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2016-05-25 : 3IF Annual Conference 2016, supported by Agoria : Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry (2)

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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

Valentijn Siemens Sirris

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
Tuesday 23 May, Brussels
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2016-10-06: Transformatieworkshop 3: Bouwen van een Proof of Concept voor Internet of Things


Internet of Things (IoT) wordt mogelijk gemaakt door draadloze communicatie, door ‘intelligent agents’ als Arduino of RFID en natuurlijk door het internet. Met Internet of Things kunnen meerdere onderdelen van een fabriek draadloos worden aangesloten op een netwerk. Producerende machines, machineonderdelen, producten, halffabricaten communiceren met andere ‘dingen’ die een rol spelen in het productieproces, onderhoudsproces of gebruiksproces. Oftewel, alles kan met alles communiceren real-time en draadloos over allerlei relevante onderwerpen, zonder rekening te hoeven houden met organisatiegrenzen en zonder tussenkomst van mensen. En deze informatie-uitwisseling wordt in een rap tempo intelligenter.

Niets voor uw organisatie? U bent al begonnen!
Internet of Things moet zeker niet gezien worden als een domein enkel relevant voor grote fabrikanten. Er zijn vele aspecten binnen de dagelijkse activiteiten van de typische KMO, die gereed zijn voor het type verbeteringen en die tastbare voordelen bieden met een snelle return on investment. IoT is ook eigenlijk niet meer een logische uitbreiding van ontwikkelingen die al jarenlang aan de gang zijn in de maakindustrie. Er vindt al langer machine-to-machine informatie-uitwisseling plaats. En statistische procescontrole leunt al zwaar op ‘big data’ vanuit PLC/SCADA en vanuit de MES systemen voor productievloer automatisering.

Workshop: Bouwen van een Proof of Concept voor IoT Innovatie binnen uw bedrijf
In eerdere seminars hebben we u kennis laten maken met het concept van digitale transformatie en Internet of Things voor de maakindustrie. In deze workshop gaan we een stapje verder: We zullen u introduceren met het Internet of Things en meer specifiek met de toepassing binnen uw organisatie. De workshop levert u praktische inzichten en een aanpak om een kosten-efficiënte start te maken en een proof of concept uit te werken voor uw bedrijf. De workshop is zeer praktijkgericht. Ze voorziet in een case van een fabriek die haar eerste stappen wil zetten, en demonstreert een aantal van de populaire beschikbare open source technologieën die beschikbaar zijn.

Doelgroep en voorkennis:
De doelgroep voor deze workshop zijn zaakvoerders, productiemanagers en Innovatie Managers, op zoek naar een verdieping van het concept IoT binnen de maakindustrie; en / of willen weten hoe best een eerste Proof of Concept op te zetten binnen hun organisatie. Er is geen diepgaande ontwikkelkennis vereist, wel affiniteit met ICT binnen productieomgevingen. Er is ook een technische (hands on) training beschikbaar voor daadwerkelijke implementatie. Deze wordt later dit jaar georganiseerd. Wil u meer informatie over deze training (of deze eventueel bij u op locatie organiseren), neem dan gerust contact met ons op

-Overzicht van het Internet-of-Things & welke technologieën IoT mogelijk maken
-Wat is Smart Factory: Visie, doelen, huidige status en voorbeelden
-Break out sessie / Case: Innoveren van een manufactuur
-Innoveren voor de toekomst, maar in de dagelijkse hectiek: Strategisch Innovatie Methodologie
-Definiëren, bouwen en evalueren van een Proof of Concept
-Overzicht van open technologieën ter ondersteuning van Proof of Concept ontwikkeling
-Live demonstratie van de meest populaire open technologieën.


Presentaties :

Introduction IoT by Sven Beaprez, IoT.be 

Industrial IoT by Alain Vermeiren, IoT.be

IoT in Practice for industrial applications, Frederic Vannieuwenborg, Aptus.


Datum & Locatie:
Donderdag 6 oktober van 12.30 – 16.00 uur, KU Leuven

Deelname aan het evenement is kosteloos bij registratie vooraf via de inschrijfpagina van het evenement.

2016-05-10: Cyber Security voor machinebouw en productie




Cyber Security voor machinebouw en productie
Ambt van Nijkerk (Nijkerk, Nederland) op dinsdag 10 mei 2016 van 13.30 uur tot 17.00 uur

Binnen de 3IF Stuurgroep van productiebedrijven en toeleveranciers komen naast de kansen van Industrie 4.0 ook veelal de gekoppelde behoefte aan Cyber Security nadrukkelijk aan de orde. Deze zelfde behoefte is gesignaleerd bij een van de partners van 3IF, de Nederlandse Federatie van Technologiebranches (FHI).

