The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a great many changes. And even when society gradually starts up again and we are allowed back out into the world, there will still be challenges to face. How are manufacturing companies coping with the situation? What about the period after ‘lockdown light’? And what does all this mean in the context of Industry 4.0? We asked our experts at Sirris what they made of it all.

Hygienic design of robotic automation solution helps food companies to eliminate the risk of microbial contamination. In a four-part series of articles, we zoom in on the best hygienic practices to design robotic automation solutions. In this second part we address the risk and hazard analysis process as first step to take when you consider to introduce a robot in contact with food.

Hygienic design of robotic automation solution helps food companies to eliminate the risk of microbial contamination. In a new four-part series of articles, we zoom in the best hygienic practices to design robotic automation solutions. In this first part we focus on what is hygienic design and why it is important.

Friction between moving parts plays an important role in many applications. The lower the friction, the less energy is needed to move parts and the less wear and tear will occur. Research at Sirris has shown that applying small holes in sliding surfaces has a positive effect on friction behaviour.

V&V Engineering specialises in the rapid development of injection moulds and the thermoplastic injection moulding of prototypes and small series, while medium and large series can also be added. In addition, V&V Engineering also carries out maintenance on external moulds. As part of the Factory 4.0 project, the company investigated, together with the Sirris experts, where process optimisations could be achieved.

What is the role of surface functionalities and, in particular, the role of textures, in the manufacturing industry in Belgium? That is the question we asked our member companies last summer with a view to rolling out a service on surface textures. The (concise) results are presented in this article.

How effective you can machine a part largely depends on the structural dynamics of all the components involved in the process. It can be seen as two systems: one concerning the machine tool, which includes the drives in the spindle, the tool holder and the cutting tool, while the other system concerns the workpiece being cut and the fixture set-up. Now to have an effective cutting process, the dynamics of both the systems should be taken into account.

Structures are already widely used to give functionality to a surface, with nature as the best example. However, in order to use this in technical applications, we must take into account the limitations and possibilities offered by the various (current) production methods.

Surface functionalities, including texturing, can help companies to efficiently add value to their products and become more competitive in their market. In a short blog series we will discuss the texturing of surfaces and the options that come with it.

The newsletters of Interreg project Factory 4.0 will keep you informed about the project’s recent evolutions, events and testimonials. An overview of the latest news.