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 easier machine tools exchange and share information, the more efficient they are. Umati ('universal machine tool interface') is moving one step closer towards becoming a generally accepted standard. It is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world. It serves to exploit new potentials for manufacturing of the future. The umati Joint Working Group has scheduled a series of meetings and web conferences.

Prototyping has become a quite well-known professional event among the people working in product development, prototyping and small-scale production. Another quite extensive programme will be presented on 8 and 9 November by the organiser Kortrijk Xpo, in cooperation with Howest - Industrial Design Center. Sirris will also participate with two presentations.

Stillemans has a long history in producing and marketing thermoplastic profiles for the furniture industry, among many others. The company is now using its expertise for new innovative products and applications. Several areas of application are being investigated in the building trade, for example integration of led lighting.