Voor die concrete behoefte slaan FHI en 3IF de handen in een, en wordt een extra Cyber Security bijeenkomst georganiseerd. Het programma wordt samen met LSEC, zie https://www.leadersinsecurity.org/, opgezet. Deze bijeenkomst is bedoeld voor machinebouwers, productiebedrijven en leveranciers. Er worden circa 50 personen verwacht bij deze bijeenkomst.


13.30 ontvangst Ambt van Nijkerk

14.00 uur - 14.45 uur Dieter Sarrazyn, Toreon
Ervaringen van Cyber Security en ICT beveiliging met industriële controlesystemen uit de praktijk.
Installaties van automatisering en industriële controlesystemen laten vaak te wensen over op het vlak van beveiliging. De meest fundamentele uitdagingen worden vaak over het hoofd gekeken, terwijl er hevig wordt ingezet op perimeterbescherming. Het resultaat is dat net zoals in traditionele IT systemen er weinig nodig is om een ongeluk te veroorzaken.

14.45 uur – 15.30 uur Johannes Cottyn & Tyl Deneur, Howest (tbc)
Industriële beveiliging begint bij een goed ontwerp van het automatiseringsnetwerk,
De bescherming begint bij het organiseren van de automatisatie, door voldoende rekening te houden met de verwachtingen van de beveiliging. Door enkele basisprincipes in acht te nemen in de onderneming, zowel bij leveranciers als personeel, door een aantal policies af te dwingen en gebruik te maken van moderne technieken van active defense kan het niveau van beveiliging worden opgekrikt.

15.30 – 15.45 uur Pauze

15.45 uur – 16.30 uur Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO of LSEC & 3IF
Cyber Security voor Productiebedrijven en Machinebouwers in de 21e eeuw in Industrial Internet en Industrie 4.0
Bescherming van de huidige omgeving biedt een oplossing tegen huidige uitdagingen. Nieuwe technologieën waarbij het internet niet meer weg te denken is, dienen zich aan. Bij productiebedrijven worden volledige lijnen in een dienst genomen, as a service. Bij machinebouwers wordt het hoe langer hoe belangrijker zich te kunnen differentiëren van de concurrentie met toegevoegde waarden en diensten, door niet alleen zelf industrie 4.0 toe te passen, maar ook de klanten de mogelijkheden te bieden dit te doen.

16.30 uur – 17.00 uur Discussie en aanvullend een borrel met aanwezigen

Praktische Details & Registratie:

Cyber Security voor machinebouw en productie
Dinsdag 10 mei 2016 van 13.30 uur tot 17.00 uur
Ambt van Nijkerk, Berencamperweg 4, 3861 MC Nijkerk - Nederland
Registratie is exclusief en kosteloos voor leden van 3IF, LSEC en FHI, u kunt zich per email aanmelden via Petra Kortenoeven <petra.kortenoeven@fhi.nl>

2016-04-06 - 07 : Smart Summit Industrial Internet Frankfurt



Part of the Smart Summit Frankfurt, Industrial Internet Summit 2016 part if the 6th - 7th April 2016, the Future of the Smart Enterprise.

The Industrial Internet Summit Germany 2016, will be exploring the opportunities and innovations that technology is bringing to the home. With extensive analysis of the Industrial Internet landscape, and in-depth focus on the drivers, hurdles and opportunities for different stakeholders within the ecosystem.

Participate for free, by registering at : http://www.smartsummit.net/frankfurt/industrial-internet-summit.html


Program: Day 1, April 6th 

1045 – 1110 Collaboration and Partnership to Transform Lives and Economies

Rolf Riemenschneider, Head of Sector Internet of Things, European Commission
1120 - 1200 Panel Discussion: Getting Past the Hype – Where Can Money be Made from the Industry of Things?

Panel Moderator: Laurenz Kirchner, Partner, mm1 Consulting & Management PartG
Holger Pietzsch, Head of Marketing and IoT Solutions, Caterpillar
Gabriel Wetzel, Vice President Internet of Things & Smart City, Bosch Software Innovations
Achim Himmelreich, Vice President, BVDW
Ingo Marten, Senior Vice President Cross Industries& Market Development, T-Systems International GmbH
1210 - 1230 Where Do Real Industry of Things Opportunities Lie for Businesses?

