Flanders Make Symposium
22-11-2016 :: Mechelen

Organizer: Flanders Make

How can innovation strengthen your company? How do you prepare your team for a strong next generation manufacturing industry? Find out at our very first Flanders Make symposium on Tuesday the 22nd of November.

What can you expect? A day packed with interesting keynotes, inspiring presentations and interactive demos. Take me to the subscription form.
22/11/2016 - 08:30 tot 23:00
Utopolis, Spuibeekstraat 5, 2800 Mechelen



08h30 | Welcome
09h30 | Opening keynotes
  • Geert Bourgeois, Minister-president of the Government of Flanders. 
  • Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman of the Board of Directors Flanders Make.
  • Dirk Torfs, CEO Flanders Make.
10h15 | Co-designing products and production at one location as a key to success. Paul Snauwaert, VP agricultural equipment product development CNH.
10h45 | The European Factories of the Future Programme, Egbert-Jan Sol, Vice Chairman of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), CTO TNO industry - Program bureau Smart Industry .
11h15 | Industry 4.0 from an ICT perspective. Sonia Van Ballaert, Executive partner IBM .
11h45 | Three parallel sessions: system engineering for the manufacturing industry. Flanders Make expertise & industrial cases ​

Autonomous mobile systems

  • Autonomous mobile systems research. Dirk Steenbeke, Site manager Flanders Make Lommel.
  • Autonomous systems in greenhouses and outdoor operations. Jan Anthonis, CTO Octinion.
  • Autonomous driving. Peter Wouters, Managing director VDL Bus Roeselare.
Smart interconnected machines
  • Smart interconnected machines. Gregory Pinte, Site manager Flanders Make Leuven.
  • Optimization of the yarn insertion of a weaving machine. Koen Maertens, Portfolio manager Picanol.
Agile and human centered production systems
  • Automation: ally or enemy for Flemish jobs? Sonia Vanderlinden, Program manager Agile and human centered production systems Flanders Make.
  • Innovative trends in human-robot collaboration. Stijn Janssen, Sales manager Kuka.
  • Agile and human centered instructions. Peter Verstraeten, CEO Proceedix.
12h45 | Sandwich lunch and demonstrations.
14h15 | Disruptive innovation at Tesla. Marc Van Impe, Business development manager Belux Tesla .
14h45 | Innovative strategies realizing your company’s Industry 4.0 goals
  • Peter Vermeire, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing Detlef Zühlke, Head innovative factory systems DFKI
  • Marc de Wind, COO Punch Powertrain
16h15 | Three parallel sessions: system engineering for the manufacturing industry. Flanders Make expertise & industrial cases
Advanced drivetrains
  • Advanced drivetrains: business enabling technology? Walter Driesen, Program manager Clean energy-efficient motion systems Flanders Make.
  • Model-based optimization of a complex cooling system for textile machinery. Dominique Maes, Manager technology - intellectual property Van de Wiele and Matthias Cauwelier, R&D project engineer CAE Van de Wiele.
  • Battery pack design for electric trucks. André Beukers, CEO E-Trucks.
Model based system design
  • Model based system design. Paola Campestrini, Program manager Intelligent product design methods Flanders Make.
  • The importance of model based in the product development of BOSAL.
  • Concept design at Van Hoecke Automation.
Additive & hybrid manufacturing systems
  • Collaborative innovation realizing a next generation manufacturing system. Tom Craeghs, ‎Research project manager Materialise and Kurt Aerts, Regional manager Belgium - Netherlands Averna.
  • Need for fast prototypes. Bart Vandewal, Manager R&D VCST.
17h15 | Coffee break and demonstrations.
17h45 | Flanders could be the future Walhalla of the manufacturing industry. Ronnie Leten, CEO Atlas Copco.
18h15 | Plenary closing session. Dirk Torfs, CEO Flanders Make.
18h30 - ... | Special wrap-up of the day by conference comedian Dirk Denoyelle & walking dinner.




The subscription fee is €150 for member companies.
Non-members pay €250.
These companies have already confirmed their presence: Dana Belgium, Fraunhofer, Atlas Copco, Unilin, Volvo Car Belgium, Melexis, Televic, ABB, Michel Van De Wiele, Heidenhain, Picanol, LRM, Proceedix, Proferro, SKF, Verhaert, Actemium, Idewe, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kuka, E-Trucks Europe, Bosal, Niko, LVD, Materialise, Argon, Grammer EIA Electronics, Bombardier Transportation, Averna, VCST, Arkite, ATS, Onsemi, Tenneco, Octinion, Mathworks, Ninix Tech, Ordina, Van Hoecke Automation, Pilipili, Achilles Design, U-Sentric, Tesla Belgium, Bekaert, Siemens, Sagility, Xenics, Philips, Dedecker, Vansichen Lineairtechniek, Atos, Continental, PearlChain, CNH Industrial, Moeyersons, Asco, Daikin, VAC Machines, Esset, MSD Metalworking, RSScan, Flamac, DS Smith Packaging…


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