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.

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.

Specialist in hygiene products Ophardt Belgien investigated whether it would be possible to optimise part of their soap dispenser production, while also simplifying the tasks of the operators. The idea was to do this by introducing a cobot and vision system.

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.

The newsletters from the Interreg project Factory 4.0 keep you up to date with the latest developments, events and testimonials. An overview of the most recent items.

Cobots are gaining popularity in the industry because they are easy to set up, program and operate, while also providing secure collaboration with people and flexibility. However, this does not have to be at the expense of industrial robots. The choice rather depends on the application and environment.

Polishing is a labour-intensive task that requires the necessary experience and expertise. These properties are becoming increasingly rare on the shop floor. Automation is an option, but small series and complex shapes require a different approach. Within its 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory, Sirris develops a tailor-made solution.

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.

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.

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.