Oliver Krause, Associate Director, Arthur D Little
1230 - 1400: Lunch

1400 - 14.20 Breaking the Silos – Building a Comprehensive Ecoystem for IoT

Juergen Sturm, Member of the Board, AIOTI
1430 – 1510 Panel Discussion: Are Organisations Handling and Analysing Data Effectively?

Panel Moderator: Knud Lasse Leuth, CEO, IoT Analytics GmbH
Ralf Hagen, Engineering Manager, Nestle
Lasse Eriksson, VP Digitalisation, Cargotec
Rahman Jawal, Global Technology and Marketing Manager, National Instruments
1510 – 1530 Networking break

1530 – 1550 IoT in Agriculture – New Business Models

John McCurdy, Business Innovation Director, Richard Keenan & Co
1600 – 1620 The Internet of Wind as Enabler for Progressive Asset Management

Thomas Pump, Head of Asset Information Systems, E.ON Climate & Renewables
1630 – 1650: From Reactive to Proactive Customer Service with Remote Monitoring

Frank Bunge, Global Director After Sales Service, Leica Microsystems
1650 - 1730: Industry of things Unplugged - Discussion and Debate on audience-chosen subjects : How to Scale up Industrie 4.0


Program Day 2, April 7th 


0910 – 0930 Industrie 4.0 for Brownfield

Ralf Hagen, Engineering Manager, Nestle
0940 – 1000 The Value of Standards in the IIOT

Andrew Watson, Technical Director, Object Management Group
1010 – 1030 Advancing Machine Learning Technology

Klaus Bauer, Head of Technology Development, Trumpf
1040 – 1100 Why TSN is So Important for the Industrial Internet?

Heinrich Munz, Lead Architect Industry 4.0, KUKA Robotics
1100 – 1120 Networking Break

1120 – 1140 From IOT Cloud to Cortex: Emerging AI & Predictive Services

Dennis Curry, Senior Director, Business Innovation and R&D, Konica Minolta
1150 – 1220 Panel Discussion: New Economics and Game-Changing Opportunities

Panel Moderator: Oliver Krause, Associate Director, Arthur D Little
Uwe Kubach, Chief Evangelist Internet of Things I Digital Assets and IoT | Products and Innovation, SAP
Stephan Altmann, Strategic Innovation Management, BASF
Thomas Werft , IOT Specialist, Continental
1230 – 1250 Re-Thinking How to Deliver Value

Juha Pankakoski, Chief Digital Officer, Konecranes Plc
1250 - 1400 Lunch

Juha Pankakoski, Chief Digital Officer, Konecranes
1400 – 1440 Panel Discussion: Changing Old-School Industries to New Service Industries

Panel Moderator: Phillip Pexton, Senior Analyst, M2M - The Internet of Things – Security, Beecham Research
Sebastian Greiss , Specialist Innovation and Technology, Knorr-Bremse
Gus Desbarats, Founder, The Alloy
Joerg Liebe, CIO, Lufthansa Systems
Farnoush Pourebrahim, Senior Consultant, Namics Deutschland GmbH
Oliver Krause, Associate Director, Arthur D Little
1450 – 1510 From Things to Value: IoT, Analytics and Machine Learning in the Cloud

Constantin Gonzalez, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services Germany GmbH
1520 – 1540 Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0)

Thomas Schulz, Channel Manager Central and Eastern Europe, GE Digital and Member of the Working Group Reference Architecture and Standardisation, German Platform Industrie 4.0
1550 – 1610 Developing Open Shared Standards

Stefan Hoppe, Vice President, OPC Foundation
1610 – 1640 Industry of Things Open Mike – Questions to the Chair and Audience

Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation


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2016-02-08: 3IF & IoTBE: Predictive Maintenance

IoT enabled intelligent fleet management. Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance, By Kalman Tiboldi - Chief Business Innovation Officer @ TVH

Internet is no longer just a global network for people to communicate with one another using computers, but it is also a platform for devices to communicate electronically with the world around them. The result is a world that is alive with information as data flows from one device to another and is shared and reused for a multitude of purposes. Harnessing the potential of all of this data for economic and social good is one of the primary challenges and opportunities. IoT enabled data driven predictive maintenance is becoming relevant in all the major industries as it can drive efficiency by providing higher levels of safety and quality at a fraction of the current costs. Thanks to Big Data, Analytics and IoT devices, predicting potential failures is going to be a real capability…but what happens after a failure is predicted, the need for maintenance is detected or a part replacement is required? Even if you can predict failures, dynamic technician scheduling associated with equipment maintenance management requires insight into real-time held inventory, technician location and estimated service completion time. Establishing an ecosystem where customers, equipment producers, service companies and all other digital service providers can collaborate is the right answer.

