Launched in 2016, the Interreg Smart Tooling project in which Sirris was also involved, was recently finalised. The innovations which were developed to significantly increase the efficiency and safety of maintenance, inspection and industrial cleaning in the process industry were shown and demonstrated at the closing event in November 2020.

More and more SMEs are considering the use of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to assist their employees logistically. However, the use of an AMR in this way has a huge effect on an organisation. Our new demo from the Industry 4.0 'Operator Support' Living Lab shows how to go about it.

Customers want products with an impeccable finish. Many steel or plastic products have irregularities caused during the production process which have to be eliminated by sanding, deburring or both. These operations are carried out manually, which has a lot of disadvantages. Automation is a possible solution, which Sirris (with the support of VLAIO) will now investigate in the COBOFIN project.

The ColRobFood project is aimed at flexible automation to strengthen the competitiveness of food companies. This is done through the development and validation of a number of proof-of-concept demonstrators, events and practical guidelines for the accelerated introduction of cobots in the food industry. The project ends at the end of November. An overview of what has been achieved in two years’ time.

As optimisation of internal production logistics is crucial to become more agile, companies are still struggling with the fact that integrating a task-driven autonomous mobile robot solution is very complex, the loading and unloading is still too slow and it is difficult to combine systems of different brands. An newly developed demonstrator will show a solution for these challenges, that can be reproduced in your own facility.

V&V Engineering specialises in the rapid development of injection moulds and the thermoplastic injection moulding of prototypes and small series, while medium and large series can also be added. In addition, V&V Engineering also carries out maintenance on external moulds. As part of the Factory 4.0 project, the company investigated, together with the Sirris experts, where process optimisations could be achieved.

Specialist in hygiene products Ophardt Belgien investigated whether it would be possible to optimise part of their soap dispenser production, while also simplifying the tasks of the operators. The idea was to do this by introducing a cobot and vision system.

“The current sanding process of our Solid Surface washbasins, shower trays and wall panels can no longer meet increasing customer demand. What is the best way to tackle the automation and optimisation of this process?" Group Nivelles contacted Sirris to find an answer to this question.

A time registration system was recently installed on the smart assembly line in the Sirris lab in Kortrijk. The assembly line is used to demonstrate how technology can support the operator in several assembly actions.

As a company from the border region with France, are you ready for your transformation to Industry 4.0 but don't know where to start? Then the Factory 4.0 project of the European Interreg Programme has just what you need! As one of the project partners, Sirris provides the necessary guidance and infrastructure.