The Factory 4.0 Interreg project is coming to an end. The balance is drawn up in the latest newsletter and the results are shown, by means of demonstrators and testimonials from companies.

Within the Interreg project Factory 4.0, the partners from Northern France, Wallonia and West-Flanders supported companies in accelerating their transformation into a factory of the future. In this way, the project aims to contribute to the economic mutation of the border area, even after its termination.

The modern world is increasingly interconnected. Departments and enterprises must be able to share the latest and most accurate information about the production system and its operation. The international standard IEC 62832, Digital Factory Framework, which is currently being updated, provides a common reference for the digitisation of data related to production systems.

In these times of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we may think that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or an IIoT backbone has become an absolute requirement to digitally connect the office (the ERP) with the shop floor. In this first of two articles we look at whether this is always the case.

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.

Manufacturing companies believe that optimising internal logistics operations is an important lever for maintaining competitiveness. In a series of blogs, we take a closer look at the different challenges and potential solutions, AGVs in particular. In order to provide a framework for driverless automated industrial trucks, the brand new ISO 3691-4:2020 standard details the necessary requirements to guarantee operator safety.

​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.

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.

The Interreg-project Factory 4.0 newsletters will keep you informed about the progress, events and testimonials within the project. An overview of the news collected in April.

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.