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Expert Classes

Wednesday February 6 2019
Operator 4.0
Rik Vanhevel
Principal Engineer Smart & Digital Factory

Manufacturing companies are nowadays faced with an increasing demand in flexibility and  agility. Production systems have to be able to deal with a higher complexity (large variety, frequent product changes, higher uncertainty...) The human operator forms an important link in this matter.  Redesigning the job content of "Operator 4.0" is a big challenge in the transformation process of complex organisations.   Technology allows to create new working formats and ways of collaboration and to work out a number of new interaction scenarios.  In the presentation, we will examine how new technologies such as VR/AR, mobile/collaborative robots.... allow us to create new interactive working formats.

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How can Industry 4.0 technology improve your products and production?
Gregory Pinte
R&D Manager
Flanders Make

Products such as machines and vehicles are becoming ever smarter and more adaptive due to the impact of digitalization. Exploiting data availability, smart products can now adapt to changes in the product or its environment. This way, a higher degree of autonomous functionality is reached. The trend towards Industry 4.0 will not only highly impact products but also production systems. Because of the request for highly customized products at the cost of series production, factories have to evolve in time. If new types of products are to be manufactured the adaptability of the factory needs to be such that it organizes itself based on the planning systems and the (digital) instructions for manufacturing the products. New technologies (augmented reality, collaborative robots, etc.) are available to assist the operators during the changes and to improve performance on assembly and repair tasks. This presentation will show some success stories of how Industry 4.0 technology is used both to improve products and their production process.

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Non-deterministic uncertainty in the steering of systems
Frederik Debrouwere
Postdoc Researcher
KU Leuven Campus Brugge

This research improves the performance of systems by including realistic statistical description in optimization algorithms. Several performance criteria can be taken into consideration, such as throughput time, variations in quality, cost, etc... The realistic statistical descriptions are based on non-exact stochastic processes of e.g. operator's actions, operations and goods (e.g. delivery times), that can be trained on the basis of data. The result is a multi-objective optimization allowing to steer processes in the most optimal and transparent way.

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Artificial Intelligence: beyond the hype (and heading for your company)
Wouter Gevaert
Researcher Howest AI Academy

Artificial intelligence - science-fiction that has become reality - becomes more en more integrated in everyday life. Companies also become aware of the enormous potential of AI and realize that they have to embrace artificial intelligence in order to remain competitive. During this presentation, we will look further into the current situation and the future developments of AI.

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Driving innovation in manufacturing and beyond : boosting growth of revenues and employment through ecosystem innovation and collaboration”
Dirk Torfs
Flanders Make

The past few years, Flanders Make has worked together with a number of smaller and bigger companies. A recent analysis shows that this has definitely brought grist to their mill.  A macro survey, supported by and completed with several practical examples, will give insights in the way of tailor-made innovation, infrastructure and innovation services help companies to convert their challenges into business opportunities leading to a growth in revenues and employment. Industry4.0, cobots, AI and digitization are no longer empty words for Flanders Make, since we are creating an acceleration in growth thanks to ecosystem innovation. The keys to success are innovation (converting technology solutions into business) and collaboration (together we are stronger).

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The State of the Art of Industrial Robots : applications, capabilities and challenges in 2019 and beyond. Introducing the European support hub TRINITY for applying robots in small and medium sized manufacturing companies.
Jyrki Latokartano
Chairman Finnish Robotics Assocation

Nowadays, robots and cobots are omnipresent in the industrial landscape. They are mostly used by large production plants to perform heavy physical or repetitive work. But the past few years, they have also been applied in small and medium-sized companies for logistic support and production jobs. Modern robots are rapidly evolving. New materials, opportunities and insights as well as an acceptable cost price have made robots more attainable. Within TRINITY, a European expertise network is being developed in order to support small and medium-sized companies in finding and applying the most  suitable robots.  With the help of partners Flanders Make and 3IF.B this can be realized in Flanders.

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Thursday February 7 2019
Structural joining 4.0
Stijn Debruyne
Professor Engineering
KU Leuven Campus Brugge

Modern buildings and machines increasingly use innovative technologies. Materials are  applied in a highly creative and technically sound way.  All this requires joining techniques that are able to meet all structural requirements. In this context, the use of adhesive bonds has increased exponentially. In a context of Industry4.0 - interconnectivity of machines and processes - a gigantic potential is available to make adhesive bonds 'smarter' on different levels.   First of all, adhesive processes can be made more intelligent on an industrial scale. A high degree of automation will be combined in real time with predictive numerical models. Automatically, the link will be made between production parameters and the quality of the adhesive bonds. In bonded structures, it is still a major problem to ensure the integrity of the structure and to predict the lifespan. For wind turbines, vehicles and building structures a possible failure means a huge safety risk. Therefore, scientific research focuses on the development of a Digital Twin: a system monitoring in real-time the 'health' of adhesive bonds in the structure, by making use of a sophisticated sensor network and based on underlying self-learning physical numerical models. 

