From 22 to 26 June, the EU-Japan Centre is organising a 5-day intensive training mission for European executives familiar with World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and visits to a number of leading Japanese companies in order to improve productivity and lower production costs.

Together with imec and the DTAI research group of KU Leuven, the Sirris EluciDATA Lab will be hosting a special session on 'Fleet-based Prognostics and Health Management of Industrial Assets' at the Fifth European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2020 in Turin on 1-3 July. Are you involved in research related to this topic? Submit your abstract by 31 January!

To provide an answer to the need for more insight in the reliability of electronics and how to create and produce reliable smart products in a world that does not provide the time to gain experience, cEDM is again organising the seminar 'Printed Board Assembly Reliability' on 12 March. Host company is Barco.

When analysing sensor data, you are typically confronted with different challenges relating to data quality. Here, we show you how these challenges can be dealt with and how we derive some initial insight from cleaned data via exploration techniques such as clustering.

More and more companies are starting proactive or predictive maintenance projects and they are looking how to optimise their operations thanks to the enormous amount of data they collect. However, these companies mainly focus on the individual machine level, leaving a huge potential for fleet-based analytics untapped.

The EU-Japan Centre is once again organising a 5-day intensive course that is going to take place on 26 to 30 June for European senior managers with a technical background who are familiar with World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and a visit to a number of leading Japanese companies.

The biannual MTMS Machineering exhibition taking place this year between 22 and 24 March at Brussels Expo will be presenting visitors with what suppliers and their partners have to offer for dealing with the transformations that will be taking place in production, assembly and supplies during the run up to 2020.

That drones can also be useful in companies has been proven by tank storage company Vopak and Think 3D - experts in 3D scanning. These companies used drones in industrial applications such as inspecting gas storage tanks and scanning industrial installations. And these aren't the only sectors where drones have great potential. In the field of renewables, such as onshore and offshore wind energy, the interest in using drones and UAVs is growing too.

From 12 to 16 September, the EU-Japan Centre is organizing once again an intensive five-day course for European executives having knowledge of World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and a visit to several leading Japanese companies.

Additive manufacturing has established itself in a growing number of sectors, and could contribute significant added value to maintenance too – the technology is constantly evolving and new opportunities are opening up every day.