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Is the platform where industrial innovations can meet cross industry, with the main theme of utilizing information technology to enable digital transformations, using internet technology. The 3IF conference brings together various technologies and use cases from different industries, with the aim to facilitate business modeling, creativity, concepts and advance towards optimal utilization of IoT, data analytics, big data, cloud and web services, with the opportunity presented by various digital evolutions and technologies and standards under developments. Best practices, major changes and revolutionary developments, coordinating proof of concepts, scaling up to production, process industry learning from discrete manufacturing and reversely, machine operators indicating needs to machines builders and reversely, how are we on an international level in Europe and versus the rest of the world. What can we expect from policy makers, solution providers and industry associations, sharing practical information, strategic insights and real-life experiences.


The 3rd Innovation Wave...?
Over the last 200 years, the world has experienced several waves of innovation. The Industrial Revolution saw innovations in technology applied to manufacturing. The Internet Revolution allowed machines to connect and exchange information. The two combined have set the stage for the next wave, that we are calling the “Industrial Internet”, or Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT). This last wave pushes the boundaries of machines and will drastically increase productivity, efficiency and flexibility in the production process: Processes that govern themselves, with intelligent machines that take corrective action to avoid unplanned downtime of machinery. Each mobile device indicating the status of any digital components within the production environment, providing employees mobile access to real-time information....the possibilities seem endless.

This transformation has already started, yet the Industrial Internet is still in its infancy stage. On another note there are many aspects of the daily operations that are ready for the type of improvements provided by IIoT technology; that can deliver tangible benefits with a fast return on investment. Having said that, companies are faced with tackling day-to-day issues and with insufficient resources to survey new technologies and plan improvement projects. They should keep business model innovation as a long term goal and focus on what is practical and achievable right now.




Topics include:

•Digital Manufacturing
•IoT (Internet of Things): IoT Networks, Industrial IoT
•Data Science: Data Analytics, Data Visualization
•Digital Transformation
•System Integration for digital transformation
•Industrie 4.0
•Industrial Internet
•Cyber Security for Industry

Registration and participation are free of charge, but non-attendance and no upfront cancellation will be charged a fee of 95 €. 

Individual presentations and documentation can be downloaded hereunder, or as a complete pack. (Available upon registration and signing up to 3IF.be, including consent of of personal data protection and copyright conditions.)




Final Agenda: 

(Please visit regularly to remain updated on the progress and developments, or register in order to receive the latest updates via email on a bi-monthly basis. )

8.30 - 9.00 : Welcome & Registration, opening of the networking floor, coffee & snacks

Coffee, tea and waters offered throughout the morning sessions
The networking floor remains open throughout the day for more quality face to face time during some of the talks.
Participants will be inspired throughout the discussions in order to have an introduction during the breaks, and a more thorough discussion during the sessions. 
Conference attendees will be invited for one on one discussions with some of the partners, and setting up a specific schedule.

9.00 - 10.30 : Welcome & Opening keynotes 

10.30 -11.30 :  Advisory & Analyst panel 

  • Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC Web (BE)
  • Joris Van Niel, McKinsey & Company (NL)
  • Johan Van der Straeten, PWC (Be)

11.30 : Networking Break

12.00 : Keynote : Innovating in Industry in Flanders - Industrie 4.0, by Leo Van de Loock, Transformation Manager industrie 4.0 at VLAIO

12.20 : Use Case Digitizing Cosmetics Production brought by Contec 

Case on efficiency improvement  and manufacturing flexibility in cosmetics. 