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The importance of industrial security for Industry 4.0
Tijl Deneut
Lecturer & Researcher

Which are the dangers of Industry 4.0 with regard to the security of your organization or even the workplace? Which are the risks, internal and external, and how can we deal with them?  By means of demonstrations and concrete use cases, we will give a clear picture. 

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Is your production system interested in a “second life” experience?
Prof. Johannes Cottyn
Coördinator Industrial Automation

In this Industry4.0 era, where digital technologies such as VR and AR are omnipresent, the focus will be placed more and more on the creation and  maintenance of virtual twins of physical production resources. In a 'second life' experience, a person can create a virtual life through an avatar, apart from environmental or human limitations. In analogy with the above, a production system can think out-of-the-box and experiment with scenarios that are impossible in reality due to all kinds of physical, functional or safety limitations by using virtual twins.  Afterwards, adjustments can be made to the own organization, on the basis of these newly acquired insights. But how can you create and maintain digital twins within a production environment in the most cost-effective way? And for which applications can these digital twins be used?  

Duracell: from SPEED to SMART factory
Paul Nuyts
Digitization / Industry 4.0 project leader

Duracell tells its own unique story, explaining its overall vision, the milestones already achieved and the future road map. About the collaboration between business and IT and the importance of having a support within the organization.
Duracell prepares for the future by focussing on smart factory. The real-time implementation of ERP, MES, ... systems in the production area has led to a substantial gain in efficiency and speed. The keys to success are the the real-time connection of the existing systems, the captation of machine data (through OPC UA), the creation of a 'digital twin' and machine learning.

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Implementation of functional safety and safety zoning on a didactic production line
Philip Vanloofsvelt
Lecturer Automation & Machine Safety, Researcher EC Automation and Safety

Safety studies during the engineering stage is essential to obtain a synergy, where availability and functional safety of the production processes reenforce each other. To achieve this goal, safety zoning is a very important tool.

Smart manufacturing is characterized i.a. by flexibility and shorter changeover times. When installing a safety application, it is important to choose for an adaptive safety technology, in the course of which a new safety concept can be quickly implemented. Several  items have been applied on a didactic production line. This learning environment creates extra challenges in the field of machine safety.

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Circular economy:a good idea for your company?
Patrick Vanden Bossche
Head Center of Expertise Environment

Circular economy means a lot more than just recycling. Automation, digital technology, new business models... are all concepts within circular economy that can create added value for companies by actively promoting lifetime extension, remanufacturing, retrofitting or repair.  During this seminar we will give a survey of circular economy concepts and the role that industrial automation and digital economy can play in this matter, illustrated by some concrete and inspiring examples. In short: a must-follow for companies searching for added value that can be generated by applying circular economy models within automation processes.

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Friday February 8 2019
Factories of the Future Today. Good practices and key learnings from half a decade of European research in manufacturing transformation across industries.
Chris Decubber
Technical Director at EFFRA - European Factories of the Future Association

From automotive industry in Sweden to mechanical engineering in Italy, from blockchain for a supply chain to the virtualisation of an automation system... In the Factories of the Future projects, a lot of research has been made in the past few years to the new challenges and opportunities in digitization and production. This resulted in a number of scenarios with different good practices. Chris will give a survey of a some results and technologies that have proven to be quite accessible.  

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Cybersecurity of Industrial Control systems and IIoT up to the cloud and back
Dieter Sarrazyn & Ulrich Seldeslachts
Managing Partner SECUDEA & Managing Director

The security of traditional production environments is often done in a traditional way, based on isolation and segmentation according to the ISA99/IEC62443. Adding IoT sensors and actuators that often try to come into contact with digital platforms leads to new challenges. We will give you some examples and good practices of security approaches.  

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Productivity Increase of Machining Processes through Digital Manufacturing
Prof. Dr. Ir. Bert Lauwers
Dean of the Faculty Engineering KU Leuven

The complexity of today’s manufacturing processes is ever increasing. More complicated parts, often fabricated in advanced materials, have to be manufactured first time right. In order to reach these objectives, digital manufacturing tools and computer models of machining processes, known as digital twins, can give a better understanding of these processes allowing optimization and consequently a productivity increase

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Together, we will increase the inflow in technical education!
Ann Bulcaen
Coördinator RTC (West)
RTC (West) Flanders

Both schools and industry play an important part in the perception of technical education. We cannot deny that the image of technical education needs a serious upgrade. Therefore, the RTC (Regionale Technologische Centra) take the lead by connecting in an innovating way all actors concerned. We are developing concrete projects to change the existing image of technical education in the minds of young people and their parents into a positive story.
A story with perspectives, job security and job pride.
In this Expert Class,we will present a number of cases that might inspire industry to give a positive perception of technical jobs. We hope to make a real interactive meeting of it.

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