During the session I will explore these aspects and more, including:
How to improve quality and service by predicting malfunctions before they cause unscheduled downtime and higher costs?
• - Which are the key challenges to implement an IoT enabled predictive maintenance?
• - How to build a layered architecture for Sensing, Communication, Service and Infrastructure?
• - How predictive maintenance requires a two-step data analytics?
• - How IoT help us to implement a transformational business models like performance-based or pay-per use billing?

About Kalman Tiboldi: Kalman Tiboldi is the Chief Business Innovation Officer of TVH, worldwide market leader in replacement parts for material handling and in-plant industrial vehicles and has over 35 year experience in using information technology for business process innovation. Kalman merged IT and Business in a new department called Business Innovation through IT (BI²T) and managed to promote the collaboration between IT and Business as driving force behind innovation. With his team he has successfully implemented a flawless IT infrastructure with flexible applications, based on service-oriented architecture, turning TVH into a real-time, extended enterprise.
Providing the leadership and direction towards the development and implementation of information systems, Kalman is taking advantage from Cloud-based Services, Big Data and Internet of Things and strongly support Open Source solutions. Kalman holds a Civil engineer polytechnician degree from Military Technical Academy of Bucharest and a Master of Mathematics and Computer Science degree from University of Bucharest.
He was named IT Manager of the Year’ – Large Organizations in 2004 and 2011 by Leading European Trade Publication, Data News.


Predictive Analytics, By Prof. Dr. Mannens - Research Manager @ iMinds

Although Predictive Analytics has been around for a while, it is still a field of research. In this talk, Prof. Dr. Mannens will explain the current state-of-the-art as well as the main challanges & pitfalls when it comes down to setting up a predictive analytics project.

About Prof. Dr. Mannens: Erik Mannens is Professor @ MMLab's KNoWS group / Research Manager @ iMinds Media Technologies Dept. / experienced Project Manager @ iMinds - MMLab (formerly known as IBBT) since 2005 where he has successfully managed +30 projects. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent, his Master’s degree in Computer Science (1995) at K.U. Leuven University, and his Master’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering (1992) at KAHO Ghent. Before joining iMinds-Ghent University-MMLab in 2005 as research manager, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade. His major expertise is centered around metadata modeling, semantic web technologies, broadcasting workflows, iDTV and web development in general. He is involved in several projects as senior researcher and just finished up his PhD on Semantic News Production; he was co-chair of the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and actively participating in other W3C’s semantic web standardization activities (Media Annotations, Provenance, Hydra, Linked Data Platform, and eGovernment).


Networking with New Year's drink


Practical information
Location: co.station, Parvis Sainte-Gudule 5, 1000 Brussel
Date & Time: 8th of February starting at 19h00.
Organized by Internet of Things Belgium VZW & 3IF Industrial Internet Consortium Flanders

Registration is based on personal invitation only!

In case you received a personal invitation for the "Predictive Maintenance Seminar". Please confirm your presence by registrating below.
You can bring one extra collegue to the seminar. This collegue needs register as well.


2015-10-29 Inspriratie Workshop 3 : Data Science, MES, Mobile, Application domain specific

 Inspriratie Workshop 3 : Data Science, MES, Mobile, Application domain specific, donderdag 29 oktober 2015

Industrial Internet wordt gebruikt om nieuwe mogelijkeheden met data analytics en big data mogelijk te maken. Verschillende mobiele toepassingen worden gezocht en gebruikt om er de samenhang en samenwerking met andere platformen mogelijk te maken. Hier wordt er specifiek gezocht naar de uitdagingen waarmee organisaties te kampen krijgen bij het ontwikkelen van een specifiek project, zodat hinderpalen kenbaar worden en mogelijke uitdagingen worden opgevangen.

