Carrying out inspections on business-critical objects and production installations can prevent loss of quality and production stoppages. It is preferable that these inspections are carried out on a regular basis and in the same manner. Cobots can offer suitable solutions in several cases.

Within the 4.0 made real demonstrator we’ll use innovative, but commercially available IoT technology. We’re very proud to welcome the Belgian IoT engineering company Reniver as our partner to create a transparent shop floor, using their newly developed ‘4.0 platform’.

Offering mass customization whilst remaining cost competitive requires a seamless integration from design to manufacturing. Within our new 4.0 pilot Twikit has accepted this challenge by integrating their innovation cloud platform, linking watch design with manufacturing system.

Measuring is crucial, not only in development stage but also in serial production. It’s the only way to maintain quality standards and guarantee component functionality. Therefore, we’ve invested in a VK-X1100 ultra violet confocal laser scanning microscope. It’s nice to have state-of-the-art machining equipment, such as the femtosecond laser texturing centre to create novel surface functionalities. However, you also have to measure your creations and evaluate their quality, in order to define the relationship between texture and functionality. Measurement capability is

In order to make the opportunities presented by Factory 4.0 more tangible, Sirris and two French partners, CITC and Cetim, have each built a demonstrator that is available for companies.

Keeping track of performed manufacturing operations is mandatory in almost every certification and quality process. In the past this resulted in a giant paper stack. Our new manufacturing system will use an electronic identity or eID.

Machines and equipment can be connected in several ways, each offering a dataset that differs in level of detail and information. Depending on your needs, time and budget you can select the most suited connection method. Within our 4.0 manufacturing system different methods will be demonstrated.

An important aspect of the demonstrator in the Smart & Digital Factory Application Lab in Kortrijk is data integration. Connecting the different elements of production systems is one of the six skills of a smart, agile factory.

In our factory with 4.0 technology, we aim to 3D print a watch. We use a femtosecond laser to create an optical effect, and we couldn’t be more impressed!

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