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3IF - Industrial Internet In Flanders

Hub Information

Hub Name
3IF - Industrial Internet In Flanders
Local Name - Industrial Internet in Flanders
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope

Description is the Belgian Industrial Internet, Industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 knowledge and expert centre. provides knowledge and experience sharing, use cases and advisory services for digital transformation for Manufacturing companies, mainly in Flanders. 3IF is aligned with and supports the smart specialisation strategies according to the S3 priorities in Flanders ( of specialised manufacturing solutions, innovative work organization and smart systems. supports the development of technology companies active in Industrial IoT, Analytics, Cloud services and supporting service is the Industrie 4.0 innovation hub in Belgium and Flanders, connecting to SmartIndustry Netherlands, Industrie 4.0 in Germany, Industrial Internet Consortium and AIOTI. operates multiple fieldlabs on Condition Based and Predictive Maintenance and Industrial Data Space. is a non-profit initiative, part of the non profit organization, with a physical presence in Belgium - Leuven - Heverlee and Brussels. Details of our activities can be found at has supported digital transformation of many organizations, including : 
Reynaers Aluminium (, Citrique Belge (, Tenneco Belgium (

Contact Data

Coordinator (Industry association)
LSEC - Leaders In Security
Year Established
Weldadigheidsstraat 14, 3000, Leuven (Belgium)
Social Media
Contact information
Seldeslachts Ulrich
Contact information
Ulrich Seldeslachts
Contact information
Ulrich Seldeslachts


Organizational form
Number of employees


  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services is the leading activity in Flanders supporting digital transformation for manufacturing companies into Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet and Industrial IoT. is actively participating in the Flanders Industry 4.0 activities, that strives to become a leader in new technologies and concepts in industry 4.0 such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robotics, cybersecurity and other innovations (RIS3/S3 strategies in the region). In so doing, it can strengthen its competitiveness and maintain prosperity in a rapidly changing world. ( and are part of regional (Flanders) Industrie 4.0 initiative ( and the European Commission Connected Factories activities ( has participated in and is developing a series of H2020 actions such as  Dynamic Countering of Cyber-Attacks (ICT-01-2018),  Cybersecurity competence centers (ICT-03-2018), Cybersecurity for Robotics, Computing Technologies and Engineering methods for cyber-physical systems of systems (ICT-01-2019) and Security and Resilience for collaborative manufacturing environments (ICT-08-2019). is supporting local SME's and innovative companies applying for innovation funding (, which is financing advisory and support up to 50.000 € per project per year. is interested in playing a role with manufacturing companies in upcoming H2020-ICT on digital manufacturing and adding specific cybersecurity expertise and capabilities; 

Market and Services


  • Education
  • Community, social and personal service activities
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Financial services

TRL Focus

  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring

Service Examples

Industrie 4.0 training & education

a) Client profile 

Large international consortium with production facilities in Flanders, over 1000 FTE's in production. Product design, development and aftersale of badge printers supported through Flemish production facility. 

b) Client needs

Getting a broad understanding of the possibilities of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation, that can be applied in different departments, and to understand how to implement. 

c) Solution offered a 6 days training session, split into 3 parts, resulting in Industrie 4.0 driver license certification. A broad coverage of digitalisation technologies, impact on organisation, business and customers. 


Digital Transformation Guidance

a) Client Profile : building materials producers and technology provider, a leading European specialist in the development and marketing of innovative and sustainable solutions for windows, doors, curtain walls, sliding systems, sun screening and conservatories. 

b) Client Needs : developing a sustainable international future together with aluminium fabricators, architects and customers, supported with technologies and respecting our workforce

c) Solution : education program industrie 4.0, platform for condition based maintenance for partners, supporting fabricators innovation activities, continuous advisory and sounding board, thought leadership


Condition Based Maintenance Support

a) Client Profile : a cost competitive, high quality and service oriented company focusing on customer needs and strongly considering ecological and environmental aspects in all its decisions. Safety and employee engagement and commitment are our basic pillars. Process Industry producing citric acid and/or associated co-products to their customers in line with their order schemes and planning.

b) Client needs : support in digital transformation towards industrie 4.0 as a company-wide program, product and services innovation. Support in optimizing cost structure by optimizing maintenance. 

c) Solution : ongoing developments of strategic and technical advisory for maintenance challenges, strategic business advisory on new market and technology developments for the sector. Installation of field lab in condition based maintenance using IoT and analytics tools on site. 


