The modern world is increasingly interconnected. Departments and enterprises must be able to share the latest and most accurate information about the production system and its operation. The international standard IEC 62832, Digital Factory Framework, which is currently being updated, provides a common reference for the digitisation of data related to production systems.

In these times of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we may think that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or an IIoT backbone has become an absolute requirement to digitally connect the office (the ERP) with the shop floor. In this first of two articles we look at whether this is always the case.

On the assembly line in the Sirris lab in Kortrijk, One Two, a company known for their Action Trackers, recently conducted a few experiments. The purpose of the experiments was to investigate whether the Action Tracker could be used to register or start certain actions on a production line of, for example, a manufacturing company.

Additve Talks is another approach to delivering 3D printing and AM resources. This day brings together additive manufacturing players and experts from vertical industries so that they can exchange on various topics. Sirris too will make a contribution on costs and considerations for investing in an AM system.

As optimisation of internal production logistics is crucial to become more agile, companies are still struggling with the fact that integrating a task-driven autonomous mobile robot solution is very complex, the loading and unloading is still too slow and it is difficult to combine systems of different brands. An newly developed demonstrator will show a solution for these challenges, that can be reproduced in your own facility.

POLCA is a people-friendly card-based visual production control system that manages the flow of jobs through the shop floor. The production control method is particularly suited for high-mix-low-volume and custom-engineered products.

Cross-training of employees is a crucial activity for companies that want to reduce their lead time. Despite the many advantages there is often some hesitation to apply it. Digitising work instructions opens up a whole host of new possibilities, such as paperless activities, accurately measurements and monitoring and a considerable reduction in the chance of making mistakes.

Production planning and control is a daunting task for many manufacturing companies. Planning and control problems show up in a low delivery reliability, long lead times and lots of chaos on the shop floor. If you face these problems, then you will probably need to take multiple actions to drive the hectic out. This article looks at improving the production control on the shop floor.

Lead time reduction starts with mapping your lead time. The MCT is a handy tool that lets you quickly map out your lead times and gain insights.

Manufacturing companies believe that optimising internal logistics operations is an important lever for maintaining competitiveness. In a series of blogs, we take a closer look at the different challenges and potential solutions, AGVs in particular. In order to provide a framework for driverless automated industrial trucks, the brand new ISO 3691-4:2020 standard details the necessary requirements to guarantee operator safety.