Praktisch : 12.30 tot 17u, - Kasteelpark 10 - 3001 Heverlee

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2015-12-10 3IF & EluciDATA International Seminar

Join manufacturing, engineering and business professionals from leading manufacturers, solution providers and industry groups as they share the practical information, strategic insight and real-life expertise you need to plan, execute and optimize your IIoT implementations and data innovation strategies

3IF & EluciDATA: Industrial Internet, Internet of Things and Data Innovation in Industry:

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. The project EluciDATA aims to stimulate data innovation (i.e. innovation by focused data exploitation) in industry. On December 10th in Brussels, the 2 projects unite to to share expertise and best practice cases in Flanders, Belgium and beyond; in industrial internet, industrie 4.0 and big data for industry. National and international experts will share their perspectives on both the current state of affairs and also provide an insight the future.

Some of the Speakers:

Industrial Internet of Things - The role of the Operator - Proximus

What is the role of the operator in supporting Industrial Internet, Machine 2 Machine Communication? Proximus provides an interesting perspective, including a short introduction of the LoRa Alliance, an open, non-profit association aimed to to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications.

Discovery analytics for the process industry, Thomas Dhollander - D square
Today's process industry companies collect vast amounts of sensor, actuator and control data in so-called process historians. These data hold great promise for mining and sharing process know-how that is currently only available in the "fingerspitzengefuhl" of aging workers. In practice however, process data cannot be easily mined due to a lack of contextualization and analytics capabilities. As a consequence, decision making in most production facilities still heavily relies on the episodal memory of stakeholders operating the plant. Learning between workers on different shifts, stakeholders with different roles and employees with various levels of experience can be greatly improved. Recent search and big data technologies can play a role to turn data sinks into information sources, capture and share process know-how and make learning from historical data easier. Based on extensive research on plug-and-play data mining solutions for the process industry we recently launched TrendMiner, a discovery analytics engine for process measurement data.

About Thomas Dhollander: Thomas is co-founder at D square, where he is involved in the R&D of innovative data mining tools for the industry. From 2005 to 2008 he was active as a data mining and machine learning research engineer at the KULeuven University in Leuven, Belgium. Thomas holds a Master in Science in Mechanical-Electrotechnical engineering (data mining & automation, KULeuven, Leuven, 2004) and a Master of Arts in Cognitive and Neural Systems (Boston University, Boston MA, 2005).

OPC UA: Key technology in the worldwide strategy for Industial Internet of Things, Wim Tindemans - Control & Protection
Nowadays everybody talks about IoT or IIoT, industry 4.0, Big Data and data analysis. In order to get the system aligned with this level of integration, customers are faced with new challenges. How to get the data? How to structure my data? How to manage security when we talk about industrial data? What is the impact of standards like OPC UA on this? Here you get answers on the fact why OPC UA is key technology in the worldwide strategy for IoT. Wim will share information about the new OPC‐UA Global Discovery Server implementation which is the first implementation in the world. This is a practical example on how you create the foundation, the base structures for future automation.

Are you a manufacturer, industrial automation supplier, integrator or policy maker, interested to learn about market developments, smart networks, how to get the most out of production data, optimize communication between machines, smart sensors, applications and people….? Then this event is for you.


•13:00 : Welcome coffee and registration
•13:15: Introduction (Sirris)
•13:30 : Keynote speech 'Accelerating Insight through Visual Analytics' (Bart Adams, Luciad)
•14:15 : Session 1: 3IF project. How does the Industrial Internet impact data innovation?
◦Introduction 3IF project (Wim Stoffelen)
◦Proximus - Industrial Internet of Things - The role of the Operator
◦Wim Tindemans (Control and protection) - OPC UA: Key technology in the worldwide strategy for Industial Internet of Things
•15:15 : Coffee break
•15:45 : : Session 2: Technology provider testimonials (20’ talks/demos)
◦3IF Member Dsquare (Thomas Dhollander): Discovery analytics for the process industry
◦Pepite (Philippe Mack) - Demo DATAmaestro
•16:45 : Tech booths and networking reception
•18:00 : End

Practical information, pricing and registration: 

3IF & EluciDATA International Seminar
Diamant Building, Bd. A. Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels - December 10, from 1pm till 6pm
This event is free of charge for 3IF & EluciDATA- members The price for Non-members is set at €95 (excl. VAT).
You may confirm your participation via the event page. Please fill out 3IFCONTACT in the comments field

2015-10-20 START 2 SECURE: KMO's, Beveiliging van Bedrijventerreinen en Cyber Security


