agoria & Sirris Circular Economy Connect learning network will start. The goal is to exchange knowledge, experiences and good practices related to circular economy. The network of committed circular companies is evolving into a working group where we will zoom in on concrete business cases in detail through peer-to-peer learning. Interested and eager to be part of this exclusive group? Give us a call!

Peter ten Haaf

The use of (real-time) data to adjust production processes - in machining the term is 'adaptive machining' - is the future of production. This is made possible by the increased availability of sensors. However, everything depends on having and understanding a standardised and structured model, in which the digital information is processed into a physical action. Such models are the key to successful digitalisation. In a series of blog posts, we highlight some basic models. In this third part, we look at a model for calculating the cutting force: the Kienzle formula.

Peter ten Haaf

Not having been allowed to receive visitors in recent years does not mean that technological developments have not come to a standstill too. It is indeed high time to throw our doors open once more and give a demonstration of the latest in 'advanced manufacturing'!

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.

Jakob Kesteloot

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help SMEs to increase efficiency and reach agile production. Recently, as an IoT expert I was given the opportunity to share my vision on the matter with the DIH² Network, a network that wants to accelerate factories through robotics.

Tom Jacobs
Samuel Milton

A consortium of Flemish educational institutions - Thomas More and the De Nayer campus of the University of Leuven - and knowledge institutions - IBS and Sirris - have investigated the use of WAAM (Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing) in a production chain. This was part of a European project. It yielded some new insights into the technology.