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


H2020 Projects

    Digital Technologies, Advanced Robotics and increased Cyber-security for Agile Production in Future European Manufacturing Ecosystems

    Digital Technologies, Advanced Robotics and increased Cyber-security for Agile Production in Future European Manufacturing Ecosystems

    The main objective of TRINITY is to create a network of multidisciplinary and synergistic local digital innovation hubs (DIHs) composed of research centers, companies, and university groups that cover a wide range of topics that can contribute to agile production: advanced robotics as the driving force and digital tools, data privacy and cyber security technologies to support the introduction of advanced robotic systems in the production processes. The result will be a one-stop shop for methods and tools to achieve highly intelligent, agile and reconfigurable production, which will ensure Europe’s welfare in the future.  The network will start its operation by developing demonstrators in the areas of robotics we identified as the most promising to advance agile production, e.g. collaborative robotics including sensory systems to ensure safety, effective user interfaces based on augmented reality and speech, reconfigurable robot workcells and peripheral equipment (fixtures, jigs, grippers, …), programming by demonstration, IoT, secure wireless networks, etc. These demonstrators will serve as reference implementation for two rounds of open calls for application experiments, where companies with agile production needs and sound business plans will be supported by TRINITY DIHs to advance their manufacturing processes. Besides technology-centered services, primarily laboratories with advanced robot technologies and know-how to develop innovative application experiments, TRINITY network of DIHS will also offer training and consulting services, including support for business planning and access to financing. Services of participating DIHs and dissemination of information to wider public will be provided through a digital access point that will be developed in the project. Another important activity of the project will be the preparation of a business plan to sustain the network after the end of the project funding.

  • DIH-World
    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

    DIH-World aims to accelerate the uptake of advanced digital technologies by European manufacturing SMEs in all sectors and support them in building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets strengthening the capacities of regional DIHs, particularly in underrepresented regions across Europe. As intermediaries of successful local SME digital transformation, DIH World, aims at providing DIHs, access to harmonised tools, well proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, and avoid a DIH divide due to lack of access to technologies, skills, networks, investment and infrastructures with special emphasis in underrepresented regions; so they can capitalise and leverage on the European DIHs Networks their resources and facilities for the benefit of their local SMEs. This will be achieved thanks to the: DIH-World platform, that will provide a full coverage of the services needed by the DIHs and the SMEs willing to identify the right DIH for them, the DIH-Academy that will provide the tools to train DIHs and bring them to the next level, Open calls for experiments, that will provide sufficient technological support to SMEs and midcaps. As well as with a broad geographical coverage, with more than 26 countries to be covered in Europe including specific activities to involve regional and national actors in the DIH network.

  • PhotonHub Europe
    One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

    One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

    PhotonHub Europe will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub which integrates the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 partners from all over Europe, including the coordinators of EU pilot lines and local photonics hubs representing 18 regions, as a one-stop-shop solution offering a comprehensive range of supports to industry for the accelerated uptake and deployment of photonics. PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering to the following key support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres throughout Europe and enhanced by digital tools for online learning; “test before invest” innovation support capabilities to engage with companies on highly collaborative Innovation Projects aimed at TRL acceleration from prototyping (TRL3-4) to upscaling (TRL5-6) to manufacturing (TRL7-8), and complemented by targeted business and IP advisory supports; and support to find investment through investment-readiness coaching and investor match-making organised in collaboration with major regional and European venture fora and deep tech Investor Days. PhotonHub will uniquely support cross-border innovation activities of European companies, while simultaneously working closely with the local photonics hubs to develop and roll out best practices of the “lighthouse” regions for ongoing regional financial support of SME innovation activities and to support the creation of new innovation hubs covering most regions of Europe. Finally, PhotonHub will fine-tune and implement its business plan for long-term sustainability in the form of the PhotonHub Europe Association as a durable entity which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of local, regional and EU-DIHs for maximum leverage and impact on European competitiveness and sovereignty.

Last updated: 08/08/18 04:38