12.30 - 13.30 : Practitioners Panel 

  • Philipp Ramin, German Innovation Centre for Industrie 4.0 (DE)
  • Alain Wayenberg, Agoria (BE)
  • Vik Vandecaveye, CNH Industrial  (BE)
  • Leo Van De Loock, VLAIO (BE)

13.30 - 14.30 : Lunch & Networking 

14.30 : Industrie 4.0 step by step and from an integrated perspective, by Philipp Ramin, Innovationszentrum fur Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0, what's in it for me...?
The Innovationszentrum is the German Open Innovation Platform for Industrie 4.0. Philipp is the co-author of Europe's first independent Training for Industrie 4.0; with special attention to SME industrial companies. Some experiences after training hundreds of students and supporting their Industrie 4.0 transitions.. 

15.00 : Case Study : Umicore, Peter Zadora - Umicore &  Jan Verhasselt, Yazzoom (DE)

Case on Predictive maintenance, cloud, and advanced controls.

15.30 - 16.45 : IoT connectivity & deployment panel

IoT is another key enabler for digital industries. New sensors can be attached to brownfield operations, new machines are being considered as internet attached devices with many capabilities including sensing and serving as actuators. There is a multitude of offerings and a plethora of IoT today available, making it difficult to understand the specific capabilities for industry. In this panel, we'll be exploring some of the components in the ecosystem, how they can integrate, operate, be complementary and overlap. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.VersaSense: Danny Hughes, Chief Technical Office. In this panel, we'll be exploring the various mechanisms to connect industrial devices over wireless networks and how these are developing over time, indicating specific potential capabilities and challenges from the different technologies, how they are being picked up by the industry. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • Orange M2M : Gert Pauwels,
  • AllThingsTalk : Rudi Wynen, Business Development
  • Versasense : Danny Hughes, CTO

16.45 - 17.30 : System Integrator Panel

One of the two most important challenges being faced today by organizations trying to take the next step into digital transformation is the challenge of integration. Parts of these challenges might be covered through ongoing standard developments, but most of the production environments have to work with existing legacy systems and brownfield operations, usually not even connected. Some approaches and best practices in integrating IoT, enhancing existing systems, integrating through OPC UA, through direct interfaces or mastering MES and ERP as next generation factory management environments.Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • CONTEC, Wim Tindemans
  • Agidens, Tom Capiau, Innovation Manager
  • Advantech Europe : Jim Ten Broeke, IoT and Industrie 4.0

17.30 - 18.15 : Analytics, Industrial Data and Advanced Technologies 

A major driver for Digital Transformation is the utilization of industrial data. Many industries have already started collecting massive amounts of data throughout the last decade. Many others still have to start to install data points and collect information from their operations and equipment. During this session, a insight in some exampes on how and where to integrate and what types of usage could support the efficiency of the operations, or even support the development and sales of new services. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • IBM, Watson : Ronald Teijken, Business Development Executive
  • FACTRY : Jeroen Coussement, CEO 
  • Yazzoom : Jan Verhasselt, CEO

18.15 : Closing Notes 

18.30 : Closing Reception 

20.00 : End of Conference

Event Venue:
La Tricoterie, Théodore Verhaegenstraat 158, 1060 Brussel;
A unique location, previously linnen factory and contact factory, the 3IF.be conference location for 2017.

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Tuesday May 23rd !:

Visit the 3IF Conference 2017:
3IF Annual Conference 2017: Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry
Tuesday 23 May from 8.30am till 8pm
La Tricoterie, Théodore Verhaegenstraat 158, 1060 Brussel
Participation is free of charge upon prior registration.
• A NO SHOW Fee of 95 € will be charged to registered persons not attending and not cancelling at least 1 week prior to the event
• Only upon confirmation by email of the registration system, your entry to the conference is assured

Individual presentations and documentation can be downloaded within the program, or as a complete pack. 
(Available upon registration and signing up to 3IF.be, including consent of of personal data protection and copyright conditions.)

