Flanders Make Symposium 2018

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The future of the manufacturing industry

27 November – Kinepolis Antwerp

On Tuesday 27 November, we will organise our annual Symposium at Kinepolis Antwerp. During this inspiring day, we will discuss the trends that define the future of the manufacturing industry. We will illustrate our research results and show concrete cases of companies with whom we collaborate.

Exciting speakers, such as Jan Smits (ASML), Rik De Doncker (RWTH Aachen) and Jan Beyen (Connect Human Capital), will discuss topics such as smart machines through a smart supply chain strategy, modular drive train concepts for fast charging and solving the war for talent.

Keynote speaker Paul Smith (ADIDAS) will introduce you to the Adidas speed factory and will share his view on flexible production for the future. Anneleen Van Bossuyt, member of the European Parliament, will conclude the day. 

Our annual symposium is also a great networking platform. You will meet, among others, CEOs, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs. During these networking moments, you can also join several demonstrations illustrating the results of our partnerships with companies and other research institutions.

During the event, we will make videos and pictures for communication purposes.

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The 2018 Symposium was a huge success!

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09.00   Welcome 

09.30   Opening presentation
Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Flanders Make

10.00   Keynote speeches

Smart sourcing strategies for smart innovation in the semicon industry
Jan Smits, Executive Vice President Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, ASML (The Netherlands)

How to turn asset data into actionable intelligence?
Philippe Mol, Technical Manager, Performance for Assets (P4A)

Modular drive train concepts for electric vehicles - fast charging ready!
Rik De Doncker, Director E.ON Energy Research Center, ISEA and Forschungscampus FEN, RWTH Aachen (Germany)

11.15   Visit demonstrations & coffee

12.00   Evolving towards smart & highly adaptive products & production with Flanders Make

Opportunities & advantages of multi-context adaptivity in products and production for your company
Marc Engels, COO, Flanders Make       

Introduction into the 4 demonstration areas

  • Decision & Control  
    Andrei Bartic, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make
  • Design & Optimisation
    Paola Campestrini, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make
  • Flexible Assembly
    Sonia Vanderlinden, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make 
  • Motion Products
    Lieven De Meyer, CTO, Flanders Make

13.00     Demonstrations & sandwich lunch

14.30   Testimonials: how companies realize technological progress collaborating with Flanders Make

15.00   The value of the digital twin:  understanding and optimising your product’s performance throughout its complete lifecycle
Wim Desmet, Professor, KULeuven & Flanders Make

15.30   Testimonials: innovative solutions that can also contribute to your company’s success

Mind the gap – IT/OT interoperability
Mike James, Chairman of Board of Directors, ATS Global (The Netherlands)

Manufacturing at the speed of light
Bart Decloedt, Manager Sales & Innovation, Mariasteen

Duracell builds factory of the future through co-creation
Luc Deleu, CEO, Ometa

16.00   Demonstrations & coffee

16.45   Keynote speeches

Solving the war for talent
Jan Beyen, Founder, Connect Human Capital 

How innovation supports the love for the customer
Myriam Schepers, CEO, Prefamac Chocolate Machines NV 

Adidas Speedfactory: flexible Production for the Future
Paul Smith, Director Mechanical Engineering, Adidas (Germany)

18.00   Closing session
Anneleen Van Bossuyt, Member of the European Parliament
Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make 

18.30   Walking dinner