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3IF.BE Is the platform where industrial innovations meet cross industry, with the main theme of utilizing information technology to enable internet- driven digital transformations. Its annual conference brings together technologies and use cases from different industries to facilitate business modeling, creativity, concepts and advance towards optimal utilization of IoT, data analytics, big data, cloud and web services. The 2018 edition of the 3IF conference starts with a series of parallel deep dive workshops on September 11th, followed by the high level conference on September 12th, evaluating international use cases, developments and trends in industrie 4.0 and IIoT:

Are you an expert in digital transformation and want to showcase your Industrie 4.0 capabilities at the conference? 3IF offers 4 floors of conference, breakout and networking facilities; Gold, Silver & SME Booths, Badgereaders to connect and follow up interested visitors to your booth; online and offline advertisement & additional sponsor options to select from; and customized packages for the best sponsor solution with a maximum Return on Investment. For more information, feel free to connect with Wim Stoffelen: wim [ at ] 3if [dot] be.

Agenda Day 1: Workshops September 11th
• Brussels, Quartier Papier - Tuesday September 11th
• Build your business case in two hours
• Three [3] workshops of 2 hours
• Select from 7 Workshops
• First come, first serve basis
• Maximum of 18 participants per workshop
• Ticket Fee: EUR 195 per attendee
• You may confirm your participation via the event registration page

The 3IF conference starts with a series of parallel workshops on September 11th. Participants will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into specific topics to maximize the learning experience. In each workshop, participants will be presented with background materials, bringing them up to speed on concepts, fundamentals, objectives, experiences and state of the art. Following this, some cases will be elaborated during joint Q&A. Finally 2 cases will be worked upon in a structured approach in 4 smaller groups. Joint results will be debated in the group and moderated by the experts with some final advice. There will be 7 workshops ran in parallel. Please note that we’ll only allow 18 participants per workshop and that all reservations made are based on a first come, first serve basis. There will be 3 chances to participate in each of the workshops. Every 2 hour workshop will be followed by a 30 min break.

Agenda :
• 09.15 : registration and welcome coffee – personal agenda handover
• 09.45 : joint introductions and guidance to workshops
• 10.00 : start first workshops
• 12.00 : lunch break
• 13.00 : start second workshops
• 15.00 : coffee break
• 15.30 : start third workshops
• 17.30 : end of workshops day

Workshops & Topics to select from:

1. Business, Application and People before Technology : facilitated by 3IF, Valentijn De Leeuw: Participants will be guided through some modelling exercises on the basis of some real life cases, in order to guide the development of potential business cases internally. Some examples include Condition Based Maintenance, Process Optimization concepts, Energy optimization, Digital Servitization.

  • Generalizing business modeling across industries
  • Choosing an application and setting up a business case
  • Mobilizing teams and preparing POC
  • Key concepts of : energy efficiency, process optimization, condition based maintenance, product digitization, integrating operator assistance

2. Cognitive Manufacturing: What It Is, Why It Matters and Where to start? facilitated by IBM, Marc Goossens (tbc): Being guided through the practical implementation of Watson, how to seamless integrate with your current operations, or connect to Watson from the cloud. Reap the benefits of true cognitive intelligence, work on some use cases that can be copied into your own organization, integrating with existing infrastructures and outlining the types of data needed.

  • Cognitive manufacturing leverages Watson connected services platform, AI capabilities, the Industrial IoT, and advanced analytics to digitize, understand and optimize manufacturing processes in ways that were not previously possible
  • How to prepare your datasets in order to feed them into Watson
  • Where to best integrate Watson en the types of interfaces

3. Digital platforms workshop : facilitated by Siemens Mindsphere (tbc): The collection of machine data, both historical and transactional allows for a first level insight into the production. The series of tools available to work with these data is rapidly increasing. In this workshop a guidance towards the overall setup, maintenance and indication to some of the more interesting tools and components of the Digital Platform will be presented.

  • An insight in some digital platforms, and their intrinsic differences
  • Highlighting one specific platform and the various ways in operating them
  • Total cost of ownership and managing expectations
  • Some cases and results of the use of digital platforms

4. Analytics 4.0 workshop : facilitated by Yazzoom, Jan Verhasselt: Crucial step in the digitization process is the ability to extract actionable insights from the data. Especially when the insight is extracted by combining data from different sensors and data sources using some mathematical model, that model can be complex. It is therefore important that the creation and maintenance of such mathematical model is made as easy as possible. Both in case that mathematical model is built using expert knowledge, and in case that model is learnt from data using machine learning (AI) techniques. In this workshop we will explain the different data modelling techniques with their pro’s and con’s, and will demonstrate recent software that makes the creation and maintenance of such models feasible for non data-scientists.

