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.