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Contact Data

Coordinator (Regional government)

Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). The Flemish Ministry of Innovation

Coordinator website

https://www.vlaio.be/nl

Year Established

2014

Location

Oude Diestersebaan 133, 3920, Lommel (Belgium)

Website

https://www.flandersmake.be

Social Media

Contact information

Ger van den Kerkhof
ger.vandenkerkhof@flandersmake.be
+32-(0)11-790 56

Description

Description

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. We have establishments in Lommel and Leuven and work together in a structural way with research departments of the 5 Flemish universities. Our purpose: realising a top-level research network in Flanders that delivers full support to the innovation projects of manufacturing companies. This way, we want to contribute to new products and processes that help to realise the vehicles, machines and factories of the future.

Flanders Make is het strategisch onderzoekscentrum voor de maakindustrie. We hebben vestigingen in Lommel en Leuven en werken structureel samen met onderzoeksdepartementen van de 5 Vlaamse universiteiten. Ons doel: een onderzoeksnetwerk op topniveau realiseren in Vlaanderen, waar maakbedrijven volop steun vinden voor hun innovatietrajecten. Zo dragen we bij tot nieuwe producten en processen om de voertuigen, machines en fabrieken van de toekomst te realiseren

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Through the set-up, management and execution of research projects Flanders Make builds up knowledge with regard to the key topics: smart mobility, smart machines and smart processes. Digital technologies are key for these application areas.

Flanders Make is a key element of the Flemish Transition movement towards Industry 4.0. The Flemish Government has appointed a Transition Manager which unites the different actors in the Flemish landscape to manage the digital transition in the industry. Flanders Make is one of the actors in this movement and is active partner in four different living labs in this area.

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Belgian national initiatives for digitising industry, MADE DIFFERENT – Factories of the future and the Flemish initiative on Industrie 4.0.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Commercial infrastructure

Service Examples

Events and networking

Flanders Make has organized, together with Leuven Mindgate and VSC a thematic seminar on high performance computing and cloud computing in the manufacturing industry (March 2018).

Program items were:

  • HPC and cloud computing in manufacturing
  • HPC for conceptual design and simulation driven machine learning
  • Why HPC and artificial intelligence engineering go hand in hand
  • HPC for process simulation

More details: https://www.flandersmake.be/nl/over-ons/evenementen/high-performance-computing-voor-de-maakindustrie

Technology development service

A large company making industrial compressor systems would like to evaluate whether virtual reality can contribute to organize their assembly systems. More concretely, following aspects are relevant:

  • Training of operators for the assembly of compressors using virtual reality: it can help to get acquainted with the assembly procedure and perform the actual assembly more effectively and with higher quality. Also it may allow to detect pitfalls (i.e. difficult or error prone assembly operations) and define countermeasures, e.g. additional instructions.

  • Evaluation of assemblability at early stages of design. Design engineers have typically only to a limited extend insight in how difficult certain of feasible assembly operations are, e.g. bending ofcables, mounting of piping, etc. Evaluation in VR allows to detect such issues before the actual parts are manufactured and reduces costs for rework of parts.

The objective of the assignment for Flanders Make is to develop a VR-based training for the assembly of a compressor, in which the operator gets work instructions about how to perform the different tasks.


Training and education

Flanders Make acts as accelerator in (digital) innovation in the manufacturing industry. Within this role Flanders Make set-up a project with 6 Flemish Fab Labs.

Between 2015 and 2017 Flanders Make invested € 180k in workshops at schools for 10 to 14 year students. The purpose was to make the students more aware of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). This is the age that students make important choices about their future education. By working together with the Fab Labs and schools we also reach target groups which traditionally think less about scientific carreers, such as girls and disadvantaged.

More details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byqLNi0A9hM

Collaborative research and innovation

In the collaborative research project FAMAR, Flanders Make cooperates with 2 University Labs to support 6 SMEs and 2 LCs with the implementation of augmented reality work instructions which relate to the specific context of the manufacturing process.

Flanders Make is building the methodology to allow effective creation of such work instructions for assembly and maintenance.

