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Interested in co-steering basic research?

Flanders Make conducts Strategic Basic Research(1) and offers companies the opportunity to join the user committee for one or more of its suggested projects. In this capacity, you would be able to follow up the research results and validate them on an application of your own. Joining such a project is free of charge for Flanders Make members. For more information and rates for non-members, please contact the relevant cluster managers.

9 November 2017 is the final deadline for submitting projects and on 7 December 2017, it will be decided which will be given the final go-ahead. Your participation in the user committee and the applications that you propose are of great significance, both in the project selection stage and for the further success of the project.

Multi-system learning control

Mechatronic companies use more and more learning control algorithms to optimise the performance of their systems. However, these algorithms are still subject to improvement, in particular with regard to convergence period and optimisation behaviour. Connected mechatronic systems can offer a solution as in this way knowledge gained on 1 machine can be shared by several similar machines. As a result, the learning algorithm will become more efficient and more effective.

Cluster Manager: Andrei Bartic

Rigorous approach for programming and optimal control of multi-robot systems

Although the manufacturing industry has reached consensus on the importance of flexible and collaborative production processes, the actual implementation of advanced robotics is still limited to a few so-called early adopters. The introduction and efficient application of complex multi-robot systems in real industrial settings are proving very difficult because of the limitations of the existing software. The solution lies in the combination of software with an algorithm as a framework in which (1) optimal motion planning and control, (2) a specific language for the coordination and decision-making process and (3) a generic 3D-model consolidating diverse sensor information come together.

Cluster Manager: Sonia Vanderlinden

Design framework for flexible assembly with operator VR/AR validation

Today, most workstations in production facilities are static. However, manufacturing companies face an ever increasing demand for customer-specific products that require flexible workstations. But how do we start such conversion process and how can we make the right choices when facing countless possible combinations? We suggest a framework supporting the design and (re)configuration of flexible, hybrid assembly workstations, allowing for the validation of some of these assembly concepts by virtual and augmented reality technology. This will enable designers and operators to test and validate such workstations before they are actually realised.

Cluster Manager: Sonia Vanderlinden

Product-assembly co-design

Production design and assembly are inextricably linked. Today, manufacturing companies must support their engineers with tools and methods that allow them to incorporate the complexity of the assembly process as early as in the design phase. In this way, they can evolve towards a ‘first-time-right’ production strategy that is also suited for small series. This project helps them with this by creating a design framework that optimises the product performance and at the same time facilitates the assembly process using (software) tools and algorithms.

Cluster Manager: Paola Campestrini

(1) Strategic Basic Research is research that, if scientifically successful, offers prospects for future economic and/or social applications in the form of new generations of products, processes and/or services. As such, it helps to bring knowledge institutions and research centres on the one hand and companies on the other closer together, thus increasing the future potential for the economic valorisation of research results.