Food producer Vandemoortele was looking to optimise its production and considered using cobots to this end. However, they did not yet have the necessary experience. A test stand demonstrated the possibilities and allowed the company to take the next step.

​The closing event of the Interreg Factory 4.0 project took place on 10 June 2020. This included holding a Business Club on the theme of cyber security, which is a highly relevant topic these days.

Manufacturing companies consider optimisation of the logistics activities on the production floor as an important driver to remain competitive. However, logistics in production comprises several subaspects. In a blog series, we zoom in on the various challenges and possible solutions. In the meantime, we are building a demonstrator with autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) in our application lab in Diepenbeek. This is just a sneak preview of what we have in store with our demonstrator.

LED lighting is currently breaking through in various branches of the lighting industry. This type of lighting is powerful, economical and has limited dimensions. For a more efficient production, femtosecond laser technology can be used.

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 the best hygienic practices to design robotic automation solutions. In this fourth part we outline some specific principles for hygienic design for robot systems as specified by 3-A Sanitary Standards.

A new way to administer painless medication is to use plasters with microneedles. However, the production of this plaster is not yet perfected. Sirris and KU Leuven have investigated whether an injection moulding process could be used to produce these needles in large quantities and at a very low cost.

Altachem is a manufacturing company experiencing continuous growth. In order to scale up further, Altachem wants to install additional production lines and find the logistics concept that would be best suited to this.

Sirris can 3D print TPU by SLS, creating different hardness zones, either by concentrating on their internal structure or on sintering parameters.

Sometimes the question arises to what extent cryogenic cooling is environmentally-friendly, as the gases used are a consumable, unlike other refrigerants that can be reused. Cryogenic processing does have interesting environmental advantages. The environmental impact of the entire cryogenic cooling process is many times lower than that of conventional cooling.

The pricing of a product has a large influence on the sales revenue and the profit. Surprisingly, research shows that a more accurate cost estimation does not automatically lead to a higher profit.