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Review of the 2016 Conference (Credits to Valentijn de Leeuw from ARC)

The review of the 2016 Conference below was published on Industrial IoT/Industrie 4.0 Viewpoints web log, with credits to Valentijn de Leeuw:

"The first annual conference by AGORIA and 3IF was held in Brussels on May 25 - 2016, with the intent to inspire Flemish industry to innovate through digitalization and industrial IoT (IIoT). The conference was composed of presentations covering a broad range of aspects, from high level to fairly detailed, alternated with very well facilitated panel discussions.


Ulrich Seldeslachts of 3IF kicked off the conference introducing the 3IF project; a government – supported initiative that helps manufacturers and their suppliers benefit from Industrial Internet, IIoT and Industrie 4.0 developments; and support the competitiveness of the Industry as a whole. The initiative is led by two non-profit associations: Sirris (representing the manufacturing industry in Belgium) and LSEC(representing technology providers, integrators and the cyber security industry, also required for faster adoption of innovations securely)


Ulrich Seldeslachts, Managing Director of 3IF and CEO of LSEC

Industrie 3.0 is not over

The author presented ARC’s view on Industrial IoT, and broadened the subject to other smart manufacturing aspects that can be combined with IIoT and other IT-based technologies to innovate and grow. Bart Demaeght of Siemens and Wesley Vandewalle of GE Predix provided their visions and explained their product and service portfolio’s. Piet Verhoeven of iMINDS explained how the research projects with participation of (minimum three) Flemish Industrial partners and Flemish universities create substantial revenue growth and jobs as a result of innovation projects. The following discussion covered amongst others how SME’s can go about selecting innovation projects, the fact that industrie 4.0 (and IIoT) has started to be implemented, but that their is still potential to implement « Industrie 3.0 » solutions. Connected products and producing individualized at mass production cost

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Piet Verhoeven from iMinds, Valentijn de Leeuw from ARC, Bart Demaegdt from Siemens and Wesley Vandewalle from GE

The second presentation cycle was kicked of by Oliver Krause of Arthur D Little who showed results of a study indicating that digital innovators are likely to double their EBIT while digital laggards are likely to have stagnating EBIT. Dr. Krause shared the concept by Porter and Hempelmann, that connected products change business models, and lead to new supply eco-systems and disruption. Dr. Krause gave a list of success factors for major change initiatives, including the participation of the workforce during change projects, starting in the initial investigation stages, which is worthwhile to review for innovative and transforming companies. Marcel Laes of CimPro gave very insightful overview of creating visibility and creating sustainable improvement in utility management in SME’s and larger corporations in Belgium and The Netherlands. Mark Blekkink of Movilitas indicated how standards based modeling of industrial operations creates MES solutions, that remain agile and adaptable to changes in corporations, while interoperable with ERP systems. He presented a Cloud-based MES solution, an emerging trend. Presentations were concluded by Egbert-Jan Sol of TNO in the Netherlands, who gave an overview of Smart Industry and the associated Field Labs. He explained how BlockChain can help reducing the administrative cost of individualized production, thereby enabling individualized production at mass production cost, if combined with standardized PLM applications linked to production execution. Interestingly he noted that proximity of partners and executives in local Field Labs, creates dynamics that virtual collaboration could not have created. This ties back to the insight that the human factor remains a critical component in collaboration and innovation. In the following discussion, also Chris Decubber of EFFRA, The European Factory of the Future Association, and Wim Van der Borght of Reynaers Aluminium participated. Reynaert confirmed TNO’s thesis that experimentation can lead to new and successful company strategies, and EFFRA supported ARC’s view that broadening IIoT with Advanced Manufacturing creates potentially additional benefits.


Chris Decubber from EFFRA, Marc Blekkink from Movilitas, Wim Van der Borght from Reynaers Aluminium, Dr. Oliver Krause, from Arthur D. Little, Egbert Jan Sol from Smart Industry Netherlands and Marcel Laes from Cimpro

Following a good Belgian tradition, the meeting was closed by networking facilitated by a drink."

It is worthwhile noting that 3IF has published the presentations of the day on-line (*), that Arthur D Little provides studies and insights on their website, and that Movilitas has published a free downloadable downloadable e-book on its lean manufacturing execution system framework. Information by ARC is available at www.arcweb.com and our blog sites: www.industrial-iot.com, www.automation2.com and www.logisticsviewpoints.com.

Agenda of the Day & Presentations for Download:

• 09.45: 3IF: pdf An Innovation Action to support Industry in their transition to Industrial Internet (2.78 MB) , Ulrich Seldeslachts - Managing Director 3IF (15’)
• 10.00: Keynote1: pdf Reaping Operational Gains From Smart Manufacturing and Industrial IoT (18.62 MB) - Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC Advisory Group (45’)
• 10.45: Tech1: pdf Bart Demaegdt, Driving the Digital Enterprise (19.57 MB) - Siemens (30’): SIEMENS path to Industrie 4.0: Customer cases
• 11.15: Tech2: pdf GE Digital Internet of Things (1.74 MB)   - Wesley Vandewalle from GE (30’)
• 11.45: Tech3: pdf Digital Research that Matters (1.17 MB) -  iMinds: Piet Verhoeve, Director ICON program, IIC & I40 (tbc) 

• 12.15: Panel discussion with keynote speakers + TECH experts, moderated by Ulrich Seldeslachts
o iMinds
o i40
o Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC
o Bart Demaegdt, Siemens
o Wesley Vandewalle, GE

