- Additive Manufacturing Technologies (3D-printing)
AM technologies refer to a group of technologies that build physical objects from Computer Aided Design (CAD) data. The AM-technologies parts are created by the consecutive addition of liquids, sheet or powdered materials in layers. Additive manufacturing, is one pillar of the industry 4.0 by increasing process automation, flexibility of the production, improving the ... Read more
- Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) provides access to a virtual 3D world, while Augmented Reality (AR) adds elements to the physical world around you.
AR glasses consist of transparent glass. The glasses allow you to view the updated weather report without blocking your field of vision of the physical world. Or the current temperature of your current speed ... Read more
- Autonomous robots
Some modern factory robots are “autonomous” within the strict confines of their direct environment. It may not be that every degree of freedom exists in their surrounding environment, but the factory robot’s workplace is challenging and can often contain chaotic, unpredicted variables. The exact orientation and position of the next object of work and (in ... Read more
- Big data
The Internet of Things generates large quantities of data every millisecond. Industrial companies have faced the following challenge for a number of years: What do we do with the overflowing data reservoir and how do we prioritise the most essential elements of said data?
Blockchain can be summarized as “connected computers reach agreement over shared data”. In essence, blockchain is just a database or ledger. Howeber, blockchain uses public key cryptography and certain other technologies to maintain the integrity of the ledger on a decentralized “peer-to-peer” computer network. Blockchains can be used in novel and powerful ways because they ... Read more
The cloud is a place on the other side of your Internet connection where you can open your apps and services and where you can store your data in a secure manner.
Three reasons why the cloud is important:
It does not cost effort to manage or maintain it.
The available space is unlimited, there is no need ... Read more
- Cyber Physical Systems
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are objects with built-in software and processing power, such as the satellite navigation system in your car or the smart watch that not only displays the time bus also analyses your activities.
Industry 4.0 is often referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things. ‘Things’ within a production system are more complex and ... Read more
- Cyber security
Cyber security refers to the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.
Cyber security mainly protects access through the Internet. Cyber security refers to all measures taken to protect programs, computers and networks against digital crimes.
Digital attacks and news items on leaks in ... Read more
- Digital Twin
Digital twin refers to a digital replica of physical assets, processes and systems that can be used for various purposes. The digital representation provides both the elements and the dynamics of how a machine, an Internet of Things device, … operates and lives throughout its life cycle.
Digital twins integrate artificial intelligence, machine learning and software ... Read more
Drones are much more than high-tech gadgets. Drone assistants and service providers are increasingly playing a major role. Applications are added on a daily basis, especially in the manufacturing industry, where the development of drones can be viewed from two different perspectives. On one hand, drones are used in production and are integrated into the ... Read more
- How the internet of things is embracing industry, making products and production smarter
The ‘Internet of Things’ sounds like the title of an intriguing film. That was the case until a few years ago when all systems were connected to each other via the internet and a whole new world of applications burgeoned.
Data were suddenly available to be consulted everywhere you looked. But the applications were not yet ... Read more
- Industrial Communication
The main objective of industrial communication is to connect all of a company’s business segments within a single networked system that encompasses the entire value chain from management to production. As a result, it enables the vertical and horizontal integration of production. Using efficient end-to-end data networks increases the availability, flexibility and efficiency of machines ... Read more
- Industry 4.0 in the time of Covid-19… and what’s next?
What will be the impact of the covid-19 crisis in the context of Industry 4.0? The manufacturing industry will certainly not emerge unchanged from a crisis as severe and global as the one we have just gone through. Will the Factory of the Future transformation be slowed down or, on the contrary, will it be ... Read more
- Internet of Things
People use the Internet all over the world to find information, to communicate with others and to do business.
- Machine Learning
Manufacturing companies and Machine Learning: a ‘match made in heaven’. Nevertheless, too few manufacturing companies today capitalize on the gigantic advantage that Machine Learning holds in store for them.
What exactly is Machine Learning? It is the juncture of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Process Engineering. Data Science is an interdisciplinary field for mining, processing and ... Read more
Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics, behaviors and functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation ... Read more
- Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-simulated environment which the user experiences as real. The sight and hearing senses are stimulated in such a manner that the user believes he or she is actually part of the environment.
The VR glasses only show the user the virtual 3D world. A good virtual reality game or experience tries ... Read more