In 2019, few could have predicted how 2020 would turn out. Sirris had already been preparing itself and the industry for a digitised future, to ensure businesses are more resilient, agile and stronger. Find out more in our annual report.

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on digital services which are scalable while also filling in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. Marion Debruyne, dean of Vlerick Business School, presents her vision.

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a great many changes. And even when society gradually starts up again and we are allowed back out into the world, there will still be challenges to face. How are manufacturing companies coping with the situation? What about the period after ‘lockdown light’? And what does all this mean in the context of Industry 4.0? We asked our experts at Sirris what they made of it all.

The digital economy is driven by hyperscale and microcare. It is absolutely essential that we offer scalable online services which take over tasks from consumers and/or business users, while also being user-friendly. We talked about this with Jan Van Steirteghem of BESIX.

More and more smart connected products pop up around us and more technology is available on the market to make smart internet-of-things (IoT) solutions. Many companies that build physical products wonder whether and when to take which steps. They are faced with numerous challenges such as creating added value and devising an attractive value proposal.

In Industry 4.0, design and manufacturing are closely linked. This is the starting point for the merger of the Prototyping Xpo and MNE trade fairs into a single fair for the entire value chain, from innovative design in small volumes to the production and marketing of series. Prototyping-MNE, in which Sirris also participates, will take place on 5 and 6 February in Kortrijk.

The digital economy is driven by hyperscale and microcare. It is absolutely essential that we offer scalable online services which take over tasks from consumers and/or business users, while also being user-friendly. We wanted to know the opinion of decision-makers about this and spoke with Nadja Desmet, founder of Socialemediaburo.be and Someflex and elected 'West-Flemish promising SME of the year'.

Humans use words, diagrams, images, context, sounds, facial expressions or body language to be understood. Machines use data and information models as well as algorithms to manipulate information, and human concepts need to be translated for machine use. A recent white paper offers an assessment of current and future challenges involving semantic interoperability in industrial domains and related industry-based standards.

The rise of additive manufacturing requires digital support for the entire production chain in order to be able to monitor and guarantee product quality. In order to make this possible, Sirris is working on an eID or digital passport for products in its 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory.

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on scalable online services that fill in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. How do decision-makers look at this? We asked Stijn Vanorbeek, successful Belgian entrepreneur, now in the US.