  • Different approaches for predictive and prescriptive analytics projects in industry
  • How to build your own mathematical models in Excel and deploy and maintain them on live data in an industrial context
  • How AI is used to learn the normal behavior of your machine or production line from data and detect anomalies automatically

5. Cybersecurity for Digital Transformation : facilitated by Secudea: Security by Design has to be a part of the Digital Transformation. But how to practically implement such a strategy on operational platforms, where most field engineers are not familiar with any cybersecurity expertise. From network segmentation, isolation through secure use of API’s, interacting with cloud systems and use of authenticated access. Insights in ways to monitor and to setup a governance.

  • Risk based approach
  • Setting priorities
  • Policies, processes and procedures
  • Risk based approach
  • Standards
  • Segmentation & Isolation
  • Firewalls
  • White Listing
  • Priviledged Access
  • Hardening PLC’s

6. Selecting the right sensor for the right application : facilitated by Versasense, Danny Hughes: When available use the data from the production machines in the first place. But in many cases there won’t be any machine interface, the fieldbus is too rudimentary, the OPC (UA) connection doesn’t learn anything new. Some experiences from the field utilizing specific flowsensors, energy measurements, vibration, inspection camera’s … and other types of sensing devices. Next step is to parametrize the sensors and utilizer multiple measurement tools.

  • Various types of sensors
  • Fit for purpose
  • Measure locally, aggregate and calculate on site, aggregate and visualize in the cloud
  • Sensor technologies under development

7. Open Source & Tools : facilitated by Fiware, Industrie 4.0, IIC & IDSA, Ulrich Ahle: A great volume of open source components exist to support the digital transformation. From OPC/UA, JSON/API’s, historian analysis tools, Grafana interfaces and statistical analysis components to complete digital platforms, virtualization technologies or even high performance sensing capabilities on the basis of experimental Netduino’s and high end Raspberry Pi-alikes. Some of these technologies can be considered industry grade, as they were engineered and tested in industrial context.

  • Available components
  • Technical Integration considerations
  • Level of engineering experience required
  • Industry readiness
  • Further development and customization capabilities

Agenda Day 2: 3IF Annual Conference 2018
• Brussels, Quartier Papier - Wednesday September 12th
• Trends & Developments in Industrie 4.0 & IoT
• From Use Case to Business Case to Industrial Roll Out and Operations
• Edges and Cloud, Mastering End to Security
• Flanders Industrie 4.0 Field Lab experiences from the trenches
• Free of charge upon registration
• You may confirm your participation via the event registration page


08.00 : Exhibition Opening, Registrations & Breakfast
08.30 : Exhibition Tours (guided by 3IF tour experts)
09.30 : Welcome & Opening Firesides
09.45 : Opening Keynote : ABB, Guido Jouret, Chief Digital Officer
10.15 : Digital Platforms, the road ahead. Elevator Pitches (10’) and Panel (30’)

  1. Siemens, Mindsphere (Bart
  2. SAP, Leonardo
  3. Thingworx, PTC – AD Ultima Group
  4. (Amazon, tbc)
  5. (Google, tbc)
  6. Fiware, Ulrich Ahle
  7. (Microsoft Azure, tbc )
  8. Connected Factories

11.45 : Keynote Process Industry: Digital Transformation Journey and steps ahead. Pascal van Lith, BASF (tbc)
12.15 : Keynote Next Generation Automation Control : Phoenix Contact, (tbc)
12.45 : Lunch Networking Break & Exhibition Tours (guided by 3IF tour experts)
14.00 Keynote Manufacturing Industry: Zoe Chilton, Redbull Technologies with Siemens PLM

(14.30 walk to break out rooms)

14.35 : Break Out Sessions (10’ pitches & panel discussions, analysts & advisory)

  • AI, Cognitive & Analytics (led by Andrew Hughes, LNS): IBM, Yazzoom, Siemens Mindsphere
  • Cyber & Security (led by Accenture) : Open Automation, Bert de Wilde, ExxonMobil (Open Group), IIC Security Framework, Industrie 4.0, Schneider, Phoenix
  • Sensors & (I)Iot (led by (Ulrich Ahle, Fiware) : Cloudgate, Versasense, PLCnxt
  • Measurement Matters, manufacturing taking first steps into digital (for SME’s and innovative LE’s) (led by Valentijn, 3IF)
  • Energy Use Cases, FACTRY & Vleemo
  • Flow Metering Use Cases, MPI
  • Condition Based Maintenance, Citrique Belge & Versasense

15.35 : Coffee Break & Networking
16.00 : Analysts & Advisory breakdown

  • ARC
  • LNS
  • Accenture
  • Fiware

16.45 : The Future Factories Now

  • Industrial Internet in Manufacturing Use Cases Europe : Richard Soley, IIC
  • Made Different & FoF : Paul Petersen
  • Fiware – IDSA : Ulrich Ahle

17.45 : Digitally Driven Production Use Cases

  • Product as a Service : Kaeser compressed air & SAP Leonardo
  • Service Optimization : Vleemo & FACTRY

18.15 : Closing Notes & Networking Reception

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

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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