Flanders Make is one of the exhibitors at Indumation 2022. Both the largest industrial technology providers and the newest tech start-ups will demonstrate the industrial automation of tomorrow. As a visitor, you can brace yourself for a parade of innovations in the field of robotics, motion control, sensor and vision technology, IoT and smart connected components.
Visit the Flanders Make booth #431
At stand 431 (hall 4), you will be introduced to the renewed SmartFactoryBNL, a mobile production unit that demonstrates how factories are transforming into flexible, smart and digital workplaces.
The increasing demand for customised production (high mix / low volume) requires digitisation of product development, products and production processes. With SmartFactoryBNL we will show a modular demonstration platform with state-of-the-practice technology that demonstrates the factory of the future. On our exhibition stand, for example, we can demonstrate the assembly and subsequent re-assembly of torches in a circular setup. In doing so, we provide inspiration for things like robotics, Internet of Things, AI, dashboarding, standardisation and digital twins, technologies that are the driving force behind Industrie 4.0. For this project, we work in an ecosystem with nine industrial partner companies that each contributed to the concept from their own specialisation. Flanders Make is an independent organisation in this respect, allowing us to offer a neutral platform for the exchange between leading companies and institutes on Industrie 4.0.
Furthermore, you will discover on our stand a demonstrator of artificial intelligence and digital twin in the form of a winding machine (FlandersMake@UGent) and the ease of use of offline digital twins that contain knowledge graphs from different sources to correlate and analyse data quickly and flexibly.
Expert class Dirk Torfs
Flanders Make Accelerator - How the production of 6 Flemish industrial companies is digitised end-to-end in record time
Our CEO, Dirk Torfs, presents an expert class at Indumation (19 May, 16h00).
Research centre Flanders Make supports companies to be competitive in a context where customisation at the cost price of mass production is becoming the norm. Full commitment to digitalisation and sustainability is the key to success, and also necessary to survive. Flanders is strongly committed to the relance and Flanders Make, together with 6 leading companies, has taken the lead in order to make a difference and to turn a challenge into an opportunity by defining an accelerator programme that was approved by the Flemish government in July 2021. CEO Dirk Torfs explains how Flanders Make is supporting 6 leading companies - Van de Wiele, Picanol, Atlas Copco, CNH, Crops and Sabca - to fully and sustainably digitalise their production in a record time of 5 years, with a focus on automation and workable work for their employees. These 6 cases will become the reference in Flanders for the realisation of end-to-end digitalisation. In the coming years, other production companies will also be given ample opportunity to learn from these cases how they too can take the necessary steps to remain competitive, organise production in our country, combining both efficiency and sustainability.
Expert class Ted Ooijevaar
Breathing new life into your machines: challenges and opportunities of machine upgrading 4.0
Senior Research Engineer at Flanders Make, Ted Ooijevaar, presents an expert class at Indumation (19 May, 14h00).
Many companies make use of older machines that still operate, but often do not offer the capabilities allowing for a digital transition. They often have limited sensors and in many cases lack connectivity or computing power. Many companies are therefore wrestling with the question of whether these machines are still sufficient to achieve the required quality, flexibility and economic return. Instead of simply replacing them, it can sometimes be more cost-effective to bring those machines up-to-date by a digital upgrade. This presentation will address the challenges and opportunities involved with machine upgrading 4.0: How to start this process? What is the business case? What to upgrade? How to implement the upgrade?