Transformation 7: Smart Production Systems

Transformation 7: Smart Production Systems

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Our manufacturing companies have to be able to respond to rapidly changing market demand, with a production whith single batches as an ultimate approach. For this purpose it is necessary to “retune” their production systems to more flexible, self-learning and adaptive systems. This requires both organisational and technical breakthroughs. Cyber Physical Systems are the building blocks, providing the connection between the various production components and making a production system smart.

 

Colruyt : Automation focused on staff
Just like many other companies, the Colruyt Group has invested time and money in the automation and digitisation of their production facilities. The major difference between the Colruyt Group and other companies is that their staff are the central element of each and every innovation. Their staff were actively involved in the refurbishment of the […]
More bottom-up management at duracell batteries in aarschot
    In parallel with its digital transition, Duracell has chosen to enhance the value of its employees’ wealth of experience by giving them more responsibility. With concepts such as start-up teams and ownership of equipment, among others, the company was hoping to receive a Factory of the Future Award. And she did it. Start-up […]
How Elnor Motors serves the world from the Leuven region
Based in Wespelaar, close to Haacht, Elnor Motors has made electric motors for machinery manufacturers worldwide for over a century. This manufacturer, based in Flemish Brabant, has no catalogue: it produces small series geared to its clients’ specific needs. ‘This region is a logistics hub’, explains the Managing Director, Tom Paesmans. Petrol pumps, coffee grinders, […]
As part of the Make it in Belgium campaign, Agoria and the magazine Engineeringnet organised a round table bringing together four ‘hidden gems’ of automation to discuss innovation and prospects in the construction of machines and production systems: Citius (Grégory Reichling), Contec (Wim Tindemans), De Roeve Industries (Koen De Roeve) and Van Hoecke Automation (Karel […]
Packo Pumps: ‘For piecework, efficiency must be continuously improved.’
Packo Pumps has already developed and produced over 300,000 centrifugal pumps. These pumps are exported to the four corners of the earth and are used in a wide range of sectors: from the food industry to water purification plants to the pharmaceutical industry. This manufacturing company with offices in Zedelgem and Dixmunde (West Flanders), proudly […]
Bérengère Ménart (Ménart): “What’s ‘Made in Belgium’ is not recognised enough in our country”
Ménart (Dour), a company specialised in the manufacture of organic waste processing and composting machines, achieves 85% of its turnover abroad. With its machines and systems – entirely produced in Belgium – it helps many companies, municipalities and regions harness added value from their agricultural waste or effluent. Together, constant innovation, open-mindedness, a customer-oriented attitude […]
Why everyone is a winner in industry 4.0
Smart factories for smart people Technology companies worldwide are currently experiencing a fourth industrial revolution: the combination of digitization and automation has led to the creation of so-called smart factories. “This digital transformation is definitely a positive development,” says Paul Peeters, lead innovation expert at Agoria. “Customers, employees and the environment take centre stage in […]
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