Nog te vaak zijn KMO’s het slachtoffer van inbraak, diefstal of vandalisme. Beveiliging van volledige bedrijventerreinen komt meer en meer in beeld als één van de oplossingen. Tegelijkertijd neemt het aantal informatica-incidenten de laatste jaren schrikwekkend toe: cybercriminelen viseren de IT-systemen van KMO’s eerder dan die van sterk beveiligde grote bedrijven. Dit brengt risico’s als diefstal van product- en klantgegevens, betaalfraude, chantage,… met zich mee. Start 2 Secure wil KMO’s en andere geïnteresseerden op 20 oktober 2015 informeren omtrent integrale beveiliging van hun bedrijf/bedrijventerrein en IT-beveiliging. Deze eerste editie van Start 2 Secure gaat door te Veurne en is een gezamenlijke organisatie van POM West-Vlaanderen, INNOS vzw en SBM.

Deelname is kosteloos maar registratie is verplicht. De online registratie sluit op 13 oktober


14u30 – 15u00: ontvangst

15u00 – 16u25: plenaire sessie

• Welkom (Peter Roose, burgemeester stad Veurne)

• De weg naar integrale beveiliging van bedrijven en bedrijventerreinen (Ralf Gering, Chief Security Officer

• Cybercriminaliteit en IT-beveiliging: risico’s en oplossingen voor KMO’s (Nico Cool, zelfstandig raadgever
cybercrime en wetgeving Europees Parlement)

16u30 – 16u50: parallelle sessie:

Integrale beveiliging:
Trends en toekomst in beveiliging van KMO en industrie (Frederik Van Bever, Director Corporate Sales Securitas)

Cybersecurity in België anno 2015 (Christian van Heurck, Coördinator Federaal Cyber Emergency Team CERT.be)

16u50 – 17u15: pauze met koffie en gebak (bezoek info- en demostanden)

17u15 – 17u35: parallelle sessie:

Integrale beveiliging:
Perimeterbeveiliging (Klaas Demuynck, Project Sales
België Betafence)

(Pieter Van Der Hulst, Partner i-Force)

17u40 – 18u20: Parallelle sessie – Pitches 6 minuten

Integrale beveiliging:
3SI Security systems
Solid Bot
Noordzee Drones

e-BO Enterprises
De Juristen

18u20 – 18u50: panelgeprek en plenaire sessie

Evelien De Pauw, Onderzoeker en Docent Vives
Nicholas Paelinck, Korpschef politiezone Westkust
Peter Piccu-Van Speybrouck, Substituut-procureur des Konings Parket West-Vlaanderen afdeling Veurne
Kurt Callewaert, Docent Cybercrime Howest

Slotwoord door Carl Decaluwé, Gouverneur van West-Vlaanderen

19u00 – 21u00: bezoek infostanden / demos / netwerkmoment met broodjes

Adres: Bedrijvenlaan 2, 8630 Veurne
Parkeergelegenheid: op de parking van Duco Projects (langs het gebouw) of, indien volzet, langs de Brugsesteenweg (er wordt een parkeerwachter door de organisatoren voorzien)

Deelname is kostenloos, maar registratie is verplicht. De online registratie sluit op 13 oktober

2015-10-01 - Inspriratie Workshop 2 : manufacturing – use cases

Inspriratie Workshop 2 : manufacturing – use cases, donderdag 1 oktober 2015

Als we IoT en industrial internet toepassen op productiebedrijven, ontstaan er interessante nieuwe ontwikkelingen. Sensoren leveren bijkomende gegevens waardoor de productiesystemen aangepast kunnen worden, terwijl data analyse ons toelaat om sneller te reageren op nieuwe marketontwikkelingen. Een productiebedrijf van verpakkingsmaterialen bijv. onderzoekt momenteel hoe het de verschillende productiemachines dient uit te rusten om te kunnen beschikken over gedetailleerde productiegegevens vanop een centrale omgeving.

Er wordt gezocht naar een antwoord op de volgende uitdagingen : 
- Proberen te beantwoorden aan de nieuwe wensen van klanten, geïnspireerd door snelheid, kwaliteit, kost sensitiviteit, klantenondersteuning, zelf beheer en elektronische afhandeling
- volgende stap in efficiëntieverhoging
- vragende partij naar gebruiksvriendelijke en breed inzetbare automatiseringsoplossingen
- innoveren in product en process en daardoor te differentiëren
- competitiviteit verbeteren


Inspiratieseminar, van 12.30 tot 17u - Kasteelpark 10, 3001 Heverlee.


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