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OPENING OF BRAND NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART INFRASTRUCTURE TO DEVELOP AND MARKET NEW PRODUCTS BETTER AND FASTER

5 October 2018 – Flanders Make, the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry, opens new state-of-the-art infrastructure in Lommel in the presence of over 40 interested companies. Representatives of both large companies and SMEs can experience live how 3 brand new living labs with state-of-the-art (robot) technologies will help them to test and optimise their new products. They are also introduced into the latest production technologies that are needed to jump on the Industry 4.0 bandwagon, the worldwide fourth industrial revolution.

“Our manufacturing industry is doing well and continues its growth track. Digitisation, a key Industry 4.0 feature, is already high on the agenda of high-tech companies such as Atlas Copco, Niko and Picanol. With its new state-of-the-art infrastructure, Flanders Make wants to support Flemish companies in developing into factories for the future that manufacture top products. We absolutely need this in Flanders to secure our prosperity”, says Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flanders Make.

“Today, we can present 3 new living labs, where both large companies and SMEs that are keen to innovate can test and optimise their new products in real conditions. As a result, they will be able to improve and accelerate the development and marketing of new products. We also help them to strengthen their production processes, e.g. by integrating robots that work together with men and by applying virtual and augmented reality. In this way, we aim for more production in Flanders”, continues Dirk Torfs, CEO of Flanders Make.

EXPANSION OF STATE-OF-THE-ART INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PRODUCT AND PRODUCTION INNOVATION

In the Operator Support 4.0 Lab, we help companies to efficiently organise their production, for instance through a better cooperation between operator and robot and by training operators in virtual or augmented reality.  With its mobile MAKE LAB, Flanders Make brings state-of-the-art production technologies literally to the shop floor of companies.  

In the Joining & Materials Lab, we support companies to find – already in the design phase – the best possible way to join different materials, either manually or using the latest robot technology. The life span tests for adhesive joints that we offer are unique in Europe.

In the E-Powertrain Lab, companies can test the quality of electric drives and their components in virtual conditions without actually incorporating them in a prototype vehicle or machine. This will help them to market their new products faster and at a lower cost.

Flanders Make was able to realise this new infrastructure for setting up living labs with companies with the support of SALK, the Strategic Action Plan for Limburg, and ERDF, the European Regional Development Fund.

Europees fonds voor regionale ontwikkeling

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For more information and photos: Linda Corstjens - PR & Communication Manager - 0491 27 17 70 – Linda.Corstjens@flandersmake.be