• 14.00: Keynote 2: pdf Digital Transformation for Manufacturing Industries: where do real opportunties lie & how to transform (2.60 MB) , Dr. Oliver Krause, Associate Director at Arthur D. Little
• 14.45: MES & Industry 4.0: pdf Smart Industry, with both feet on the ground (1.10 MB) - Marcel Laes, Cimpro - Smart Industry, with both feet on the ground
• 15.15: pdf ERP & Industry 4.0: ERP & Industry 4.0 (2.05 MB) - Marc Blekkink, Managing Partner at Movilitas
• 16.15: pdf Smart Industry, the Dutch version of the 4th Industrial Revolution (6.58 MB) - Egbert- Jan Sol, Director of Smart Industry Netherlands, TNO

• 16.45: Panel discussion:
o Dr. Oliver Krause, Arthur D. Little
o Reynaers Aluminium (tbc)
o Egbert- Jan Sol, Smart Factory NL
o Chris DECUBBER, Technical Director at the European Factories of the Future Research Association (Effra)
o Marcel Laes, Owner at Cimpro
o Dieter Laevers, Managing Partner at Movilitas


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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

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Dr. Oliver Krause, Associate Director at Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and transformation in technology-intensive and converging industries. Dr. Oliver Krause is associate director at Artur D. Little, has 20+ years experience in industry transformation, across EMEA, Asia & US from consulting, line functions & startups. Oliver is a frequently asked speaker at large conferences (Hannover Messe, Smart Summit, etc).

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Wesley Vandewalle from GE
Wesley has +15 years of operation management, contract management, project management, proposal management and general automation and software implementation experience as Automation Engineer, Validation Consultant, Project Manager, Operation Management Consultant, Commercial Proposal Director and manager of a global team of commercial managers. Wesley started his career as an automation consultant acting as validation engineer and operation management consultant with various Pharmaceutical customers. He continued his career being part of a supply chain of a food company where he was doing engineering and Operation Management consultancy across Europe to improve overall profitability and efficiency. In GE Digital Wesley is currently leading a global team of contract and bid managers, assisting sales in closing large strategic software based (both premise & cloud) opportunities and contracts. Furthermore he delivers consultancy to a variety of different industries. He holds a master degree in electrical engineering.

Chris DECUBBER, Technical Director at the European Factories of the Future Research Association (Effra)
After obtaining his master of electro-mechanical engineering at the University of Leuven, Chris got involved fairly quickly in European research, coordinating a project under the Brite-Euram III programme of FP4, back in 1994. Now Chris is Technical Director at EFFRA, where he is in charge of the FoF 2020 roadmap and the project portfolio management of the FoF PPP. Chris also coordinates the development of an exploitation toolkit for the FoF PPP.

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Ulrich Seldeslachts - Managing Director 3IF
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.

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Bart Demaegdt, Technology Manager DCS/MES at SIEMENS

Bart has entered the industrial automation arena 20 years ago. He's profile started as automation consultant towards solution architect towards DCS/MES Technology Responsible. Since SIEMENS has been working on his Digital Enterprise vision since 2001, it's capable of helping customer in achieving their Digital Transformation. Bart has also coordinating role in the Digitalization Teams which exit for Process Industry and for Process Industry

Marcel Laes Cimpro

Marcel Laes, Owner at Cimpro
Marcel Laes is co-founder of CimPro. Marcel has over 30 years experience in the world of industrial automation and infrastructure.


Marc Blekkink, General Manager Movilitas
Marc Blekkink is managing partner at Movilitas; an entrepreneur with a keen interest in the automation of business processes within the manufacturing and processing world. Marc has a chemical engineering, combined with a trainee-ship at General Electric Plastics (GEP); and successfully started and expanded several companies in the field of production automation and vertical integration.

Piet Verhoeve Director ICON program at iMinds

Piet Verhoeve, Director ICON program at iMinds
Piet Verhoeve has a Master of Science in Electrical Mechanical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1991) and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Gent University Belgium (1998). In April 2013 he joined iMinds to lead the ICON program which focuses on interdisciplinary research collaboration between academic & industry organisations. Since 2011, Piet Verhoeve is also a guest professor at the Multimedia Lab Research Group of the ELIS (Electronics & Information systems) department, based in the Faculty of Applied Engineering at the University of Gent. He is Sr.member IEEE and (co)author of several publications and patent applications.

Egbert-Jan Sol, Director of Smart Industry Netherlands and CTO of TNO 
Egbert- Jan is CTO at TNO Industry, and currently assign to run the 4th Industrial Revolution Smart Industry  action program of the Netherlands, not named Industrie 4.0 NL, but Smart Industry because not hightech, but changing business model are of prime concern. Within this program the focus is on high-TRL programs as implemented by means of the Smart Industry fieldlabs. Egbert- Jan is also vice chairman of the EFFRA factory of future public private partnership research association. Prior to this, Egbert- Jan was Managing director for the TNO High Tech Systems and Materials program (70M turn over per year).


Wim Van der Borght, Reynaers Aluminium
Wim Van der Borght is Product Manager Process Automation at Reynaers Aluminium; a leading European specialist in the development and marketing of innovative and sustainable aluminium solutions for windows, doors, curtain walling, sliding systems, sunscreening and conservatories. Research, product development and testing are conducted at the Reynaers Institute, the sector’s largest private innovation and testing centre, located in Duffel (Belgium). In addition, the company also provides extensive technical support and advice to fabricators, contractors and architects. 

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3IF & AGORIA Conference 2017
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