On the one hand the manufacturing industry, product variety and complexity are increasing to cater to the market trend of mass product customization. However, as product series become smaller, work complexity increases for assembly operators and service technicians, as they need to handle many more product configurations. This results in reduced efficiency, quality issues and the need for frequent retraining.

On the other hand, recent years have seen strong progress on both hardware and software for "Augmented Reality" (AR): the ability to enhance what someone actually sees with digital information. Headsets and software platforms are maturing, as well as underlying building blocks like object recognition.


Testing and prototype services

Flanders Make has established a "Make Lab". This is a mobile, fully connected research and testing infrastructure (living lab). This infrastructure is used to co-create innovative digital solutions together with companies (focus on SMEs). Flanders Make performs feasibility studies, validates own research results, developes digital operating instructions for and with companies and we perform experimental training in VR/AR technologies.

Together with a pharmaceutical company we are currently exploring the use of digital working instruction on the shop floor in one of their manufacturing plants.

More details: http://makelab.flandersmake.be/

Collaborative research and innovation

Currently the market is facing increasing demands for customized high-tech quality products with short delivery times. This puts extra pressure on the human operators that need to cope  with a highly flexible and complex, automated production process. New information and instruction systems will support the operators and allow a first-time right assembly process and reducing the load on the operators. Through the ICON project "OperatorInfo" the necessary tools, guidelines and methodologies are developped to implement new information interfaces to improve the information flow towards the operators during the assembly process. The project will focus on how, when and which information is presented to and requested from the operator to make bi-directional information sharing possible in the context of long-cycle work and increasing product variations. The information provided to the operator will be dependent on the context (e.g. momentary situation, personal preferences, experience and skills, needs, etc.)
The recently submitted ICON follow-up project "OperatorKnowledge" targets an adaptation methodology and support system to create and maintain an evolvable set of digital assembly instructions based on real time operator feedback. The most relevant and complete information can be recorded by the operator himself on the job , by explicitly documenting his assembly process knowledge and allowing intelligent algorithms to implicitly identify and classify his tacit knowledge.

A second case relates to autonomous (electric) driving. In the ICON projects EMDAS, SITCONTROL and LOCATOR Flanders Make researches the different technologies which support clean and smart mobility in 4 different application areas:
1. Smart farming (tractor)
2. Smart public transport (bus)
3. Smart vehicle (Landrover Evoque)
4. Smart logistics (AGV)

More details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=919KATdIIGk&t=75s

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

Regional

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships

Partners

Induct

Partner Type

SME


dotOcean

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.dotocean.eu/


Case New Holland

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.cnhindustrial.com/en-us/Pages/homepage.aspx


Atlas Copco

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.atlascopco.com/


Van Hool

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.vanhool.be/en/


University of Ghent (UG)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ugent.be/en


DSP Valley

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

http://www.dspvalley.com/


LRM

Partner Type

Private investor, institute

Website

https://www.lrm.be/en


Van Hoecke Automation

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.vha.be/EN/index.php


Free Univeristy of Brussels (VUB)

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.vub.ac.be/en/


Thomas More Highschool

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.thomasmore.be/en/welcome


Leuven Air Bearings

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.labmotionsystems.com/


Voka

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce

Website

https://www.voka.be/


Siemens AG

Partner Type

Large enterprise


Flanders Bike Valley

Partner Type

Incubator/accelerator

Website

http://www.flandersbikevalley.be/


Picanol

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.picanolgroup.com/en/home


Science and Innovation of the Flemish Ministry of Innovation

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.ewi-vlaanderen.be/en


UCLL

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ucll.be/international


Punch Powertrain

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.punchpowertrain.com/en


Bombardier

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.bombardier.com/en/home.html


University of Antwerp (UA)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/


VandeWiele

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.vandewiele.com/en


University of Hasselt (UH)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.uhasselt.be/en


LVD

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.lvdgroup.com/en


IMA

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://machinebouw.be/?lang=en


Bekaert

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.bekaert.com/


Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.kuleuven.be/english/


Agoria - Technology industry

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.agoria.be

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
Last updated: 05/09/18 10:55