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.

At some point we may well be facing a shortage of life-support systems in hospitals due to the corona epidemic. Two prospective physicians are currently developing an alternative life-support system which can be produced on a large scale in a very short period of time. They make an urgent appeal to all manufacturing companies active in metalworking, injection moulding or the production and assembly of electronic printed circuit boards.

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.

Freeform lenses or mirrors, produced by means of 3D printing or 3D printed moulds, make it possible to create innovative lighting solutions with customised radiation patterns. To introduce companies to the design methodology and possibilities of such optical components, we are organising the workshop 'Freeform Optics' on 29 May in cooperation with KU Leuven.

Do you lack time to explore all the available routes in the field of additive manufacturing? Sirris’ experts have created a practical tool to help you make the right choice of processes, machines, materials, suppliers, etc.

P&V Elektrotechniek engineers, builds, maintain and upgrades distribution boards and control panels - of all makes and sizes and for all possible uses. A time-consuming activity in the production is wire making. The company therefore looked at the possibility of automation by adding a cobot.

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.