Pieter Jan Jordaens

Even before the recent developments started to affect our energy supply, the Belgian government had decided to shift up a gear in the production of renewable energy. To this end, they are primarily considering to look at offshore wind in the Belgian North Sea. Technological innovation will play a major role and our response is the second edition of the Wind Energy Technology Summit in June.

Thomas Vandenhaute

Every year, European public authorities spend about 14% of their GDP on public procurement at a local, regional, national and European level. This amounts to more than EUR 1.9 trillion. Governments are moving towards integrating circular principles into their tenders. We, the manufacturing industry, had better make use of this lever. There are lots of opportunities to find here, but also some uncertainties.

Patrick Cosemans

With the BioCoat project, Sirris is supporting companies in the transition towards a bio-based economy by providing practical guidelines in the application of bio-based alternatives for traditional coatings. In particular, the performance of bio-based acrylate coatings has recently been extensively evaluated as protective coatings for wood substrates.

Pieter Samyn
Joey Bosmans

The sourcing and use of biomaterials and biopolymers has become an integrated concept in the circular economy. Driven by scarcity of resources and need for replacement of fossil-based polymers into renewable alternatives, new concepts for design and selection of appropriate materials have been developed.

Benoit Olbrechts

According to a recent econometric analysis of the use of intellectual property (IP) protection systems in Belgium, IP activity is associated with a 1% to 4% increase in growth in absolute value. Compared to the performance of comparable companies not active through IP, this increase indicates a powerful leverage effect.

Peter ten Haaf

Controlling and adjusting production machining through the use of data - including real-time data - is called 'adaptive processing'. It’s the future of production and 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. These models are the key to successful digitisation. In a new series of blog posts, we highlight some basic models. In this first part, we will discuss the tool life curve, which is a model for finding the optimum cutting speed.

Tatiana Galibus
Patrick Coomans

Manufacturing companies need solid cybersecurity to guarantee continuity and to inspire trust among customers and partners. To let you get to know more about what cybersecurity can do for your manufacturing, Sirris will soon be present at two major events: Advanced Engineering (Antwerp Expo, 11 and 12 May) and Indumation (Xpo Kortrijk, 18-20 May).

Pieter Beyl

Do you want to implement an IoT solution for your product or simply get a better idea of what it would require in terms of technology? Sirris will gladly help you on your way.

Benoit Olbrechts

In the European patent system a great change is occurring : the Unitary Patent package and its related Unified Patent Court will come soon into force. Have you heard about it yet? What will it change for patent applicants? 

Bart Teerlinck

Everyone gains from the ability to deliver sustainable quality to the steel processing industry. Nevertheless, new steel techniques and steel compositions are causing a lot of headaches for many coaters and galvanizers. That is why VOM, ZINKINFO and Sirris want to start a joint investigation into the possible causes and consequences of this.