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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.

Registration is now opened! The program is still under development, you may register here to secure your seat

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.

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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


Preliminary 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)

1. Getting started: Opening keynotes & Analyst Panel

  • 08.30 - 09.00 : 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.
  • 09.00 - 10.30 : Welcome & Opening keynotes
    • Ulrich Seldeslachts, managing director at 3IF.be
    • Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC
  • 10.30 -11.30 : Advisory & Analyst panel, moderated by Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC
    The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. The quest to increase productivity and finding new business models never ends for manufacturers. Factories of the future will be fully autonomous, at least from a physical production standpoint. During this session, a group of renowned analysts will evaluate where are we now, and what can we expect near-term and long-term?
  • 11.30 : Networking Break

2. Putting it into Practice: Use Cases


  • 12.00 : Keynote : Duracell’s Roadmap to Industrie 4.0 tbc
  • 12.30 - 13.30 : Manufacturer End User Panel Discussion
    Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet, Internet of Things…..Where to start? Manufacturers are overwhelmed with all the information and are challenged to evaluate the use and necessity for their company. During this session, a group of leading innovative manufacturers from Belgium and abroad will present their digitalization projects, the approaches they took, the pitfalls they encountered and their plans for the future. The session will not only present the high profile cases, but also invites SME companies [KMO’s] that have succeeded in making their first steps with limited innovation budgets.
  • 13.30 - 14.30 : Lunch & Networking
  • 14.30 : Keynote: Schneider Electric tbc
  • 15.00 : Digitalization in practice: Use Case from Belgium: Factory of the Future Champion

3. Going into Detail: Parallel Tracks:

Track 1 - IoT connectivity & deployment and Analytics, Industrial Data and Advanced Technologies

  • IoT connectivity & deployment
    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. 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
  • 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, some exampes will be presented on how and where to integrate; and what types of usage could support the efficiency of operations, or even support the development new services and business models.

Track 2 - System Integration & Cyber Security for Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet

  • System Integration
    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. This track evaluates 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
  • Cyber Security for Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet
    The fourth industrial revolution brings a new operational risk for smart manufacturers and digital supply networks: cyber. In the age of Industry 4.0, cybersecurity strategies should be secure, vigilant, and resilient, as well as fully integrated into organizational strategy from the start. During this session, worst and best practices are presented, that will help visitors to reap the benefits of digitalization, while not jeappordizing their security posture.
    • Keren ELAZARI, ternationally acclaimed security researcher, public speaker, author and strategic analyst, Telaviv University – Israel tbc
    • Marina Krotofil, Principal Analyst at FireEye Industrial Cyber Security Intelligence tbc
    • Thomas, ARC
    • Scott Christensen, CTO at Wurldtech, Canada tbc
    • Dana Spataru, IoT Security Leader for EMEA | Director Cyber Risk Advisory at Deloitte
    • Mike Gault, Founder and CEO of Guardtime tbc


  • 18.15 : Closing Keynote
  • 18.30 : Closing Reception
  • 20.00 : End of Conference

Tuesday September 11 !:

  • Visit the 3IF Conference 2018:
    • 3IF Annual Conference 2018: Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry
    • Tuesday 11 September from 8.30am till 8pm, Brussels
    • Participation is free of charge upon prior registration via the event registration page
    • 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
  • Exhibit at the 3IF Conferenve 2018:
    Want to showcase your company and industrie 4.0 capabilities? 3IF offers a limited number of sponsor packages. For more information please connect with us [wim at 3if dot be]

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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. 

Supporters of the 3IF Conference:

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.

ABISS 2018

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 3rd edition of ABISS on October 4th, 2018. More information about the summit can be found on www.abissummit.eu

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