During a half-day masterclass, the pioneer of the QRM philosophy Rajan Suri will make a more in-depth exploration of POLCA, an alternative for Kanban. POLCA has been especially developed for high-mix, low-volume and custom-engineered products, for which Kanban systems are less well suited.

In our sites in Hasselt and Liège, company managers can now, with the assistance of 40 of our specialists, build and test their own ‘production line of the future’ in realistically recreated industrial environments. It took 12 months to build the pilot factory. Our aim is to put all manufacturing companies in Belgium on the road to the fourth industrial revolution. The launch of our pilot factory took place on 7 November.

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 Sirris Patent Cell is publishing a short video with experts for understanding what rights a patent confers.

The rise of additive manufacturing requires digital support for the entire production chain in order to be able to monitor and guarantee product quality. In order to make this possible, Sirris is working on an eID or digital passport for products in its 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory.

Haelvoet is a producer of furniture for care institutions. With a smart and connected bed, this company wants to improve the safety and comfort of patients and improve the care efficiency. Their innovation was recently presented to the general public. How did Haelvoet handle the development?

Imaging is visualisation of an object. At specific spectral band it helps to visualise specific aspects of an object which are otherwise invisible to human eye. Spectroscopy captures information about specific aspects of an object without visualisation. Imaging spectroscopy is a merger of the potentials of both imaging and spectroscopy.

Parts produced by additive manufacturing can be found in an increasing number of sectors where quality criteria are extremely strict, such as the aeronautical field and medicine. For the manufacturers producing these parts, command is essential, not only of their production tool parameters, but also of the quality of the raw materials they comprise. Sirris helps those manufacturers to implement robust quality assurance and control systems.

Polishing is a labour-intensive task that requires the necessary experience and expertise. These properties are becoming increasingly rare on the shop floor. Automation is an option, but small series and complex shapes require a different approach. Within its 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory, Sirris develops a tailor-made solution.

Hyperscale and Microcare are the most important drivers of the digital economy. The focus is on scalable online services that fill in the job-to-be-done of consumers or business users in a customer-focused way. How do decision-makers look at this? We asked Stijn Vanorbeek, successful Belgian entrepreneur, now in the US.