Peter Paulissen
Jan Kempeneers

The beginning of 2021 saw the official start of the COBOFIN project, which is focused on the cobotised sanding and deburring of workpieces. Here is our first brief overview of the state of affairs within this project.

Bart Verlinden

To meet changing customer demands (personalised products, smaller series, short lead times, low costs), manufacturing companies must become more flexible and produce smartly. Optimising the internal production logistics is just as important as optimising the production processes. We take a look at the situation as it is today and what the future may bring.

Filiep Vincent
Peter Paulissen

The Trinity project focuses on digital technologies and advanced robotics for agile production in future European manufacturing ecosystems. In the meantime, the project has been running for six months and some things have already been realised. A status report.

Véronique Dossogne
Filiep Vincent

Increasingly robots and autonomous vehicles are working alongside operators. But what about the standards? What is to be expected in this field? Do you want to know which standards affect you?

Bart Verlinden

One hundred years ago, on 25 January 1921, the play R.U.R. premièred, introducing the word 'robot' to the world. Although the play does not feature robots as we know them today, many dissertations on robots refer to the play for its name. Today, the term and what it stands for are indispensable in our society and industry. Robots are also a frequent presence at Sirris and for the occasion we put them in the spotlight.

Peter Paulissen

Launched in 2016, the Interreg Smart Tooling project in which Sirris was also involved, was recently finalised. The innovations which were developed to significantly increase the efficiency and safety of maintenance, inspection and industrial cleaning in the process industry were shown and demonstrated at the closing event in November 2020.

Jan Kempeneers
Peter Paulissen
Stijn Lambrechts

On January 12, 2021, the COBOFIN project was officially launched. This is about the automation of sanding and deburring of small batches using a cobot. The project was explained to the supervisory group during a digital meeting and zoomed in on both substantive and practical matters. There were more than 20 participants at this meeting!

Jan Kempeneers
Peter Paulissen

Customers want products with an impeccable finish. Many steel or plastic products have irregularities caused during the production process which have to be eliminated by sanding, deburring or both. These operations are carried out manually, which has a lot of disadvantages. Automation is a possible solution, which Sirris (with the support of VLAIO) will now investigate in the COBOFIN project.

Filiep Vincent

The ColRobFood project is aimed at flexible automation to strengthen the competitiveness of food companies. This is done through the development and validation of a number of proof-of-concept demonstrators, events and practical guidelines for the accelerated introduction of cobots in the food industry. The project ends at the end of November. An overview of what has been achieved in two years’ time.

Christophe Michiels

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.