Leuven MindGate Visionary seminar 'The Flexible Factory: industrial assembly in the 21st century

The Flexible Factory: Industrial assembly in the 21st century

Organised by Leuven MindGate in cooperation with imec and Flanders Make

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.

Practical aspects

Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Location: imec Auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.
[download a route description to the location]


16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Marc Engels, Chairman of the programme
COO Flanders Make
16h45: 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

17h45: Smart operators in a smart factory
Peter Verstraeten, CEO Proceedix
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Combining strengths of humans and robots for better manufacturing
Bram Vanderborght, Prof. Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group VUB and member BruBotics
19h15: The Flexible Factory at Atlas Copco
Filip Vandenberghe, Former President of the Airtec Division and Managing Director of Atlas Copco India
19h35: Q&A
20h00: Networking with drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

Registration fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated and billable to KU Leuven or other universities.  Please contact us by e-mail.

Participation in our activities at a discount via KMO-portefeuille
Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven MindGate.  Approval number DV.O219862
More info:


Registrations before Tuesday 6 June 2017 , preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.

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