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Your Hosts of the Day:

Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC Advisory Group
Valentijn has extensive experience in best management practices in process industries. These include chemical, polymer, metals, energy, utilities, food, pharmaceutical and petroleum manufacturing. Experience includes knowledge of unit processes, simulation and modeling and business practices utilizing application software designed for manufacturing operations. Experience in aligning organizations, strategy, business processes and technical architectures. At ARC, responsibilities include research and consulting in process industries. Technology focus is on manufacturing operations management, performance management, knowledge management and the role of the knowledge worker in manufacturing. Valentijn is focal point for the ARC Benchmarking Consortium in EMEA. Valentijn holds a PhD of technical sciences from Delft University of Technology (NL) in cooperation with Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and IFP and also holds a Masters in Chemistry from Utrecht State University located in The Netherlands. Valentijn acts as independent expert-evaluator of research projects for the European Commission in the Information Technologies and Communication, and Social Sustainability in Manufacturing domains

Ulrich Seldeslachts - Managing Director 3IF & CEO from LSEC
Ulrich is executive director of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Information Security in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC runs the 3IF.be digital transformation for manufacturing companies platform, supporting some 50+ companies in successfully migrating to becoming a smarter industry. Prior to LSEC, Ulrich was responsible for the corporate development of a US-European Broadband wireless operator (Sprint-Clearwire), a broadband internet operator (Orange), a security engineering company, and many other innovative projects. Ulrich holds a BA in Communication Sciences, postgraduates in Computer Sciences and Economics and an MBA from LBS. Within LSEC, Ulrich supports a team of 13 experienced professionals supporting the development of it security in Europe, and paving the way for a more secure industrial internet. 

Sponsors and Supporters of the Conference:


Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted innovative embedded and automation products and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, and global logistics support; all backed by industry-leading front and back office e-business solutions. Advantech has always been an innovator in the development and manufacture of high-quality, high-performance computing platforms. We cooperate closely with our partners to help provide complete solutions for a wide array of applications across a diverse range of industries. To realize our corporate vision of Enabling an Intelligent Planet, Advantech will continue collaborating and Partnering for Smart city & IoT Solutions.

3IF – Industrial Internet Consortium Flanders
– is an initiative by LSEC and Sirris to support the development of Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things in Belgium, especially towards the manufacturing industry. We will bring them closer to understanding the technologies for digital manufacturing, the impact on their business, and how they could make their first steps to improve flexibility, quality and cost reduction in their production process. Agoria brings together and defends the interests of companies in the technology industry. The federation is committed to the future of these companies and the nearly 275,000 people they employ. With 1,700 member companies, Agoria is the largest sectoral employers’ federation in Belgium. Agoria is active the 10 areas: Information and Communication Technology, Building Technology, Contracting, Materials Technology, Subcontracting, Production Technology & Mechatronics, Transport Systems & Solutions, Energy Systems & Solutions, Environment Systems & Solutions and Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence Technology. Through its Expertise Centres, Agoria also offers assistance to members on matters of Talent and Labour market, Innovation, Energy, Environment, Social affairs, and Regulation and Standards (both technical and general)

ABISS 2017

ABISS (Advanced Business & Industrial Software Summit) is a networking tradeshow and summit for decision makers and those responsible for processes from manufacturing, engineering, maintenance, planning, logistics, etc. Invent Media, which organises 5 leading industrial/technology trade shows, launches the 2nd edition of ABISS on October 5th, 2017. More information about the summit can be found on www.abissummit.eu

Agoria stands for development through technology ! Agoria paves the way for all technology-inspired companies in Belgium which seek to contribute to the world's advancement by developing or implementing innovations. We are proud that more than 1,700 member companies, accounting for approximately 300,000 workers, are relying on the three pillars of our services: advice, business development and creating the ideal business climate [www.agoria.be]


ARC Advisory is without any doubt the global leading technology research and advisory firm for industry; that stands apart due to its in-depth coverage of both information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT). ARC analysts and consultants have the industry knowledge and the first-hand experience to help ARC clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today. ARC provides technology supplier clients with strategic market research, and help end user clients develop appropriate adoption strategies and evaluate and select the best technology solutions for their needs

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