From 22 to 26 June, the EU-Japan Centre is organising a 5-day intensive training mission for European executives familiar with World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and visits to a number of leading Japanese companies in order to improve productivity and lower production costs.

Veldeman Bedding in Opglabbeek, Limburg, is one of the major mattress and bed manufacturers in Europe. The company is working on a sustainable approach to its product and manufacturing processes and recently came out with their first circular collection.

Together with imec and the DTAI research group of KU Leuven, the Sirris EluciDATA Lab will be hosting a special session on 'Fleet-based Prognostics and Health Management of Industrial Assets' at the Fifth European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2020 in Turin on 1-3 July. Are you involved in research related to this topic? Submit your abstract by 31 January!

With sensors becoming rapidly cheaper, manufacturing companies are expecting their massive sensor deployment to support vital services, such as predictive maintenance, automated supply chain management, operations & usage monitoring. However, billions of connected IoT devices, generating monumental amounts of data do not necessary result in smart systems or products. They do have a direct impact on cost. The InsightProducts project supports companies to improve their product and service offering through a cost-effective approach to relevant and qualitative product data acquisition and use in view of digital servitisation.

“The current sanding process of our Solid Surface washbasins, shower trays and wall panels can no longer meet increasing customer demand. What is the best way to tackle the automation and optimisation of this process?" Group Nivelles contacted Sirris to find an answer to this question.

From 25 to 27 March, VWT, in collaboration with A3TS, is organising a three-day conference on carbonation, carbonitriding and carbon-based surface layers in Antwerp.

Who has not heard of the fantastic benefits that additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have brought to real world applications? We are now seeing parts designed that are lighter, more efficient and that are fancy. Several new technologies in AM have popped up and old ones are getting highly efficient and automated to process materials and generate little waste. There are however, still a few challenges.

With the doors of the world's largest consumer electronics show closing in Las Vegas, it's worth reviewing and analysing the major trends of what the industry has in store for us in the coming months.

We are in the middle of a big shift in the way people use and buy software. The decision making has shifted from the buyer to the user. This strategy is called product-led growth (PLG) and it enables companies to quickly scale in a capital-efficient manner.

In Industry 4.0, design and manufacturing are closely linked. This is the starting point for the merger of the Prototyping Xpo and MNE trade fairs into a single fair for the entire value chain, from innovative design in small volumes to the production and marketing of series. Prototyping-MNE, in which Sirris also participates, will take place on 5 and 6 February in Kortrijk.