13 Jun 2017
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The Flexible Factory: industrial assembly in the 21st century

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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Organised by Leuven MindGate in cooperation with imec and Flanders Make

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate
175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
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Registrations before Tuesday 6 June 2017 , preferably via the online registration form or by email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be (including all contact and invoice details).

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imec auditorium
Kapeldreef 75
3000 Leuven
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The classical assembly line is coming to a stop. Enter flexible production!

The assembly line was introduced in the early 1900s. It skyrocketed the productivity of workers, for the first time allowing efficient mass production of standard products. The line timed and coordinated the actual production, dividing the work into standard repetitive actions that required little explanation. But lately, products have become smarter, with customized and client-specific features. They no longer fit traditional mass production on a classical assembly line.

What we need today are flexible factories, factories where unique products can be assembled at a cost comparable to mass production. We are seeing the introduction of flexible, digital factories, where the status of each product is known at any time, together with its next production steps. In such a factory, the production configuration can be modified at any time and depending on product specifications. This flexibility is enabled through e.g. mobile robots and autonomous transport lines. For each product, the optimal mix is determined between accurate and efficient automation and human intelligence and flexibility.

In this seminar we will explore this flexible factory of the 21st century.



Welcome coffee


Welcome by Marc Engels, Chairman of the programme

COO Flanders Make


F3A -Free Float Flawless Assembly, assembly of large components under flow conditions

Christoph Storm, Research Assistant, WZL RWTH - Aachen


Driving the Digital Enterprise

Bart Demaegdt, Technology Manager Digitalization Siemens


Smart operators in a smart factory

Peter Verstraeten, CEO Proceedix


Coffee break


Combining strengths of humans and robots for better manufacturing

Bram Vanderborght, Prof. Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group VUB and member BruBotics


The Flexible Factory at Atlas Copco

Filip Vandenberghe, Former President of the Airtec Division and Managing Director of Atlas Copco India




Networking with drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

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