Organised by Leuven MindGate in cooperation with imec and Flanders Make
The classical assembly line is coming to a stop. Enter flexible production!
The assembly line was introduced in the early 1900s. It skyrocketed the productivity of workers, for the first time allowing efficient mass production of standard products. The line timed and coordinated the actual production, dividing the work into standard repetitive actions that required little explanation. But lately, products have become smarter, with customized and client-specific features. They no longer fit traditional mass production on a classical assembly line.
What we need today are flexible factories, factories where unique products can be assembled at a cost comparable to mass production. We are seeing the introduction of flexible, digital factories, where the status of each product is known at any time, together with its next production steps. In such a factory, the production configuration can be modified at any time and depending on product specifications. This flexibility is enabled through e.g. mobile robots and autonomous transport lines. For each product, the optimal mix is determined between accurate and efficient automation and human intelligence and flexibility.
In this seminar we will explore this flexible factory of the 21st century.
Tuesday 13 June 2017 (16h00 - 20h00)
imec auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.
The interventions will be held in English.
16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Marc Engels, Chairman of the programme, COO Flanders Make
16h45: F3A -Free Float Flawless Assembly, assembly of large components under flow conditions by Christoph Storm, Research Assistant WZL RWTH - Aachen
17h15: Driving the Digital Enterprise by Bart Demaegdt, Technology Manager Digitalization Siemens Belgium
17h45: Smart operators in a smart factory by Peter Verstraeten, CEO Proceedix
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Combining strengths of humans and robots for better manufacturing by Bram Vanderborght, Prof. Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group VUB and member BruBotics
19h15: The Flexible Factory at Atlas Copco by Filip Vandenberghe, Former President of the Airtec Division and Managing Director of Atlas Copco India
20h00: Networking with drinks and snacks
135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc and Leuven MindGate - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.
Discount via KMO-portefeuille. Pijler OPLEIDING:
Leuven MindGate Recognition nr. DV.O219862
More info: www.kmo-portefeuille.be
After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.
About the different partners
- Flanders Make and imec conduct applied field research with and for the industry.
- Leuven MindGate is a network of knowledge centers, high-tech entrepreneurs, enterprises and socio-economic partners in the region of Leuven, Flanders.