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Wednesday 29 March 2023
11:30 - 12:00
Robust acoustic condition monitoring for machines and vehicles
Jeroen Zegers
Senior Research Engineeer | Flanders Make

When moving from preventive to predictive maintenance strategies, many companies adopted vibration condition monitoring technologies. A disadvantage of this technology is that it requires contact accelerometers. Acoustic monitoring solutions do not have this disadvantage, making them easier to deploy. Furthermore, a microphone has the intrinsic capability to monitor multiple components at once, leading to a hardware cost which scales better with machine or production complexity.

However, a microphone can be influenced by background noise often present in an industrial environment which potentially leads to false positive detections. Robustness of the utilized acoustic monitoring solution is therefore very important.

In this talk multiple solutions will be presented which increase the robustness of the acoustic monitoring solution and enable the broader industrial applicability. It will be applied to the use case of ball bearing monitoring, which is crucial to ensure the operation of many machines and vehicles. A comparison with current state-of-practice condition monitoring approaches will be made.

13:30 - 14:00
Sanding and deburring using cobots
Jan Kempeneers
Principal engineer Smart & Digital Factory | Sirris
Today, cobots are used for a wide range of tasks. Quite often this is not because of their 'collaborative' properties (power/force limitation mode), but rather because of how easy they are to program and use, partly resulting from their built-in force sensitivity. Sanding and deburring workpieces is an interesting example of this principle, especially for small series production where high flexibility and adjustability are required. During this expert class, we will delve deeper into current and future possibilities.
14:30 - 15:00
Closing the Loop in Manufacturing
Kevin Sel
Research Coordinator | Thomas More Research
Today, many machining companies still adopt a reactive manufacturing approach, measuring the parts they manufacture only after they come off the machine. The problem is that when those parts are defective, it is almost impossible to fix them. During this presentation, we would like to show you the possibilities that already exist today for taking preventive action. Like measuring during the machining process on the machine, and using an automatic feedback loop from the quality control department to the manufacturing floor. This approach helps reduce the number of defective parts and automate another part of the production process.
Thursday 30 March 2023
13:30 - 14:00
3D printing of simple parts can be done quickly and cost-effectively
Gert Muijs
General Manager | Robland
There are quite a few preconceptions about 3D printing out there at the moment: some say it is slow, others believe it is mainly suitable for very expensive parts... However, we have found that there is also an opportunity to start 3D printing real product parts on a medium scale. This process took several years, with a lot of trial and error, but it helped us learn a lot of things. We will give you an insight into this process and some key lessons learned.
14:30 - 15:00
Micromanufacturing: think small for big impact
Denis Vandormael
Senior Project Manager | Sirris
Miniaturization in product development enables significant gains in terms of robustness, reliability, ease of use and possibly a reduced environmental footprint. It also allows complex functions to be added to "macro" products or processes in a minimally invasive way. Sirris takes you into the world of micromanufacturing, where functional details are in the millimeter down to micrometer range. An overview of various enabling techniques will be illustrated with inspiring examples of applications.
15:00 - 15:30
How robotisation can help your company to become more efficient and agile
Alain Wayenberg
Business Group Leader Manufacturing industry | Agoria
These days, companies are constantly concerned with increasing their efficiency, reducing costs and enhancing quality. Industrial automation is the solution to all of these problems. Robots play an important part in this context and will do so even more in the future, even in SMEs. Agoria and PwC conducted a study among more than 120 Belgian manufacturing companies on the use of robots in their manufacturing processes. During this expert class, we will elaborate on the potential of robotisation and tell you more about the key steps to take when integrating a robotisation project. We will also share some interesting business cases that will inspire you to take the plunge yourself.
15:30 - 16:00
Energy and resource efficient manufacturing
Karel Kellens
Prof.Dr.Ing. | Flanders Make
The recent energy crisis and resource shortages have more than ever highlighted the importance of energy and resource efficient manufacturing. Besides the direct economic benefit, lower energy and resource consumption also helps reduce your environmental footprint. Using some examples, this expert class will introduce a proactive approach to documenting, analysing and improving the energy and resource consumption of discrete manufacturing processes.
16:30 - 17:30
Everything you wanted to know about investing in robotization & digitization in manufacturing… but didn’t dare to ask
PANEL | Paul Ribus (Fanuc Benelux) | Nick Vanden Broecke (Siemens) | Jurgen Chanterie (Adopt ID) | Helmut De Roovere (RoboJob)
Moderation: Karl D'haveloose

Robotisation, automation and digitalisation in metal machining and assembly. In an environment where staff, supplies, energy and resources are not only prohibitively expensive but also scarce, the need to act fast is paramount. Department heads and managers must make up their minds but unfortunately lack the necessary insights to make the right long-term decisions and avoid pitfalls as well as time-consuming and challenging integrations and training. Two global OEMs in automation and robotisation, together with 2 Benelux integrators, which are very familiar with the shop floor, will share some insights on technological choices, decision-making models and feasible roll-out projects. This will definitely be a must-attend for every entrepreneur who has yet to take the plunge and those who want to optimise their existing investments. In the run-up to the festive late-night event on Thursday, this debate followed by a Q&A session will be a perfect appetiser.
Friday 31 March 2023
11:30 - 12:00
Easy robot programming for assembly and spray coating applications
Jan Wellemans
Associate Application Engineer | Flanders Make
Many manufacturing companies find it difficult to be flexible in their production process. Incorporating new technologies, automating certain tasks or changing situations require adjustments, but making them fit into the rest of the process is not always an easy task. For example, changing the geometry of a grasped object requires new settings for correctly perceiving and grasping it. During this session, we will look at robot skills and tools with a view to combining them into your processes. We will thus show how it is possible to come up with a system that can be configured easily when faced with a variable input and operating environment.
14:00 - 14:30
Industrial applications of 3D printed metal parts
Willem Van Cauwenberge
Head of engineering | Metal Technics 3D
Metal Additive manufacturing using SLM is often associated with prototyping or applications in high-tech environments. However, with smart design choices it’s use is not limited to those industries. With the right design strategies, AM of metal parts offers solutions for a wide range of applications and can be competitive with other manufacturing methods. We will go over the main design guidelines that are useful when designing parts and we will illustrate these rules in practice using some real-life examples of industrial applications.
14:30 - 15:00
Stay sharp - Track the sharpness of cutting tools in real-time and explore after production which elements influence product quality
Rob Salaets & Roel Van Thillo
Research Engineer | Business Developer | Flanders Make
Cutting tool wear needs to be monitored closely to ensure good quality of machined parts. However, manual inspection is both expensive and time consuming, therefore there is a need for automated monitoring methods. Flanders Make has developed a methodology to reconstruct cutting tool surfaces in 3D for a large variety of cutting tools in the market, allowing a spatial estimation of the tool wear with high accuracy. The reconstruction allows an automated direct monitoring method that estimates at any time the cutting tool condition, avoiding conversion work and major quality issues. Once production is completed, a data scientist can then easily explore how the quality of a product is influenced by different elements in production using the knowledge graph


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