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Sometimes the question arises to what extent cryogenic cooling is environmentally-friendly, as the gases used are a consumable, unlike other refrigerants that can be reused. Cryogenic processing does have interesting environmental advantages. The environmental impact of the entire cryogenic cooling process is many times lower than that of conventional cooling.

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Altachem is a manufacturing company experiencing continuous growth. In order to scale up further, Altachem wants to install additional production lines and find the logistics concept that would be best suited to this.

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The pricing of a product has a large influence on the sales revenue and the profit. Surprisingly, research shows that a more accurate cost estimation does not automatically lead to a higher profit.

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Cryogenic cooling during machining stands for machining at very low temperatures. This has advantages both for tools made of heat-resistant materials, where the heat can be high during machining, and for the machining of softer materials, which will flow more easily during machining.

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Almost 10 years after the introduction of cryogenic machining, a lot of research has been conducted on this technology, its application and pros and cons. However, despite the positive results, the step to the industry does not seem to be so obvious. High time to present this interesting machining method in detail in a short blog series, of which this is the first one.

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Solid carbide endmills are the most commonly used tools in almost every machine shop. Process engineers are always concerned with productivity gains by reducing the tooling cost, machining time and bring down the cost per part to increase the margins. The selection of the machining conditions either rely on the experience of the operator or the recommendations from the tool manufacturer. In spite of all efforts, hitting the sweet spot or getting the part first-time-right is still challenging. Though complete mastery of the dynamics of milling process is difficult, some insights on tool geometry would definitely help.

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The Interreg-project Factory 4.0 newsletters will keep you informed about the progress, events and testimonials within the project. An overview of the news collected in April.

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Friction between moving parts plays an important role in many applications. The lower the friction, the less energy is needed to move parts and the less wear and tear will occur. Research at Sirris has shown that applying small holes in sliding surfaces has a positive effect on friction behaviour.

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V&V Engineering specialises in the rapid development of injection moulds and the thermoplastic injection moulding of prototypes and small series, while medium and large series can also be added. In addition, V&V Engineering also carries out maintenance on external moulds. As part of the Factory 4.0 project, the company investigated, together with the Sirris experts, where process optimisations could be achieved.

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What is the role of surface functionalities and, in particular, the role of textures, in the manufacturing industry in Belgium? That is the question we asked our member companies last summer with a view to rolling out a service on surface textures. The (concise) results are presented in this article.

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How effective you can machine a part largely depends on the structural dynamics of all the components involved in the process. It can be seen as two systems: one concerning the machine tool, which includes the drives in the spindle, the tool holder and the cutting tool, while the other system concerns the workpiece being cut and the fixture set-up. Now to have an effective cutting process, the dynamics of both the systems should be taken into account.

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Freeform lenses or mirrors, produced by means of 3D printing or 3D printed moulds, make it possible to create innovative lighting solutions with customised radiation patterns. To introduce companies to the design methodology and possibilities of such optical components, we are organising the workshop 'Freeform Optics' on 29 May in cooperation with KU Leuven.

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Structures are already widely used to give functionality to a surface, with nature as the best example. However, in order to use this in technical applications, we must take into account the limitations and possibilities offered by the various (current) production methods.

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Surface functionalities, including texturing, can help companies to efficiently add value to their products and become more competitive in their market. In a short blog series we will discuss the texturing of surfaces and the options that come with it.

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The newsletters of Interreg project Factory 4.0 will keep you informed about the project’s recent evolutions, events and testimonials. An overview of the latest news.

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The H2020 project AMable calls again for proposals that bring forward an innovative idea of functional products that needs additive manufacturing (AM) to become real.

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From 22 to 26 June, the EU-Japan Centre is organising a 5-day intensive training mission for European executives familiar with World Class Manufacturing. The programme consists of various lectures and visits to a number of leading Japanese companies in order to improve productivity and lower production costs.

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“The current sanding process of our Solid Surface washbasins, shower trays and wall panels can no longer meet increasing customer demand. What is the best way to tackle the automation and optimisation of this process?" Group Nivelles contacted Sirris to find an answer to this question.

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Who has not heard of the fantastic benefits that additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have brought to real world applications? We are now seeing parts designed that are lighter, more efficient and that are fancy. Several new technologies in AM have popped up and old ones are getting highly efficient and automated to process materials and generate little waste. There are however, still a few challenges.

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In Industry 4.0, design and manufacturing are closely linked. This is the starting point for the merger of the Prototyping Xpo and MNE trade fairs into a single fair for the entire value chain, from innovative design in small volumes to the production and marketing of series. Prototyping-MNE, in which Sirris also participates, will take place on 5 and 6 February in Kortrijk.